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Fine-tuning cloud use By David Rivers In Part 3 author David Rivers explains how to optimize cloud performance. This includes storage, data organization and segmentation, where to store your data, and where the data center is located to your users. The course then explores the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing, including a candid look at balancing the sharing and privacy issues with the productivity gains of working in the cloud. David also presents an overview of migration and common cloud technologies as you contemplate a move to the cloud, including Google Apps, Microsoft Windows Live, and more. The final chapter outlines how to evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of the cloud for your business. ...Read More »
Cloud storage considerations By David Rivers In this installment author David Rivers explains the essentials of cloud computing storage. The whole course explores the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing, including a candid look at balancing the sharing and privacy issues with the productivity gains of working in the cloud. David also presents an overview of migration and common cloud technologies as you contemplate a move to the cloud, including Google Apps, Microsoft Windows Live, and more. The final chapter outlines how to evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of the cloud for your business. ...Read More »
What is cloud computing? By David Rivers In Part 1 author David Rivers explains the essentials of cloud computing and answers the basic question: What is the cloud? The course then explores the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing, including a candid look at balancing the sharing and privacy issues with the productivity gains of working in the cloud. David also presents an overview of migration and common cloud technologies as you contemplate a move to the cloud, including Google Apps, Microsoft Windows Live, and more. The final chapter outlines how to evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of the cloud for your business. ...Read More »
The Foundry's Mischief By Ko Maruyama Here's my 4 minute review after a first look at the software. Seriously - in 2 minutes, you'll be comfortable with the software. Why? Because it just does one thing - sketching. This is what it was meant to do. And it is RIDICULOUSLY FAST. ...Read More »
C4D Quick Tip By Ko Maruyama Here's a really basic way to control the pupil of a cartoon character using a simple gradient shader and user data to drive the radius. ...Read More »
Cinema 4D R16 Motion Tracker Run-Through By Stephen Schleicher CINEMA 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you. In this tutorial Stephen Schleicher runs through the new Motion Tracker in Cinema 4D R16, and shows how you can track 3D objects into your shot without the need of an additional application. ...Read More »
Designing For Tablets By Joseph Lowery In this segment of the Lynda.com video course Dreamweaver CS6 and Wordpress 3.8: Core Concepts Designing For Tablets shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to the WordPress platform. ...Read More »
Documenting A Road Trip Via Video By David Hague The Monaro is to be wired up with a phalanx of camcorders; a Kaiser Baas dashcam is mounted on the windscreen with a 64GB Sandisk card, a Sony HDD DCR-SR200 Handycam is on a Hague headrest mount (no relation by the way), and a Canon Legria Mini-X 'action cam' is to perform roving boundary rider camcorder duties when not mounted to another Hague mount, a suction based heavy duty unit kitted out with Manfrotto hardware. Audio is also well catered for too. An Azden wireless mic setup with a label lav mic will record dialogue to a Samsung Recorder, a RØDE VideoMic Go on the Sony will record ambience, suitably backed up with a RØDE Videomic 2 on the Legria. ...Read More »
Mounting Camera To Auto Headset By David Hague I have been asked by a few people to give some more nuts'n'bolts information on the mounts I have in the Monaro. First up, we'll look at the headrest mount. It's quite a simple affair on the surface, in being a bracket that wraps around the 'posts' of the lifted headrest, and this is then tightened by a couple of butterfly/wingnuts. ...Read More »
Masking: The Black Art Of Video Making By David Hague Masking to many, is the black art of video making. It all sounds, well, too hard to bother with, with terms such as 'alpha channel', 'compositing' and 'overlay' to deal with. But trust me gentle reader, knowing even the basics of masking and compositing will add a whole new dimension to your home videos, family documentaries, short films and so on. We'll start with something simple. For the sake of the exercise I am using Sony Vegas Pro here, but the basics apply to any editing package (NLE) that dares call itself such. ...Read More »
A Smashing Way to Make Glass Props! By David Hague All the best movies have a car chase (think Bullitt and the French Connection) but they also should have a bullet smashing a window - or anything smashing a window really. If you need to break a window or some such thing in your next production don't risk cuts and lacerations. Do it this way! (With stuff from the kitchen larder) ...Read More »
Do You Know How Long An Average Scene Lasts? By David Hague How long do you reckon the average scene in a TV show lasts for? A minute? 30 seconds? There is nothing more boring than watching a fixed camera shooting a scene for a long period of time. And I define a long period of time as more than 15 seconds! ...Read More »
iPhone Tip # 10 - Do Not Disturb! By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia The new Do Not Disturb feature on the iPhone allows you to be very selective about what calls you want to receive and what calls you don't. This is ideal if you're looking for peace and quiet after business hours or, if during the evening or night, you don't want to miss an urgent call, but you just don't want to talk to everyone ...Read More »
iPhone Tip #9 - Customize Your Music Controls By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia How do you like to sort your music? Some people prefer to do it by playlist, others by artist or albums. There are seven ways to organize your music by Playlist, Artist, Songs, Albums, Compilations, Composers and Genres. Plus access your audio controls at anytime! ...Read More »
iPhone Tip # 8 - Scrolling Back To The Top By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Often when you are scrolling through especially long web pages on your iPhone, it would be good to have a really easy way to flip back up to the top address bar. Every wish that? Well, with one single tap you can. Here's how. ...Read More »
iPhone Tip #7 - Weather At Your Fingertips By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia The weather around a lot of the country these past few weeks has been really awful, so we thought we'd make sure you know about a hidden feature in the Weather App on your iPhone. When you open the weather App, it gives you your Local Weather and then, of course, you can add as many cities as you would like, by tapping on the "i" button at the bottom right hand of your phone. ...Read More »
iPhone Tip #6 - Extra Keyboards By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Are you one of those people who likes to add emoticons to your email and text messages? Or you've seen it and wondered how people do that? If so, did you know there is an entire keyboard which is dedicated to emoji which you can enable and access instantly while texting conversations, etc? Here's how to do it. ...Read More »
iPhone Tip #5 - Easy Email Tricks and Features By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Are you the type of person who writes a lot of draft emails but has trouble finding them? You like to check for new mail but don't want to push a button to do so? Want to add an image within an email on your iPhone? Read on! ...Read More »
Creating iPhone Text MSG Shortcuts! By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Sometimes when texting you find that you will often type the same common phrase or a long URL, and writing it over and over each time can be tiresome. Well did you know, that you can actually create keyboard shortcuts that will represent those phrases or other combinations of key strokes? It's a really handy trick that you'll find you'll have lots of uses for. Here's how you do it! ...Read More »
Using iCloud With Photo Stream By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Photo Stream allows you to take a photo on any iOS device, or import a photo from your digital camera to your computer. Then, utilizing Apple's iCloud, Photo Stream instantly pushes a copy of that photo over any available Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to the Photos app on your iOS devices, iPhoto on you or the Pictures Library on your PC. ...Read More »

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