ActionScript 3.0 for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Classroom in a Book

This project-based guide from Adobe will teach readers all they need to know to create engaging interactive content with ActionScript 3.0 for Flash Professional CS5. Using step-by-step instructions with projects that build on the knowledge acquired in each lesson, readers will learn the fundamentals of adding interactivity to Flash files using ActionScript, starting with using prewritten Code Snippets, but progressing to customizing and writing their own ActionScript code.

The tutorials start with simple navigation and timeline control and progress through controlling animation with ActionScript; using Event Listeners and writing event-handling functions; and controlling loading of and interaction with data, text, video, sound, and images. Readers will also learn to use third-party libraries and create Adobe Air applications. This Classroom in a Book also covers the improved text-handling tools that are new to Flash Professional CS5. The companion CD provides users with all the sample files they need to complete all the projects.

Note from the publisher:

FREE Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 updates are available for this title. Simply register your product at www.peachpit.com/register and you will receive the updates when they become available.

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  • Classroom in a book with CD

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Starting Your Career as a Professional Blogger

With traffic to personal blogs and online journalism sites on the rise, there are more blogging opportunities than ever before. With the right approach, a blog can be an extra source of cash, or it can be a business unto itself yielding thousands of dollars a week, all earned on your own schedule, from the comfort of your home office, and writing about the topic of your choice. If that sounds too good to be true, this invaluable book will prove to you that it can be done. 

Unlike other guides, Starting Your Career as a Professional Blogger goes beyond the basics to show you how to earn a living while doing what you love. Experienced blogger Jacqueline Bodnar takes offers a comprehensive overview of the blogging world, presenting effective strategies for establishing a web presence and marketing your work. Topics include: 

  • Choosing a niche 
  • Knowing the advantages of different blogging platforms (WordPress, Tumblr, etc.) 
  • Setting up, maintaining, and monetizing your blog
  • Increasing traffic to your blog 
  • Finding your audience—and helping them find you 
  • Vlogging 
  • Promoting your blog
  • Networking with other bloggers 
  • Creating a podcast 
  • Synching your blog with your social networking accounts
  • And more  

If you’ve ever wanted to write for a living, this book will help you achieve your dream, on your own terms. Welcome to the blogosphere!

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Pro Tools 8 Kit: The complete professional workflow for music production

Ever wondered how to record using a click track or mix to a master deck in Pro Tools? How about wishing you had step-by-step guidelines, to get it done right and get it done quickly? In one convenient, easy-to-follow package, Pro Tools master Rob Shimonski brings you the Pro Tools 8 Kit, a book and website combination that will take you through every step of the production process and all the tips, tutorials and tricks that pros use to create perfect recordings. The book has full color screen shots illustrating the tools, functions and the new look of Pro Tools 8, and the website walks you through creating a recording, from setup through bouncing down your final track.
The Pro Tools 8 Kit covers more than just the software – it will help you make the most out of every recording session.

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Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema

The colorist working in film and video is the individual responsible for breathing life into characters, bringing a mood into a scene, and making the final product polished and professional-looking. This craft is an art form that often takes years to perfect and many trial-and-error attempts at getting it right. Here to help both the newcomer and professional who needs to brush up on their skills is the first book to cover a wide variety of techniques that can be used by colorists, no matter what system they’re using. Whether you’re using a video editing package with a color correction tool built in (Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro) of a dedicated application (Apple Color, Assimilate Scratch, Baselight, or DaVinci), this book covers it all.  From the most basic methods for evaluating and correcting an overall image, to the most advanced targeted corrections and creative stylizations typically employed, you’ll find this highly organized book a solid reference that’s easy to navigate.  The accompanying DVD contains footage as well as cross-platform exercises and project files for readers to experiment with.

After reading the techniques, readers will learn to apply the methods that all of the color correction applications use, how to problem-solve and trouble-shoot, how to maximize the effectiveness of each tool that’s available, and they will discover how to creatively combine techniques and tools to accomplish the types of stylizations that colorists are often called upon to create.

Praise for Color Correction Handbook:

From Alexis Van Hurkman comes an up-to-date, most welcome, encyclopedic guide for colorists: Color CorrectionHandbook (Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema).   The breadth of this work is almost impossibly ambitious: Van Hurkman embraces all the important topics, and the liberal use of illustrated examples, with accompanying waveforms and solutions from various platforms, succeeds in providing a single reference work for the colorist at almost any level of expertise…. Colorists will find gaps in their knowledge are as well-served by this book as the aspiring colorist already under the tutelage of a master.

Ron Lingelbach
Colorist, Dolby Laboratories; Founder, TKcolorist Internet Group (TIG)

Color correction is a complex and subtle craft. The student needs to sit next to professionals on a real jobs, and ask them continuously what they just did, and why they did it. The professional rarely has the time and the patience to answer newbie questions, and the earnest scholar quickly ends up outside the grading suite, wondering sadly whether there was an easier road to knowledge.

Now, at last, there may be. Alex Van Hurkman’s book comes with a DVD of example material you can load onto your color grading workstation. It covers many useful real examples, explaining what you might do to make the images look better, what is the easiest way to do it on any of the popular platforms, and even how to explain what you are doing to others. If you want to learn color correction, this book will make a difference.

Dr Richard Kirk

Colour Scientist, FilmLight Ltd

Recipient of 2010 AMPAS Scientific and Engineering Award

Van Hurkman covers the theory and the practical application of color-correction very well…it’s always good to understand the theory of *why* the image looks good or bad and how it relates to photography, electronics, and physics.

I have no doubt Van Hurkman’s book is as close as we’re going to get to a standard textbook for the world of color correction.  If nothing else, I think it communicates the idea to neophyte filmmakers that there’s far more to color-correction than just having the software or the box.  It’s *experience* that makes good color — not the system.

Highly recommended.

–Marc Wielage/Senior Colorist

Lowry Digital/Burbank

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Logic Pro X 10.3 – Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Music Production

Completely revised and updated for Logic Pro X 10.3, this Apple-certified guide demonstrates how to record, produce, and make music files that stand out with the Apple professional audio software. Veteran music producer David Nahmani’s step-by-step instructions teach students everything from basic music creation to professional production techniques using Logic’s software synthesizers, samplers, and digital signal processors. They’ll learn about all of the key features in Logic Pro X 10.3 and use the book’s online files to begin making music from the very first lesson. This is the only Apple-authorized exam prep guide and official curriculum of the Apple Training program for Logic Pro X 10.3.

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Final Cut Pro X 10.3 – Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Post-Production

This fully updated Apple-certified guide presents a real-world workflow from raw media to finished project to demonstrate the features of Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and the practical techniques you will use in editing projects. Using professionally acquired media, you’ll use the same tools and editing techniques used by editors worldwide in this revolutionary editing software. Renowned editor and master trainer Brendan Boykin starts with basic video editing techniques and takes you all the way through Final Cut Pro’s powerful features.

 

The lessons start as real-world as it gets–with an empty application. After downloading the media files, you will be guided through creating a project from scratch to finished draft.

 

The book includes downloadable lesson and media files so learners can work sequentially through exercises for hours of hands-on training. Focused lessons teach concepts and take learners step by step through professional, real-world editing scenarios to create a final project. Chapter review questions summarize what learns need to know and prepare them for the Apple certification exam.

 

The Apple Pro Training Series is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification program, used by Apple Authorized Training Centers around the world.

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Adobe Flash Professional CC Classroom in a Book

The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Flash Professional CC

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support
of Adobe product experts.

Adobe Flash Professional CC Classroom in a Book contains 10 lessons that cover the basics, providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you.

Purchasing this book gives you access to the downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book, and to electronic book updates covering new features that Adobe releases for Creative Cloud customers. For
access, go to www.peachpit.com/redeem and redeem the unique code provided inside this book.

“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-bystep instructions, and the project files for the students.”

Barbara Binder,
Adobe Certified Instructor
Rocky Mountain Training 

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Human Performance Engineering: Designing High Quality Professional User Interfaces for Computer Products, Applications and Systems (3rd Edition)

Introducing a proven user interface design model for the design and development of high-quality user interfaces, this new edition is a professional guide to designing traditional graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and object- oriented graphical user interfaces, plus high-quality character-based interfaces, and state- of-the-art multimedia user interfaces. Covers prototyping and usability testing; multimedia user interfaces, including discussions of sound, high- resolution images, and full-motion video; task analysis; the three most popular statistical methods; and documentation and training issues. For user interface specialists, programmers, systems analysts, system designers, project leaders, and system engineers.

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A Career Handbook for TV, Radio, Film, Video and Interactive Media (Professional Media Practice)

Specialists from across the fastchanging world of Tv, Radio, Film, Video and Interactive Media have contributed ‘behindthescenes’ advice to provide the definitive guide to a career in these areas.


Updated throughout, the revised second edition of this unique guide answers a multitude of questions, including: How do I choose a course that will help me? What are the jobs? How do I get useful work experience? What’s it like to be a freelance? What are the areas of opportunity? How do you find out about jobs that aren’t advertised? Which qualifications or training will help me build my career?

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What’s New in Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 and ActionScript 3.0 Learn By Video

This innovative product is a focused video workshop and accompanying 48-page full-color book that will teach Flash developers how to get up to speed on the new features of Adobe Flash CS5.5 and ActionScript 3.0. Take advantage of new features including improvements to Flash’s powerful TLF type engine, improved layout fidelity, and enhancements to the already powerful inverse kinematics bone tool, as well as updates to ActionScript. Tips and tricks for all versions of Flash are sprinkled throughout.
 
Experienced instructor Kelly McCathran presents three hours of exceptional quality video tutorials, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes, and review materials. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows the viewer to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The unique Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow the student to work alongside in Flash and ActionScript. Project files used in the lessons are included on the disc so viewers can practice what they’ve learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge.
 
The DVD-ROM is bundled with a printed booklet that provides supplemental material to enhance the video training.  

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DVD Authoring with Adobe Encore DVD: A Professional Guide to Creative DVD Production and Adobe Integration

Expand your creative ability by mastering the software tools. “DVD Authoring with Adobe Encore DVD” covers the toolset in a manner that demonstrates real-world application. The accompanying DVD with source material walks you through the process. You will learn how to avoid common pitfalls and learn about the entire DVD authoring workflow.

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Digital Video Production Cookbook: 100 Professional Techniques for Independent and Amateur Filmmakers (Cookbooks (O’Reilly))

Have you ever watched a big-budget Hollywood movie and wondered “How did they do that?” or, perhaps, “How can I do that?” While digital technology greatly simplifies the filmmaking process, there are many tried-and-true production tricks that only those lucky enough to work in the world of high-budget professional film production get to know. The truth is that setting up a car chase, making a realistic-looking alien, staging a fistfight, creating atmospheric lighting, and using special effects are often not as difficult to master as you might think.

Digital Video Production Cookbook will show you how to create sophisticated-looking visual effects, dramatic shots, and powerful sequences using low-cost methods adapted from high-end professional techniques. Author and award-winning filmmaker Chris Kenworthy explains how you can use a digital video camera and basic editing software, to create high-end production values with household equipment and a little imagination.

The book includes easy-to-follow recipes for:

  • Creating bluescreen effects
  • Simulating rain, snow, and other natural phenomena
  • Working with backlighting, simulated candlelight, and special lighting effects
  • Shooting day for night
  • Staging safe stunts, chase scenes, and fistfights
  • Makeup techniques for aging, bruises, and serious injuries
  • Shooting at night
  • Working with camera movement
  • Adding special effects such as laser bolts, holograms, and explosions

and much more.

Packed with full-color, step-by-step instructions, inspirational examples, and authoritative information and advice, this book is the ultimate, no-nonsense cookbook for every aspiring digital filmmaker.

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GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking [covers the HERO4 and all GoPro cameras]

WHERE INSPIRATION MEETS TECHNICAL CRAFT, this guide to professional filmmaking with a GoPro is packed with hundreds of beautiful photos and interactive links to videos created by professional athletes, filmmakers, and inspired GoPro users around the world.

As the only book to cover the art and technique of advanced filmmaking by the team at GoPro, you’ll get a unique insider’s look at GoPro’s history, all the different camera modes and settings, standard and experimental mounts, shooting principles, and editing techniques. Compelling stories from users such as Kelly Slater, Shaun White, and Kevin Richardson offer a rare view into an incredible world of athleticism, artistic beauty, and storytelling.

Whether you’re a professional filmmaker, top athlete or an aspiring enthusiast, you’ll get all the inspiration and instruction you need to capture and create your own engaging edits to share with the world.

“This book is an invaluable window into Bradford and Brandon’s creative thinking and summarizes their years of experience. Hopefully it serves as a spark for you just as the authors have done for GoPro.”

From the foreword by Nicholas Woodman, founder of GoPro

 

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Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro X: Professional Music Production

Completely revised and updated for Logic Pro X, this Apple-certified guide shows you how to record, produce, and polish music files with Apple’s professional audio software. Veteran music producer David Nahmani’s step-by-step, instructions teach you everything from basic music creation to advanced production techniques using Logic’s software synthesizers, samplers, and digital signal processors. Learn about all of the key features in Logic Pro X including Flex Pitch, Drummer, Drum Kit Designer, Track Stacks, MIDI Effects, and more. Using the book’s online files and Logic Pro X, you’ll begin making music in the first lesson. Whether you’re looking to use your computer as a digital recording studio, create musical compositions, or transfer that song in your head into music you can share, this comprehensive book will show you how.

  •  Lesson and media files available online
  •  Focused lessons take you step-by-step through professional, real-world projects
  •  Accessible writing style puts an expert instructor at your side
  •  Ample illustrations and keyboard shortcuts help you master techniques fast
  •  Lesson goals and time estimates help you plan your time
  •  Chapter review questions summarize what you’ve learned and prepare you for the Apple Certifi ed Pro Exam

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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production (Digital Video & Audio Editing Courses)

The Apple-Certified Way to Learn

This all-new guide presents a real-world workflow from raw media to finished project to demonstrate the features of Final Cut Pro X and the practical techniques you will use in editing projects. Using professionally acquired media, you’ll utilize the same tools and editing techniques used by editors worldwide in this revolutionary editing software. Renowned editor and master trainer Brendan Boykin starts with basic video editing techniques and takes you all the way through Final Cut Pro’s powerful features.
 
The lessons start as real world as it gets–with an empty timeline. After downloading the media files, you will be guided through creating a project from rough cut to final edit. The basic workflow and tools are covered in Lessons 1 through 4 where you will create a rough cut. The real-world workflow continues through the remaining lessons as you take the basic project and enhance it with a deeper dive into the more advanced Final Cut Pro X features including how to efficiently organize and share media with the new Libraries, enhanced audio tools, streamlined media management, retiming, and more.
 
•  Downloadable lesson media files to work sequentially through exercises for hours of hands-on training.
•  Focused lessons teach concepts and take students step by step through professional, real-world editing scenarios to create a final project.
•  Chapter review questions summarize what students learn to prepare them for the Apple certification exam.
 
The Apple Pro Training Series is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification program. Upon completing the course material in this guide, you can become Apple Certified by passing the certification exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center. To find an Apple Authorized Training Center near you, please visit training.apple.com.

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Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro X 10.1: Professional Music Production

Please note: Updates for Logic Pro v10.2 can be found at www.peachpit.com/apts.logicprox101 on the Updates tab.

Completely revised and updated for Logic Pro v10.1, this Apple-certified guide shows you how to record, produce, and make music files that stand out with the Apple professional audio software. Veteran music producer David Nahmani’s step-by-step instructions teach you everything from basic music creation to professional production techniques using Logic’s software synthesizers, samplers, and digital signal processors. You’ll learn about all of the key features in Logic Pro v10.1 and use the book’s online files to begin making music from the very first lesson. Whether you’re looking to use your computer as a digital recording studio, create musical compositions, or transfer that song in your head into music you can share, this comprehensive book will show you how.

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