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PowerShell Desired State Configuration Essential Training

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Matt Hester

Released On: 5/24/2016

Learn the essentials of PowerShell Desired State Configuration. DSC is a new IT management platform built on Windows PowerShell that enables administrators to define the desired state of their systems through declarative configuration documents, and manage configuration data on an ongoing basis.

Current IT pros will need to understand DSC as they move into managing Microsoft's next wave of server and cloud products that will leverage this important technology. In this course, Matt Hester shows how to write configuration documents, work with DSC resources, and apply configurations to systems via both push and pull modes. Plus, he shows how to troubleshoot DSC and use DSC in non-Windows environments like Linux.


DSLR Video Tips: Technical Knowledge

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington, Robbie Carman

Released On: 5/24/2016

Do you want to become more proficient with DSLR video? Knowing the technical side can make it easier to set up gear, be more creative, and get your shot right on the very first take. These tips provide answers to the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting with DSLR cameras. Learn how frame size and frame rate, aspect ratio, codecs, cropping and compression, and the "exposure triangle" (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) affect the look of your footage. DSLR Video Tips hosts Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman also help you troubleshoot common problems with video: when shots are too dark, too jittery, or impacted by rolling shutter and moiré. Plus, get tips on effective data management and setting up multicamera shoots for more complex productions.


QuarkXPress 2016 Essential Training

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Rankin

Released On: 5/24/2016

QuarkXPress is one of the original page layout applications. The most recent version, 2016, is a powerful and compelling alternative to popular competitors like Adobe InDesign. This course will teach you the essential skills you need to use QuarkXPress for professional publishing projects, both print and digital.

Mike Rankin covers the interface and preferences, and the basics of working with documents, master pages, layers, and items (the design elements of a QuarkXPress layout). He then goes over how to import text, format it, and control alignment, leading, and spacing around paragraph and text boxes. There are chapters dedicated to tables, images, and interactivity, as well as the output and publishing options in QuarkXPress, including EPUB and HTML5. Focus on just the topics you need to complete your next layout, or watch the entire course to master the desktop publishing workflow.


Using Vray RT in Production Rendering

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Bradley

Released On: 5/24/2016

Find out how to use V-Ray RT as a bona fide production renderer in 3ds Max, even in a compositing-based pipeline. V-Ray RT has caught up to the standard production renderer in Max, with an engine that can take advantage of CPU and GPU processing; it's no longer just a tool for quick preview renders. This course shows how to set up V-Ray RT as an ActiveShade renderer and start adding geometry and cameras, creating animations, applying materials and lighting, and adjusting render settings for a professional-looking, efficient render in 3ds Max. Brian Bradley teaches all these techniques as he progresses through a mini-project, concluding with a brief chapter on compositing your final render in After Effects. The examples help show how V-Ray RT can be put to use in a simplified real-world production scenario, where speed and flexibility are equally important.


Browser Testing with Internet Explorer and Virtualbox

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Wood

Released On: 5/24/2016

You can increase the cross-browser compatibility of your website and test against many versions of Internet Explorer by using VirtualBox. The VirtualBox application allows you to use virtual machines and emulate different operating systems, without needing to invest in additional hardware or expensive software. This solution allows you to perform browser testing on multiple combinations of operating systems and browser versions to ensure your web designs look solid on all of the key browsers, IE included.

In this course, Brian Wood explains the how to use VirtualBox and modern.ie to set up virtual machines you can use to perform browser testing. He walks you through each step of the setup process so you can become familiar with these tools and starting using them for browser testing.


ZBrush: Tips & Tricks

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ryan Kittleson

Released On: 5/24/2016

Are you ready to take your ZBrush-ing to the next level? In this weekly series, ZBrush artist Ryan Kittleson shares his personal approach on how to make ZBrush work for you. Ryan demonstrates how to set hot keys so that ZBrush operates more like your other favorite software. He shows you how to customize the interface, so that the features you use the most are placed front and center, and how optimize the setup of a custom scene to achieve maximum workflow efficiency. He demonstrates how to create macros to simplify complex and repetitive tasks into single-click solutions. This series is designed to help you go from spending time fussing with software to having more time to make great, new things with ZBrush!


Clean PHP URLs on Apache Server

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: David Powers

Released On: 5/23/2016

Clean URLs are great. They're elegant, easier to remember, and more user friendly than dynamic URLs. But the primary reason to use clean URLs is for SEO: to make it easier for search engines to index your site. This translates to better search results and increased page visits. Find out how to reap the benefits of clean URLs in your PHP code, in this course with PHP expert David Powers.

Rather than checking URLs individually, David shows how to evaluate and update them sitewide with the Apache mod_rewrite module. Watch these tutorials to learn how to enable mod_rewrite on your server, understand the structure of mod_rewrite rules, remove unnecessary file extensions, convert query strings into readable numbers and text, and use rewrite maps to look up complex values without regular expressions. Plus, learn how to enhance search results and provide searchers with links to specific parts of a webpage.


Learn Modular Synthesis

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Meyer

Released On: 5/23/2016

One of the most exciting areas of modern music creation is modular synthesis, where you get to assemble your own flexible and customizable instruments using components (aka modules) from a variety of manufacturers. In this course, music industry veteran and synth designer Chris Meyer guides you through putting together a modular system and interconnecting it with the rest of your studio. He reviews typical module arrangements, explains how the modules talk to each other, and covers details such as the differences between waveforms, filter modes, envelope types, and more.

This course will be based around the widely available Roland SYSTEM-500 Eurorack-standard synthesizer modules, complemented with modules from several other manufacturers. As most modules, synthesizer keyboards, and plugins are designed around the same principles, this course lets you dig deeper into synthesis and programming your sounds regardless of the equipment you own.


Customer Service over the Phone

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeff Toister

Released On: 5/23/2016

Customer service expert Jeff Toister helps customer service specialists develop the specific skills needed to help customers over the phone. Learn how to break the ice and develop rapport with the people you serve, even when you're pressed for time. Tune out distractions and develop listening skills that are critically important to phone service. Last, learn how to express empathy, de-escalate angry callers, and stay focused throughout the day.


Writing Ad Copy

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Michael Duquet

Released On: 5/23/2016

Learn how to write ad copy that effectively conveys your brand and converts clicks into sales, traffic, and signups. Conversion and growth strategist Michael Duquet walks you through the rules for writing ads for different platforms. He goes over ways to hit your advertising goals (macro and micro and acquisition and retention), and shows how to craft copy for specific media types, including websites, email, direct mail, and social media. Because different audiences are receptive to different kinds of ads, Michael shows how to change your message and tone based on your target audience and customer persona. In the final chapters, he walks you through some common dos and don'ts and explains what the future of advertising holds for copywriters and creative strategists.


Linux Kernel Fundamentals

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Kevin Dankwardt

Released On: 5/23/2016

What lies at the heart of the Linux operating system? The Linux kernel. Every Linux professional—including those in system administration, operations, and software development—needs to be familiar with the functionality of the Linux kernel as well as the mechanics of configuring and troubleshooting it. Master the fundamentals in this training course with Dr. Kevin Dankwardt.

We survey the Linux kernel specification, boot process, and loadable kernel modules. You will practice techniques such as downloading and searching Linux kernel source code and configuring a Linux kernel from scratch. Challenge and solution videos at the end of almost every chapter allow you to test your new Linux skills along the way.


Substance Painter: Petrol Pump Game Asset

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joel Bradley

Released On: 5/20/2016

Substance Painter is shaking up the asset development workflow in the 3D game industry. To introduce users to the tools and techniques in Substance Painter, Joel Bradley introduces another fun, basic project that starts with an existing model from 3ds Max and ends with a completely textured asset that can be used in any game engine. The petrol pump featured in this project requires materials like painted metal, bare metal, rubber, plastic, and glass. Joel will show how to use custom bitmaps, custom materials from Substance Designer, fill layers, and particle brushes to apply the textures and create realistic wear and tear. By the end of the course, you'll have another Substance Painter project under your belt and a new asset for your library.


Learn Melodyne 4: The Basics

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Skye Lewin

Released On: 5/20/2016

Melodyne is a leading pitch correction application used in all sorts of music productions. It's compatible with Mac and Windows and can run also as a plugin in most DAWs. Join Skye Lewin as he explains all the main features of Melodyne 4, the newest version of the software, starting with the installation process, the software interface, and the essential preference settings for most production workflows. Skye then demonstrates how to import or record audio in Melodyne and how to arrange that audio once it's in a project. He utilizes the powerful Melodyne tools to edit audio and adjust pitch, timing, meter, and tempo, and more. Finally he shows how to fine-tune or correct detection of audio content, edit multiple vocal tracks simultaneously, get a working mix in Melodyne, and export your freshly "Melodyned" audio files.


UX Design Tools: Principle

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Tom Green

Released On: 5/20/2016

Principle for Mac is a Macintosh-based UX prototyping tool designed to bring your design ideas to life. Join Tom Green in this course, as he shows how to create interactive prototypes for smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers with Principle. The techniques go beyond static wireframes or blueprints; with Principle, your prototypes become more dynamic, with motion, interactivity, and even transitions between screens. Along the way, you'll learn how to import assets, crop and mask layers, and use Principle's timeline and drivers. The final chapter of the course includes five examples of real-world prototyping projects: a weather app, a card animation, a ripple effect, a button press, and an Apple Watch alert.


Understanding PowerShell 5.0

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Matt Hester

Released On: 5/20/2016

What is PowerShell? PowerShell is a powerful language used for scripting and automation for your IT Infrastructure. In this short course, author Matt Hester provides an overview of the most current release, PowerShell 5.0, including how to read the PowerShell language and scripts, get help, and use cmdlets.

Matt then dives into PowerShell's functions and What If statements, working with output, and coding in the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). The course wraps up with some tips on using PowerShell for both on-premises and cloud deployments involving Office 365 and Azure.


iOS 9 Handoff In Depth

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Tammy Coron

Released On: 5/20/2016

Handoff is one of many new toolkits introduced in iOS 8 and built into the iOS 9 SDK. Handoff allows Apple's first-party apps and third-party developers to send app data seamlessly between devices so you can "pick up where you left off," whether you resume an activity on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. This short course will help iOS developers understand how to use Handoff to resume an activity on another device. Tammy Coron covers the most common activity types, and reviews the process of defining, creating, updating, and continuing with an activity. The scenarios covered include sharing data between document-based apps and between native apps and web browsers. Tammy also shows how to troubleshoot Handoff interactions. These tutorials include everything you need to use the Handoff toolkit and make your data truly mobile.


Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chad Perkins

Released On: 5/19/2016

Creating a Short Film is a 13-part training series that shows the actual struggles and challenges filmmakers have to overcome to get films made. Author Chad Perkins and his team made a short film, The Assurance, and documented the process: from writing and directing to editing and screening the film. This installment covers pre-production—because there are so many preliminary steps that go into a successful film, and they happen long before the cameras start rolling.

Learn how to prepare the assets, such as shooting scripts, storyboards, and shot lists. Discover how to schedule and budget a shoot, and keep costs down while leaving room for the creative decisions that need to be made along the way. Find out how to hire a crew, scout and secure locations for each scene, and prepare props, sets, and wardrobe for actors. Learn what you need to do to keep your people safe, and the things you can prepare ahead of time to make sure production and post-production run smoothly.

There are more filmmaking tips to be had! Make sure to watch the first installment to learn about the background of the project and to get an overview of the role of the producer. Look for the follow-up episodes to learn more about writing, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking.


Word 2016 Advanced Tips and Tricks

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 5/19/2016

Improve your productivity and efficiency in Microsoft Word with these useful tips on some of the most overlooked features in Word 2016. See how to use Word Online, set defaults for new documents, and stay up to date with the frequent changes to Word. Author Nick Brazzi also delves into specialized text formatting and provides other helpful tips for working with nonprinting characters, revealing formatting, customizing the spell-check dictionary, password-protecting documents, and more.

Note: These tutorials apply to both the Windows and Mac versions of Word 2016.


Prime Lenses for Photography and Video Production

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 5/19/2016

Most cameras come with a zoom lens, and there's no denying a zoom lens provides focal-length flexibility. But prime lenses—ones with a fixed focal length—have their place. They're often faster, and their optical qualities can be superior to that of a zoom lens.

In this course, Rich Harrington joins cinematographer James Ball for a detailed look at the pros and cons of using prime lenses for both photography and video projects. Together, they look at practical implications of shooting with primes as well as creative opportunities and challenges.


How to Manage Your Sales Territory

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeff Bloomfield

Released On: 5/19/2016

Territory management helps salespeople ensure they are spending their time wisely: doing the right activities with the best customers. But as time goes on, even the most exciting territories can seem small or stale. This course focuses on how to get the most out of your territory to achieve maximum prospecting results and maintain proper coverage. Jeff Bloomfield helps you organize your territory by company size or geography, identify the right areas to prospect, and grow your territory via networking. Last, he addresses the importance of ongoing records management: keeping an updated record of who has moved into your territory, who has left, and more. These sales tips will help you keep a positive attitude, stay organized, and breathe new life into well-trod territories.

Note: This course was designed for regional territories, but sales reps with national or even international territories will still find tips applicable to their work.


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