How To: Multiple Video Layers in Premiere Pro

Jan 24, 2013 by

I’ve had 3 snow days so far this week. That means I’ve had plenty of time to answer lots of emails, work on non mission-critical projects that have been piling up, have a bunch of fun with some media and digital storytelling, and catch up on some good old fashioned TV watching. Which would bring us to Adventure Time, a comically strange yet hypnotically hilarious cartoon that airs on Cartoon Network here in the United States. It’s quite a nostalgic romp through a fantasy world inhabited by magical dogs, fire princesses, and evil wizards. My family doesn’t have cable, so sadly we can’t watch the show regularly, but enjoy small snippets here and there, or more recently through video memes that manage to get stuck in your brain on endless loop like any good “mind-worm” videos should. Take for example, the Bacon Pancake viral video meme (I’m sure that’s not actually a...

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The Hardest 4 Icon Challenge Yet

Jul 13, 2012 by

I’ve been following Jim Groom’s “Name that 80s movie” 4 icon challenge series, and while he promised that they would become more difficult, I think the many summers I spent glued to the TV watching HBO for hours on end gives me an unfair advantage (I totally nailed the Flash Gordon one). I thought I’d try to up the “name that obscure movie” difficulty level, and while it was entertaining for myself to put together the following 4 icon challenge (I learned how to make a parchment-like background in Adobe Illustrator), I’m not sure if I did actually come up with something that will stump anybody….at least not anyone who is halfway decent with Google searching. Think you can name the this movie? I continue to fiddle with the 4 icon challenge concept, this time blending both icons and actual images, one of those images laying over another. It’s not...

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Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange – Kerning Around

Oct 14, 2011 by

I was asked a few months back by some nice people who work with Adobe to give the Adobe Educator Exchange a look, and share some of the resources that I found interesting. While I haven’t always found the resources to be compelling or engaging (there are a LOT of rather dry tutorials and lessons, especially in the Higher-Ed categories), there are plenty of amazingly creative and useful interactives, lessons, and ideas being shared there. They even have their annual Educator’s Choice Awards going on right now (submission deadline is this evening), so it’s been interesting to see which submissions are being rated the highest. This video will most likely be my last in this series of “exploring the Adobe Education Exchange”, but it certainly won’t be the last time I visit the site, especially after finding this awesome typography challenge that all secondary design and digital production students...

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Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange – Legend of Captain Slackbeard

Sep 29, 2011 by

In my ongoing exploration of the Adobe Education Exchange, and coverage of the Adobe Educator’s Awards, I stumbled across this really simple, and effective tool for younger students that need practice with or introduction to the concept of a coordinate grid. Kristine Kopelke, an Australian educator who works with technology, communications, and interactive tools with a wide variety of teachers, created and shared this great flash game that lets students explore the coordinate X,Y system with a cute theme. The idea is to help Captain Slackbeard find his lost treasure by using the coordinates on the map. It’s very simplistic in that students only have right answers to click on, and don’t suffer any consequences for wrong choices, but in a way that’s a very nice, and refreshing way for students to practice plotting points on a coordinate grid in a “skill and drill” fashion. Check out my video...

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Four Icon Challenge – Fantastic Voyage

Sep 13, 2011 by

“Reduce a movie, story, or event into it’s basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons.” Those aren’t my words, but rather the instructions from the Four Icon Challenge ds106 assignment. Since this coming semester’s ds106 theme is apparently that of a “fantastical voyage” (the opening post for the course is “journey to the center of the internet”), I thought it might be appropriate to pay homage to the 1966 Academy Award winning film, Fantastic Voyage. For those of you who may be new readers of my blog, I am an open participant in the most excellent storytelling course, DS106. A completely open, collaborative effort by a growing number of universities, DS106 (digital storytelling 106) is an exploration of media, technology, and story telling in a way that challenges its participants to create, remix, and manipulate images, sound, and video to tell a narrative....

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