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Date: 2009-01-12
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Tips to Slim Down (your project) in 2009
After Effects Slimdown - Reduce AND Reuse!
It's time for those New Years resolutions to start piling up. You know the ones: I'm going to eat healthy food. I won't slouch at my desk. I'll spend less time on Facebook, Twitter and (insert your own). . . I'M GOING TO SLIM DOWN. Well how about some slimming tips you might actually stick to? Here are some ways to slim down your After Effects projects in 2009....
Star Ranger 7's four year journey
Cast, Crew and Clients: Marc Kimball and Michael Harnois produce their own film
In the 23rd century, Star Rangers are the peace keepers of the galaxy. For now they are under the power, Marc Kimball and Michael Harnois. It actually started back in 2004 - a whopping 4 years ago when Marc and Michael decided that they would take on a film production - - IN ADDITION to their regular gigs. They jumped, feet first into the project, enrolling friends and several feet of greenscreen.

Adobe Premiere Elements 7.0
Robust editor has nifty new features, finally catches up
Welcome to the new age of video capture. With that comes new tools for video editing. One of those tools is Adobe Premiere Elements 7.0 for Windows. The application, now in version 5 but called 7.0, is a consumer level video editing tool that has embraced some of the latest consumer video capture devices, as well as the output mediums that many people view video, including YouTube. The big news with version 7.0 is its support for AVCHD and JVC TOD files.
Adobe Director 11
In the spirit of the four year hiatus between versions (and accompanying uncertainty as to the dead/not dead status of the product), it's only fitting I let almost a year roll by between the announcement/release of Director 11 and finally getting around to reviewing it. In any event, Director is back from its long slumber, so let's take a look at what the eleventh release of the former king of the multimedia hill brings to the table.
My Favorite Software Applications for the Macintosh
I've been using Apple computers for more than 14 years now. And since then, I've owned quite a few Macintosh computers, but it wasn't until the last five to six years that I really started taking advantage of Apple and third party software applications (apps). I am going to tell you about some of my favorite apps made by Apple and others, and I've broken it down into different categories.
CINEMA 4D multiple passes
A plug-in to manage your objects and renders
Adam Swaab has come up with a new version of his object manager for all CINEMA 4D's R11 software. This plug-in called " Render Elements" is an excellent way to easily manage objects within your scene for different render passes. Although the most recent versions of CINEMA 4D allow for easy management of multiple objects with the later browser, Adams plug-in is a simple and straightforward solution.

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