Three new GLR Promo’s

We’ve got a new building at the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam. A whole new design, a lot of glass, students and computers. I’ve asked my video design class to make a promo for our school in the new situation. Three teams have delivered quite a nice video. Hopefully a fourth video will be delivered shortly. I and my students hope you like it! More Dutch explanation about the new building on:

GLR International Promo 2014 nr 3 from Matthijs Clasener on Vimeo.

GLR International Promo 2014 nr 2 from Matthijs Clasener on Vimeo.

GLR International Promo 2014 nr 1 from Matthijs Clasener on Vimeo.

Global Video Battle 2014 – It’s a wrap

It seems so long ago that I started up this session of the Global Video Battle. It was November 2013 when teachers could signup their student teams for this awesome video competition.

They could send in up to three teams of each about five students in total. The assignment given wasn’t that hard at first sight, but once you want to make the best video possible lots of challenges are waiting for you.


Make a short fiction movie of about 5 to 12 minutes which consists of video and special effects. In the video we needed to see the scenery of the city their school is in. Not like a travel show or a documentary. We needed the kids to go outside of the school and show us the beauty of their country/city.

Adobe connect

We started at the end of April with the assignment. At that time seven schools where all set up to start the assignment. I’ve done a kick-off presentation several times to make sure that each timezone was served with their very own live kick-off event.

During the 12 weeks of working on concepts, designs and production the students needed to present in front of the webcam. These presentation lead to knock-out rounds in order to get one finalist in each of the competing schools.

Facebook and Twitter

This year we used Facebook and Twitter even more. A lot of the communication went through our Facebook group. Events, tips and trick from the teachers and jury members and the recordings of the connect sessions where shared in here.

In the final week when the videos where sent to our fabulous jury we also invited everybody around the world to like their favorite video. The total percentage of likes was added to the total score of the jury. And people liked the videos massively, which gave my competition a lot of exposure!


In the end two schools could win the prize of a one years members ship for the Adobe Creative Cloud. The Higher Ed category was won by the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam (ECHO) and K12 was won by Allen High (CHARLY).

Two students have won a Premium Membership for one year at LYNDA.COM as well.


About 100 students world wide did work on this competition.

7 schools where part of the Global Video battle

The 6 countries where The Netherlands, USA (Texas), Thailand, South Korea, Turkey and New Zealand

A stunning teaching crew around the world of 12 brilliant teachers.

7 jury members spread over the world did a fantastic job

More then 13000 people have been seeing the activity on our Facebook page.

We have got more then 2000 complete views on vimeo (people have seen the videos from start thru finish)

The competition had 274 page likes (and still counting)

The videos have got liked 431 times

Next year?

We will be back. Bigger and stronger! If you want to join, please let your teacher fill out this form:

Note: Next year only two teams per school can sign up, applying only one team is not allowed. A team has about 5 students (4, 5 or 6).

We are going to add online classes to the process. You can think of lessons in Adobe Story, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition… etc.



Adobe CC NeXT

Today I’m a guest at the Adobe CC

More powerful smart objects
Improved Layer Comps
Blur Gallery motion effects
Focus mask
Improved Content-Aware technology

Live shapes
Pen Tool Preview
Anchor point enhancements
CSS extraction
Desktop fonts from typekit

Drag and drop columns and rows within tables
EPUB fixed layout
Seamless update
Color swatch folders
Enhanced effects

Native 64 bit support
InI browser editing updates
Creative cloud add ons
HiDpi support
Dark UI

Premiere pro
Live text templates
Masking and tracking
Master clip effect
Enhanced graphics performance in Mercury Playback Engine
faster editing workflow

After Effects
Keying effects
Live text templates
Share masks with Premiere Pro
Kuler interpgration
Mercury transmit

Live element quick view

Svg export
Variable width strokes.
Tweeting for variable width strokes
Motion editor
WebGL for animation

Edge animate
Native HTML video
Sprite sheet import
Article linking for Adobe DPS
Actions editor
Copy & paste SVG from Illustrator


Adobe Certified Expert – Premiere Pro CC

Today I’ve taken a very serious exam. And passed it! I’m happy to be able to call myself an Certified Expert now in Premiere Pro CC.

The test has taken me through 54 multiple choice questions about the tool on a very deep level.

It comes with a nice digital badge aswel:


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Arabic in Premiere Pro #solve

Today I found myself teaching Premiere Pro to a group of great teachers in Saoudi Arabia! And immediately a question was being asked which is was not prepared for. “Does premiere pro support Arabic language in the Titler?” Well… it doesn’t… But that’s not the kind of answer I like to give. And sure… you can write Arabic in Photoshop and make your title in there. But that’s not what you like to do, right?

The problem is that people in Arabia write from Right To Left (RTL), and that is the thing that Premiere pro isn’t capable of (yet?). So we need to find a way to swap the letters, for instance in with type from the western alphabet. If you want to write a b c d you need to write it like this:

d c b a

But premiere pro still wants to use this order:

a b c d

So there needs to be a way to swap the letters, and we like the computer to do it for us.

The problem:

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Enlarge the image to see what’s going wrong. The text should say: كتابة العربية … but it says: ﺔﻴﺑﺮﻌﻟﺍ ﺔﺑﺎﺘﻛ

Follow these steps to make it work, it’s easy!

Go to this website: and type in your Arabic sentence for the title.

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Click on the orange concert button:

Select the text given in the lower text field and copy it.

Go to Premiere Pro and paste your text in there (make sure it’s justified on the right side).

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Pretty cool!

حظا سعيدا

*)resource a bunch of arabic youtube video’s



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Masking in Premiere Pro is Awesome and Easy

A really new and cool feature is the Masking option right within Adobe Premiere Pro. Here’s how to do it in a brief tutorial. And it can be brief, because it’s that easy! Ofcourse it’s just a basic mask, and After Effects is the tool to make the more exciting masking happen. But still, it’s cool to make a mask, let it track your footage right within Premiere Pro.


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See the tutorial in this PDF: NWNAB_01_intro

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What’s coming to Adobe Creative Cloud?

I just love the way that Adobe is making content with video a lot more easier. They’ve just released a set of powerful new features. Underneath is a list with all the new features and improvements they’ve made with the latest Creative Cloud update.

Will there finally be masking in Premiere Pro? YES! But there is many more which will make you very happy!

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Adobe Edge Animate: Adding a Facebook Share button

Okay here’s the thing. Adding a Facebook like button is not that hard. You just use the IFRAME code in from the developers site from Facebook and it works brilliantly. But it’s harder to get the Facebook Share button to work because it doesn’t support IFRAME.

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Well if this makes you sad, just follow the next easy steps and it will work!

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 09.09.38 This is my setup. It’s just a little banner with a fall theme.
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Search on google to find a share button and Import it in your project.You can search the internet of just use this button:share
Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 09.10.23 Place it on your stage just the way you like it.Right click the button and open the Actions.
Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 09.10.33 Choose the click action.
Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 09.32.44 Type in this code:“”, “_blank”, “width=400, height=550″);
Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 09.12.55 A button without a change of cursor is no button. So Click on Auto next to Cursor and choose the pointer.
Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 09.18.34 Close the Actions panel and hit the Command Enter, or Control Enter to test your Share button.

Ow… If you’ve liked this little tutorial… feel free to Share it ;)






Here’s how to add a Facebook Like button:






Live blog 25 years of Adobe Illustrator in Amsterdam AUGNL

17:00 Guy and Myzet have a final talk to wrap it up. It was a great and inspiring day in Amsterdam. Thank you Adobe Usergroup NL for organizing a fully packed and interesting day. Until next time!

16:30 Myzet Couprie is the final speaker at the celebration of illustrator. She will give us an updat about the new features in Illustrator CC.




Add social buttons to Edge Animate CC

Social media is very important. I can understand the need for Facebook Like and Share buttons in Edge Animate projects.

But I found it hard to find tutorials about it. So I’ve made one myself!

Go check it out on vimeo!

Add a Facebook Like button to Adobe Edge Animate CC from Matthijs Clasener on Vimeo.

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