Media Services Has a New Facebook Fan Page!!

Media Services now has a new Facebook Fan Page. We’ve had a Facebook page for a few years, but we’re now migrating to a fan page for easier access. We welcome all friends and alumni of Media Services to like and frequent our new fan page, and that includes YOU! Visit the new American University … Continue reading “Media Services Has a New Facebook Fan Page!!”

Media Services now has a new Facebook Fan Page. We’ve had a Facebook page for a few years, but we’re now migrating to a fan page for easier access. We welcome all friends and alumni of Media Services to like and frequent our new fan page, and that includes YOU!

Visit the new American University Library – Media Services fan page, and don’t forget to hit the Like button.

Filmography – Health and Fitness

The Media Services contribution to the Library Subject Guides is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library … Continue reading “Filmography – Health and Fitness”

The Media Services contribution to the Library Subject Guides is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library ALADIN catalog (www.catalog.wrlc.org)

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

Here’s a sneak peak at what can be found in the HEALTH AND FITNESS Filmography

All jacked up: Hungry for the truth? 2008. 1 videodisc (110 min.). “All jacked up is an angst-driven portrait of four teenagers who discover the truth about their obsessive, addictive, and emotion-fueled eating habits.” DVD 4040

Ayurveda the art of being. 2004. 1 videodisc (102 min.). Ayurveda, the “science of life”, one of the oldest holistic medical systems in the world. Originating in India more than 5000 years ago, and spreading to Tibet, China and Japan, this uncanny intersection of science, medicine and magic is only now receiving serious study in the West. DVD 872

Beauty mark Body image & the race for perfection. 2009. 1 videodisc (53 min.). “[Diana] Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her long and agonizing personal struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she attempt to come to terms with American culture’s unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness. The film lends context to Israel’s personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, bodybuilders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and authors” — Container. DVD 6876

Healing and the mind. 2009. 3 videodiscs (318 min.). Ancient medical science told us our minds and bodies are one. So did philosophers of old. Now modern science and new research are helping us to understand these connections. Bill Moyers talks with physicians, scientists, therapists, and patients — people who are taking a new look at the meaning of sickness and health. He discusses their search for answers today? How do thoughts and feelings influence health? How can we collaborate with our bodies to encourage healing? DVD 5711 – 5713

Incredible human machine. 2007. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (96 min.). Brilliantly designed and marvelous in its mechanics, the human body is incredible. With stunning footage and powerful first hand accounts, take a fantastic journey through an ordinary day in the life of the human body. Witness striking feats of medical advancement, from glimpses of open-brain surgery to real-time views of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler’s vocal chords. Meet athletes and other unique people who push the human body to its ultimate limits. Take an exhilarating tour of the human body, from the inside out, to reveal the miraculous everyday workings of the incredible human machine. Features cutting-edge medical technology and groundbreaking CGI views. An update to the 1975 documentary. DVD 4660 and Streaming video
http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=8604&xtid=40765

See the full Health and Fitness filmography here.

Todd’s Thoughts: Web 2.0 and the Redefintion of Everything

Ok, so maybe this should be Todd’s Tips, but this is something worth thinking about. With the wild connectivity supplied to us by Web 2.0 technology forces us to re-define our notions of communication and information. As we link, we link ourselves to other people and ultimately to the Web itself. And, as Professor Michael … Continue reading “Todd’s Thoughts: Web 2.0 and the Redefintion of Everything”

Ok, so maybe this should be Todd’s Tips, but this is something worth thinking about.

With the wild connectivity supplied to us by Web 2.0 technology forces us to re-define our notions of communication and information. As we link, we link ourselves to other people and ultimately to the Web itself. And, as Professor Michael Wesch of Kansas State University suggests, we link ourselves to the machine; we become the machine. This notion is perhaps a bit buried in the mythology of the Matrix, but it’s not very far off.

It’s really worth taking a few minutes to watch his video about the way Web2.0 is changing us as sentient beings:

DMS Help: The “Sin City Effect”

The so-called “Sin City effect” is a color-correction technique in which a range of colors is left saturated with color while the rest of an image (can be still or video) is completely desaturated to black and white. The effect is called the “Sin City effect” because it was used widely in Robert Rodriguez’ film … Continue reading “DMS Help: The “Sin City Effect””

The so-called “Sin City effect” is a color-correction technique in which a range of colors is left saturated with color while the rest of an image (can be still or video) is completely desaturated to black and white. The effect is called the “Sin City effect” because it was used widely in Robert Rodriguez’ film “Sin City.”

But you don’t need a Hollywood post-production budget to do it. In fact, all you need is Final Cut Pro and a few minutes.

Check out the video below and stylize your next project:

DMS Help: Cool Text Effects in Photoshop

Is your text feeling a little flat in your latest Photoshop project? Feel like your words need a bit more flare? Here’ s your answer: 50 Photoshop tutorials that show you how to bring new life to your text. Check them out and make your text demand attention.

Is your text feeling a little flat in your latest Photoshop project? Feel like your words need a bit more flare?

Here’ s your answer: 50 Photoshop tutorials that show you how to bring new life to your text. Check them out and make your text demand attention.

DMS Help: Creating Grunge Effects in Photoshop

The grunge style is in. Contemporary design is loaded with images that seem to have been left out in the rain. Even so the grunge style is often very visually appealing. But how do you create these effects? Actually, the grunge look is easier than you think. Here’s a list of 40 great tutorials on … Continue reading “DMS Help: Creating Grunge Effects in Photoshop”

The grunge style is in. Contemporary design is loaded with images that seem to have been left out in the rain. Even so the grunge style is often very visually appealing. But how do you create these effects?

Actually, the grunge look is easier than you think. Here’s a list of 40 great tutorials on how to create a variety of grungy effects in Photoshop.

Take a look and get grungy.

What is AR?

“AR” is an acronym for “augmented reality.” For those who don’t know AR is adding digital images, text or information to a real-time image/video of the real world. Take the photo to the left, for example. The iPhone user is pointing the camera on his phone at a building. The application then provides the rest … Continue reading “What is AR?”

“AR” is an acronym for “augmented reality.” For those who don’t know AR is adding digital images, text or information to a real-time image/video of the real world.

Take the photo to the left, for example. The iPhone user is pointing the camera on his phone at a building. The application then provides the rest of the information and overlays it on a visual layer.

Take a look at this video, it’s a more fun application of AR:

Virtual Ribbons from James Alliban on Vimeo.

I know it seems like this technology is WAY beyond anything you can do at this point, but it’s not. You can do it in Flash. Check out this tutorial from Adobe and learn just how easy it can be to create amazing AR applications.

DMS Help: Learn Any Adobe Product on Adobe TV

Need to learn how to use an Adobe product fast? No problem. Just tune in to Adobe TV. I know, sounds weird right. But it’s not. In fact, it’s really quite awesome. Adobe TV is a massive online repository of videos about Adobe’s multimedia production software. Not only are there a HUGE number of tutorials … Continue reading “DMS Help: Learn Any Adobe Product on Adobe TV”

Need to learn how to use an Adobe product fast? No problem. Just tune in to Adobe TV.

I know, sounds weird right. But it’s not. In fact, it’s really quite awesome.

Adobe TV is a massive online repository of videos about Adobe’s multimedia production software. Not only are there a HUGE number of tutorials spanning beginning to advanced techniques, there are also tons of instructive interviews with industry professionals on a wide variety of topics like video production, photography and web design.

Check out Adobe TV. You won’t be disappointed. Especially since it’s all free!

Interactive Media: Flash, pt 5 – Getting Started with Action Script

Action Script 3.0 (AS3) is Adobe’s programming language. It is used in the applications Flash and Flex to develop interactive web applications, interactive animations and games. AS3 is a complete and fully functional object-oriented programming language which can handle a vast array of interactivity-related tasks such as handling key stroke and mouse click events to … Continue reading “Interactive Media: Flash, pt 5 – Getting Started with Action Script”

Action Script 3.0 (AS3) is Adobe’s programming language. It is used in the applications Flash and Flex to develop interactive web applications, interactive animations and games.

AS3 is a complete and fully functional object-oriented programming language which can handle a vast array of interactivity-related tasks such as handling key stroke and mouse click events to playing video and audio to handling AR input via a webcam. Moreover, since AS3 is part of the Flash platform it is fully integrated with Flash’s drawing and animating capabilities and therefore allows referencing pre-made art and objects in your very simple.

So what’s the catch, you ask? The catch is that AS3 is not the easiest programming language to learn. But never fear, Adobe is here for you.

One of the very best places to begin learning AS3 is a series of videos presented on Adobe TV: Actionscript 1:1 with Doug Winnie. In nearly 50 short videos, Doug takes you through AS3 programming step-by-step. By the time you’re half way through you’ll know enough to begin developing your own games. Check out Doug’s videos and start creating your own interactive media.

Interactive Media: Flash, pt 4 – Getting Started with Animation

Once you get to the point where you can draw in Flash with some competency you need to learn how to animate. For those of you who are AU students, the best place to go for this type of training is Lynda.com. But, if you’re not or you just want to learn how to do … Continue reading “Interactive Media: Flash, pt 4 – Getting Started with Animation”

Once you get to the point where you can draw in Flash with some competency you need to learn how to animate.

For those of you who are AU students, the best place to go for this type of training is Lynda.com. But, if you’re not or you just want to learn how to do some pretty amazing stuff with Flash animation (such as 3D graphics or even augmented reality), Adobe’s Developer Connection website has a large number of tutorials on animating in Flash. Most of these tutorials are text tutorials, though there are a few videos, but don’t let that dissuade you. You can learn some REALLY amazing things from these tutorials.

So check out the listing and learn to make some amazing animations and more.