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No Stupid Questions with Colin Smith

Adobe expert Colin Smith answers the questions he is constantly asked on the road as he educates people in the world of Adobe video and design software.

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Adobe expert Colin Smith answers the questions he is constantly asked on the road as he educates people in the world of Adobe video and design software.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Audio in Premiere Pro CC

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In this episode, Colin will dig deep into all aspects of working with audio in Premiere Pro including the best way to import audio and choose the right track format. You’ll also learn to setup sequences that take advantage of the powerful features in Premiere Pro like Adaptive audio tracks. So if your workflow is all Premiere Pro, or if you’re coming from Final Cut Pro, and if you need multichannel QuickTime or OMF compatibility, then Colin has you covered.
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Jun 02 2014

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Preparing Dailies Using Prelude and Media Encoder

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If you’re preparing and transcoding files from native formats for viewing dailies, the new "Effects Tab" in Adobe Media Encoder can increase productivity by applying LUTs and Looks and Overlays. Combine this with ingesting and adding metadata in Prelude and acceleration with an NVIDIA GPU and you’ll be amazed at how fast this all happens.
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Jun 02 2014

9mins

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Seamless Stabilization On A Single Clip

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Sometimes you want to stabilize only part of a video clip and this tutorial will show you how to “steal” the auto scale properties from the Warp Stabilizer and apply it to another part of a clip to create two clips that blend seamlessly. This will work in both Premiere Pro or After Effects.
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Jun 02 2014

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What Is The Reference Monitor For in Premiere Pro?

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The Reference Monitor in Premiere Pro is perfect for comparing frames from different parts of a sequence. It’s also perfect to show any of the built-in scopes for precision color correction. Find out how you can begin using this powerful tool to be more productive and get accurate color.
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Jun 02 2014

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Easy And Powerful Media Organizing and Sorting in Premiere Pro

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If you’ve ever wanted to quickly see what clips you haven’t used in a sequence, then this tutorial will help to uncover powerful organization tools that you can use right in the Project panel.
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Jun 02 2014

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How to Bend a Question to an Answer

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In this episode Colin shows you how to use the tools in Audition to change the pitch of dialog to make a question sound like a statement.
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Jun 02 2014

7mins

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How to use Keyframes and the Built-In Tracker in SpeedGrade

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In this episode Colin shows you how you can add, edit and move keyframes and use the planar tracker in SpeedGrade to color grade specific parts of your video.
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Jun 02 2014

9mins

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How to Record a Voice over Narration in Premiere Pro

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In this episode Colin will show you how to record directly onto the timeline from any connected microphone.
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Jun 02 2014

7mins

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After Effects Advanced 3D Camera Tracker for Hard to Track Clips

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The new 3D Camera Tracker can give you some amazing results in analyzing 2D footage and creating a true 3D camera to work with. But there are times when the tracker gets “fooled”. In this episode, Colin uses real-world footage that includes a camera pan, moving subject and an escalator and shows what to do when the tracker gets confused by all that motion.
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Dec 12 2012

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Moving Your Video Business to Windows

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In another user requested video, Colin answer the question that many Mac users are wondering - how hard is it to move to Windows? Colin explores just how easy it is to move your FinalCut Pro 7 projects into Premiere Pro CS6 on Windows. He also invites Terry Brown from HP to join him to see exactly what all the excitement is over HP hardware and why RED Digital Cinema has chosen a Windows platform for massive performance gains.
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Dec 12 2012

31mins

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Importing Photoshop Files in Premiere Pro CS6 Won’t Give You FCP7 Headaches

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In yet another user requested episode, Colin takes you back to 1994 and shows you all the things your missing if you’ve been flattening, and rasterizing your complex Photoshop layers just to get them to work in FinaCut Pro 7. You might be amazed to see that lots has changed since 1994, including Layer Styles that instantly update and give you complete creative freedom!
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Aug 11 2012

6mins

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Photoshop CS6 3D Controls - Where Are My CS5 Controls?

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The Photoshop team did a fantastic job in unifying the 3D controls in Photoshop CS6 Extended - BUT, if you spent a lot of time learning the controls in version 5, you might be wondering exactly where they are. Colin shows where they are now and why they’re so much easier to use.
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Aug 11 2012

8mins

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How to Blend Two Exposures in "Photoshop"

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Many advanced photographers are shooting multiple exposures these days in an attempt to blend them together and achieve the perfect composition. In this episode, Colin will reveal a simple one-click feature that will do all the work for you and the result looks like the same as if you took hours to paint a complex Layer Mask.
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Aug 11 2012

6mins

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How to Control Motion Blur in After Effects

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Motion blur is something that occurs naturally in photography but there are many ways that we can create realistic motion blur in After Effects too. Colin will show you the settings and options to help you control motion blur on animations, graphics and even on videos that don’t contain any movement at all. He will also demonstrate how to add motion blur to the many animation presets that ship with After Effects.
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Apr 26 2012

8mins

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What's New in Adobe Story

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Adobe Story continues to get new features and improvements every other month, mostly due to the fact that it’s a cloud-based service so updates are ready to install when you launch. Colin will take you  through some of these updates including auto recognition for scene headings, changing templates, the new properties panel, scene properties, non-speaking characters and the ability to create a schedule of scenes, shots and more.
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Jan 16 2012

8mins

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Super Zoom in After Effects

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Once again a customer question turns into an episode with the idea of something Colin calls Super Zoom. Colin shows you how to combine a high resolution still image with video so the camera can zoom into macro levels without the image getting pixelated. Using After Effects motion reframes and color correction, this can be achieved to create a seamless blend between video and a still.
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Jan 16 2012

8mins

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Setting a Custom Scale and Measuring in Photoshop CS5 Extended

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The measurement tool in Photoshop CS5 Extended can accurately measure distance, area and angels in your image but did you know that you can customize the scale that you measure? Colin will show you have to use these tools and accurately measure the height of our stand-in criminal Karl Miller. Also covered will be out to print our 1:1 so that measurements can be taken from printed outputs.
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Jan 16 2012

7mins

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Introduction to SpeedGrade

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Colin is very excited to show you the newly acquired film finishing and color grading application SpeedGrade from IRIDAS. SpeedGrade contains powerful finishing tools to import EDLs from any editing environment and from there, conform, color grade and render out to multiple formats.
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Jan 10 2012

21mins

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Pen Tool

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The Pen tool can be found in many Adobe applications and they way it works can sometimes be a little different. Colin Smith will take you through the similarities and differences with the Pen tool in Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and After Effects.Colin also talks about AICB, what it means and why you should use it.
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Jan 10 2012

13mins

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Creating Synthetic Backgrounds in Photoshop

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Many moons ago, Adobe incorporated Aldus Filter Gallery into Photoshop. Colin will show you how these filters may be ready for a rebirth by showing how to combine them with the power of Smart Objects to create new and exciting patterns and backgrounds that can be experiment with and updated dynamically.
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Jan 10 2012

11mins

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