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New Site, New Blog, New Home

Posted in Connect Recordings, DSLR Video, Technology, Upcoming Connects with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by evanbutson

So, after much back and forthing I decided to move my blog and website to a new home. The fine folks at SquareSpace do a wonderful job of making this as easy as possible.

What this means is not much, this blog will not be receiving any more posts, there is a new link to the blog

There is a new RSS link

All the exisiting blog posts/comments etc have been moved over so nothing has ‘gone away’

However with the new site I will be putting up a lot more of my own tutorial videos alongside the Adobe Connect Sessions I do.

Also, keep your eye on my blog as very soon there will be a BIG announcement that I think will be a GAME CHANGER!

So in the meantime, remember, update those RSS aggregators with the new address and keep reading 🙂

Latest Adobe Connect Session – Tapeless Workflows with CS4

Posted in Connect Recordings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2010 by evanbutson

Here is the link to my latest Adobe Connect Session – Tapeless Workflows in CS4. Looking at working with P2, XDCAM, RED, AVCHD and HDV footage natively in Premiere Pro CS4 as well as dynamic linking.

Adobe eSeminar – Premiere CS4 for beginners

Posted in Upcoming Connects with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by evanbutson

Hi guys, I will be covering for one of the other Adobe Ambassadors with Thursday at 4pm for his Connect – Premiere CS4 for beginners. We will be going through the basics of Prem, how to get media in, edit it and export for YouTube, iPod and FLASH.

As always these sessions are free, you just need to register here

Adobe Connect Session – Encoding to multiple formats

Posted in Connect Recordings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by evanbutson

Here’s the link to my latest Connect Session – Using CS4 to encode to multiple formats such as H.264, FLASH and BluRay

Adobe e Seminar – Editing for the Web

Posted in Connect Recordings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by evanbutson

Here’s the link to my latest Connect Session, editing for the web.

Adobe eSeminar – Editing for the Web

Posted in Upcoming Connects with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2009 by evanbutson

OK so another Adobe Connect E Seminar is on its way this Friday,

Learn how to create content specifically for the web, including best shooting formats, framing and camera movement, editing and encoding to get the best results. We will also look at encoding and the minefield that is H.263, FLASH and other formats.

As always its free, just head on over here to register


Flash Video on Websites

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by evanbutson

So I have been getting a lot of work recently that has involved deploying video to websites, normally as FLASH videos. I have always used the built in Flash interface that ships with Adobe Flash. Recently, I decided that for a new site I was working on I wanted a bit more control, a short websearch later and I came across Flow Player

Flow Player

It is a remarkably easy to deploy FLASH player that is in my opinion faster and easier to implement than the built in Adobe player.

Here’s a sample of it in use

The one thing it has brought into sharp focus for me is, traditional delivery methods such as VHS tapes, DVD and even BluRay are becoming more and more uncommon. I cant even remember the last time I delivered a master or a job as a DV tape, BetaCam SP or even Digital Betacam. Clients are embracing web video, especially in today’s painful economic climate. Web delivery is seen as a low cost solution that still gets the message out. That being said I am still amazed at how badly some webclips are encoded. I think that a lot of editors, just choose the default setting on their encoder of choice and that’s it, there is no finessing of the settings to get as good as possible an image within the desired limitations. I think I can best sum it up with a job I did recently where the client, a supposedly web savvy person, demanded that a 40 minute video be 10 meg or less. Now despite the fact that a 10 meg, 40 minute video will look like ass, I had real trouble getting the point across that the file size doesn’t matter, that the bitrate was the only important figure, the file could be 30 seconds long or an hour long, the bitrate was the important number. So what did I do, I ignored her instructions and created a file that looked good, had a bandwidth that meant the file would play well over their intranet and did I mention it looked good.

Moral to the story, if your an editor, learn the dark art of compression, never use a built in preset without looking through the settings and making sure they are the best for your particular need. And test, test, test. Encode a 1 minute file at a variety of bitrates, frame sizes and frame rates to see what happens, that way, when a client requests you deliver a file, you will already know what you can and cant get away with.