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Combining Apple iMovie and Keynote for Video Presentations

Ideas for making professional looking short-films mixing text, stills, and video. I use Keynote to create presentations. One of the great things about this productivity application from Apple is its ability to create movie files. These can be versions of a presentation I have made live. After delivering a class I can post a narrated… Read the full article.

Beginners Guide to Starting out in Video Editing

It’s estimated that by the end of 2017, 74% of all web traffic will come from video; and 55% of people watch videos online every day. With so many consuming video content each day already, it’s no surprise that it’s set to take over other forms of content on the web. 52% of marketers think… Read the full article.

Cinema 4D – Choosing the right version

Cinema 4D has more heads than a Hydra(!) so what is the difference and who are they all for? Cinema 4D Lite – £Free If you visit Maxon’s website, you won’t find this version for sale, in fact you may already have it installed. If you subscribe to Adobe’s CC bundle and have After Effects… Read the full article.

Best Practice for Animation Design

Animation is one of the most versatile creative art forms. Whether it’s being used to create an award-winning film by Disney or Pixar, in a TV advert, a game for Xbox or PlayStation, by architects to demonstrate their vision, or adding movement to an infographic – animation sequences can be used in a number of… Read the full article.

What does 2017 hold for the Creative Industries?

We may be part of the way into 2017, but there’s still time to share our predictions for the future of the creative industries this year. But first, let’s recap what happened over the past 12 months. 2016 saw data-driven marketing and advertising boom, and the way we consume content changed completely. With video becoming… Read the full article.

How to achieve Faster Renders in Cinema 4D

Tired of hanging around all day waiting for your Cinema 4D renders to finish? Give these settings a go and see how much faster you can get the software to render. Reflection Depth The first thing you can do with projects to speed them up is reduce the number of times a reflection can bounce… Read the full article.

Key Skills needed to work in Graphic Design

If you’re reading this it’s likely you already know the power of visual content, but did you know that posts which incorporate images reportedly increase engagement by an average of 650%? Visuals help to sell content, gain better traction and more shares online. They ultimately allow readers to gain a quick understanding of what the… Read the full article.

Importance of Project Panel File Structure in After Effects

Why good file structure is important within the AfterFX project panel Very often when designers create AfterFX projects they won’t organise the Project Panel and in the long term that can create a variety of issues and setbacks. This will also create more time spent on current and future projects costing time and money. Let me… Read the full article.