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An Insider's Guide to Today's Music Biz 03: Treating Your Career as a Business

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Steve Rennie

Released On: 2/12/2016

Doing something you're passionate about and making a living out of it is a difficult thing to do. Especially considering the long odds in the music business. But with a focused, business-minded approach to your career, you can optimize your chances for success. In this installment of An Insider's Guide to the Music Biz, Steve Rennie explains how to approach the music business with the mindset of an entrepreneur and look at a career in music as a business.

He talks about hobby versus career and the key elements of success in the business world, from distribution and marketing to management and finance. He gives you some thoughts about how you apply those things to your music career. Since successful businesses don't happen overnight—they develop over time in identifiable stages—Steve also covers the stages of development in the business life cycle and how that applies to your music career. Last but not least, he offers tips on drafting a band agreement that will keep the relationships professional and strong.


Up and Running with Auria Pro

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Garrick Chow

Released On: 2/12/2016

Auria Pro is a professional-level digital audio workstation designed exclusively for the iPad, creating a powerful and portable recording studio.

In this course, author Garrick Chow demonstrates the essential features of Auria Pro for the iPad. He starts by exploring the interface, including the Mix and Edit windows, and the hardware you'll need to get audio into Auria Pro. He then demonstrates how to record into Auria Pro—using musicians in a real recording session. He records a single track (acoustic guitar) and demos simultaneous multitrack recording. Then he shows how to edit the performances, and mix down and master the recording. Garrick closes with an explanation of how to create snapshots of your work, and back up and share music with Auria's extensive export options.


Rémi Arnaud: Chief Software Architect

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Rémi Arnaud

Released On: 2/12/2016

Virtual reality (VR) has been available to consumers since the early 1990s, but for the first time, with hardware like the StarVR and Oculus Rift, it feels really "game changing." Rémi Arnaud has seen this progress firsthand. He started working on military flight simulators in the 1990s, and is now the chief software architect at Starbreeze, where he's helping develop games and hardware that push the limits of VR technology. In August 2015, his team presented a demo of StarVR to attendees at SIGGRAPH. There we had a chance to interview him about his company, the latest changes in VR tech, and the future of immersive multimedia—whether the experience can make the leap from gaming to movie screens and medical schools. Rémi also provides career advice for people who want to break into the gaming industry (artists and programmers alike) and the importance of rapid iteration—and active listening—when trying to create new digital experiences.


Landscape Photography with Wide-Angle Lenses

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Justin Reznick

Released On: 2/12/2016

Explore the creative options that wide-angle lenses provide in landscape photography. This targeted group of photography tips is for anyone who is interested in establishing greater depth, shooting panoramas, shooting landscapes at night, or introducing intentional distortion with wide-angle lenses. Justin Reznik provides simple guidelines for more effective images, and helps photographers find new uses for this great piece of gear.


CSS to Sass: Converting an Existing Site

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: John Riviello

Released On: 2/12/2016

Sass is next-gen CSS. Many developers are already using this timesaving technology to style their new web projects. But what about existing sites? By converting the way the CSS is authored—using Sass instead of plain CSS—you can realize the benefits of Sass on older websites. Converting an existing site is also a great way to learn Sass and understand how Sass is compiled into CSS.

In these Sass tutorials, students will learn the benefits of libSass over the original Ruby Sass, and set up a Sass-friendly development environment with Node.js and Grunt. A unique aspect of this course is learning how to handle challenges specific to integrating Sass with an existing website, such as new debugging workflows and the variables and mixins worth the effort to define. Author John Riviello also introduces a few Sass tools that speed up media query handling, automatic browser prefixing, and sprite generation. At the end of the course, he shows how your setup work pays off, styling a whole new section of the practice site in just 15 minutes.


Writing in Plain English

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Judy Steiner-Williams

Released On: 2/11/2016

Plain English is writing that is clear and straightforward, targeted at the appropriate reading level, and free of jargon, wordiness, and clichés. It is also the standard for all business and government communication in the US. In this course, writing instructor Judy Steiner-Williams explains the characteristics of plain English and the importance of learning to write clearly, and introduces some online tools you can use to analyze your own writing. She outlines 11 rules to make your writing clear and plain, provides exercises to refine your skills, and offers suggestions for revising your work to ensure it is easily understood.

If you can write in plain English, you can save time, save money, and save face in communications. Start watching to learn how to make your writing more "plain": stronger, clearer, and more concise.


Managing Your Organization's Big Data Program

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Alan Simon

Released On: 2/11/2016

Big data is a game changer. It's brought an entirely new era of data-driven insights to companies in all industries. But the greatest value in this new era comes from a world-class big data program: one that is meticulously planned and then actively managed for success. Without it, your company might not be capturing all the insights big data can offer.

Interested in leading the charge? Manage Your Organization's Big Data Program is for business intelligence professionals who are tasked with implementing a big data and analytics program at their companies. Alan Simon explains the role of program managers, their desired skills, and the people they need on their core team. After the preliminary steps—defining program direction, budget, and initial projects—Alan helps map project milestones and define the KPIs to help track their progress. In chapter 6, you survey the risks to the program, from financial and technological standpoints. By the end of the course, you'll have the skills to be successful in a big data leadership role—and drive data-driven insights throughout the enterprise.


Planning a Career in User Experience

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Cory Lebson

Released On: 2/11/2016

User experience is a rewarding career. Successful UX professionals can improve technology so that it is more efficient, effective, and satisfying for those that use it. But where does a career in UX start?

In this course, UX expert Cory Lebson breaks down the sub-disciplines of user experience (the trifecta of design, research, and strategy), so you can learn about the different jobs that align with your strengths and passions. Cory helps you understand job responsibilities as well as the benefits of working full-time for a company vs. consulting or freelancing. With his guidance, you can create a more compelling resume and portfolio package and make sure that you properly brand yourself as a UX professional.

This course offers focused career advice for job seekers, tips for recruiters and employers who want to better understand UX, and a necessary framework for grad/undergrad students exploring the next step in their career. Along the way, Cory highlights training in the library to build specific UX skills.


Home Monitoring and Control with Raspberry Pi

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: David Ross

Released On: 2/11/2016

Help your home keep up with you—and stay connected to what's going on when you're away—with a custom home monitoring system built with a Raspberry Pi. With some inexpensive hardware and simple web services, you can monitor your house remotely via photo or video surveillance, detect motion, turn lights on and off, and send messages to your phone when different alarms are triggered.

This DIY electronics project provides simple directions for getting your home monitoring system up and running. Author David Ross helps you select a power supply, camera, motion detector, enclosure, and other components and accessories, and make your system "smart" by connecting to web services frameworks such as Weaved and WebIOPi. Then he helps you program the logic to make your Pi camera take pictures and stream video, connect to home peripherals, and mount your alarm system. With this training, and a little elbow grease, you can create a fully autonomous system that helps you and your family feel more secure at home and away.

Note: These instructions work with Raspberry Pi B, Raspberry Pi B+, and Raspberry Pi 2 models.


Landscape Photography with Lightroom and Photoshop

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Justin Reznick

Released On: 2/11/2016

See how far Lightroom and Photoshop can take your landscape photography. Photographer Justin Reznick shares his favorite workflow and processing strategies for making landscape photos look their best. He shows how to organize photos from your shoots in Lightroom, quickly make basic adjustments, and make creative composites with its panorama and HDR features. Adding Photoshop into the mix allows for more fine-tuned control, while plugins such as the Nik Collection and Color Efex Pro expand your creative options. Justin combines all these tools in the final chapter, where he takes on his own landscapes from start to finish.


Android 6.0 New Features for Developers

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: David Gassner

Released On: 2/10/2016

Find out what Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) has to offer app developers like you. Google has updated their robust mobile operating system with even more new features, including new project templates in Android Studio, an enhanced permissions framework, automatic backups for app data, and many smaller enhancements that are designed to make developers' lives easier.

In this short training course, David Gassner shows how to authenticate users using device credentials or the fingerprint scanner, configure apps for backup, test backups to Google servers, and use app links, website associations, and voice interactions. Plus, learn how to control data display in activity layouts with the new data-binding framework.


Multi-Camera Video Production and Post

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: James Ball, Richard Harrington

Released On: 2/10/2016

A multicamera setup is the next big step in video production. Multicam helps you record different angles simultaneously and shoot scenes much faster than with a single camera. It requires great planning and lighting to make sure the footage from each camera matches, but what you can't control on location you can usually correct in post. In this course, Rich Harrington and James Ball show how to organize and run multicamera video productions, and use tools such as Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro to fine-tune the results.

You'll learn essential preproduction strategies to get the right gear and place it in the right position. You'll also learn techniques for syncing the visuals and audio captured from each camera. Rich and James offer advice for directors running shoots in the field, as well as strategies for crew members who are building sets and logging footage. Finally, in chapters 7 and 8, they share techniques for multicamera postproduction with Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro. In these chapters, you'll learn how to create multicam clips, apply color correction, color match angles, switch between angles, and refine and master your edit. By the end of the course, you'll have a thorough start-to-finish understanding of the multicamera production process.


Learn Microsoft Surface: The Basics

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 2/10/2016

Get started with Microsoft Surface, Microsoft's powerful hybrid laptop and tablet computer. This course begins with a tour of this unique Windows 10 device, explaining how to connect the mouse, keyboard, and external displays.

Nick Brazzi then steps through how to best become productive with the Surface in Tablet mode, exploring the basic touch controls in Windows 10 and how to adjust important settings like notifications, quick actions, and more. Viewers also learn how to use touch to control apps (including Office), multitask, use the onscreen keyboard, work with tiles and pinned apps, and more. Viewers then learn how to get the most out of the Surface accessories, including how to use the powerful Surface pen with OneNote and for visual art. Finally, the course explores important customization and security settings, including how to use Windows Hello for fingerprint or face recognition for fast login.


ZBrush: Learn to Sculpt Cloth

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Ryan Kittleson

Released On: 2/10/2016

Fabric and cloth have been challenges for sculptors to simulate for thousands of years, and it's no different with today's digital tools. Join Ryan Kittleson in this exploration of the strategies he uses to sculpt and model realistic clothing in ZBrush. Ryan uses the latest tools and techniques inside ZBrush to make cloth that folds, bends, and conforms to a human figure in a lifelike way. There are three pieces of clothing made in this course—a shirt, a skirt, and a scarf—built using the dancer model's underlying anatomy. Ryan reveals practical techniques for draping, clinging, stretching, flowing, and bunching cloth, using primitives, curves, and ZBrush's sculpting tools. Along the way, he offers tips on adding realistic details such as lace, woven patterns, seams, and tassels to clothing.


Color for Design and Art

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Jim Krause

Released On: 2/10/2016

Color for Design and Art removes the mystery from color theory, showing artists and nonartists alike how to confidently choose, apply, and modify palettes of eye-catching hues. Jim Krause is a designer, a photographer, and an illustrator. He is also the author of 17 books, including Color for Designers and Color Index, part of his famed Index series of design books. In this course, Jim explains the essential components of color theory in simple language, showing how hues can be assembled into good-looking palettes and how you can use your design and illustration software to apply colors to logos, layouts, and illustrations. The training provides clear advice on how to create color schemes based on current trends and the tastes of different target audiences. Jim also shows how color can attract attention and affect mood and meaning.

Primarily aimed at designers and illustrators, the course leans heavily toward digital tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, but concludes with some challenges using real-world media (inks and paints!), so members can get a solid understanding of mixing colors and what tools and combinations work best.


Daily Top Headlines

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 03:00
Authored By: LinkedIn Pulse

Released On: 8/13/2015

Welcome to the Daily Top Headlines, a one-minute compendium of today's top news headlines produced by the LinkedIn Pulse team. The daily videos feature breaking stories, important headlines, and other content that impacts your personal and professional life. Please let us know what you think of this pilot project by providing course feedback.

Read expanded coverage on today's headlines through the LinkedIn Pulse feed:

New Hampshire votes • Tuesday February 9, 2016
Denver Broncos win record-breaking Super Bowl • Monday February 8, 2016

Sluggish US jobs growth | Obama proposes oil tax • Friday February 5, 2016
Shkreli before Congress | GM's record profit • Thursday February 4, 2016
Open season on Yahoo | Soon we'll mine asteroids • Wednesday February 3, 2016
Cruz and Clinton win Iowa • Tuesday February 2, 2016
Caucuses kick off in Iown • Monday February 1, 2016


Asking Great Sales Questions

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Jeff Bloomfield

Released On: 2/9/2016

All too often sales calls become an interrogation, leaving the prospects wondering where the conversation is leading. In this course, author and Fortune 500 sales coach Jeff Bloomfield provides an alternative, based on the principle that effective sales start with focusing on the issues that matter most to your customers. Jeff helps you gain insight into your customer's business problems, and use those insights to guide your sales questions. He teaches you how to create and ask effective, probing questions; validate the business impact of your solution; and dig deeper when necessary. He also provides advice on maintaining the right tone throughout the conversation—leading to a more successful sales interaction and a long-lasting relationship with the customer.


Adobe Animate CC: First Look

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Joseph Labrecque

Released On: 2/9/2016

After 20 years, Flash is changing its name and focus to Adobe Animate—signaling an entirely new direction for the product. Animate presents animators' favorite Flash tools in a familiar interface, and adds features such as vector art brushes and taggable swatches. Get your first look at Adobe Animate and learn about the new tools and improved interface as well the integration of Creative Cloud Libraries and Adobe Stock, which allows animators to bring their own digital assets as well as high-quality stock imagery and artwork right into Adobe Animate. Plus, find out about onion skinning and stage improvements and the enhanced publishing workflow for HTML Canvas, Flash Player, and AIR.

Start watching for your first look at the new era in Adobe animation: Adobe Animate CC.


Muse: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 2/9/2016

Find out what's new in Muse CC. Muse is perfect for designers who want to design websites and who don't code, but the platform updates all the time. This training course will keep you on top of the changes in 2015. Justin Seeley covers the October update, which introduced fluid-width layouts, breakpoints, Creative Cloud Libraries, and SVG graphics.

For more complete information on Muse, see our full selection of Muse training.


Muse Essential Training (2015)

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 19:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 2/9/2016

Learn the ins and outs of Muse, Adobe's "playful" web design platform. Muse removes the coding and leaves you with the creativity. It offers a toolset familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator—and with a little training, it's easy for anyone to master. Join author Justin Seeley as he shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse. He covers the design process from start to finish, from setting up webpages and adding graphics and text to creating dynamic menus and adding special features such as widgets, slideshows, animations, a contact form, and social media integration. Justin also explains how to make your website responsive with Muse's responsive design tools and how to publish your site to the web.

Remember, these Muse tutorials cover just the basics. For more information, see our full selection of Muse training.


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