DMS Help – Free Adobe Video Tutorials

Of all the video tutorials out on the web these days, the ones on tutvid.com are some of the best. Not only that, their website is easy to use and specific tutorials are easy to find. Tutvid (presumably a contraction of “Tutorial Video”) is a website that offers comprehensive video tutorials on a few of … Continue reading “DMS Help – Free Adobe Video Tutorials”

Of all the video tutorials out on the web these days, the ones on tutvid.com are some of the best. Not only that, their website is easy to use and specific tutorials are easy to find.

Tutvid (presumably a contraction of “Tutorial Video”) is a website that offers comprehensive video tutorials on a few of Adobe’s most popular programs, namely Photoshop, Fireworks, Flash, Dreamweaver and Illustrator. The difference between this site and others like it is that the tutorials here are specific. That is to say that they teach users how to accomplish specific tasks in the various programs the cover.
For example, this video (also available on You Tube as you can see here) teaches users how to create a realistic neon sign effect (from scratch) in Photoshop.

Thursday at 5:30pm in Katzen – Human Rights Film Series Continues

Films will be screened on Thursdays between September 23 and October 28 from 5:30pm — 8:00pm at the American University Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall. Each screening will feature special guests and will be followed by an in-depth discussions of the films and the issues they approach.Watch the trailer>> The Speakers:REBECCA RICHMAN COHEN, … Continue reading “Thursday at 5:30pm in Katzen – Human Rights Film Series Continues”

Films will be screened on Thursdays between September 23 and October 28 from 5:30pm — 8:00pm at the American University Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall. Each screening will feature special guests and will be followed by an in-depth discussions of the films and the issues they approach.

Watch the trailer>>

The Speakers:
REBECCA RICHMAN COHEN, Director / Producer, War Don Don
Rebecca Richman Cohen is an award-winning filmmaker and a law school graduate with experience in international human rights and criminal defense. She interned as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders and continued to do investigative work at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Read more here.

JUAN MÉNDEZ, Visiting Professor of Law at American University

Juan E. Méndez is a Visiting Professor of Law at American University and an advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court. He is also Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. Until May 2009 he was the President of the International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ)… Read more here.

Todd’s Tips – About Web Hosting and a Recommendation

**This recommendation comes strictly from Todd, based on his personal experiences with the hosting company noted below, and is in no way a paid promotion or advertisement.** There are a lot of web hosting companies out there on the web… Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Perhaps you’d like to know what web hosting is … Continue reading “Todd’s Tips – About Web Hosting and a Recommendation”

**This recommendation comes strictly from Todd, based on his personal experiences with the hosting company noted below, and is in no way a paid promotion or advertisement.**

There are a lot of web hosting companies out there on the web…
Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Perhaps you’d like to know what web hosting is first before we discuss who does it well?
Every website you see on the net, including this blog, is hosted on a server, somewhere in the world. A server is basically a big computer that does two things, it receives requests and doles out data. When you type in a web address and hit return, what are doing is essentially placing a “call” to the server and asking it for the information that should be displayed on a particular web page. Your web browser (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc…) then translates the code it gets back into a coherent “page.” That’s what you see when you bring up this blog.
So, to have your own website, you need to have a server. Now, you could purchase a server and some server software and setup your own, but this takes expertise and is therefore best left to the experts. That said, you’ll need to pay someone else to host your site.
And to come back to where I started, there are a number of web hosting companies out there on the web. But, before I make a specific recommendation, let me give you a few things to think about when shopping for web hosting:
Cost, obviously. Most companies range between 5 and 12 dollars per month, depending on how many bells and whistles you get.
Storage space. Typically most standard hosting plans will provide you enough storage space for all your pages. The only issue is if you are planning to have a lot of multimedia on your site (videos and the like). If so, you may consider paying for more space.
Bandwidth. This is how much data you can transfer per month. Again, unless you are doing a lot of multimedia then you’re probably ok with the standard plan.
Databases. If you are planning on hosting a CMS (Content Management System) like Drupal or Joomla, you WILL need some databases. Most standard plans now allow 10 to 50 databases on a standard plan, but you’ll need to make sure.
Tech Support. Unless you are a master, things will go wrong on your site and you will not know how to fix them. Make sure the plan you get has tech support, free if possible…
My personal recommendation for web hosting is a company called Bluehost. Their prices are about average for the market, they offer large storage and bandwidth options as well as 50 databases on most plans. Their tech support folks are awesome. And free. I have hosted two sites on Bluehost and both were based on a Drupal CMS; I had no problems with installation or usage of either site. These are good folks.
But, there are a few other worthwhile competitors to Bluehost where I know colleagues have successfully hosted sites. They are:

DMS Help – Using an FTP Client to Upload Files to a Website

While small websites can be built and stored locally, for the real deal, you’ll need to get web hosting. And, once you’ve paid for web hosting, you’ll need a way to get your files from your computer to the host’s server. Often times the hosting company will provide some limp FTP client as part of … Continue reading “DMS Help – Using an FTP Client to Upload Files to a Website”

While small websites can be built and stored locally, for the real deal, you’ll need to get web hosting. And, once you’ve paid for web hosting, you’ll need a way to get your files from your computer to the host’s server. Often times the hosting company will provide some limp FTP client as part of their back-end web-interface. There are alternatives.

In this video (also appears below), learn what FTP is, how it’s used, and what (free) FTP clients might be best for you.

DMS Help – Learn Basic Web Design & HTML

Some folks might think that learning HTML is a little old skool, but it’s the foundation of everything that appears on the Internet; a working knowledge of it is essential for anyone who intended to do anything on the web. In this video tutorial (also appears below), the instructor takes you step-by-step through the bare-bones … Continue reading “DMS Help – Learn Basic Web Design & HTML”

Some folks might think that learning HTML is a little old skool, but it’s the foundation of everything that appears on the Internet; a working knowledge of it is essential for anyone who intended to do anything on the web.

In this video tutorial (also appears below), the instructor takes you step-by-step through the bare-bones creation of a website in Notepad. Again, this may seem a bit slow, but the concepts and terminology you’ll learn here are critical for further work in online development, publishing or promotion:

2010 Environmental Film Series – Tonight at 7pm in Wechsler Theater!

AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation present The 6th Annual Fall Film Series Fall 2010 hosted by Chris Palmer and Justine Schmidt. The event is in the Wechsler Theater at 7 pm on Tuesdays, 3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center, American University. It is open to public and no reservations are needed. For … Continue reading “2010 Environmental Film Series – Tonight at 7pm in Wechsler Theater!”

AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation present The 6th Annual Fall Film Series Fall 2010 hosted by Chris Palmer and Justine Schmidt.

The event is in the Wechsler Theater at 7 pm on Tuesdays, 3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center, American University. It is open to public and no reservations are needed.

For more information, please contact Chris Palmer at 202-885-3408 or Justine Schmidt at 202-413-4490, or visit the SOC’s 2010 Environmental Film Series page.

Today’s Topic:

Opportunities in Online Video– Oct. 5th

Lecture and clips by Filmmaker Vanessa Serrao
Internet video can be a powerful tool for filmmakers, providing a means to reach a large and diverse audience. But in many ways, producing and distributing online video is still a big experiment. What style and aesthetics work online? How are web viewers different than television viewers? How can you make your videos stand out from the ones of cats cuddling with chickens? Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Serrao will draw on her experiences as a new media producer for Discovery Channel and as the founder of NatureBreak.org, the online wildlife video series and social network for nature lovers, to discuss how filmmakers can make a successful online video.

Edward Norton on WAMU 88.5 and on AU’s Campus!!

Edward Norton was on WAMU 88.5 this morning discussing his experiences producing, directing, and acting. A transcript of Diane Rehm’s captivating conversation with Mr. Norton can be found here. Or you can go to Diane Rehm’s web site and click Listen. Edward Norton then came to campus for a Question and Answer session in Ward … Continue reading “Edward Norton on WAMU 88.5 and on AU’s Campus!!”



Edward Norton was on WAMU 88.5 this morning discussing his experiences producing, directing, and acting. A transcript of Diane Rehm’s captivating conversation with Mr. Norton can be found here. Or you can go to Diane Rehm’s web site and click Listen. Edward Norton then came to campus for a Question and Answer session in Ward 2 with AU students.

Here are some of his films available for Home Use here in Media Services:

25th Hour – HU DVD 846
Fight Club – HU DVD 939
(temporarily taken off Home Use for class use)
American History X – HU DVD 1132
(temporarily taken off Home Use for class use)
Illusionist – HU DVD 1779
People vs Larry Flint – HU DVD 2211
Painted Veil – HU DVD 2729