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Class on Demand: Basic Training for Adobe CS4 Production Premium

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Explore Adobe CS4 Production Premium with Class on Demand "Basic Training for Adobe CS4 Production Premium" with Tim Kolb! Tim Kolb is the same instructor who brought you Class on Demand Award winning "Basic Training for Adobe CS3 Production Premium". Experience the all-new Adobe® CS4 Production Premium through task-focused lessons that explore the seven major applications in 4 hours of project-focused instruction developed to give you exposure to the time-saving enhancements in the CS4 Production Premium workflow. LESSONS:1. On LocationTM 2. Soundbooth® and Premiere Pro® 3. Illustrator® 4. Photoshop® 5. After Effects® 6. Encore® 7. Flash®- SUITE TECHOLOGIES- 8. Metadata 9. Media Encoder 10. 3D in Photoshop® and After Effects® 11. Bridge 12. Dynamic Link 13. Device Central. System Requirements: Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS X, Speakers, DVD-ROM drive, 1152 x 864 display, Approx. Run Time: 4 hours

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DV Award of Excellence- 5 Diamonds! I admit it: I am a software upgrade junkie. I get all tingly when I see a new update is available, especially for a program that I use often. Because of this, I am also an early adopter, and usually the first guy among my cohorts to have the latest software which means that I become the go-to guy when they have questions about new features, or how best to accomplish this task or that. I figure most of those guys are simply too lazy to crack open the manual and search for the function in question, but let s face it: The trend with modern software is to either have huge, Biblical-style tomes that would test the patience of even ardent bookworms, or the manuals are nowhere to be found, lost amidst a sea of help menus and on-disc PDF files where it would require a compass and a Boy Scout merit badge to weed out the answer to your dilemma. Class on Demand, Inc. to the rescue! With decades of experience in producing training videos for the creative and media industries, COD offers a huge catalog of value-priced training DVD-ROMs to get you started with that new software upgrade you ve just installed, without ever having to crack a manual. One of their latest entries is Basic Training For Adobe CS4 Production Premium, hosted by the ever affable, Emmy Award-winning Tim Kolb. An Adobe software veteran of 15-plus years as well as an experienced director of television commercials and corporate video productions, Kolb has absorbed the pounds of CS4 manuals and distilled that knowledge into easy-to-follow video tutorials to get you started quickly and easily. The Training is on a Windows XP/Vista and Mac compatible DVD-ROM designed to run along side the software you re learning about (but you can run it perfectly fine on its own as well). Basic Training is a great value and even entertaining in spots. After inserting the disc you re greeted with a short video of Tim Kolb perched behind a mountain of manuals for CS3. He slams shut the last manual and proudly proclaims to have read everything there is about CS3, when an offscreen voice chimes in that CS4 has just arrived! Those of us who indulge in the (semi) annual upgrades put out by companies such as Adobe will appreciate the moment of brevity. Basic Training is comprised of 13 different lessons. The first seven are the core applications included with CS4 Production Premium: OnLocation, Soundbooth and Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Encore and Flash. The remaining lessons spotlight other technologies featured in the Production Premium suite: Metadata, Media Encoder, 3D in Photoshop and After Effects, Bridge, Dynamic Link and Device Central. Collectively, it s an extensive boot camp that clocks in at over four hours: enough content to probably warrant watching it in several sittings. The sessions are laid out in a linear order, so when one is completed, the next one will begin right away. You also have the option of jumping to any lesson from either the main menu, or via a submenu at the top of each playing lesson. Kolb makes for an entertaining and knowledgeable host, and it s impressive how much raw information he can get across in such a relatively short amount of time (most of the key application lessons average 30 minutes). If you ve never cracked a manual, you ll find yourself absorbing information easily from these lessons. Apple and Adobe have switched their key applications over to suite bundles in recent years, and with Adobe in particular having pared back their printed manuals as a separate, paid option. Class on Demand has really come to the rescue for new users. Basic Training for Adobe CS4 Production Premium is so good at what it does, Adobe should consider bundling future volumes with their Creative Suites. Score 5 Diamonds+ Award of Excellence --J.R. Bookwalter, DV Magazine

Just as Adobe has done a beautiful job of integrating suite of applications, Class on Demand has done a great job of integrating basic training for all of the Production Premium Creative Suite applications into one easy-to-understand training video, complete with sample projects. In one four-hour DVD, Basic Training for Adobe CS4 Production Premium, Adobe expert Tim Kolb does a great job of introducing the fundamental concepts necessary to get started in each application, as well as showing how each program integrates to create a production workflow. The suite includes Photoshop (image editing), Illustrator (vector illustrator), After Effects (animation and compositing), Flash (vector animation), Encore (DVD authoring), Soundbooth (audio), Premiere Pro (video editing) and On Location (camera capture). In this training program, individual lessons are offered that introduce basic concepts and fundamental features for each program. Viewed individually, these lessons are of value, especially for beginners. But what s nice about this training DVD is that the lessons can be viewed in sequence, demonstrating how the programs work together to form a valuable production workflow, taking a project from pre-production right through delivery. This is valuable not just for beginners, but also for seasoned users who may not be taking advantage of the core suite technologies that CS4 applications share. For example, if you are an experienced Photoshop user who doesn t really use or understand the Bridge application, you can gain from this training video. Likewise, if you are a Premiere or After Effects user who doesn t quite understand or take advantage of On Location or the Adobe Media Encoder, then this DVD has valuable information for you. Kolb is an experienced professional, and does a great job delivering the material in short, easy-to-follow lessons. He conducts the lessons at a good pace and gives clear and simple explanations of fundamental concepts and features. Lessons range in duration from 10 to 30 minutes, which makes this training for those who view lessons and then practice the techniques before moving on. While this disc is great for beginning training in the individual programs for new users, where it really shines is in how Kolb shows the integration that can be achieved between the different programs. Kolb focuses on taking a project from development to completion and effectively shows how the programs all relate to one another in a cohesive production workflow. I found the suite technologies lessons to be valuable for intermediate users as well as beginners. In these lessons, Kolb demonstrates some advanced features and offers practical ideas for integrating the different programs. For example, in the lesson on dynamic linking, he shows how you can take a clip from your Premiere Pro timeline directly into After Effects and perform motion stabilization on it to remove camera shake and then update that clip automatically in Premiere without having to render or re-import any footage at all. Techniques like these, as well as the coverage of integration features between the individual programs, make this training DVD of value to viewers who may already have basic familiarity with some of the individual core programs. Conclusion:As an instructor who teaches Adobe software, I found the lessons on the seven core programs to be solid and well conceived. I would definitely recommend them to someone just starting outas well as some advanced users looking for workflow answers. In conclusion, this is a solid training DVD, great for beginners and those new to Adobe s software, and even though it is just basic training, there s information of value for intermediate users as well. I give it 5 stars. --Ben Bardens, Editors Guild

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  • Actors: Tim Kolb
  • Directors: Paul Holtz
  • Format: Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Class on Demand
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001JH7FFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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