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After Effects Guru: Character Animator

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 20:00
Get up and running with Character Animator, the motion capture animation tool in After Effects CC. Character Animator can speed up your character-driven animation projects exponentially—eliminating keyframes and time-consuming dialog matching. AE Guru Ian Robinson starts you off by working with Character Animator templates. Then it's time to build characters with custom controls for animation, such as subpuppet attachment points and layer handles. Ian then shows how to drive animation with your mouse or touchscreen device, and control facial expressions, mouth positions, and body parts like hands, arms, and legs. He even shows you how to map keystrokes to drive animation in real time with body and head rotation or advanced physics simulations. Lastly, he reviews puppet behaviors for smoothing and transforming character motion, and shows how to refine, edit, and export recordings. The final output from Character Animator can be rendered with After Effects, Premiere Pro, or even Adobe Media Encoder.

The Data Science of Media and Entertainment with Barton Poulson

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 20:00
Music, theater, dance, and film may not seem like data-driven businesses, but they can benefit from data science just as much as ecommerce or finance. Join data science professor, researcher, and consultant Barton Poulson as he explores the fascinating ways in which the media and entertainment industries around us are affected—and have been substantially changed—by ubiquitous data and the science of data and analytics.

This course is a nontechnical overview that helps creative organizations use the principles of data science in practical ways. It's required viewing for those working in media, but is also appealing to anyone interested in how technology affects the world around us. Learn how to use data science to assess your target audience, optimize pricing and scheduling for events and digital products, identify piracy, protect your intellectual property, reward employees, and maximize your ROI. Incorporating some simple analytics can lead to broader audiences and richer experiences for your next creative endeavor.

AutoCAD Plant 3D Essential Training: Specs & Catalogs

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 20:00
How do specifications and catalogs work together, and how can you streamline your piping model designs? This course covers how to use AutoCAD Plant 3D to create a new spec and build contents by leveraging catalog components. Join Irene Radcliffe as she takes you through how to use features in the Plant 3D application, and also how to edit spec elements outside of the application in Excel. After Irene demonstrates how to create specs and use catalogs, she then shows you how to modify and add to each. She also shows you how to work with branch tables and how to ensure branch connections are compliant with a project.

Facebook Marketing: Advertising

Lynda.com - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 20:00
Amplify your social media marketing campaigns with Facebook advertising. Facebook ads allow you to target specific audiences, so you can make sure your ads are getting in front of the right people. This course will help new Facebook advertisers effectively create, budget, place, and manage Facebook ads.

Social media strategist Megan Adams takes you through the basics: setting up an account, understanding ad structure, and using the Ads Manager tools. She shows you how to make critical placement and budget decisions wisely. Learn when to promote pages vs. individual posts, when to use photo ads vs. link ads, and whether to place ads in the desktop or mobile news feed, in the sidebar, Instagram, or other places in Facebook's advertising network. Megan also shows you how to run ad reports, so you can determine whether your ads are accomplishing your goals. Finally, leave with some tips for writing great ads, choosing effective images, and improving ad performance.

This course is part of a Learning Path approved by the American Marketing Association.

Gain the skills you need to become an AMA Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) in Digital Marketing by using the industry-leading courses and resources in the Learning Path. Take the AMA certification exam to show that you have what it takes to lead the digital transformation.

Craft Your Sales Pitch with Competitive Differentiation

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Competitive differentiation is crucial to high-margin sales that close quickly. When customers view you, your organization, and your product as something truly special—and not just a commodity—you can avoid price concessions and win more business. Lack of competitive differentiation results in an endless sales process—and the decision nearly always comes down to price. In this course, learn how to add value and differentiate yourself from the first call to the proposal. Authors and leadership experts Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod cover everything from crafting your opening statement, to asking the right questions, to asking your clients for their business.

Visual Studio Essential Training: 00 Setup and Configuration

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to download, install, and configure Visual Studio settings for your development needs. Explore the versions and editions of Visual Studio so you can select the one that works best for your purposes. Then, see the steps involved in downloading and installing Visual Studio, including workload options. Next, find out how to reset initial settings and configure settings according to your preferences. Since this is the first course in the Visual Studio Essential Training series, it also shows how to access and use the exercise files. (Author: Walt Ritscher)

Mastering Web Developer Interview Code

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Whether you're actively looking for a new job, or you just want to keep your coding skills sharp, it's important to refresh your understanding of the kinds of front-end and full-stack developer code that potential employers value. In this weekly series, senior staff author explores essential coding skills that every developer should have in their toolkit. In addition to taking you through a series of brief, practical exercises, this course includes interviews with hiring managers and industry professionals that can help demystify the interview process for web developers, and provide you with examples of how others in the field have navigated their careers. Tune in every Tuesday for a new tip. (Author: Ray Villalobos)

Visual Studio 2015 Essential Training: 01 Exploring the Visual Studio Ecosystem

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Visual Studio has every tool you need to be a productive developer. But it is a vast ecosystem. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the IDE, code editors, Team Foundation Server, accounts and notifications, and personalization settings that make up the core of Visual Studio. Author Walt Ritscher provides beginners with a glimpse of the breadth of the program, and gives established pros a look at the most recent changes in 2015, including new Azure tools for building scalable applications and Blend, a complementary IDE for creating modern XAML-based applications.

Scrum: Advanced

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Once you've mastered the basics of scrum, you're ready to take a deeper dive into the popular framework. In this course, learn advanced scrum techniques that can make you and your team even more effective. Kelley O'Connell kicks off the course by reviewing some scrum fundamentals, and explaining how to maximize the effectiveness of your product owner and scrum master roles. Next, Kelley goes into the product owner role, discussing specific ways that you can enhance your product owner skills to make your products unbeatable. She then explores the scrum master role, providing ways that scrum masters can fine-tune their techniques to become better team advocates, and remove impediments that stand in the way of their team's success.

Negotiation Skills

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Negotiation skills aren't just important for the sales professionals among us. With a little practice, anyone can learn the simple rules of negotiation to get a great deal on a new car or house, or achieve greater success at work by getting better deals with suppliers, customers, and even colleagues. In this course, master negotiator Chris Croft walks through all the phases of a negotiation, from deciding to negotiate to closing. Chris discusses how to plan your negotiation and calculate your opening offer. Plus, he takes you through a series of specific negotiation tactics, demonstrates how to come to a win-win situation through the use of trading, and goes into how to close the deal.

CSS Shorts Weekly

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
CSS Shorts is a weekly series covering all aspects of CSS, including properties, preprocessors, positioning, floats, and the most up-to-date styling techniques. Instructor Chris Converse returns every Tuesday, bringing you short and timely tips that will help new and experienced web developers alike create more beautiful websites and more efficient code. Tune in and learn how to take more control over the style, layout, and even the user experience of your web designs.

Note: There will be free exercise files for most episodes, which will allow you to follow along with author Chris Converse, as you explore all the possibilities CSS has to offer.

Data Science Foundations: Python Scientific Stack

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Data science provides organizations with striking—and highly valuable—insights into human behavior. While data mining can seem a bit daunting, you don't need to be a highly-skilled programmer to process your own data. In this hands-on course, learn how to use the Python scientific stack to complete common data science tasks. Miki Tebeka covers the tools and concepts you need to effectively process data with the Python scientific stack, including Pandas for data crunching, matplotlib for data visualization, NumPy for numeric computation, and more.

Kotlin for Java Developers

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Kotlin is a concise, easy-to-use programming language from JetBrains that's 100% compatible with Java, and is an officially supported development language for Android. With its clean syntax and ability to eliminate most null pointer exceptions, Kotlin makes coding easier, faster, and generally more fun. In this course, learn the basics of Kotlin programming and explore its interoperability with Java. Troy Miles explains why you might want to learn this language, and walks through some of its key features, including operator overloading, generics, and lambdas. Plus, Troy shows how to call Java libraries from Kotlin—and vice versa—and covers functional programming in Kotlin.

BIM Tools Weekly

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
If you're in architecture, engineering, or construction, you need to stay on top of the BIM technology. Join Eric Wing each Tuesday for a review of the latest tools and design trends. Each week he tackles a different application or workflow to streamline modeling, rendering, and collaboration. Learn what's new in the 2018 versions of Revit and Navisworks, find out how to smooth BIM roadblocks and roll out BIM training, and discover the best collaboration tools for working with multiple partners and firms.

Nail Your C# Developer Interview

Lynda.com - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:00
Applying for C# programming jobs? Find out what questions to expect in your C# or .NET developer interview and how to answer them to demonstrate mastery of key concepts. Reynald Adolphe explores the kinds of questions you can anticipate in a typical interview, including common topics on C# syntax, object-oriented programming, .NET and ASP.NET, databases, and design patterns. Plus, learn how to paint your technical background in a positive light, field bad or irrelevant interview questions, and handle incoming offers. Reynald offers candid answers and career advice based on his years of experience working as a C# developer.

Learning SQL Programming

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 20:00
SQL (Structured Query Language) is a common tool for retrieving data from relational databases such as SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL. This course provides an introduction to this core programming language. Learn how to request data from a server, limit and sort the responses, aggregate data from multiple tables with joins, and edit and delete data. Instructor Scott Simpson also shows how to perform simple math operations and transform data into different formats.

Managing Experienced Managers

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to effectively manage experienced leaders by approaching them with the proper balance of authority and autonomy. Leadership expert Sara Canaday provides a guide to help you understand their mindset, set your expectations, and provide the appropriate support in order to reinforce positive behaviors, break bad habits, and learn from their wisdom. Because they are experienced, the goal is to create a partnership atmosphere that shows respect for their previous achievements.

Learning Linux Shell Scripting

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 20:00
Linux shell scripting is a useful tool for programmers and system administrators. It can speed up and automate many tasks, including finding and editing files, editing text, performing advanced searches, downloading data from the web, backing up and archiving data, and transferring files through a network. For Linux administrators, the Linux shell is also a great tool for monitoring system health and deploying updates and software. Learn the basics of Linux shell scripting in this course with Packt trainers Sarath Lakshman and Shantanu Tushar.

Note: This course was created by Packt Publishing. We are pleased to host this training in our library.

Modeling Work Schedules with Calendars in Microsoft Project

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 20:00
Modeling realistic work schedules can be a challenge for project managers. This course, taught by an expert project manager, demonstrates best practices for modeling work schedules with calendars in Microsoft Project. Instructor Bonnie Biafore first digs into calendars, explaining how they apply to projects, tasks, and resources, and demonstrates how to set up a new default calendar for your organization in Project. She shows how to modify the standard workweek and create exceptions to suit your team.

Next, Bonnie explains how to create shift calendars by setting work schedules for specific tasks and assigning schedules to resources. Then learn how to fine-tune project, task, and resource calendars, including biweekly schedules. Last, she covers working with multiple calendars, including copying and sharing custom calendars with all Project files and integrating multiple projects with different calendars into a single master Project file.

Excel 2016: Conditional Formatting in Depth

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 20:00
Excel's conditional formatting feature allows you to highlight data based on cell contents, making it easy to spot trends and patterns and emphasize key results. Though this process can be quick and easy, many Excel users don't know how to use conditional formatting to its fullest potential. In this brief course, Excel trainer Dennis Taylor walks you through how to apply and customize conditional formatting to quickly pinpoint variances in your data. Dennis begins with a demonstration of how to format based on cell content or formulas. Next, he shows how to go beyond Excel's default formatting (cell highlighting) by using data bars, icon sets, and color scales. Lastly, Dennis shows how to apply conditional formatting across rows, including how to highlight PivotTable results and incorporate check boxes and data validation pick lists to create dynamic visual displays.

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