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Adobe After Effects and Maxon Cinema4D: Welcome to the Family

As many of you have heard and seen, we revealed the next version of After Effects at NAB2013 (and have officially been showing After Effects CC at AdobeMAX this week), and the ‘big’ news was that we now offer a true, live 3D Pipeline directly into Maxon Cinema4D. Build your models, bring them into After Effects, go back to C4D and make changes, and they update inside AE’s composition panel. No rendering, no re-importing or messing about, just working the way you’d (hoped) you could work…and we finally made it happen.

I was fortunate to not only meet a bunch of the guys from Maxon (and present alongside one of their finest, Mathias Omotola) but the more I’ve played with this feature (pre-NAB/MAX, and since then) I can honestly say that it sincerely makes 3D ‘accessible’ to the AE compositor who simply thought the 3D/2D worlds were too far apart; or in most cases, simply fearing that 3D was too difficult.

Me and Mathias on the last day of NAB2013
Me and Mathias on the last day of NAB2013

Nick Campbell (from Greyscalegorilla) and Dave Kiss (from the Maxon team) put together this great video highlighting the workflow, the capabilities, giving you a taste of ‘the buzz’ from the show floor (including clips from the my After Effects/Maxon presentation with Mathias.

NAB 2013 With Maxon, Adobe, And Greyscalegorilla from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

Not long after we finished our last demo of the day, we caught up with none other than Mr. ScruffyTV himself, Kanen Flowers. Though I’ve known of Kanen for years, we only officially met at the San Francisco Supermeet back in January. In one of those rare, “I met you five minutes ago and I feel like I’ve known you my whole life,” kinda moments, we re-connected at NAB, shared a few laughs, did a quick interview, and then snapped a few post-tradeshow pics in the spirit of fun and total exhaustion. 🙂

We were getting a little loopy by the end of the show...
We were getting a little loopy by the end of the show…
'Put Your Head On My Shoulder...'
‘Put Your Head On My Shoulder…’
At this point, we just couldn't stop laughing. Good times.
At this point, we just couldn’t stop laughing. Good times.

The weeks that followed were filled with lots of comments from attendees of the show to those who experienced my demos ‘live from the stage’ on AdobeTV; but the nicest thing about all of it? Everyone seemed genuinely excited about this new direction for AE and this much-needed partnership in the 3D modeling world.

At the end of each presentation, Mathias concluded with the line, “Welcome to the family.” Perfect words for a perfect (and long-awaited) coming-together of technologies.

Welcome to After Effects CC and Cinema 4D as they were meant to be: working together.

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What I’m Teaching at Adobe MAX – The Creativity Conference Next Week

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I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you next week at Adobe MAX – The Creativity Conference in Los Angeles. The show kicks off Monday for me and my colleague Terry White with the Day 1 Keynote and sessions.

Here’s my schedule, Monday to Wednesday:

  • Monday, May 6th – 9:30am-11:30am – A Creative Evolution – Keynote (Register to Watch the Keynote Online Here)
  • Monday, May 6th – 2:00pm-3:00pm Best Practices: Encoding for the Web and Tablets (Rm 503)
  • Monday, May 6th – 5:00pm-6:00pm Audio Is Half the Picture: Getting the Best Mix with Adobe Audition (Rm 505)
  • Monday, May 6th – 7:00pm-8:00pm Meet The Team (Video/Team Adobe)
  • Tuesday, May 7th – 2:30pm-3:30pm DSLR Editing for Photographers and Designers (Rm 518)
  • Tuesday, May 7th – 4:00pm-5:00pm How to Edit Just What You Want: Ingest and Rough Cut with Adobe Prelude (Rm 511A)
  • Wednesday, May 8th – 11:00am-12:00pm Advanced Audio Techniques for Voice-over Recording (Rm 503)
  • Wednesday, May 8th – 5:00pm-6:00pm DSLR Editing for Photographers and Designers (Rm 505)

There’s still time to register for Adobe MAX 2013, and you can even save $300 by using this promo code: MXSM13

See you there!
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Day 3 NAB – The Buzz Continues!

Just a quickie following another packed day on the show floor. Hard to believe that it’s all over tomorrow, but in many ways…it’s just beginning (wink)!

This is pretty much what it's looked like the whole time. Uncropped pano from my Creative Cloud preso
This is pretty much what it’s looked like the whole time. Uncropped pano from my Creative Cloud preso.

As day 3 is typically ‘hump day’ and many begin to exit Vegas in droves, we were somewhat a-stereotypically slammed! And, as if the huge crowds weren’t enough…we even continued to have several noise complaints from neighboring booths (sorry guys…we didn’t mean to be loud). But hopefully some of the traffic that was blocking the aisles made their way to our friends along the perimeter.
Demoing a little Photoshop Touch with crowd participation from Day 2
Demoing a little Photoshop Touch with crowd participation from Day 2

Aside from the After Effects/C4D integration, Refine Edge Tool/Refine Soft Matte and naturally, *all* of the Premiere Pro editing enhancements (which have been met with spontaneous applause, nearly every time), the other big hit of the show has been SpeedGrade. The talk around SG has really grown over the last year…but with some of our new shot-matching capabilities and redesigned UI, along with the Lumetri Deep Color Engine and LUT capabilities being present in the ‘revealed’ version of Premiere Pro, I sense a lot of people moving to SpeedGrade not only as a solution for grading their materials, but for creating LUTs and color presets to use in and out of Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop. Case in point: as I walked by the RED booth today, I saw a demo being given to a packed house, showcasing Epic 5K footage being graded in SpeedGrade (showcasing several of the new features). Beyond cool, and what a slick confirmation that the word is out!
SpeedGrade Revealed, live in action at the RED booth
SpeedGrade Revealed, live in action at the RED booth

One day and four more presentations to go. What a week it’s been…

More Creative Cloud for Video Pros and Photoshop Touch on Day 3(w/my ever-present Neil Diamond Pose, layered into the image!)
More Creative Cloud for Video Pros and Photoshop Touch on Day 3 (w/my ever-present Neil Diamond Pose, layered into the image!)

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A Big Day at NAB

From Where I Stood - the crowd at NAB2013 for my After Effects presentation
From Where I Stood – the crowd at NAB2013 for my After Effects presentation

What can I say? The Big Reveal was a HUGE success! Today at NAB, we revealed ‘What’s New’ (or rather, what’s coming in the next versions of) After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition, Prelude, SpeedGrade and the official launch of another product I was involved with back in August/September, Adobe Anywhere.

Another Shot From The Stage - During My Premiere Pro preso
Another Shot From The Stage – During My Premiere Pro preso

The buzz, the excitement, the packed booth…it was madness, but in a good way. We were literally jam packed/standing-room-only for the better part of 8 hours, with not only our own Adobe presentations, but with those from our esteemed customers who graciously joined us to show their Adobe magic with their own content and workflow tricks.

After half-a-dozen presentations, I left the show floor tired but inspired by what had just happened, and all I can say is: thank you. Thank you to the thousands of customers who came out to see us, shake a hand, give us your feedback, snap some pics and share in the excitement. The pleasure is truly ours, the journey has only just begun and we’re here, listening…always.

Day 2 is mere hours away!

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NAB 2013 and the Big Reveal

Greetings from Las Vegas! If you haven’t heard by now, this past Thursday we REVEALED what’s coming next in the Adobe video products. Over the last few days, the tweets/FB posts and forum talk has been so overwhelmingly positive, inspiring and all-out cool that I simply can’t wait to hit the stage on Monday and start revealing more, in person (software I mean; don’t get any ideas ;P)

In any case, if you’re in Vegas attending NAB this year, you’ll definitely want to come by the booth this week. Not only will I be presenting anywhere from 5-7 times a day, but my former US-based Evangelist colleague Karl Soule will be joining me as well (he’s now based in Singapore) along with a host of exciting, inspiring customer presentations. We even managed to get my dear friend and brilliant editor/director/audio guru & VFX wizard Vashi Nedomansky up on stage. He’ll be presenting Monday & Tuesday, showcasing some of his work and his real-world workflows using Premiere, AE and more. You definitely want to check him out.

My friend, my inspiration, my director. On-set w/Vashi Nedomansky
My friend, my inspiration, my director. On-set w/Vashi Nedomansky

Oh, and while you don’t see *me* on the reveal page (I was on-tour when those vids needed to be filmed), I have a whole bunch of videos which will start to make their way out to web in the coming weeks…so stay tuned.
On-Set at Adobe TV, March 2013
On-Set at Adobe TV, March 2013

I hope to see you on the show floor; we’re Booth SL3910 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Till next time…

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3300+ CreateNow Attendees Can’t Be Wrong! (an Elvis reference)

The word is definitely out; and while the word (according to Beatles legend) is love (and they’re right, it is), the *other* word is Creative Cloud; and our Adobe friends in Europe clearly love it.

Following the successful shows in Warsaw and Oslo, the excitement and enthusiasm continued as we made our way thru London, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki. What was most interesting to us was the universal acceptance of the Creative Cloud and a genuine interest in how it differs from the (previous) ‘boxed product’ experience. Fortunately, we came armed and ready with all the details about the new applications, features and services that we’ve added to the Creative Cloud (since our official launch last May) and that momentum continued as we were able to showcase several new PS features (as of February) and most recently, the addition of Photoshop Touch on the iPhone and Android mobile devices.

A sincere thanks must go out to all of the attendees across the globe, as well as our many colleagues who helped put these incredible events together. This tour really exceeded our expectations, and we’re just so very honored to be able to bring all of these incredible, creative puzzle pieces, all together under one roof. The show continued on (back in the US) in New York, Boston, Seattle, Austin and San Diego with more stops coming! Create now!

On our one day off (in Oslo) we took in some sightseeing...and ice.
On our one day off (in Oslo) we took in some sightseeing…and ice.
The afternoon session, CreateNow! London
The afternoon session, CreateNow! London
Rufus opens the Create Now show in Stockholm
Rufus opens the Create Now show in Stockholm
Me and Paul on stage (and on camera) during the London morning session
Me and Paul on stage (and on camera) during the London morning session
Always a great crowd in Copenhagen
Always a great crowd in Copenhagen
Time for some DSLR (with my Nikon D800) and Adobe Prelude, in Oslo...
Time for some DSLR (with my Nikon D800) and Adobe Prelude, in Oslo…
It may have been -17c, but the crowd was hot in HELsinki
It may have been -17c, but the crowd was hot in HELsinki
Showing off a little Photoshop Touch on the iPad, among other things (pic by Frances Miller Del Santo)
Showing off Photoshop Touch on the iPad, among other things (pic by Frances Miller Del Santo)
Thanks for coming to see us on tour! #CreateNow #CreativeCloud
Thanks for coming to see us on tour! #CreateNow #CreativeCloud

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‘Create Now’ European Tour Kicks Off With Capacity Crowds

Yesterday marked the first stop of the European ‘Create Now’ Tour and as always, Warsaw proved to be an inspired, awesome crowd with literally every seat in the house filled (and several dozen sitting in or along-side the aisles).

Covering many of the new features brought to Creative Cloud over the past few months, Rufus, Paul and I had the opportunity to showcase new content (all travel themed; largely based around Africa, for which I naturally leveraged even more Sabi Sabi footage) covering workflows for mobile (including the recently released Photoshop Touch for the iPhone and Android devices), design, web and video.

The next show is in Oslo on Monday, and we simply can’t wait to hit the stage again and spread some Create Now/Creative Cloud/CS6 love…and that’s a lot of love to spread!

I just wanted to give a big thanks to all of our fans and users who turned out for the event and made it so special. We always leave so inspired, it truly makes us yearn to return!

Here’s a few snaps from the show. See you on tour, somewhere in the world!

Queueing up at the venue
Queueing up at the venue

Full house in Warsaw ready for the show to begin
Full house in Warsaw ready for the show to begin

Getting into some Premiere and Prelude workflows
Getting into some Premiere and Prelude workflows

Another shot of the capacity crowd
Another shot of the capacity crowd

Rufus rocking the crowd
Rufus rocking the crowd

Paul takes the stage showcasing Edge Animate
Paul takes the stage showcasing Edge Animate

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Ask A Pro Friday session: Get Started Creating Video with Adobe Creative Cloud

This Friday I’ll be hosting yet another Ask A Pro session, this time dealing with the basics of getting started with video using Adobe Creative Cloud.

You can register for the online event HERE.
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This session is meant to be for beginners who have not used the video products before, and who are looking to enhance their skills, going beyond the video capabilities found in Photoshop and/or Lightroom.

I’ll begin with a brief overview of how to use Adobe Creative Cloud, and from there I’ll dive right into asset review, ingest and basic rough cutting (with Adobe Prelude); sending media to Adobe Premiere Pro for more editing capabilities, sound mixing, and working with basic effects, and the final section will deal with delivering your video to any device/tablet/screen with Adobe Media Encoder.

Register NOW! Hope to see you there.

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CreateNOW Events/Tour Planned for February/March

I’m happy to announce that our evangelist team will be hitting the road for a series of #CreateNow events over the next few months. Here’s a brief list of where you’ll be able to catch me (and my colleagues, Rufus, Terry & Paul) during March.

Click HERE for upcoming #CreateNow tour cities in North America and Europe. You may also click ‘View Full Schedule‘ for *all* tour cities. Venue details are not available for every city just yet, but I’ll continue to update here as they become available.

Here are individual registration links for several of the cities I’ll be in:

30 January SF SuperMeet
25 February Washington, D.C. PPRO UG
1 March Warsaw – Create Now Seminar (w/Rufus & Paul)
4 March Oslo – Create Now Seminar (w/Rufus & Paul)
5 March London – Create Now Seminar (w/Rufus & Paul)
6 March Stockholm – Create Now Seminar (w/Rufus & Paul)
7 March Copenhagen – Create Now Seminar (w/Rufus & Paul)
8 March Helsinki – Create Now Seminar (w/Rufus & Paul)
10-13 March CMA-NYC
16-17 March Create NOW Camp, San Diego (with Kevin Stohlmeyer, Sally Cox, Stephen Burns, Chana Messer and others!)
27 March Creative Pro User Group, Chicago (w/Jeff Evenson)

More events will be added over the coming weeks, so I’ll be sure to update this post as info becomes available. Hope to see you in one of these cities!

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There’s Still Time To Vote For Your Favorite Animate Chapman Submission – Deadline 20 January!

The Animate Chapman contest is coming to a close, and now you get to be a part of the action by voting for your favorite!

The winners of the competition will be announced at the UK opening screening of “A Liar’s Autobiography” on Jan 24th.

WATCH AND VOTE HERE

Voting will close on January 20th.

In case you missed my previous blog on the contest, you can find it HERE.

You can also watch my interview with Justin Weyers, Animation Producer for the film, HERE.

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