New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 30 to 60 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 30 to 60 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. There is no fee for these workshops and no RSVP is necessary. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.


Monday 3/19 at 2pm – Keyframing in FCP 7
Tuesday 3/20 at 12pm –Final Cut Pro X: Beginner
Wednesday 3/21 at 8pm – 2.5 D Animation in After Effects
Thursday 3/22 at 4pm – Final Cut Pro 7: Beginner
Friday 3/23 at 12pm – Get Started with Photoshop
Saturday 3/24 at 4pm – How to Shoot Great Video

See the complete Spring Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

Create a free website using Wix

Wix is a service that will help you build a flash website, and basic ones are free. They come in multiple templates for various themes (corporate, media, etc.). You basically drag and drop your personal media into the templates, and very quickly you have your own site. It’s akin to iWeb, but fancier, easier to … Continue reading “Create a free website using Wix”


Wix is a service that will help you build a flash website, and basic ones are free. They come in multiple templates for various themes (corporate, media, etc.). You basically drag and drop your personal media into the templates, and very quickly you have your own site. It’s akin to iWeb, but fancier, easier to use, and looks less like it comes from a template. You don’t have to know any coding or web design to get started. The only downside is a somewhat limited interface, but considering it’s free and requires no knowledge of CSS or Dreamweaver, it’s a cool place to start for beginners. Check it out!

Create a cool animated photo montage in After Effects

This 14 step online tutorial from Layers Magazine teaches you how to create a really cool animated photo montage. It’s structured in a way that easily enables you to switch out the photos in the animation for new ones as well. Your final result will be a short animated Quicktime movie. Check it out! How … Continue reading “Create a cool animated photo montage in After Effects”

This 14 step online tutorial from Layers Magazine teaches you how to create a really cool animated photo montage. It’s structured in a way that easily enables you to switch out the photos in the animation for new ones as well. Your final result will be a short animated Quicktime movie. Check it out!

How to create an Animated Photo Montage

1 IMPORT SLIDESHOW ASSETS
In After Effects, double-click in the Project panel to bring up the Import File dialog, then locate and import the images you wish to use. For our project, I’m importing three folders of photos of yours truly training in the Italian Alps before a big race in Spain and one paper-texture image I downloaded from iStockphoto to use as a background. Note: Though not imperative, ensuring your snapshot images are all the same pixel size will make this project a breeze to complete at the end.

Continue on to the Layers Magazine tutorial

How to Back Up Your Data on Your Mac

Here’s a great little wiki article in the How To section of Wired.com. It talks about backing up your data as a Mac user. It’s extremely important to back up all your data, but most of us don’t learn this or follow through and actually do it until we’ve learned the hard way. The hardest … Continue reading “How to Back Up Your Data on Your Mac”

Here’s a great little wiki article in the How To section of Wired.com. It talks about backing up your data as a Mac user. It’s extremely important to back up all your data, but most of us don’t learn this or follow through and actually do it until we’ve learned the hard way. The hardest part is purchasing an external hard drive with tons of space on it – at least the same capacity as the drive you’re backing up. Next you’ll need back up software. Time Machine is probably the easiest option because it comes with the Mac operating systems as long as your Mac has Leopard 10.5 or later. Check out the article for the details. They also list several alternatives to Time Machine and they also mention some online options for backing up your data.

Green Screen in Final Cut Pro X

Are you looking to move to the next level in Final Cut Pro X? Here’s a great Youtube tutorial on using green screen effect in Final Cut Pro X. Final Cut Pro X – Chroma Key Green Screen 1. Place Video to be green-screened in the timeline – Tip: Object to be green-screened should be … Continue reading “Green Screen in Final Cut Pro X”

Are you looking to move to the next level in Final Cut Pro X? Here’s a great Youtube tutorial on using green screen effect in Final Cut Pro X.



Final Cut Pro X – Chroma Key Green Screen

1. Place Video to be green-screened in the timeline
– Tip: Object to be green-screened should be placed in front of a flat green space

2. Crop out part area of video that is not green with the crop tool in the viewer

3. Open Effects Browser in Toolbar – (shortcut F5)

4. Go to Keying – Keyer – apply to video
– Applies green screen keying right away

6. Open up Inspector (Cmd 4)

7. Refine Tool for specific edges
– See inspector for specific tools to assist in image
– Final Cut does a really nice job of eliminating any winkles, edges, etc.

NMC Tip: How to format your hard drive so it is Mac compatible… and why

Hi New Media Center patrons, if you plan to work often in the NMC, strongly consider reformatting your hard drives so they are Mac compatible. Drives that are not Mac-formatted may experience issues reading and writing to and from the drive. Note that reformatting the drive erases it, so patrons are advised to back up … Continue reading “NMC Tip: How to format your hard drive so it is Mac compatible… and why”

Hi New Media Center patrons, if you plan to work often in the NMC, strongly consider reformatting your hard drives so they are Mac compatible. Drives that are not Mac-formatted may experience issues reading and writing to and from the drive. Note that reformatting the drive erases it, so patrons are advised to back up their footage before doing this (or ideally formatting the drive before saving anything to it). Also note that reformatting it for Mac may make it incompatible with a PC. If you need the drive to work on both, consult an NMC staff member.


To reformat the drive:

  1. Plug the drive into any Mac computer. In the upper right corner, click the magnifying glass, then type “disk utility” (note that ‘disk’ has a k).
  2. When the Disk Utility window pops up, you will see your drive in the list in the left hand window. Select the drive.
  3. In the main window on the right, you will see several options across the top. Click on “erase.” Then under “format,” choose “Mac OS (journaled).”
  4. Rename the drive if you wish.
  5. Click “erase.”

3D Text in After Effects

LiveTut3DText3dStroke from Nick Campbell on Vimeo. Here’s a tutorial on how to create 3D text in After Effects. This is very useful for creating great movie credits and titles. It also enables you to give more depth to the usual After Effects animation options. Discovered at ae tuts+ and GreyScaleGorilla.

LiveTut3DText3dStroke from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

Here’s a tutorial on how to create 3D text in After Effects. This is very useful for creating great movie credits and titles. It also enables you to give more depth to the usual After Effects animation options.

Discovered at ae tuts+ and GreyScaleGorilla.

How to lengthen your sound effects by looping in Audacity

Here’s a short tutorial that show you how to lengthen a sound effect by looping it in Audacity. Audacity is free Mac, PC, and Linux compatible audio editing software you can download from here.

Here’s a short tutorial that show you how to lengthen a sound effect by looping it in Audacity.

Audacity is free Mac, PC, and Linux compatible audio editing software you can download from here.

The Three Keys to Great Audio for Video

Do you want better audio for your video? This might help… This video shows the three keys to great audio for video. They are: Equipment Placement Monitoring Excerpted from Izzy Video.

Do you want better audio for your video? This might help…

This video shows the three keys to great audio for video. They are:

  1. Equipment
  2. Placement
  3. Monitoring

Excerpted from Izzy Video.

Final Cut Pro X users: Be sure your external drive is formatted for Mac

Any Final Cut Pro X users using their external drive in the lab should be sure it’s set for compatibility with Mac, or they risk losing (or being unable to open) their work. We’ve had a number of people come into the lab to work in Final Cut X, only to have their projects not … Continue reading “Final Cut Pro X users: Be sure your external drive is formatted for Mac”

Any Final Cut Pro X users using their external drive in the lab should be sure it’s set for compatibility with Mac, or they risk losing (or being unable to open) their work.


We’ve had a number of people come into the lab to work in Final Cut X, only to have their projects not work when they return to the lab a second time. As it turns out, FCP X will allow a Windows-formatted drive to create a new event/project, and it may look like it is saving when it’s actually not.

It is extremely important to make sure your external hard drives are properly formatted. Any NMC consultant can help you format your drive, but formatting erases anything on the drive at the time of the reformat.

So again; any Final Cut Pro X users using their external drive in the lab should be sure it’s set for compatibility with Mac, or they risk losing (or being unable to open) their work.