lynda logo1y-p 1x1Whether you need a quick refresher or you'd like to make yourself more competitive, below are some lessons that will help you compete.  Current McMaster students, staff, and faculty as well as Hamilton Public Library members have full access to the best online training centres,  These tutorials are incredibly helpful - you can completely transform your skill set and ability to communicate digitally in a matter of days.

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  • Fundamentals of Video
    • Embark on the very first steps in the process of creating moving images. In this course, author Anthony Q. Artis, a veteran of the film and television industry, introduces the core ideas behind how video cameras capture moving images. The course covers foundational concepts of lighting, such as why light is important, what kinds of lights to look for, and where to put lights relative to a subject. In addition, Anthony discusses sounds, an often-misunderstood aspect of video, and shows how to properly set up mics and adjust audio levels on a shoot.
  • DSLR Video Tips 
    • This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moirĂ©. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
  • Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training
    • In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
  • Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro
    • This course provides an explanation for the popular phrase "fix it in post" and explores various methods for fixing exposure problems in video footage. Author Rich Harrington demonstrates a wide range of editing tools in Adobe Premiere Pro, such as effects and blending modes—and for more complicated footage problems, reveals specialized tools in After Effects to remove noise and grain, extract and tone the background, and fix under- or overexposed footage.
  • Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
    • This course demonstrates why Final Cut Pro is the primary tool for both professional video editors and those new to editing, with its computer-enhanced workflow, creative tools, and robust delivery solutions. Apple Certified instructor Abba Shapiro teaches the core features and tools that can take a random collection of video clips and turn them into a finished project. This course covers the entire editing process, from selecting and organizing the best takes to building a story, including lessons along the way on mixing audio, adding special effects and titles, and delivering the final project. Exercise files are included with the project.
  • After Effects CS5 Essential Training
    • In After Effects CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins discusses the basic tools, effects, and need-to-know techniques in Adobe After Effects CS5, the professional standard for motion graphics, compositing, and visual effects for video. The course provides an overview of the entire workflow, from import to export, as well as detailed coverage of each stage, including animating text and artwork, adding effects to compositions, working in 3D, and rendering and compressing footage. Exercise files are included with the course.