Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Short&Suite Tutorial: Sidechaining In Audition CS6

Well, 2012 is coming to a close, but as promised, here’s the next new episode from my recent sessions at AdobeTV. This one, a very cool new addition to Adobe Audition (and a highly-requested feature for many versions now) features how to use the Dynamics Proceessor in a sidechain, allowing you to use a trigger (ie, a voice-over) to automatically ‘duck’ music underneath it (without doing the previous, manual method of drawing envelopes).

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Personalized Videos Are A Hit…Still Time To Get Yours!

Well, the weekend is upon us, Christmastime Is Here Again (Beatle reference) and it’s truly hard to believe that the year is almost over. In any case, the response to my buy-a-song/get-a-video has been overwhelmingly awesome! Thanks to all of you who’ve purchased my tunes!

In any case, I’ve made some of them public for all to view…and there’s still time to get yours! Sure, it’s silly fun; sure, it’s 70s lounge-style kitsch (since it’s just me, in a mellow mood, at the piano). But hey, isn’t that what the holiday season is all about? 🙂 These are live, raw, multicamera videos, played and sung, just for you. It’s all done with natural light with sound recorded direct into the Nikon D800 with a mono Røde Videomic, remastered in Adobe Audition.

If you’d like a video for someone else, I’m happy to do that too! In the meantime, enjoy these…

My special video made for @iGert (Gert Kracht) featuring my soon-to-be-released single, Pirate Teeth:

A Special Message for Gert Kracht (@iGert)…Pirate Teeth from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

Here’s one I did for my colleague and dear friend, Terry White (@terrylwhite)

A Special Message for Terry White… Sabi Sabi from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

This video was made for Todd Rafferty (@webRat):

A Special Message for Todd Rafferty…GrinchNPirate from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

And here’s another that I did for a super cool dude named Vic Carter (who bought my entire catalog, based on seeing Todd’s video above! Thanks, Vic!)

A Special Message for Vic… Just Play Music from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

This one was created for Vicky Ryder (@codebass), the Queen of CodeBassRadio

A Special Message for Vicky (@codebass)… Pirate Teeth! from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

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Christmas – Just Play Music™ Style

Seasons Greetings! As some of you may know, I’ve got a promotion going on right now where if you purchase any one of my songs on iTunes, etc, I will record you a personalized music video.

Here’s yet another new edition to the Just Play Music catalog from the Holiday Episode (which includes The Grinch, among other songs): my live performance of Christmas, originally found on The Who’s TOMMY (1969). This has long been one of my favorite Who songs, and aside from the title itself, always made me think of Christmas & this time of year.

You can also purchase this music video (along with the Grinch and others, as part of the Holiday Episode) by dropping me a line here, on the blog. I can send you a direct link to purchase and download (if you so desire). DVD/BluRay sets will also be available. I’m hoping to have the song itself on iTunes shortly (but it may not happen until January…so much for the holiday rush!)

Happy Xmas (as John Lennon would say)

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Another Adobe Prelude Tutorial – Markers & Rough Cuts

Episode 2 of the new season of Short & Suite premiered today covering how to use markers and build rough cuts in Adobe Prelude CS6.

Additionally, I’ll also show how you can instantly send clips & rough cuts directly to Premiere Pro, *or* export directly to Final Cut Pro via XML. A great feature for switchers and those new to CS6.

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New CS6 Tutorials on AdobeTV

It’s been a busy week at Adobe, and in keeping with that momentum I’m happy to announce that a new series of Short & Suite tutorials are coming to AdobeTV. The first one of the new season features Adobe Prelude CS6. This episode covers the concepts of ingest & partial and gives you the basic “How To” and “When To”, whether it’s transferring or transcoding media from DSLR or other file-based cameras (this video happens to feature footage shot on my Nikon D800 & D4, from my recent African Safari).

I also cover how to add presets for 3rd party formats (like ProRes & Avid DNxHD) and literally take you through the process of creating those presets (in Media Encoder) and how to set different options along the way.

When I was at the Adobe TV studios, they informed me that it had been well over a year since my last (official) Short & Suite season, so it’s really a pleasure to be bringing all this new content prior to the holiday.

Other topics that will follow (appearing every Wednesday on tv.adobe.com):

–Using Markers and Creating Rough Cuts in Prelude CS6
–Sidechaining in Audition CS6
–Working with 3rd Party Plugins in Audition CS6
–Mixdown Options for Stereo and Multichannel in Audition CS6
–How To Convert Audio Files to Different Bit Rates/Sample Rates/Channel Configurations

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Adobe Create Now Event Available On AdobeTV

If you weren’t able to tune into yesterday’s Create Now Live launch event, you can watch it all on Adobe TV.

Here’s the Keynote presentation, featuring none other than my dear colleague Rufus Deuchler alongside Jeff Veen, Scott Kelby and others…

Here’s my interview with “A Liar’s Autobiography” Producer, Justin Weyers…

And here’s Terry White’s interview with some very engaging, next-generation filmmakers…

All the content from the event is archived at AdobeTV, so check it out…and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Adobe Creative Cloud. Membership is Free…and you can start creating with ALL of our Creative Suite tools, NOW.

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Buy A Song, Get A Personalized Music Video

Happy Holidays, everyone! In an effort to do something a little different (and a little more special, given the time of year) I’m offering up a little benefit to anyone who purchased one of my songs/EPs on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

It’s very simple: now through the end of December (31 December 2012) buy a song, show me some proof of purchase (screen shot, twitpic, or heck, you could even just DM me and let me know–honor system!) and I will record a personalized video, PERFORMING the song (or perhaps another, maybe some new ones) for you! Live, raw, real, music. It’s that simple.

Now, the instrumental tracks (from the Music To Design By album) are not exactly ‘performable’ (is that a word?) as I’ll be confining the live performances to Piano/Vocal…but in that case, I’ll do something equally as special, and again, live (shot on multiple cameras).

Oh, and if you’ve already purchased my latest song, Sabi Sabi, just let me know and I will record a video for you as well!

Here’s a current list of available songs on iTunes and Amazon.

$0.99 is all that stands between you, a new tune, a personalized music video and Happy Holiday greetings from me to you.

Let me make some music for you, either as myself…or as the Grinch 🙂

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Ask A Pro Session on Creative Cloud for Video Now Online!

As promised, here’s the link to last week’s Ask A Pro session, where I covered an overview of exactly what Creative Cloud is, what it does, and how it ties all of the Adobe applications and services together. Beyond that, I then go thru multiple applications (namely, Adobe Story, Prelude, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, SpeedGrade and AdobeMediaEncoder) and discuss how we make it easier to transition from another NLE (ie, Final Cut/AVID) into Premiere Pro by offering all types of integration within the applications (OMF, AAF, XML, native support for ProRes/DNxHD, etc).

Creative Cloud for Video Users and those Switching to CS6

Seldom do I get a chance (on stage) to go thru each facet of Creative Cloud (from starting a free account, to paid membership, redeeming pre-paid Creative Cloud cards, logging in, working with files/storage, downloading, and then accessing the applications themselves) and similarly, this is the first time I’ve literally gone thru each and every integration tie-in between Adobe professional video apps and others.

Check it out!

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