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Join us on Oct. 8th & 9th, 2012 for Postapalooza at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
A conference by Editors for Editors.
Workshops on After Effects, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro X, Photoshop CS6, Adobe Premiere CS6, Motion 5 and much much more.
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Here’s a list of workshops:

Monday, Oct. 8th

8:30 – 9:15 Registration Desk Opens

9:15 – 9:25 Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:45 Breakout Sessions

FCP X: An Introduction (Jem Schofield)
Final Cut Pro X’s approach to editing is totally new. If you are a working editor, you need to understand how it “thinks”. Why? So when projects come in the door that were cut in X (and they will), you’ll be able to jump in right away and get the job done.This session will focus on introducing you to FCP X’s user interface, how to get media into the app and how FCP X approaches the editorial process.

Video Scopes for Creative Decision Making (Alexis Van Hurkman)
Understanding the video signal, and how it can be analyzed using video scopes, is a crucial component of the color correction process. However, it’s not all troubleshooting. Once you learn to read the scopes, you’ll be able to target specific aspects of the picture that you want to change for creative reasons. This session takes you through the correspondence between video signals and signal transformations and video scopes, and then goes into how to read Waveform Monitors, Vectorscopes, and Parade Scopes in order to see the aspects of the picture that you want to manipulate.

FCP X: Manage Events and Projects (Larry Jordan)
Where do you store media to get the best results and avoid dropped frames? Which hard drive is the best? Do you need a RAID? How much storage? How do I move events or projects safely from one disk to another? When it comes to making your system fly, managing media and projects properly is essential. In this session, join FCP X guru Larry Jordan as he shows you how to set your system up right for editing.

Mastering Selections in Photoshop CS 6 (Brad Richter)
Ready to learn how to make those difficult selections in Photoshop CS6? The art of making accurate selections is one of the most important skills in Photoshop and making those selections quickly and painlessly is equally important. Photoshop wizard Brad Richter will show you key concepts in making selections, an overview of the tools used for selections and how to save and extract selections.

After Effects 101: A Guided Tour (Joshua Pardon)
Every post-production professional should know a bit about After Effects. But how many of us have opened up this amazingly versatile application, only to give up after a few frustrating minutes? Did you ever want to find out more about After Effects, but didn’t know how to get started? Don’t let all those layers, switches, and buttons scare you! This session will help you crack the AE interface, shorten your learning curve, and get you up and running!

11:00 – 12:15 Breakout Sessions

Motion 5: Rigging & Publishing (Jem Schofield)
Motion 5 is probably the best $50 plug-in out there. It is also the engine that drives FCP X’s effects, transitions, titles and generators. With Motion 5, you can have complete control over what an editor can and can’t do in FCP X when using filters, titles, etc. The key to this is rigging and publishing. This session will demonstrate how to create your own filters, titles and templates that can be accessed and controlled in FCP X. Powerful stuff that will let you take full advantage of Motion 5 and FCP X.

Switching to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 (Larry Jordan)
With the launch of Premiere Pro CS6, Adobe has directly targeted the professional video market. Does Premiere Pro have what you need? In this session, master trainer Larry Jordan takes you inside the program and shows you how to move into Premiere Pro with a minimum of fuss and bother. Along the way, you’ll pick up tons of shortcuts, cool tips, and neat techniques that can take your editing to another level.

Secondary Strategies for Creative Problem Solving (Alexis Van Hurkman)
This session focuses on the 101 uses of HSL and Luma Qualification (keying) and Power Windows/Shapes to isolate parts of the image during color correction in order to solve specific problems, and create unexpected stylizations. The focus will be on solving a myriad of different technical and creative problems using combinations of these tools.

Avid Media Composer for FCP 7 Editors (Steve Julin)
Are you one of the numerous editors considering adding Avid Media Composer into your arsenal of editing weapons? If so, this workshop is for you. In this session you’ll see how a FCP workflow translates into a Media Composer workflow. You’ll better understand what tools are used in Avid that compare to the tools you might be using in FCP 7. Stop putting off learning Avid and jump into it’s awesome interface faster than ever.

AE: Making Stuff Move: Keyframes, Animation Presets, & Expressions (Joshua Pardon)
Want to make stuff bounce, spin, fade, or shrink in After Effects? A solid understanding of keyframing is “key” (get it?….) to making stuff move in After Effects. We’ll cover the basics of keyframing so that you can learn how to get stuff moving in your own projects! In addition, we’ll also cover how to use and manipulate the Animation Presets that come with After Effects, as well as how to make your own Animation Presets. Lastly, we’ll introduce the concept of Expressions – a different way to make stuff move in After Effects.

12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH

1:45 – 3:00 Breakout Sessions

FCP X: Multicam Editing (Jem Schofield)
With the release of FCP X 10.0.3, Apple finally gave FCP X multicam editing. Instead of recreating the functionality of their previous version of the app, they rethought how multicam could be done. This session will take you through the process of creating multi cam clips and working with them in FCP X.

Avid Media Composer : Timeline Editing Techniques (Steve Julin)
It’s no secret that the Timeline is where you’ll spend a large amount of your time when editing using Avid’s Media Composer. In this session you’re learn quick Timeline navigation techniques, working with tracks and keyframes, mastering Avid’s trimming tools and nesting options. If you’re new to the Avid Media Composer, this session is for you. Many of these techniques even apply to version of MC prior to MC 6.0.

Creating Stylistic Grades (Alexis Van Hurkman)
This session covers a variety of different ways to abuse the video image to create a wide variety of creative looks. While a variety of specific techniques will be shown, the emphasis will be on customizing these techniques to make them your own. This will also be a good session to which to bring your questions about how to create different looks.

Adobe Story and Prelude in Production (Larry Jordan)
Adobe Story can help you with scripting; that much seems obvious. But it can also help you with production planning, scheduling and shot selection. Then, it instantly flows into the brand-new Prelude so that you can capture, log, and track your shots in preparation for editing in Premiere Pro. Oh! And did we tell you that you can quickly flow Story into Premiere, combine it with speech-to-text transcription, and search for your shots using text queries? Watch master trainer Larry Jordan put the software through its paces — this you GOTTA see!

AE for the Editor: Leveraging the Power of Adobe Dynamic Link (Joshua Pardon)
One way to think of After Effects is that it’s a huge pack of plug-in effects for your editing software. This concept becomes even more powerful and efficient if your editing software is Premiere, because you can take advantage of Adobe Dynamic Link and its live, “round-trip” integration with After Effects. This session will focus using Dynamic Link to easily integrate After Effects features of particular interest to editors directly into the Premiere Timeline. We’ll also touch on using Photoshop and Illustrator files in After Effects (even though this is not technically “Dynamic Link”, it’s still very powerful!)

3:15 – 5:00 General Session

Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera: From Production to Post
(Alexis Van Hurkman and Jem Schofield)
One of the hottest cameras to be released in the last few years (and that’s saying A LOT), is the new Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera. With a 2.5K camera sensor that can shoot RAW to removable SSD drives, this camera is a great indie film and special effects camera. It’s compatible with Canon lenses and also comes with full copies of Davinci Resolve and Ultrascope. This session will take you through basic camera operation, shooting modes, on-set workflow (using Ultrascope), and taking RAW footage into Davinci Resolve for grading.

Tuesday, Oct. 9th

8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:15 – 10:30 Breakout Sessions

FCP X: Cool Filters & Plug-Ins (Jem Schofield)
FCPX has some great built in filters and effects and there are also a growing number of third-party plug-ins that extend the app’s functionality (including many of your old favorites). This session will take you through some of the most useful effects and plug-ins for FCP X that can lift your project to the next level and also save you time!

Integration of Audition with Premiere (Larry Jordan)
The best way to improve your picture is to improve your sound. And once you work with Audition, you won’t want to use anything else for your audio. From audio repair and noise reduction to clip editing, mixing and audio effects, this is a powerhouse application. Combine the power of Audition with the video editing prowess of Premier and you have an unbeatable combination. Watch master trainer Larry Jordan show you how to integrate Premiere with Audition, then watch as Audition helps your sound take flight. This session will change your editing life.

Avid Media Composer: Color Correction 101 (Steve Julin)
Avid Media Composer has an extensive tool set when it comes to color correction or grading. In this session you’ll learn how to use the basic color correction tools, read scopes, understand curves and discover shortcuts and tips you’ll use the minute you get back to your edit suite.

Text Animation in AE – Now in 3D! (Joshua Pardon)
Text Animation is one of After Effects’ core strengths: the ability to independently animate position, rotation, scale, transparency, and color of individual words and characters allows to quickly create compelling text animations. Now with CS6, After Effects ups the ante by adding 3D Extrusion of Text to to the mix! We’ll take a look and 2D and 3D Text Animation in After Effects CS6, with an eye toward using these features in combination with Premiere via Adobe Dynamic Link. We’ll also check out some versatile third-party 3D Text Animation plug-ins.

10:45 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions

The Art of Writing Proposals (Jem Schofield)
Once you’ve met with a prospective client, how do you write a clear and concise proposal that outlines the project’s parameters and the budget so that you can produce the job as promised and on time?
This session will discuss how to determine a project’s scope and will show you a sample proposal and it’s components. Topics will include pre-production, production, post-production, equipment, insurance and profitability.

Avid Tips and Tricks to Impress your Friends and Colleagues (Steve Julin)
Time for some fun. If you’re editing on Avid’s Media Composer – you’ll love some of these tips and tricks. In this session you’ll learn media management tips, trimming tricks and editing shortcuts which you’ll love – at least we hope you will.

FCP X: Color Correction (Larry Jordan)
FCPX has some great tools to assist in color grading. In this session, you’ll not only learn the the color correction terms, but also how to harness the poser of the built in color correction tools. Topics include automatic and manual color correction, reading and understanding video scopes, primary and secondary color correction, shape and chroma masking and effects. If you want your projects to look better, but don’t know how, you need to see this session!

After Effects Essential Plug-ins & Scripts (Joshua Pardon)
After Effects is quite functional and useful on its own “right out of the box”. But when third-party plug-in effects and scripts are installed, the power and versatility of After Effects is almost unlimited. Through in-session examples and demos along with some website browsing, this session will cover the most popular and widely used AE Plug-ins and scripts, along with some “hidden gems” that may surprise you.

12:15 – 1:15 LUNCH

1:30 – 2:30 General Session
Using Video in Photoshop (Larry Jordan)
Adobe Photoshop is essential for still images. But what you may not know is that it is equally essential for video. From repairing stills to retouching video, Photoshop can make problems disappear. In this session, watch master trainer Larry Jordan show you the tips and techniques you can use to put Photoshop to work in your projects. From prepping still images, to image repair, to retouching video, this is one session you MUST see.

2:45 – 4:00 Breakout Sessions

Effectively Scouting Locations for Productions (Jem Schofield)
Successfully scouting locations can make a project. Unsuccessfully scouting and choosing them can cost LOTS of money once a production begins. This session will discuss how to look and listen when scouting locations. It will also demonstrate effective tools that can be use to help determine if a location is right for a production and also give the production team elements that they can use to plan their shoot.

Adobe Premiere: Working with Effects (Larry Jordan)
Visual effects are a never-ending source of amazement. Especially because the third-party plug-in community is supporting Adobe Premiere Pro like never before. Come and watch master trainer Larry Jordan show you how to create things both simple and elegant in Premiere Pro – right before your very eyes. (By the way, for the squeamish, no pixels will be harmed in the creation of these effects.)

After Effects CS6 New Features Round-up (Joshua Pardon)
Adobe has really stepped up its game with the release of After Effects CS6. There’s a ton of new features such as 3D Raytracing, improved integration with Illustrator via Create Shapes from Vector Layers, bending 2D Layers in 3D space, Environment Layers, and more! In this session we’ll cover as much of these new features as time allows. Plus, AE CS6 previews way faster thanks to the new Global Performance Cache and it can also use the GPU on NVIDIA graphics cards for accelerated rendering, so we’ll also cover a few tips for optimizing After Effects to take maximum advantage of your system resources.

Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Brad Richter)
Comfortable with Adobe’s Photoshop? Now you’d like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. This workshop is for you. Bring a notebook and sign up for this session which will reveal cool secrets, timesaving tricks, and great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with Photoshop CS6.

4:15 – 4:45 General Session

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