Friday, July 31, 2009

Apple documentation website

Apple has eliminated paper manuals for their latest software release. You can find the documentation at:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lakeview High School - Website

Julie Batchos, the Film/Broadcast Teacher at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, Michigan invited teachers on the RTNDF list to check out her class website. It includes lessons, student worksheets and rubrics for:

Introduction to Film Production
Advanced Film Production
Broadcast Journalism

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Final Cut Studio - Ripple Training Tutorials - Free

Apple has announced the release of the latest version of Final Cut Studio.

The folks at Ripple Training have produced 19 free tutorial videos that cover some of the new features in:

Final Cut Pro 7
Motion 4
Compressor 3.5
Soundtrack Pro 3
Color 1.5
Combined, the total running time for the 19 tutorials is a whopping 78 minutes! Produced by all the Apple-certified experts at Ripple Training: Steve Martin, Brian Gary, Mark Spencer, and Alexis Van Hurkman.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Video Tutorials features video tutorials produced by Israel Hyman. The website that features a large range of tips and techniques for people interesting in learning video production. He offers access to his material through a paid subscription.

He offers a number of free videos including one series called "Learn Final Cut Express 4."

Monday, July 20, 2009 Behind the Scenes Videos has a number of interesting behind the scenes videos that are worth checking out.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

AMPAS Filmmaking Teacher Guides - Free

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The organization that hosts the Oscars), has series of teacher's guides that highlight the disciplines within film production.

The Academy, in cooperation with Young Minds Inspired, produces a series of teacher’s guides that explore the art and science of motion pictures. The activities are designed to capitalize on students’ natural interest in current films and the excitement generated by the Academy Awards to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking and creative writing, and to develop visual literacy skills. Each teaching guide is available in its entirety to download and print.

The guides are made available to more than 19,500 U.S. high schools throughout the United States, reaching 39,600 teachers and nearly 2.4 million students.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Color in Motion - Color Theory Website

Color in Motion is the website of Claudia Cortes. She has created an "interactive experience of communication and color symbolism." It is a fun Flash animated site that can painlessly expose students to the communicative power of color. It is available in either an English or Spanish version.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Alex Gollner's Final Cut Plugins - Free

Alex Gollner has a number of free Final Cut plugins. Some of these include:

Lower Third
This generator provides extra text and positioning options for labelling people and places.

This filter surrounds a scaled down version of a clip with copies.

Wave Transition
A transition plugin that produces a variety of wave transition effects.

He also has a number of Final Cut tips and tutorials on the same page.