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11hrs:11min:11sec on 11/11/11

…and that’s all this blog post is about. Recognizing this day; this very cool, (in an extreme-nerd kinda way) unique day of the century.

Sadly, it wasn’t posted precisely at 11:11, as my ISP (COX, what’s in a name?) decided to barf during that very historic moment in time. And yet, life carried on. ;P So here it is instead, presented on 11/11/11 at 2:22:22.

Happy 11/11/11, my fellow members of the geek chic…

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After Effects CS5.5 Warp Stabilizer Examples (Before & After)

Hey all. Here are the examples from today’s ASK A CS PRO session, shot by yours truly in Egypt this past November with the Canon7D, Zacuto Z-finder and 14mm f/2.8, EF-S18-135 f/3.5 lenses…

A before and after, with some added color-grading courtesy of Colorista II and Mojo.

Warp Stabilizer Examples – Before & After (Pt1) from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

A live Qanun performance, handheld Canon7D, Warp Stabilized with remastered Stereo Audio (from the mono on-camera mic)

Warp Stabilizer, Audio Remaster w/live Qanun (Pt2) from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

The coolest thing about the workflows implemented above is the fact that I only rendered ONCE, at the very end, after making all of my various tweaks/changes (both on the audio side, the edit, and the grading). Dynamic Link was used between Premiere Pro and After Effects, with me sending the audio (and/or, the entire sequence) from Premiere to Audition. Everything was effectively LIVE until the very end when I made these exports. The performance of my Quad-Core i7 amazed me; far beyond what I experienced on the dual core, and with the speed enhancements and improved disk caching in PPRO/AE 5.5…you just have to try it to believe it.

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MAX Barcelona – Sea, Sun & CS3!

My friends, it’s wonderful to be blogging today, as Day One of MAX Europe has just ended, and quite frankly, WHAT A BLAST! The crowds were simply incredible; highly enthused, energetic, inspired, and completely thrilled to be here — and more importantly, to have all the fine presenters from all over the globe, presenting for them, to them, in a relaxed but fun, information-filled fashion (nice alliteration there, eh?) really set the stage for the day. What else can be said?
Today, I conducted a series of CS3 Hands-On classes with my fellow evangelists Rufus Deuchler & John Schuman, and the attendees just rocked; and yeah, that phrase is getting darn tired…but you know what? I’m a musician, and I can call out when someone rocked…and WE did, and the attendees did. SO THERE. Cliche and passe? Nah. Just pure awesome, rocked-out fun.
But as if the response to learning workflows in CS3 Master Collection wasn’t enough for us, Greg Rewis, Rufus and I conducted yet another ‘Adobe Guru CS3 Shootout’. Similar to the one in Chicago, we once again had a standing-room-only crowd, and a raucous one at that! Seriously, (we) couldn’t believe the response! People were literally shouting, cheering, whistling and ‘woo-hoo-ing’; it was nuts, and we can’t wait to do it again tomorrow. Thanks to EVERYONE for their enthusiasm, adoration for all things CS3 (including yours truly (wink) and Rufus & Greg) and for truly rocking MAX Barcelona off to a great start. And honestly, it’s YOU (our customers, users, fellow bloggers and all) that made this day (and this event) what it is. So a sincere thanks, and just wait…more is to come!
On that note, I had recorded a short vid (which is now two days old! Argh) but I figured I’d post it; if nothing else, it’ll give you a glimpse into my arrival in Barça after a rather dismal day or two of travel…

Now, upon arriving, we *did* get a chance to go out and eat some Paella (we were ALL craving it; seriously!). So, en route to downtown, Karl strapped his handy 10.1 megapixel cam to a lightpole, and we did a quick group shot…
Stef, Jase, Greg & Karl – Paella awaits!
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Following the Paella, it was a rather early night, as we had setup (and files, et als) to prepare the next day. Rufus and John arrived, and I took a couple of quick snaps of this beautiful, breathtaking city. These are all from the hotel room windows, but I think you’ll get the idea of the beauty; and seriously, the Sea just looked SO blue. Peace.
Deep Blue Sea…
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She Came In Thru The (23rd Floor) Bedroom Window…
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Beautiful Barcelona
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Another from the Window…a little overblown, but still pretty
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And on that note (and, seeing as it’s 1:32am here in Spain) I’m off to bed!
I’ll check back in the next day or two, so until then…
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CS3 Rocks Northern UK; rolls onward to MAX Barcelona

We all came down to Edinburgh (montreux), on the Firth of Forth (lake geneva) shoreline
A famous quote from Deep Purple, of course. 😉 But the song from which it came is “Smoke On The Water”…and WE (the evangelists, including CSS Goddess, Stephanie Sullivan) were smokin’…Smokin’ Hot with firey CS3 presentations, that is! (my, how humble of you to say! lol)
The Creative License tour re-commenced on Tuesday 9 October in Edinburgh, and the turn-out was phenomenal. Great crowd, great Q&A, and a very high-end saavy crowd, well on their way to becoming proficient CS3 experts! The same could be said for Newcastle two days later, where Karl Soule and I delivered the CS3 Production Premium story (using or new AQUO Beach Tour 2007 assets) continued to garner great reactions and responses to the new features in CS3, but primarily, showcasing our truly integrated, seamless production workflow between applications. We were also blessed with some pretty decent weather, so for a change, we actually got to ‘see’ a little bit of Scotland on Wednesday, and even took some groovy photos (see below).
Just landed, @ the hotel, and feelin’ mighty greasy (but workin’ it!)
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Ummm….Castles…History: photo courtesy of Karl
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Show me the way to the next Whisky Bar: Jase, Stef & Greg
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Indeed, I was rather camera-happy upon arrival, as my laptop bag decided to barf & die (see Exhibit A) and Karl arrived in Edinburgh with 1 of 2 bags (bag #2 to arrive two days later! doh!). In any event, I took a little movie with my new Canon camera, from the taxi. Looking a little rough, perhaps, but that’s the life…;)

Busted Laptop Bag or Dalek?
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So now, with our portion of Creative License complete, we’re off to MAX Europe, held in lovely Barcelona. The evangelists (myself, Greg Rewis, John Schuman, Rufus Deuchler & Karl Soule) will all be conducting CS3 training sessions (as mentioned earlier) and several other workflow sessions (some hands-on, some demo only). But if nothing else, and if you *are* attending MAX, please be sure to check out the Evangelist challenge. It was a real blast in Chicago (I know…I’m repeating…but sincerely, we had ‘such’ a good time!) and we can’t wait to do it again. What’s really so cool about the Evangelist challenge is that all the material(s) we’re showing were in fact created BY US! That’s cool. And again, it showcases not only our love for evangelizing the products, but our true dedication to being ‘users’ ourselves. But you knew that already, didn’t you??
On an unrelated note, many people have been asking about Audition 3 (*not* Audition CS3, as some had incorrectly heard). Audition 3 will be out before the end of the year, and again, includes lots of great new features specific to music production: VSTi (virtual instrument support), MIDI Sequencing (with all the usual expected bits, piano roll editor, quantize/humanize, step-record, etc), New Spectral Tools including the *true* Adobe Photoshop Healing Brush (even has the same icon!!) as well as the Adobe Photoshop Paint Brush. You really won’t believe your eyes when you*see* what you can do…WITH YOUR EYES! Audio mastering and restoration has become a visual medium (and as someone who has been doing it and evangelizing the concept for years now, I’ll take some credit for spreading that word ;)) but it’s true. If you understand some basic principles in Photoshop, you can truly leverage that knowledge to do incredibly complex restoration in Audition (and SBCS3, for that matter) without being an audio expert. Simply brilliant. However, the more (audio) you know, the further you can go.
Ok, that’s going to be it for now. I was actually going to detail some additional road stories about us all taking the train, flight delays, and the usual airport chaos…but that just seemed way too uninspiring 😉 Some other time, I suppose.
So, until Barcelona (starting tomorrow), I’ll bid you farewell, and as always…
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