Thanks to Macintouch for pointing this morning to the update of Audacity, the terrific free audio editor and recorder. Podcasters, video producers, journalists, and independent musicians all over the world use it every day. It’s a great tool that keeps getting better. Put on your school’s computers for your students to play with. It’s free, useful, and fun.
I’ve been on the Creative Cow email list for years now, and while The Creative Cow—Creative Communities of the World—deserves its popularity for providing support for the myriad video and multimedia development apps out there, it hasn’t always provided articles or tutorials that served my immediate needs. Today, though, I discovered their Final Cut Pro podcast and I’m bowled over at how the tutorials they’ve posted cover so many topics I’ve wanted help with: title animation in Motion, Photoshop-to-video, and more more more. I haven’t watched them all, so I can’t comment on their overall quality, but if they’re in the same league as their written tutorials then this is a valuable resource. Go for the Cow.
I stayed home yesterday, and I was able to watch the inauguration and much of the following festivities. I was moved by the historic and inspiring spectacle. Today, for President Barack Obama, the job for which he worked so hard begins. I am moved to renew my commitment to do the best work I can, at the office and at home and here on this little blog. There’s a boatload of work to do. Here we go.
Matt McCullin of our University Relations department put together a nice graphic for our College of Education. With help from Ripple Training’s online tutorial for animating Photoshop layers in Motion, I created an interesting fly-through effect for the opening sequence for a series of video podcasts we’re producing. Just above is a tiny version of it. (I wanted the text of this entry to wrap around it as though it were an embedded image, but no go.)