Today will be one of those days that feel like the icing on the cake of this school year. We will go to Amsterdam for the 2014 edition of the Playgrounds Festival together with a bunch of students of the GLR. These students are in the curriculum Motion Design (Animation and Video) and that’s exactly what today is about in the capital of The Netherlands!
It’s going to be a day filled with great, or must I say Awesome speakers from the field. And their job is to show us some making offs, tell us what inspires them and mostly inspire us! They’ve got a massive lineup planned for today.
Passion Pictures – Nike, the last game
Two weeks ago we went to the amazing city of London. From October 13th thru 15th we where discovering the place with 101 students in total.
Part of the trip was teambuilding, getting to know the students (from a teachers point of view) and for the students to know each other.
The plan was to visit the Harry Potter Studios on Tuesday and to do an acting workshop on Wednesday. Both items on the agenda where a huge success!
More information about the field trip is to be found on www.facebook.com/glr.london
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: http://www.glr.nl/actueel/verbouwing
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.
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
We will be back. Bigger and stronger! If you want to join, please let your teacher fill out this form: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=CdA3ZzkecKpjNUqBB%2AHScw
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.
Today I’m a guest at the Adobe CC
More powerful smart objects
Improved Layer Comps
Blur Gallery motion effects
Improved Content-Aware technology
Pen Tool Preview
Anchor point enhancements
Desktop fonts from typekit
Drag and drop columns and rows within tables
EPUB fixed layout
Color swatch folders
Native 64 bit support
InI browser editing updates
Creative cloud add ons
Live text templates
Masking and tracking
Master clip effect
Enhanced graphics performance in Mercury Playback Engine
faster editing workflow
Live text templates
Share masks with Premiere Pro
Live element quick view
Variable width strokes.
Tweeting for variable width strokes
WebGL for animation
Native HTML video
Sprite sheet import
Article linking for Adobe DPS
Copy & paste SVG from Illustrator
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.
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:http://convert.wajihah.com/convert.html and type in your Arabic sentence for the title.
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).
*)resource a bunch of arabic youtube video’s
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.
See the tutorial in this PDF: NWNAB_01_intro
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!
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.
Well if this makes you sad, just follow the next easy steps and it will work!
Ow… If you’ve liked this little tutorial… feel free to Share it
Here’s how to add a Facebook Like button: https://vimeo.com/85849689