Former Google intern Kevin Lustgarten produces some delightful sleights of hand. Enjoy!
I will not be trying to replicate his Jedi push-up technique anytime soon!
I somehow overlooked last month’s announcement of a public beta program for Adobe DVA apps:
Today a small group of users will become the first Adobe Creative Cloud members to find Beta versions of the Adobe video and audio apps available in the Creative Cloud Desktop app. This marks the start of a public Beta program which will roll out incrementally over the coming months, until it is available to all Creative Cloud members.
Now O.G.’s David Simons & Jason Levine have given a live overview and Q&A covering the project:
The new public Beta program started rolling out to Creative Cloud members earlier this year. On Friday, join this discussion and live Q&A with Jason Levine and David Simons, Adobe Fellow, who has been leading the initiative. If the name rings a bell: Dave is one of the inventors of After Effects, for which he won a technical Academy Award, and Adobe Character Animator, which won him a technical Emmy.
Not to be confused with cloud-hosted Team Projects, this new feature is geared towards editors working together on premises:
Productions connects Premiere Pro project files, making them into components of the larger workflow.
Media referencing across projects means you can reuse assets within your Production without creating duplicate files. Using shared local storage, multiple editors can work on different projects in the same production. Project Locking ensures that no one overwrites your work.
You control your content: Productions use shared local storage and can be used without an internet connection.
My wife & her team have been working hard to support freelancers & other video professionals collaborating remotely. Here’s some great news:
[W]e are pleased to extend the availability of Adobe’s Team Projects video collaboration capabilities to Premiere Pro and After Effects users with a Creative Cloud for individual license… until August 17, 2020, at no additional cost. […]
Team Projects is a cloud-hosted collaboration service that allows editors and motion graphics artists to work within Premiere Pro and After Effects. With Team Projects, colleagues can collaborate on video projects from anywhere by syncing changes through the cloud. All you need to do is connect to the Team Projects service and create a team project in Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects.
Project files are stored and saved in Creative Cloud, so you can revert and sync project files across multiple workstations.
Check out the rest of the post for an FAQ and other details.
By the way, if you’re going to be in NYC in a couple of weeks & are interested in After Effects, you might want to check out the next AENY meeting. Jim Geduldick writes to say that the June 26th meeting will feature some cool speakers:
Check out the AENY site for more details.
Last Thursday Adobe held a day-long event at which the execs briefed members of the financial community. A couple of us spear carriers (Steve Heintz, Karl Soule, and I) were recruited to help show off some new technology that’s baking "in the labs" (i.e. none of this stuff is promised for a future version, your mileage my vary, void where prohibited, professional driver on a closed course, etc.).
Check out the Connect webcast to see the goods in action. (Scrub ahead to 18 minutes or so–about one third of the way through–to catch the demos.) I show off some new performance tuning in Photoshop by playing with a 650 megapixel image on a Mac Pro. It’s too bad that the low frame rate of recording hides the fluidity of panning, zooming, and rotating via OpenGL hardware acceleration. I also demonstrate automated merging of images to extend depth of field, as well as a 360-degree panorama mapped onto an interactive 3D sphere on which I can paint directly. (Painting directly onto 3D models–mmm, yes.) Steve demos Adobe’s new "Thermo" RIA design tool while Karl shows off inverse kinematics in Flash and more.
You can check out the rest of the executive presentations & their slides here.
The entire animation was done completely with Photoshop and After Effects (with a touch of Illustrator for logo preparation). No 3rd party plug-ins, programs, animation, videos were used; just the tools that ship standard with Adobe software. All photos are original – taken with my Nikon D80 (organized in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom). The music is also original. No 3rd party stuff, well, except for my cheap Yamaha guitar.
Then, of course, there were a few that remind you that "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"
Thanks to everyone for the great entries! If you see any that strike you as particularly cool, funny, bizarre, etc., please pass ’em along via the comments.
Decks & Bombs & Rock n’ Roll: Peep the amazing intro to Lakai’s Fully Flared skateboarding video. (Okay, no rock here, but the grandiose score & slow motion really do it for me.) I’d love to see a higher-res version of this clip, but for that apparently you need to buy the DVD. [Via]
In other animation/motion graphics news: