CS4U launches for Adobe Creative Suite 4 online training

Award-winning provider of software training videos lynda.com is celebrating the largest launch in its history of online training for the just-released Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) product family. With over 100 hours of instructional videos on Creative Suite 4 training, comprised of 34 different product training tutorials, with dozens of additional courses planned for the …
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Free online business plan writing software

The MBDA website has a suite of tools for business owners, that could be helpful to those who don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on a starter business plan. The most powerful of these is their Business Plan Writer software, which walks you through the process of writing a business plan, …
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Musicians get exposure during movie theater intermissions

I was watching Pineapple Express on Saturday, and noticed that before the coming attractions began, the intermission service that AMC Theaters uses, Cinema Sounds, offers bands the opportunity to showcase their tracks during film intermissions. Now before you go all bongo over the prospect of being heard by millions, keep in mind this is not …
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Jason Bourne techniques to be revealed at Motion 2008

Well, if you’re looking for martial arts tips – sorry, you won’t find any at the upcoming Motion Conference, However, you will see how screen graphics were created for The Bourne Ultimatum. If that’s of any interest at all. You will also learn techniques for innovative greenscreen VFX. Discover how Disney and Nickelodeon animators are …
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Things to consider when selling overseas

Here are some universal issues and procedures to consider, when looking to expand your business or services overseas. Financing Check governmental agencies that support and finance exporters. They include: International Trade Administration – trade.gov Trade Information Center – www.export.gov/exportbasics/ticredirect.asp Small Business Administration – Office of International Trade – www.sba.gov Setup Some tips to make your …
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Getting rid of camera shake

Don’t let blur ruin an otherwise great shot. Here are some tips on how to hold your equipment steady for really sharp pictures and clips. Use a shutter speed fast enough to reduce the chance of hand-held camera movement. It should ideally be about 1/60 second. Grasp your equipment fully with both hands, not just …
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Tips for shooting better video clips

These tips are great for beginners trying to get some good clips for a YouTube marketing video, as well as seasoned pros looking to brush up on some technical fundamentals. Plan Ahead Whether it’s a birthday party or a vacation, what are the essential shots you need to tell your story and in what order …
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Tips for taking better photos

Here are some great tips for taking better photographs. Move away from the middle Center-stage is a great place for a performer to be. However, the middle of your picture is not the best place for your subject. Bring your picture to life by simply moving your subject away from the middle of your picture. …
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Eight tips for marketing a wedding video service

Here are eight universal tips for jump-starting your promotions at little or no cost. These tips are geared towards those in the wedding video business, but can easily be adapted to many other types of businesses as well. My feeling is that online marketing for these types of businesses should be limited to an add …
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Keyword marketing on the web

Keywords in your website go far beyond text content. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is now a multi-billion dollar industry. However, if you’re building a website and want to maximize the chance to rise in the search rankings, there are plenty of things you can do to optimize your web pages, and help things along (although …
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Submitting your website to search engines manually

Major search engines have automated applications that scan the entire internet 24 hours a day, looking for new websites and content, to add to their catalog of search results. The process can take anywhere from 3-6 months for new websites on the internet to be cataloged for inclusion. Additionally, new pages of content, such as …
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How to write a press release

A press release is an announcement of an event, development, or other newsworthy item that is issued to the press. If a newspaper or magazine is interested in your release, they could publish it as an article. If a radio or TV station is interested in your release, they may mention it on-air or conduct …
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The importance of press releases

Whatever you do, whether you’re a indie filmmaker looking to build buzz around your latest short film, a jewelry maker with a new line for Christmas, or a graphic artist who just won an award from Communication Arts Magazine, press releases are vital free (or nearly free) marketing tools, that can spread the word about …
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How to register a business?

Registering your trade name is usually as easy as going to your local courthouse or city hall, and registering your company name. You pay a one-time fee to do this, and the documentation you receive can be used to apply for tax-exempt status when buying any products and materials that you will be reselling and …
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Animation magic explored by award-winning creator Eric Goldberg in new book

Eric Goldberg, the pioneering, award-winning animator-director whose cartoon magic has graced such classics as Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” “Fantasia/2000” and “Hercules,” has harnessed the essence of cinema’s most beloved form in a new book, Character Animation Crash Course! (Silman-James Press, Los Angeles; publication date September 2008). He will hold his first book signing at Comic-Con International …
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Proper care and handling of CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs

Proper care and handling of CD and DVD discsTopics included in this document include: Tips for Proper Care Cleaning Instructions Conditions that may affect discs General Do’s and Don’ts Life Expectancy and Compatibility Tips for proper CD and DVD care include: Discs kept in a cooler, less-humid environment and not subjected to extreme environmental changes …
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How to properly install computer wallpaper

Here are some tips for properly downloading and installing wallpaper onto your computer. PC Click on the appropriate or closest resolution to your monitor. When the image displays‚ right click with your mouse and choose “Set as wallpaper.” MAC Click on the appropriate or closest resolution to your monitor. When the image displays‚ click on …
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The nuts and bolts of correcting color in video production

VideoMaker Magazine is one of my favorite publications for choosing equipment and getting info on the latest tech out there. They also publish great how-to and work-flow articles for videographers as well. Morgan Paar has written an article on color correcting for video, called Color Correction 101. It’s very insightful and gives those who have …
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