Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Adobe makes Team Projects free to editors & animators into August

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.

Google Classroom integrates Meet video conferencing, free to schools

As a parent of kids who rely on Google Classroom via a pair of cheap-n-cheerful Chromebooks we scored last month, I’m happy to see that Google is making premium features free to students through the end of September:

In order to support ongoing institutional needs, we’ve extended access to premium Meet features at no cost for all G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education users until September 30, 2020. This means you can have meetings for up to 250 participants per call, live streams for up to 100,000 viewers within your domain, and record meetings and save them to Google Drive. 

Check out the Keyword blog for lots of details on password-controlled access & more.

Build an AI twin to attend video calls in your absence

Hah–this is rather brilliant:

Reed has shared a longer explainer of how his Zoombot works over on redpepper’s website, but it started with a handful of selfie screenshots he snapped in Quicktime of himself sitting at his desk, with various head poses and states of speech, while staring at his computer’s webcam. These were then used as source material for a custom webapp Reed created that relies on an open-source tool called Artyom.js that can trigger automated synthesized responses using voice recognition.

[Via Rajat Paharia]

Happy 10th birthday to Content-Aware Phil

Somehow (somehow!) it’s been exactly 10 years since Photoshop CS5 was released, bringing Content-Aware Fill, 64-bit performance on Mac & Windows, and more.

It’s a bittersweet milestone for me, as CS5 proved to be the last release of PS on which I worked full time before transitioning to mobile experimentation (PS Touch, more) and video. Seems like just yesterday I was sitting in this gazebo ahead of launch, furiously testing Content-Aware Fill on pics taken here of the then-infant kids of fellow PMs Tom Hogarty & Bryan O’Neil Hughes. So much different, so much unchanged. Let’s see what the next 10 years bring.

Just for old times’ sake, here’s the original CAF sneak peek vid:


Charmingly low-fi AR: Skiing in the living room


As PetaPixel notes,

“Just before the current health situation locked us in, I was about to go Freeriding with my family. It was supposed to be the big adventure of the year, the one I had been eagerly awaiting for a year,” explains Herrero. “Therefore, the lockdown had me thinking about skiing the whole time, so I started to think how I could ski without leaving my living room.”