DMS Help – Awesome Photoshop Effects to Jazz Up Your Project

Photoshop CS5 (academic price): $250 Stock photo of a blonde holding back her hair: $5 Taking the time to check out the tutorial below on how to spice up the photo of the blonde: $0 + 60 minutes Putting this image up on the board during project presentations in your class (and consequently showing up … Continue reading “DMS Help – Awesome Photoshop Effects to Jazz Up Your Project”

Photoshop CS5 (academic price): $250

Stock photo of a blonde holding back her hair: $5

Taking the time to check out the tutorial below on how to spice up the photo of the blonde: $0 + 60 minutes
Putting this image up on the board during project presentations in your class (and consequently showing up all your classmates): Priceless
There are some things money can buy, but for everything else there’s Photoshop.
And the best part is, the effects you see in this image are not hard to reproduce. Nor are the rst of the effects in this amazing list of awesome Photoshop effects tutorials: CLICK ON THIS RIGHT NOW!

Todd’s Tips – Overlay Video Or Photos Over Video in iMovie ’09

Often times students come to us in the Digital Media Studio with an assignment to create a video about a particular subject. More often than not this “video” assignment doesn’t actually involve shooting a video and then editing it together to tell a story. Typically students are told to create a montage of images and … Continue reading “Todd’s Tips – Overlay Video Or Photos Over Video in iMovie ’09”

Often times students come to us in the Digital Media Studio with an assignment to create a video about a particular subject. More often than not this “video” assignment doesn’t actually involve shooting a video and then editing it together to tell a story. Typically students are told to create a montage of images and videos from the web to explore their topic. And, from time to time, these students ask us if it’s possible to overlay images on other images or video; they want to create more “poignant juxtapositions” [someone really said that to me once] of ideas.

While this notion is unheard of for iMoveHD, it is possible in iMovie ’09. And we have that program.
Check out this video on how to do it. Also, turn up the volume a bit, the kid is talking kinda softly.

Quentin Tarantino’s First Film – My Best Friend’s Birthday

My Best Friend’s Birthday is the first film made by Quentin Tarantino, eight years before Reservoir Dogs. It was created as a collaboration with Roger Avary in 1984 and shot on a budget of $5,000. A 70-minute rough cut was made, but a fire at the lab damaged the film and only 36 minutes of … Continue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s First Film – My Best Friend’s Birthday”

My Best Friend’s Birthday is the first film made by Quentin Tarantino, eight years before Reservoir Dogs. It was created as a collaboration with Roger Avary in 1984 and shot on a budget of $5,000. A 70-minute rough cut was made, but a fire at the lab damaged the film and only 36 minutes of it was recovered.
As seen on the Laughing Squid blog.


Films written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino:
Reservoir Dogs – HU DVD 4676
Pulp Fiction – HU DVD 1244
Jackie Brown – HU DVD 2988
Kill Bill Vol 1 – HU DVD 793
Kill Bill Vol 2 – HU DVD 794
Four Rooms – HU DVD 6538
Death Proof – HU DVD 5202
Inglorious Basterds – HU DVD 7555

Films featuring, produced by, written by, or in some way associated with Quentin Tarantino:

Natural Born Killers – DVD 1670
True Romance – HU DVD3820
Blind Swordsmen: Zatôichi – HU DVD 4230
Desperado – HU DVD 5569
Baad Assss Cinema: A Bold Look at Blaxploitation – HU DVD 539
Planet Terror – HU DVD 5201

Now in Media Services – Chronicles of the Refugee – DVD 7721 – 7723

Chronicles of the Refugee is a 6-part documentary film series looking at The global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. Starting with ‘al-Nakba’ (catastrophe) in 1948 (part I) and continuing through repeated community and individual expulsions (part II) and enduring discrimination by virtue of being Palestinian (part III), the first three episodes are … Continue reading “Now in Media Services – Chronicles of the Refugee – DVD 7721 – 7723”

Chronicles of the Refugee is a 6-part documentary film series looking at The global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. Starting with ‘al-Nakba’ (catastrophe) in 1948 (part I) and continuing through repeated community and individual expulsions (part II) and enduring discrimination by virtue of being Palestinian (part III), the first three episodes are more historical and informative, presenting an almost comprehensive review of 60 years of dispossession. The last three parts tackle many issues facing Palestinian refugees, and are meant to open up debate on taboo and contentious issues. Part IV deals with identity formation and the impact of being in diaspora. Part V looks at strategies for the Right of Return and who is doing what to achieve realization of this right. Part VI focuses on issues of leadership and representation, from the perspective of what kind of representation have Palestinians had over time and what do they want now.


Filmed in over 15 countries, with more than 250 interviews of Palestinian refugees who have lived in over 25 countries, this is the first documentary Film to look at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. The film presents Palestinian refugees who were displaced in 1948 and their descendants, and includes the wide range of age, socio-economic status, education level, etc.

Chronicles of the Refugee is an independently produced film made by Adam Shapiro, Perla Issa and Aseel Mansour, with a musical score by Tarik “Excentrik” Kazaleh. Funding for the project was made possible through individual contributions and the film is in no way associated with any organization, political party, faction or otherwise.

Film is in Arabic and English with subtitles.

Here’s a clip from Chronicles of the RefugeeDVD 7721 – 7723


Part I: “Nakba Dailies”
Part II: “Daily Nakbas”
Part III: “Homeland Without ID (papers)”
Part IV: “Identity Without a Homeland”
Part V: “Talk About Return”
Part VI: “Return of the Talk”

Adam Shapiro is co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, and has previously made the documentaries About Baghdad , Darfur Diaries , Becoming Nadya and Nowhere to Flee .

Perla Issa is a Palestinian from Lebanon, who recently produced a short documentary on Nahr Al-Bared . She also worked with Shapiro on the documentary Nowhere to Flee and was part of the team that produced the documentary series, Arabs and Terrorism.

Assel Mansour is an indpependant Palestinian filmmaker from Jordan. His Filmography includes: Little Feet ; Nightmares of Reality, co-director; and Alert Guns.

Todd’s Tips – Visual Hub Should Be Your Facebook Friend

Actually you should really just leap ahead and marry it. It’s amazing. One of the most frustrating things about video work is conversion between one format and another. This typically comes up when you’ve finished your project. You export it, make a DVD and then someone says, “You should put it on the web/your website/YouTube.” … Continue reading “Todd’s Tips – Visual Hub Should Be Your Facebook Friend”

Actually you should really just leap ahead and marry it. It’s amazing.

One of the most frustrating things about video work is conversion between one format and another. This typically comes up when you’ve finished your project. You export it, make a DVD and then someone says, “You should put it on the web/your website/YouTube.” And this is when things get hairy.
What do you do when you have a huge Quicktime (.mov) file and you need it to be a small Quicktime file or maybe even an .mp4 or something else for the web? What you do is go to Visual Hub. Check it:
A quick look shows you two things. It’s a simple interface and it has a lot of workable formats. You can convert to formats for all types and generations of iPods and other Apple devices. You can convert to .dv, .avi, .mp4, .wmv and even Flash video. And, as you might imagine, you can convert back from all these file formats as well. As such, it’s also one of the best converters for moving video out of un-wieldy Windows formats like .wmv and .avi.
Unfortunately VisualHub is no longer available to the general public; the company that built and sold the product has discontinued it. However, the Digital Media Studio has it on all its macs.
So, if you have some video to convert, stop by and let us show you how. Or you can watch this video. And if you can get around the fact that the guy sounds like John Leguizamo, you can actually learn a lot about this awesome program:

Fix Shaky Video in iMovie ’09

Yes, you read that right, “fix shaky video.” One of the hardest things about doing video assignments for class can be shooting your video. Interviews are easy because you’re likely sitting and (maybe) resting the camera on something steady. But when you need other footage there’s a good chance that you’re shooting handheld. This is … Continue reading “Fix Shaky Video in iMovie ’09”

Yes, you read that right, “fix shaky video.”

One of the hardest things about doing video assignments for class can be shooting your video. Interviews are easy because you’re likely sitting and (maybe) resting the camera on something steady. But when you need other footage there’s a good chance that you’re shooting handheld. This is hard to do and keep your image steady.
But, if you’re using iMovie ’09 to edit, it’s no problem. The video below shows you exactly how to stabilize your footage. One thing to remember though when you do this: it takes a LONG time to do even short clips. So keep your stabilization to a minimum. Or use a tripod.
Check it:

Save Some Time – Automate your Photoshop Tasks

Have you ever been in a situation where you have a bunch of photos on which you need only to make basic alterations? Has it ever frustrated you that you have to sit there and do each one individually? Yeah. Me too. But now you don’t have to. Use Photoshop’s Automate command to have the … Continue reading “Save Some Time – Automate your Photoshop Tasks”

Have you ever been in a situation where you have a bunch of photos on which you need only to make basic alterations? Has it ever frustrated you that you have to sit there and do each one individually?

Yeah. Me too.
But now you don’t have to. Use Photoshop’s Automate command to have the application do the work for you. Check out this tutorial on how to do it:

Get Savvy on Dreamweaver – Jazz up Your Assignment

Dreamweaver is one of the most useful of Adobe’s applications. It can allow you to visualize all sorts of code and layouts before you publish your site. It comes with a number of templates for common website layouts. It will even write code for you. One thing that Dreamweaver is no so good at is … Continue reading “Get Savvy on Dreamweaver – Jazz up Your Assignment”


Dreamweaver is one of the most useful of Adobe’s applications. It can allow you to visualize all sorts of code and layouts before you publish your site. It comes with a number of templates for common website layouts. It will even write code for you.

One thing that Dreamweaver is no so good at is helping users with CSS. Often times we get users in the Digital Media Studio who want to create rollover links, or other neat CSS effects and they pound their heads on the wall because it just won’t work. Often times it’s something simple, one bit of syntax out of place and the whole thing is wrecked.
Well, for all those folks with headaches, I have a solution for you.
Check out this website: Entheos.
Its a massive repository of recipes for cool Dreamweaver and CSS effects for your website assignments. And by recipies I mean step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish things. And, in many of the recipes, they give you take-away code. You can’t loose.

Todd’s Tips: Take Your DVDs to the Next Level

One of the easiest ways to put the movie you’ve made onto a playable DVD (as opposed to a file saved on a disc) is to use iDVD. Which is admittedly a fine way to make a dvd for class. But, suppose you want to make a DVD that has your project and your contact … Continue reading “Todd’s Tips: Take Your DVDs to the Next Level”

One of the easiest ways to put the movie you’ve made onto a playable DVD (as opposed to a file saved on a disc) is to use iDVD. Which is admittedly a fine way to make a dvd for class.

But, suppose you want to make a DVD that has your project and your contact info. Suppose it’s something you want to submit as part of an internship or job application? What do you do then?
Well, you probably don’t want to use iDVD since all you can get there are pre-made themes with music and all other kinds of stuff you can’t get rid of…
There is an alternative: DVD Studio Pro. Here are some tutorials to get you started…