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After Effects Apprentice by Trish and Chris Meyer
After Effects Apprentice is a project-based tutorial book. Seeing a software in action is the best way to learn. However, Iím one of those who learn best from a written tutorial. So I was happy to learn that the authors Trish and Chris Meyer included video training on their book's DVD.
After Effects CC, Flash CC and PhoneGap
Creative Cloud offers new and improved features for After Effects CC, Flash CC and PhoneGap. We see new live integration between CINEMA 4D and After Effects CC. Creative Cloud also makes creating apps with PhoneGap Build much easier and the Toolkit for CreateJS extension is now built into Flash CC.
Animating Effects Motion 5 105 by macProVideo
When it comes of Motion, animation is what it's all about. In this Animating Effects section of the video training course by macProVideo Michael Wohl covers many ways to create animations.
Apple Motion 5 Cookbook by Nick Haurauz
Besides covering the basics of Apple Motion 5, Nick Haurauz also covers more advanced techniques in his book entitled Apple Motion 5 Cookbook.
Creating Final Cut FX Templates in Motion
In the second half of the Motion 5 video training from macProVideo entitled Creating Final Cut FX Templates, Ben Balser introduces design principles for text, color and balance for motion graphics. He also combines everything you have learned into a final animation project.
Creating Project Templates with After Effects
Are you considering making your own After Effects templates for sale. This lynda.com course entitled Creating Project Templates with After Effects by Angie Taylor will give you a good foundation for your next project.
Creative Cloud Syncing
Creative Cloud is Adobe's new fee-based membership platform for syncing your creative life across Adobe applications. The first step after creating a Creative Cloud membership is to download the Creative Cloud desktop app which is your pathway to everything Creative Cloud.
DIY Animated Video Creators
Seven options for creating your animated videos with cloud based online editors. These options feature a free plan instead of just a free trial. This is great for the novice, who could use up the free 14 days just getting familiar with the software and process.
DIY Online Animated Video Options
One of the most popular methods of social marketing your blog or business is the video. One very popular example is the explainer video. We will take a look at how animation plays a part in these videos and where you can create your own online.
Editing in Motion 5 106 by macProVideo
This is the sixth module, entitled Editing In Motion, in the Apple Motion video tutorial series by macProVideo. In this part, Michael Wohl gives a tour of the Motion Timeline and thoroughly demonstrates its many features.
Effects, Particles and Replicators Motion 5
In the previous review, we discussed the first half of the Effects, Particles and Replicators Motion 5 training video from macProVideo. This second half is a lot more fun as we start to play with Generators, Particle Systems and Replicators.
Hype 3.0 and Hype Pro
I've been watching Tumult's Hype, Adobe's Edge Animate and other HTML/CSS animation builder software for some time, especially looking for a way to create app-like widgets for iBooks. With the latest release this year, Hype Pro just might have what I need.
Motion 5 Creating Content For Final Cut Pro
This is the eighth module, entitled Creating Content For Final Cut Pro, in the Apple Motion video tutorial series by macProVideo. Michael Wohl does a great job explaining how to create assets in Motion that can be published for use in Final Cut Pro.
Motion Video Training - Filter Effects
This is the fourth module, entitled Effects, Particles and Replicators, in the Apple Motion video tutorial series by macProVideo. For the first half of this video, Michael Wohl discusses the the HUD, Inspector and the Library and the reasons for each.
Rendering and Output Motion 5 109 by macProVideo
This is the seventh module, entitled Rendering and Output, in the Apple Motion video tutorial series by macProVideo. Because rendering is very important for download time, playback quality and other factors it can be intimidating to make these numerous decisions.
Review Apple Motion 5 Cookbook
With this book entitled Apple Motion 5 Cookbook by Nick Haurauz, you can quickly learn to create motion graphics in Apple Motion 5. The author takes a recipe approach and walks his readers step-by-step through how to use Motionís tools, techniques while including a few useful tips and tricks.
Review Creating Final Cut FX Templates
In this video training from macProVideo entitled Creating Final Cut FX Templates, Ben Balser introduces the types of templates one can make in Motion and how to apply them to your project in Final Cut Pro. During each lesson, he also gives some tips as to best practices.
Review jQuery Mobile Web Dev Essentials
Mobile devices are here to stay but is your website ready? This book by Raymond Camden and Andy Matthews entitled jQuery Mobile Web Development Essentials Second Edition will help you get your website ready for mobile devices.
Revolution Responsive Slider for Wordpress
If you have a responsive Wordpress site, one resource you might want to consider is the Slider Revolution by Themepunch. Besides being responsive, cross browser and SEO readable, it has some very nice features including layers, jQuery fallback and embedded video.
Up and Running with Hype lynda.com
In this video training course from lynda.com entitled Up and Running with Hype, the instructor Jake Stroh, covers the Hype basics. When you have finished this 1 hour and 37 minute course, you will have the foundation for creating simple animation in Hype.
Web Motion for Beginners: An Overview by Tom Green
In this lynda.com series of project based courses entitled Web Motion for Beginners, Tom Green teaches web-based motion graphics from start to finish. During the process of you will cover five projects in all.
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