Add a nostalgic look to your next movie using Nostalgia Suite ($49). Choose from 10 vintage color presets or even create one of your own. Add a natural, organic lens flare to your footage with the included Flare Builder, a powerful light flare tool. Choose from 13 different real light flares. Control the opacity and color of the flares to give it a strong or subtle look. Nostalgia also comes with a choice of 4 different slide effects and a slide sound effect.
With Screen Stitch ($49), you can choose from 36 different split screen effects right from the convenience of your generators browser in Final Cut Pro X. Vertical split, horizontal split, diagonal…two clips, three clips or more, change background color, scale images…
At our TNW Conferences we see a lot of presentations and I have given a fair share of presentations myself. I often see people making the same mistakes and cringe when I hear the same excuses or basic errors when people get on stage.
The easiest way to lose an audience is to make a mistake in the first minute, and that is exactly where most mistakes are made. Here is my list of 10 things you shouldn’t say during presentations:
1: I’m very jet-lagged/tired/hungover
Not sure where this comes from but one in five presentations at any conference will start with an excuse. ‘They only invited me yesterday’, ‘I’m really tired from my trip’ or another lame excuse that the audience really doesn’t want to hear. We, the audience, just want to see you give it your best. If you feel like shit and can’t give it your best than maybe you should’ve cancelled. Take a pill, drink an espresso and kill it!
2: I’ll get back to that later
If you happen to stumble upon an audience that is eager to learn and interact you should always grab that chance and enjoy it. If someone has a question that you will address in a later slide just skip to it right away! If someone is brave enough to raise their hand and ask you a question you should compliment them and invite the rest of the audience to do the same. Don’t delay anything.
3: Can you hear me? Yes you can!
This is how a lot of people start their talk. They will tap a microphone three times, shout ‘can you all hear me in the back’ and then smile apologetic when it becomes clear that, yes, everybody can hear you but nobody raises their hands.
It isn’t your responsibility to check the audio. There will be people for that. If you speak into the microphone and you get the impression that it’s not working, just relax, count to three, and try again. If you still think the sound isn’t working just calmly walk to the edge of the stage and discreetly ask the moderator to check for you. Smile at the audience and look confident. Assume it all works until the opposite has been proven, then stay calm and wait for a fix.
4: I can’t see you because the lights are too bright
Yes, when you are on stage the lights are bright and hot and it will be difficult to see the audience. But they don’t have to know about all that. Just stare into the dark, smile often and act like you feel right at home on there. Feel free to walk into the audience if you want to see them up close. Don’t cover your eyes to see people but politely ask the lights people to turn on the lights in the room if you plan to count hands or ask the audience a question. Even better, talk to the lights people in advance so they are prepared when you are going to ask them.
5: Can you read this?
The common rule is to make the font size on your slides twice the size of the medium age of the audience. Yes, that means that if you expect the audience to be 40 on average you are stuck with a font size of 80 points. You won’t be able to fit a lot of text on the slide that way, which is a good thing, and brings us to the next point.
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6: Let me read this out loud for you
Never ever, ever, ever in a million years add so much text on a slide that people will spend time reading it. And if you do, make damn sure you don’t read it out loud for them! The best way to lose your audiences attention is to add text to a slide. Here’s what will happen when you have more than four words on a slide; people will start reading it. And what happens when they read it? They will stop listening to you!
Only use short titles on your presentations and memorize the texts you want them to read. Or, if you MUST include an awesome three-sentence quote, announce that everybody should read the quote, then shut up for six seconds so they can actually read it.
7: Shut off your phone/laptop/tablet
Once upon a time you could ask an audience to shut off their devices. That was a long time ago. Now people tweet the awesome quotes you produce or take notes on their iPads. Or they play solitaire or check Facebook. Times change. You can ask if people turn their phones to silent mode but apart from that you just have to make sure that your talk is so incredibly inspiring people will close their laptops because they don’t want to miss a second of it. Demanding their attention is just not going to work.
8: No need to write anything down or take photos, the presentation will be online later
It is really cool that you will upload your presentation later. But if it’s a good presentation it won’t contain too many words (see point 4) and it won’t be of much use to them. For a lot of people writing something down is just an easy way to memorize something you’ve said. The act of writing down a sentence also embeds it in your brain and who knows, they might be really inspired and come up with something they’ve heard in between your lines that might change their business. Allow people to do whatever they want during your presentations.
9: Let me answer that question right away
Of course it is awesome if you answer a question right away, but you need to do something else first! Very often the question from an audience member will be very clear to you but not to the rest of the audience. So please say “I’ll repeat that question first so everybody hears it and THEN I will answer it”. Make it a habit to repeat questions also because the extra time it takes to repeat it gives you extra time to think about an awesome answer.
10: I’ll keep it short
This is a promise nobody ever keeps. But a lot of presentations are started that way! The audience really doesn’t care if you keep it short or not. They’ve invested their time and just want to be informed and inspired. Tell them “This presentation is going to change your life” or “This presentation is scheduled to take 30 minutes, but I’ll do it in 25 minutes so you can go out and have a coffee earlier than expected.”. Now all you have to do is keep that promise, which brings me to the last point.
Bonus tip: What, I’m out of time? But I have 23 more slides!
If you come unprepared and need more time than you are allowed you’ve screwed up. You need to practice your presentation and make it fit within the allotted time-slot. Even better, end five minutes early and ask if anyone has questions, and if they don’t invite them for a coffee to talk one-on-one. Giving an audience five minutes back will earn their respect and gratitude. Taking an extra five will annoy and alienate them.
Conclusion: come prepared, be yourself and be professional. The audience will love you for being clear, serious and not wasting their time.
Suitable for professional use, Blender is a 3D animation suite that offers modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and game creation capabilities. It also features a customizable interface, and it can import and export from a wide variety of file formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Art of Illusion isn8217;t quite as polished as Blender, but its developers claim the latest version (released September 2013) 8220;is both stable and powerful enough to be used for serious, high-end animation work.8221; Impressive examples of artwork created with the tool can be found in the website8217;s online art galleryOperating System: OS Independent.
A good option for amateur artists, K-3D boasts an easy-to-use interface and extensive documentation. According to the project website, it 8220;excels at polygonal modeling, and includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation.8221; Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
If you prefer traditional 2D cartoons to the fancy 3D stuff, Pencil might be right for you. It8217;s not meant as an alternative to professional vector graphics tool like Flash; instead, it8217;s aimed at those who enjoy playing around with 2D animation as a hobby. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Unlike Pencil, Synfig Studio does strive to meet the needs of professionals, billing itself as an 8220;industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation.8221; It helps users save time and money by eliminating the need to animate content on a frame-by-frame basis. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
This full-featured music player integrates with a wide variety of Web audio services. The latest release adds an updated interface, a new visualization tool, smooth fade-out when pausing music, enhanced MusicBrainz tagging and improved power management. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS.
This Java-based music player and manager displays complete information—including lyrics—for the song currently playing. It8217;s a good option for users with particularly large music collections. Operating System: OS Independent.
Audacious is very light on system resources, making it possible to play music and do intensive computing tasks without sacrificing performance. The interface is basic and very easy to use. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
Popular with reviewers, Jajuk makes it easy to sort, search and view large audio libraries. It combines an intuitive interface with advanced features, making it suitable for both light users and power users. Operating System: OS Independent.
Designed for DJs and 8220;serious music lovers,8221; Jukes began life as a Windows application called 8220;Put Up Your Jukes.8221; It8217;s since been re-written and released for multiple platforms, but it hasn8217;t been updated in a while. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Inspired by iTunes, Rhythmbox is a music management system designed for the Gnome desktop. Key features include easy search and sort, visualizations, Internet radio, CD playing and burning, playlists and more. Operating System: Linux.
Designed to be super fast, CoolPlayer is extremely light on system resources. It doesn8217;t have all the advanced music management features in many other applications, but it does play most audio formats. Operating System: Windows.
Similar to Bluemindo, Decibel is a simple audio player without other features like content tags and CD burning. Its modular structure makes it easy to disable any unwanted features to free up resources. Operating System: Linux.
This music player caters to those who prefer to operate from the command line and does not have a GUI. It8217;s a client-server application that plays most common audio formats. Operating System: Linux/Unix.
Ardour is an advanced, professional-grade digital recording, editing and mixing tool. It supports most hardware and offers features like flexible recording, unlimited multi-channel tracks, unlimited undo/redo, easy import and export, tools for creating video soundtracks and more. Operating System: Linux, OS X.
A perennial favorite among Linux users, Audacity makes it easy to record and edit multi-track audio. It8217;s ideal for hobbyists who want an intuitive product that also includes some of the high-tech features you would find in an application designed for professionals. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Java-based Frinika calls itself a 8220;complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more.8221; It8217;s another good option for home users. Operating System: OS Independent.
Downloaded more than 45 million times, CDex is a very popular tool for extracting the digital data from audio CDs and converting it to an MP3 or other compressed formats. It supports many different encoders and multiple languages. Operating System: Windows.
Its name is short for 8220;free audio converter,8221; and free:ac can transform CDs or digital audio files into MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats. It8217;s optimized for multi-core systems, making it particularly fast, and it also runs from a thumb drive. Operating System: Windows.
Designed for DJs performing live, Mixx boasts a powerful mixing engine that supports most popular audio file formats. Other key features include iTunes integration, BPM detection and sync, and support for more than 30 different MIDI controllers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
An older project that hasn8217;t been updated in a while, Mixere boasts a simple, spreadsheet-style interface. It offers similar capabilities as Mixx, but it isn8217;t quite as advanced. Operating System: Windows.
This app is a vinyl emulator that allows DJs to 8220;scratch8221; digital tracks as if they were on vinyl records. Supported features include needle drops, pitch changes, scratching, spinbacks and rewinds. Operating System: Linux.
For Windows only, InfraRecorder can create audio, video, data or mixed-use CDs and DVDs. It can also erase re-recordable discs and copy discs even if you have only one optical drive. Operating System: Windows.
If you8217;re looking to create a more professional-looking DVD, this tool lets you set up attractive menu screens that will work on most standard DVD players. It also supports the creation of digital slide shows. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
For those who are comfortable working from the command line, CDRtools is a collection of apps for converting and recording CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray. Under development since 1996, this is a mature tool that has been around a long time. Operating System: Linux.
One of the more popular file sharing clients, eMule (and eMule Plus) boasts an easy-to-use interface, fast performance and good search capabilities. The latest version supports Windows 7 and 8. Operating System: Windows.
This file sharing client includes a chat functionality that makes it easy to meet and interact with other Ares users. Other key features include fast downloads, a built-in media player and a helpful library management tool. Operating System: Windows.
Calling itself the 8220;ultimate P2P client,8221; Shareaza supports the EDonkey2000, Gnutella, BitTorrent and Gnutella2 networks. It also has multiple-source downloads, sophisticated file hashing, global search, customization capabilities, preview filters and more. Operating System: Windows.
BitTornado is an alternative front-end for accessing the BitTorrent file-sharing network. Be warned that it8217;s not particularly user-friendly for those who are new to file sharing. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Forked from BitTornado, ABC also supports the BitTorrent network. Features include multiple downloads in a single window, a prioritized queuing system, customizable interface and more. Operating System: Windows.
This tool allows users to copy DVDs, convert videos to other formats, convert DVD audio to digital audio formats, merge and split files and more. It supports most popular file types. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
HandBrake aims to be able to convert video from nearly any file format. Basic operation is simple and fast, but it also includes a lot of options for those with more complicated needs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
For Macs only, this tool leverages code from ffmpeg, Burn and several other open source tools to convert video files among various formats. It offers a simple drag-and-drop interface and batch processing capabilities. Operating System: OS X.
The 8220;Swiss Army knife of sound processing programs,8221; SoX can convert audio files to and from most file formats and add special effects. It’s a command line program, so you’ll need to be comfortable working without a GUI to use it. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Based on FFMpeg, MEncoder and MPlayer, TEncoder is a multi-threaded multimedia converter that supports most file formats. It can run up to eight processes simultaneously and can run two passes to improve quality on converted files. Operating System: Windows.
This tool makes it easy to download videos from Internet sites like Yahoo, Vimeo, and many others and convert them to any file format you like. It’s very popular and has won numerous awards. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Extremely popular, VLC can play DVDs, CDs, streaming files and most digital audio and video formats. It can also convert files from one format to another. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.
This VLC fork offers a streamlined, full-screen interface with large font sizes. It’s also portable and can be run from a thumb drive or portable hard drive. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.
This tool not only plays multimedia files, it can also record, convert and stream audio or video. It’s a full suite of tools and libraries for end users and developers working on similar projects. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
While many media players place a premium on features, Miro aims to be beautiful as well as functional. It imports files from iTunes and other media management systems, and it syncs with your mobile devices. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS.
Banshee describes itself as “Simple enough to enjoy. Powerful enough to thrill.” It’s a full-featured multi-media player and management system with the ability to sync with smartphones and tablets. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS.
Most of the video players on this list support traditional 2D playback, but Bino supports 3D and multi-display video, such as powerwalls and virtual reality interfaces. Key features include dual camera support, scriptability and support for high precision color. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
With a huge library of codecs, UMPlayer aims to play anything. Key features include skinnable interface, built-in subtitles search, audio/subtitles sync, enhanced filter rendering, and YouTube playback and recording. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
SMPlayer is based on the code from MPlayer, but it adds an intuitive graphic interface. When you play a file, it remembers your settings—in other words, if you turn off a movie before it is finished, it will start at the same place when you return. Operating system: Linux.
Designed for big screens and home theater PCs (HTPCs), this media player comes with built-in support for remote controllers. A large number of add-ons connect it to various services and add functionality. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Totem is the Gnome desktop’s movie player. It includes features like playlist, full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, keyboard navigation and a Firefox plug-in for watching movies in your browser. Operating System: Linux.
If you remember the old version of Windows Media Player fondly, you’ll probably like this app, which attempts to recreate that experience. Because it’s very lightweight, it’s a good option for older or underpowered systems. Operating System: Windows.
Xine is a fast, extensible player that supports a wide range of file formats. Capabilities include a skinnable GUI, Linux InfraRed Control support, closed caption support, playlists, audio resampling, fullscreen display and more. Operating System: OS X, Linux.
If your inner librarian has been wanting an application that makes it easy to catalog your music, videos, books, video games and other stuff, Data Crow might be for you. It creates an easy-to-use database for organizing just about anything you collect—and if you loan things to friends, it can even track who borrowed your stuff. Operating System: OS Independent.
This app, which integrates with VLC Media Player, strives to be 8220;Del.icio.us for your video collection.8221; Use it to organize, tag and search your video library. (Source code is available through GitHub.) Operating System: Windows, OS X, Linux.
Turn your Linux/Unix system into a full-featured drum machine. The latest version includes a sample editor, time stretch and pitch functions, playlists, a director window with a visual metronome and more. Operating System: Linux.
Java-based orDrumbox includes features like auto-composition, poly-rhythms, an unusual arpeggiator, automatic sounds/track matching, custom softsynths, lowfi rendering and more. There’s a “lite” online version so you can try it out before you download. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Designed as a free alternative to FL Studio, LMMS allows users to create melodies and beats, synthesize and mix sounds, and arrange samples. It works with MIDI keyboards and comes with a lot of built-in plugins, presets and samples. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on software that creates sheet music. MuseScore makes it easy to “create, play and print beautiful sheet music,” and it’s absolutely free. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
This variant of Ubuntu Linux is specifically designed for multimedia content creation. It includes tools for audio and video production, graphic design, photography and publishing, and it8217;s supported by Canonical.
Need to record what’s happening on your screen? CamStudio makes AVI videos of on-screen activities, including sound. It’s a good option for educators, trainers and tech support staff. Operating System: Windows.
Java-based Krut records both audio and video and creates wav and mov files. Key features include support for two different frame rates, moveable recording areas, timer controls and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux OS X.
Ampache allows users to set up their own streaming servers so that they can see and hear their audio and video files from any device. Note that in order to use it you’ll need your own Web server running Apache, Nginx or similar software. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
VideoLAN can stream “MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestrial television channels and live videos on the network in unicast or multicast.” It comes bundled with VLC Media Player. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Calling itself the “most complete personal streaming system,” Subsonic offers a huge range of features for setting up your own streaming server. Download the free version or use the premium version for $1 per month. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Roku, others.
Designed to perform well even on older, slower systems, AmpJuke is an audio-only streaming solution that lets you listen two different ways: each end user can select which music he or she wants to hear or you put together a broadcast, similar to a traditional radio show, where everyone hears the same thing. It can run over the Internet or a LAN. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
This open source application was developed by Apple and is built on the same code as the QuickTime Streaming Server. It supports QuickTime and MPEG-4 media formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
The Universal Media Server allows you to stream videos from your PC so that you can watch them on your TV or other devices. It supports UPnP and DLNA, and it can handle most common types of media files. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Award-winning Amara claims to be “simply the best subtitling toolset in the world.” The organization also offers paid pro and enterprise versions, which are used by companies like TED, Netflix, Udacity, Twitter, Mozilla and many Hollywood production companies. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
This app can create, edit and convert text-only subtitles. Key features include a customizable interface, support for multiple languages, automatic durations, smart line adjusting, spell check and more. Operating System: Windows.
Designed to be “useful and fast,” Cinelerra invites users to “unleash the 50,000 watt flamethrower of content creation in your Linux box.” It includes a long list of features and built-in special effects. Operating System: Linux.
This community-focused version of Cinelerra offers some advanced features and help that isn’t available with the standard version of Cinelerra. As new features are added to the regular version, they also get added to this community version. Operating System: Linux.
Very easy to use, OpenShot is a good option for people who are new to video editing. It exports completed videos to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360 and several other common formats. Operating System: Linux.
Best for simple cutting, filtering and encoding projects, Avidemux isn’t quite as full-featured as some of the other applications on this list. However, it does have some helpful automation, queuing and scripting capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.
This new video editor hasn8217;t released a 1.0 version yet, but it8217;s under very active development. It offers an intuitive, very stylish interface plus a full slate of features. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.
VirtualDub also offers video capture and processing capabilities without all the advanced editing capabilities of some other tools. Thanks to its batch processing features, it can handle large numbers of files at once. Operating System: Windows.
LiVES serves two different functions: standard video editing or live video mixing performed by VJs. It makes it easy to mix, switch and add effects in real time. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Every SketchUp model is made up of just two things: edges and faces. Edges are straight lines, and faces are the 2D shapes that are created when several edges form a flat loop. For example, a rectangular face is bound by four edges that are connected together at right angles. To build models in SketchUp, you draw edges and faces using a few simple tools that you can learn in a small amount of time. It8217;s as simple as that.
Push/Pull: Quickly go from 2D to 3D
Extrude any flat surface into a three-dimensional form with SketchUp8217;s patented Push/Pull tool. Just click to start extruding, move your mouse, and click again to stop. You can Push/Pull a rectangle into a box. Or draw the outline of a staircase and Push/Pull it into 3D. Want to make a window? Push/Pull a hole through your wall. SketchUp is known for being easy to use, and Push/Pull is the reason why.
Accurate measurements: Work with precision
SketchUp is great for working fast and loose in 3D, but it8217;s more than just a fancy electronic pencil. Because you8217;re working on a computer, everything you create in SketchUp has a precise dimension. When you8217;re ready, you can build models that are as accurate as you need them to be. If you want, you can print scaled views of your model, and if you have SketchUp Pro, you can even export your geometry into other programs like AutoCAD and 3ds MAX.
Follow Me: Create complex extrusions and lathed forms
You use SketchUp8217;s innovative, do-everything Follow Me tool to create 3D forms by extruding 2D surfaces along predetermined paths. Model a bent pipe by extruding a circle along an L-shaped line. Create a bottle by drawing half of its outline, then using Follow Me to sweep it around a circle. You can even use Follow Me to round off (fillet) edges on things like handrails, furniture and electronic gadgets.
Paint Bucket: Apply colors and textures
You can use SketchUp8217;s Paint Bucket tool to paint your model with materials like colors and textures.
Groups and Components: Build smarter models
By 8220;sticking together8221; parts of the geometry in your model to make Groups, you can create sub-objects that are easier to move, copy and hide. Components are a lot like Groups, but with a handy twist: copies of Components are related together, so changes you make to one are automatically reflected in all the others. Windows, doors, trees, chairs and millions of other things benefit from this behavior.
Shadows: Perform shade studies and add realism
SketchUp8217;s powerful, real-time Shadow Engine lets you perform accurate shade studies on your models.
Sections: See inside your models
You can use SketchUp8217;s interactive Sections feature to temporarily cut away parts of your design, enabling you to look inside. You can use Sections to create orthographic views (like floorplans), to export geometry to CAD programs using SketchUp Pro, or just to get a better view of your model while you8217;re working on it. Section Planes can be moved, rotated and even animated using SketchUp8217;s Scenes feature.
Scenes: Save views and create animations
We created Scenes to enable you to easily save precise views of your model so you can come back to them later. Need to create an animation? Just create a few Scenes and click a button.
Look Around and Walk: Explore your creations firsthand
SketchUp lets you get inside your model with a set of simple navigation tools designed to give you a first-person view. Click with Position Camera to 8220;be standing8221; anywhere in your model. Use Look Around to turn your virtual head. Finally, switch to Walk to explore your creation on foot; you can even climb and descend stairs and ramps, just like you8217;re playing a video game.
Dimensions and Labels: Add information to your designs
You can use the super-intuitive Dimension and Label tools to add dimensions, annotations and other glorious detail to your work.
The Instructor: Catch on quickly
SketchUp8217;s Instructor dialog box, which you can choose to activate at any time, provides context-sensitive help.
Layers and the Outliner: Stay organized
When you8217;re building a big, complicated model, things can get messy very quickly. SketchUp provides two useful ways to keep your geometry manageable:
Google Earth: See your models in context
SketchUp and Google Earth are part of the same product family, meaning you can exchange information between them easily. Need a building site for your project? Import a scaled aerial photograph, including topography, directly from Google Earth to SketchUp by clicking one button. Want to see your SketchUp model in context in Google Earth? Click another button, and you can. Anyone can use SketchUp to build models which can be seen by anyone in Google Earth.
Sandbox tools: Work on terrain
SketchUp8217;s Sandbox tools let you create, optimize and alter 3D terrain. You can generate a smooth landscape from a set of imported contour lines, add berms and valleys for runoff, and create a building pad and driveway.
3D Warehouse: Find models of almost anything you need
The Google 3D Warehouse is a huge, online repository of 3D models which you can search through when you need something. Why build something when you can download it for free?
Import 3DS: Get a head start on your modeling
You can import 3DS files directly into your SketchUp models. Have a piece of furniture in 3DS format that you8217;d like to use? Import it in, then keep on truckin8217;.
Import images: Paint walls with photos
With SketchUp, you can import image files like JPGs, TIFFs, PNGs and PDFs. You can use them by themselves (kind of like posters), but you can also stick them to surfaces to create photo-realistic models of buildings, package designs, and more.
Export TIFF, JPEG and PNG
SketchUp lets you export raster images up to 10,000 pixels square, so generating an image which you can send in an email, publish in a document, or project on a wall is as easy as choosing a few options and clicking Export.
PRO Import and Export DXF and DWG: 2D line drawings and 3D models
Google SketchUp Pro allows you to import and export DXFs and DWGs, giving you an easy way to move plans, sections, elevations or even your whole model into (and out of) your favorite CAD program. Imported and exported geometry remains at 1:1 scale, and layers are preserved.
PRO Export PDF and EPS: 2D vector images
With the Pro version of Google SketchUp, you can export views of your models in PDF and EPS format, allowing you to continue to work on them in vector editing programs like Illustrator and Freehand. For 2D images that need to be resolution-independent, nothing beats exporting to these formats.
PRO Export 3DS, OBJ, XSI, FBX, VRML and DAE
If you8217;re using Google SketchUp Pro, you can export your models to a number of useful 3D formats. Pros use a number of different tools, and these exporters allow SketchUp to join most professional workflows by offering interoperability with just about every popular 3D modeling application in existence.
Discover Adobe® Kuler® — the web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you8217;re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.
DID YOU KNOW…
Adobe Kuler is now available as a tablet app
The Adobe Kuler app, an extension of the full Adobe Kuler service, enables you to generate and view color themes on the go. Initially available for Android only.
Kuler is accessible from your favorite Creative Suite 5 software
Explore, search, and create new color themes right where you work with the Kuler panels built into Adobe Illustrator® CS5, Photoshop® CS5, InDesign® CS5.5, Fireworks® CS5, and Flash® Professional CS5.5 software. See more features
Looking to learn the basics of using the Arduino starter board? Well be sure to watch this informative video hosted by Massimo Banzi, one of the Co-Founders of Arduino.
The video explains how to build a basic circuit with the Arduino board, and how to use each of the basic components such as LEDs, switches, and resistors. So if you are new to engineering, or have only recently purchased the Arduino started kit, this video is a must-watch!
This section contains 8216;How to8217; guides for every part of an artist’s career. From exhibiting, to earning money and more. Everything you need to know about sustaining a career as a practitioner is here.
These paper and fabric speakers are made by running 5-9V amplified sound signal through a very conductive coil in close proximity to a magnet. Unlike most speakers that have the wire coil wrapped cylindrically and placed around the magnet, here the coil is in the plane and directly adhered to the membrane that moves the air creating sound.
Also see: etched fabric speaker, carved and engraved wood speakers, plated seashell speakers:
Slade alumni and artist Sam Belinfante has shared this great guide on how best to back up your computer data and files, giving many different options. The guide has been written by an artist specifically for artists. This is a must read for anyone using a computer.
booru WebCam 2.0 will assist you in capturing images from your web camera, publishing them on your homepage, archiving them on your harddrive or storing them on the Internet. The program makes it easy to apply effects such as picture and text overlays to the camera image. The main purpose of booru Webcam is to increase the fun factor and usefulness of webcams!
Party Cam: Use your web camera as a party cam, documenting the party to your local hard drive. You can later on look through the archive to find all the highlights from yesterday8217;s party. Or why not share your fun with others on the Internet?
Surveillance: Use your web camera as a simple surveillance camera, documenting the things happening in its view.
Share in Style: Publish images on the Internet with dynamic text and custom made overlay images.
Free: The program can be freely downloaded below for private, non-commercial use. No nagging, no trial period. See the online manual for installation instructions.
Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors is a short documentary explaining internet infrastructure, focusing on the art deco building 60 Hudson Street in Tribeca, which is now one of the most concentrated carrier hotels in the world. The internet has an 8220;ironically very limited geography in terms of big strategic concentrations,8221; explains Stephen Graham, professor of cities and society, Newcastle University, in the short film. 8220;The big affluent high tech information rich regions8221; is where the infrastructure is densely located. And 60 Hudson Street was especially ideal as a hub, given that the building was already designed to accomidate cables as it was first fitted for pneumatics tubes, then telegraph cables and telephone lines.
In an interview with The Atlantic8217;s Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, director Ben Mendelsohn explains, 8220;The issue of how this infrastructure is hidden fascinates me. Andrew Blum has a book coming out in May about physical Internet infrastructure, which I8217;m very excited for. He was giving a lecture and handing out postcards of 8220;data monuments8221; in New York City, and I asked him: if these are monuments, what do they reveal about the culture that built them? Their message is really one of ambivalence. Service providers need to let potential clients know where they are, but they generally decline to make their presence widely known beyond that marketing purpose. Andrew did say that he envisions 8221;brewery tour8221; style visits or class field trips to Internet buildings in the future, and I think that would be great, but the industry is not there yet.8221;
Autodesk today expanded its suite of free 3D tools by partnering with Circuits.io to launch an electronics design tool: 123D Circuits.
The program allows users to create virtual breadboard-based designs to build and experiment with circuits. A virtual Arduino board can be added to the design, and the code can be edited in a browser window and simulated. The code can also be edited collaboratively (“a Google Doc for electronics” Autodesk claims).
The program also provides hooks that allow users to have the virtual boards professionally manufactured.
a major new website examining the celluloid legacy of British colonialism. The website, www.colonialfilm.org.uk, houses over 30 hours of newly digitized films drawn from the archives of the British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum. It is made freely available, worldwide. The project research team sifted through thousands of records to extract a comprehensive list of any and every film that contained footage, however brief, of a British colony before independence, and from this pre-existing but unsorted data a new joint catalogue was assembled, and is presented on the website in a fully searchable form. All told there are some six thousand film records. The earliest titles in the collection date from the 1890s. The most recent show the handover of Hong Kong in 1997. Between these dates were found a dazzling array of moving pictures. Few of them had been looked at in any great detail. There are films of all places, and of all genres: documentaries, educational and instructional films, industrial films, propaganda, fiction, missionary and amateur films. We have digitized films from across all these categories.
Alongside the films and catalogue are a series of enhanced catalogue entries that give an account of the production and making of selected films, and integrate this into wider historical contexts, paying special attention to the visual aspects of the films and examining how their messages are conveyed. Four hundred or so entries are available online, written principally by the post-doctoral research team of Tom Rice, Richard Osborne, and Francis Gooding. There are also texts detailing the most important production companies that worked in the colonies or under the aegis of the colonial power, and the catalogue can also be searched both by historical themes, such as Empire and War, and by film genre.
The project’s primary aim was to illuminate the colonial past through the examination of material visual evidence, to link this evidence with deep and wide ranging research in colonial and international history, and to begin the process of making these historically important films available, often for the first time since they were originally released. To further these goals, two collections of essays examining the integral role cinema played in the control, organization, and governance of the diverse geo-political space of the British Empire have also recently been published. Empire and Film, and Film and the End of Empire are both edited by Lee Grieveson and Colin MacCabe and published by the British Film Institute. (Further details about these are online at http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=488135 and http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=489076).
This project was led by Colin MacCabe and Lee Grieveson. It was made possible by funds provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the United Kingdom. We acknowledge also the important support of the British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, the London Consortium, the University of Pittsburgh, Birkbeck College, University of London, and University College London.
Converts color data to different color standards (RGB, CMYK, L*ab, L*ch, L*uv, Hunter, XYZ etc.). All the math implemented in this calculators is available in the math/formulas page.
Create color harmonies
From your RGB colors it creates colors complements, harmonies and themes. It can be used to easily create a Web site color theme or to select good trim and accent colors for your home decorations.
From RGB values to commercial tints
Matches your computer generated RGB values to color cards, paint lines, inks, fandecks, standards and more8230;
Helps you find a commercial product matching your computer generated colors. Also let you get cross-products matches of paint and ink products. Transforms 8220;virtual8221; colors in 8220;real world8221; references.
From commercial tints to RGB values
Search through our commercial tints database for specific color codes or names.
Once selected the desired color, find the closest match in competitors8217; fandecks and color cards, create harmonies or get full chromatic data.
Software and color database
We can supply software and color database to perform this site8217;s services without the need to be on-line all the time.
Popular chromameter interfaces are also available upon request.
You will find a rich collection of color related information here. Math and formulas, FAQ, useful links, monitor resolution notes and much more8230; A constantly updated source of useful color tips.
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This is an old post from Larry Jordan, FCP instructor
NOTE: This process changed since this was posted. See the update at the bottom. When working with PAL just use DV PAL settings in place of NTSC
Tom Porett, from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, writes:
I enjoy your newsletter greatly – thanks very much.
I have a question about converting a 16:9 format to 4:3 in letterbox format (with bars). If there is an issue of the newsletter that has that info I’d appreciate it.
I am uploading work to Google video and they require 4:3 format only.
Larry replies: Yup, it can be done. In fact, I had a client this morning that needed to convert a DVCPro-50 16:9 sequence into a DV 4:3 video. Here’s how to do it.
1) Open the sequence you want to convert into the Timeline.
2) Choose File > Export > Quicktime movie.
3) In the Save As dialog, change Current Settings to “DV NTSC 48K” — if you are working with PAL video, you would select “DV PAL 48K”. Then, make sure that Make movie self-contained. is CHECKED.
4) The movie will export — and will take a while to do so, depending upon the length of the sequence you are exporting. Use this to rediscover the outdoors and sunshine. Look out a window, or something.
5) When the export is complete, change your Easy Setup to “DV NTSC” (or “DV PAL” depending upon where in the world you live).
6) Create a new project and import your newly exported QuickTime movie. Then, edit it to the Timeline.
Ta-DAH! Your 16:9 image format is retained, but Final Cut has now added black letter-boxing at the top and bottom of the image. You are now ready to output as a standard DV file.
The best part about this process is that no additional rendering is necessary; your file is ready to output as soon as you get it edited into a new sequence.
Fast and easy.
UPDATE – Jan. 2008
As Oren Hercz pointed out:
I just wanted to mention a minor problem I discovered with your “converting a 16:9 sequence to 4:3 video” article. I was following your instructions, using FCP 5.1.2, but when I exported my anamorphic sequence as “DV NTSC 48k” and then imported it into a NTSC DV timeline, I got a stretched image inside black bars (yuck!) I discovered that I had to export using “DV NTSC 48k anamorphic” setting to make it work. I don’t know if this is a change in FCP since you wrote that article, but I thought you might want to know.
Larry replies: You are correct. Apple has now made anamorphic video a specific menu choice in the application. If you are working with 16:9, then please select “anamorphic.”
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Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of our classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of our classes, you8217;ll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. We know that your life is busy, and that you have many commitments on your time. Thus, our courses are designed based on sound pedagogical foundations, to help you master new concepts quickly and effectively. Key ideas include mastery learning, to make sure that you have multiple attempts to demonstrate your new knowledge; using interactivity, to ensure student engagement and to assist long-term retention; and providing frequent feedback, so that you can monitor your own progress, and know when you8217;ve really mastered the material.
We offer courses in a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you8217;re looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, we hope there will be multiple courses that you find interesting.
When shipping artwork around it is ideal to have custom wooden crates made to the right size. It protects the artwork and makes shipping and handling easier and safer. It is often cheaper buying ready made plastic.
Recommended companies: Packable, wood approved for international shipment, fast turnaround, many options.
Macs have some great built-in keyboard shortcuts, but if you want to create custom or global shortcuts that perform more complicated tasks, you8217;ll need to do a little extra legwork. Here8217;s how to turn virtually any action into a keyboard shortcut
visualization.ch put together a selection of data visualization tools that they use the most and that they enjoy working with. It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data. Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code. They will keep this list as a living repository and add / remove things as technology develops.
With GuideGuide, it doesn’t have to be. Pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or marquee with the click of a button. Frequently used guide sets can be saved for repeat use. Grids can use multiple types of measurements. Best of all it’s free. Honestly, if you haven’t started downloading it by now, you’re probably a masochist. Weirdo…
Fill in the fields and click the GG button to create your grid.
Negative margin values will place the guides outside your selection.
Hold the clear guides button to clear all input fields.
Clicking the icon next to a margin field will apply its value to all margins.
Clicking the + button will let you save the current values as a preset.
Double click a guide set to edit it.
Hold the clear guides button to delete the selected set.
Holding the GG button with a set selected will switch to the grid tab and populate its form
Once upon a time to work with 3d software you8217;d need a small fortune to get you started – a few thousand Euros for the software, and a few more to partake in a premium rate course or two to learnthe basics. Or you could save your pennies and buy a mute tutorial book, which would invariably goout of date as newer versions of your program would surface, and keyboard short cuts, terminologyand layout would change. Now the world of 3D computer graphics has opened up and its anyone8217;s game. Blender potentially replaces the industry standards of Maya, Cinema4D and 3DS Max, happily quelling the age olddilemma of 8216;which 3D program is best / should I fork out on?8217; (8216;try Blender, its free and its great8217;).Your premium rate teacher is replaced by the hoards of helpful souls wandering Blender forums,waiting and eager to help, and to get you started you can search for the array of video tutorials onYouTube and beyond, lovingly created to make learning easy.In the year and a half I have been learning and working with Blender
Like all digital media, video-games can be designed, produced, deconstructed and re-appropriated within the context of art. Even though the history of video-games is relatively short, it is already rich with examples of artistic experimentation and innovation. Unlike film or video, games still represent a fairly immature medium, slowly evolving to locate itself in mainstream culture. The majority of games often present simplistic or crude visions of interactivity, narrative and aesthetics, but the mediumoffers unique potential for the creation of exciting new forms of art. Like any digital medium the evolution of art/games is closely tied to the development of software, hardware and thesocio-cultural forms that grow around this technology.
Image reigns supreme. From the thousands of films churned out each year from Nollywood, to the persistent recording of images by security cameras in London to the scaling of windows on your desktop computer, you are already a pixel pusher. But, how can you reign supreme over images? How can you become an active participant in the creation of graphics and move beyond passive consumption. While the distinction between amateur and professional is erased in the Youtube-record-a-video-get-rich-generation, the focus upon high-quality content controlling tools is key. What is the point of mastering verion 3.5 of Killer Graphics App 978242;s fuzz filter  if you don8217;t have a use, or you have become locked into a niche application that costs 2000 Euros for each new version? The focus of this chapter is about exploring free and open source tools that empower you to do what you want to say and if the tools aren8217;t working out, you are allowed to change them from the inside-out! The major tools in this chapter to be discussed are bitmap editor Gimp, vector drawing tool Inkscape, 3d graphics with Blender, and algorithmic graphics creation with Processing . By the way, these tools are free! They have huge constructive communities around them waiting to help you with your tasks, adding new features and supporting vibrant actively producing pixel pushers.
In working with any graphics application, it is important to understand the difference between vector and pixel graphics. Vector graphics describe the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, Bezier curves, and polygons to represent images in computer graphics . It is used in contrast with the term raster graphics (bitmap graphics), which is the representation of images as a collection of pixels (dots). Vector graphics are math equations to define curves, generally have a smaller file size than raster graphics and also, can be scaled from tiny to massively huge billboards with no loss in quality. The letterforms for these words I8217;m typing are vector graphics. Bitmaps on the other-hand, are the types of images that a camera outputs, for example. Maybe your camera is a 5-megapixel camera, meaning it can record 5 million pixels per image. With bitmap graphics the more data about an image, then generally the better quality image, and thus a larger file size.
Gimp is one of the oldest free and open source applications. It is now 10 years old and is on par with major closed-source  applications. Gimp is primarily a tool you can use to edit all aspects of a bitmap image, from color retouching of photos, to painting on a canvas to fixing blemishes on a face, Gimp is chock full of tools. Its vector-based sibling is Inkscape, an Open Source drawing tool. With it you can make complex typography, make huge billboards, draw architectural plans and make lovely charts. This powerful tool implements the World Wide Web consortium8217;s Scalable Vector Graphics specification (SVG) and points out another strength of Open Source graphics tools in supporting free and open standards that won8217;t just vanish because a company closes shop, or locks down a format under proprietary patents.
Another important concept for graphics is the difference between two (2D) and three-dimensions (3D). Most graphics applications, including Gimp and Inkscape, are two-dimensional, meaning they deal with height and width of graphics, also called X and Y coordinates. Think of 2D graphics as a piece of paper. 3D graphics, like those operated on by the free software editor, Blender, add depth (Z-axis) to 2D graphics. This is what you see in the famous Pixar movies like Toy Story and Cars .
These typical 3D animations also add a fourth dimension (4D), time. While Blender does handle the fourth dimension by allowing 3D creators to animate, for these chapters, the concept of 4D also includes the concept of graphics through time and interactivity. When Casey Reas and Ben Fry developed Processing, a simple Java-based language and runtime for creating generative graphics, the tools for creating graphics primarily relied upon manual creation with Gimp and Inkscape, or more sophisticated knowledge of graphics programming in C/C++. Processing lowered the barriers for participation in creating interested graphics from code, and also allowed for these graphics to take on a life of their own through user interaction. It should also be noted that Inkscape, Gimp and Blender all offer forms of scripting and automation as well to enable creators to be extended quickly. The main difference between these three apps and Processing, is that Processing generates standalone applications which can be run anywhere. This is great for artists who are making interactive installations, but way too much manual controls for simple photo retouching.
In addition to these great free and open source tools that exist, there are projects as well, which focus on the community of graphics creation and on connecting together graphics applications into a coherently focused suite. The Open Clip Art Library encourages the upload and remix of public domain vector graphics under the guise of “clip art” and the Open Font Library goal is to build the world8217;s largest free and open collection of fonts . The Open Clip Art Library has approximately 15,000 pieces of high quality public domain clip art, meaning anyone can