On nearly every lynda.com page on the site, there’s a drop-down menu that is labeled as Vendor. We’re working on updating our site, and there’s been some debate about continuing to use the word Vendor to describe those companies that create the software that we have training for.
We need your input: Is it more intuitive to simply call them ‘companies’? Do you tend to recognize them as ‘publishers’? Or is ‘vendor’ the perfect word for our menu? Let us know what word you would pick.
In Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training, author Paul F. Aubin shows how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Revit. This course covers the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from design concept to publishing. It also covers navigating the Revit interface, modeling basic building features such as walls, doors and windows, working with sketch-based components such as roofs and stairs, annotating designs with dimensions and callouts, and adding 3D geometry.
Put on your yellow hazmat suit, strap on your energy dome, and listen up, spuds!
OK, if the last sentence didn’t make any sense, then you missed being part of DEVO’s following. But it’s never too late.
Our latest Creative Inspirations documentary installment, Mark Mothersbaugh, Music Composer, tunes in to one of the founders of the alternative band DEVO. Mark is also a very talented music composer for film, television, and games. We hook up with Mark at Mutato Muzika, the round, bright green building on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, to talk about his life from the de-evolution days, to the 70 films he’s scored, to the new DEVO album—their first in over 20 years. Meet key members of the Mutato family that do everything from write orchestrations for 100-piece orchestras and manage the extensive collection of Mark’s art that is exhibited all over the world.
It’s a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet one of Hollywood’s enduring artistic talents.
Last week, we published Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography, a new course from Ben Long. Ben is a veteran photographer, teacher, and author. I’ve been reading his articles on photography and Photoshop for years, and my copy of his book, Complete Digital Photography, is as dog-eared as my dog’s ears.
True to its name, Ben’s course focuses on using Photoshop CS5 to make landscape photos look their best—to optimize their appearance and composition in ways that do justice to the original scene.
And because photography isn’t just about Photoshop, Ben and our live-action crew ventured into the great outdoors to shoot some downright gorgeous on-location movies that deal with everything from choosing equipment to shooting images for panoramas and high-dynamic range (HDR) processing.
If the phrase “landscape photography” makes you think of Ansel Adams taking a week to shoot a single photo using a camera the size of a phone booth, think again. All of us shoot landscapes when we’re on vacation or driving along a scenic road.
“One of the most important techniques a landscape photographer needs to master is the U-turn,” Ben once told me.
So whether you specialize in fine-art landscapes or simply like to capture the beauty of the world around you, you’ll benefit from Ben’s creative insights and exceptional teaching ability. Watch a few minutes of Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography and let us know what you think.
Our effort to expand our list of video titles brings two new courses and two new authors to lynda.com: Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started with Steve Holyhead and Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training with Ashley Kennedy. Avid is one of the pioneering video editing suites, and the software is used extensively in feature films, television, and many other venues. The brand new Media Composer 5 offers a completely reengineered platform that has been getting a very positive response. For those who want to get their feet wet in the world of Avid editing, we’re proud to present two courses.
In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects.
In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, inclusing how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer.
We hope these courses are the start of an ongoing series of titles that cover Avid tools and workflows. Let us know what you think.
The Cisco blog lists lynda.com as a site they love for “learning new editing programs, motion graphics or even basics on Microsoft programs like Office, Apple iMovie, etc… not only is it GREAT for doing video based training on stuff I own… but stuff I am considering.”