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Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chad Perkins

Released On: 5/5/2016

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. In this installment, Chad covers the basics of writing a great script—turning your ideas into cinematic gold. Learn the fundamentals of storytelling: believable characters that develop over the course of the film, engaging conflict, and strong story structure. Find resources to inspire your next idea and the screenwriting software that will help you format your script. Learn the specifics of writing a fantasy film, and watch as Chad and his team write, polish, and rewrite their script over the course of production—making the hard choices to abandon some great moments to make a better movie.

. 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. Watch the follow-up episodes to learn more about pre-production, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.


The Practicing Photographer

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ben Long

Released On: 5/19/2013

In The Practicing Photographer, photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration. Each installment focuses on a photographic shooting scenario, a piece of gear, or a software technique. Each installment concludes with a call to action designed to inspire you to pick up your camera (or your mouse or smartphone) to try the technique for yourself.


InDesign Secrets

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: David Blatner, Anne-Marie Concepción

Released On: 8/25/2011

In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.

New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.


Up and Running with Raspberry Pi

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mark Niemann-Ross

Released On: 7/8/2015

Unlock a world of hardware programming possibilities with the Raspberry Pi. This inexpensive little computer has been used to build Internet-connected dog treat dispensers, smartphone-operated coffeemakers, and even a solar-powered computer. Imagine what innovative projects you can create with the Raspberry Pi—and a little training.

Join Mark Niemann-Ross, content manager for the developer segment at lynda.com, as he shows you how to buy, set up, and configure your first Raspberry Pi. He'll show you how to accessorize your Pi, boot it up, make it play sounds, and program simple tasks. You'll also explore basic electronics (resistors, transistors, and more) with the Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins. The final chapter explores a practical sample project—setting up a media center—which provides a small taste of what you can DIY with the Raspberry Pi.


Learn Pixelmator: The Basics

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 5/5/2016

If you're up and running with Pixelmator, but want a more comprehensive look at its image enhancement and design tools, this is the course for you. Pixelmator is a popular and affordable Mac OS X app, which offers support for Adobe file formats. With Pixelmator you can easily collaborate with other photographers and designers using the Creative Cloud. Join Rich Harrington for a tour of the complete Pixelmator workflow, including making accurate selections, performing targeted image adjustments, designing with text and shapes, retouching, masking, and making complex designs quickly with other effects. Rich also explores Pixelmator for iOS, which allows you to share projects between iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers and continue your work on the go. Once your project is finished, you'll learn how to export files in several popular formats for sharing, posting on the web, or using in other software packages.


Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chad Perkins

Released On: 5/5/2016

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. In this installment, Chad covers the basics of writing a great script—turning your ideas into cinematic gold. Learn the fundamentals of storytelling: believable characters that develop over the course of the film, engaging conflict, and strong story structure. Find resources to inspire your next idea and the screenwriting software that will help you format your script. Learn the specifics of writing a fantasy film, and watch as Chad and his team write, polish, and rewrite their script over the course of production—making the hard choices to abandon some great moments to make a better movie.

. 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. Watch the follow-up episodes to learn more about pre-production, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.


Windows Server 2012 R2: Configure and Manage High Availability

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Robert McMillen

Released On: 5/5/2016

We want our systems to be 100% operational, 24/7. So in today's complex and high-traffic environments, it's important to reduce points of failure, add smart redundancy, and use high-availability tools—like virtualization and failover clustering offered in Windows Server 2012 R2—to keep systems performing at a high level. In this course, Robert McMillen teaches Windows network administrators how to configure and manage high-availability storage. He covers network load balancing (NLB) and failover clustering, concentrating on clustering for virtual machines and management of Windows cluster roles. By the end of the course, you'll be able to create a more reliable, scalable network for your end users, with a minimal amount of downtime.

Note: The topics covered in this course map to the "Configure and manage high availability" domain for the MCSA: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services exam (70-412).


Frame.io Video Collaboration and Review

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ashley Kennedy

Released On: 5/5/2016

The review cycle is one of the most important phases of video production. Producers and editors need to be able to share edits, keep track of notes, and compare different cuts. Frame.io puts all these activities in a central place, in an intuitive and powerful cloud-based interface. This course, Frame.io Video Collaboration and Review, helps anyone integrate Frame.io's collaboration tools into their production cycle.

Staff author Ashley Kennedy begins by exploring the benefits of smart media collaboration—focusing on how Frame.io can redefine various cloud-based workflows and communications. She then delves into the main features of the standalone web application: setting up teams and collaborators, sharing projects and files, commenting and annotating projects, and understanding versioning and permissions. She also looks at the integration of Frame.io within two major nonlinear editing applications: Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.


SOLIDWORKS: Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Gabriel Corbett

Released On: 5/4/2016

Would you like to work faster and more efficiently with SOLIDWORKS? There is a ton of knowledge in the SOLIDWORKS community that you'll never learn from the documentation. Gabriel Corbett has spent years studying the program, attending conferences, teaching classes, and talking to fellow experts. In this weekly series, he shares his insights with you. These tips and tricks cover many different facets of the program, from renaming files, customizing properties, to sketching and constructing difficult geometry, replacing parts, and drawing links. Each weekly episode is just 2-10 minutes—ensuring maximum returns in a minimum amount of time. Tune in every Wednesday for new SOLIDWORKS tips.


Twitter for Business

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 5/4/2016

Businesses of all sizes use Twitter. Companies like Apple and Virgin America can reach hundreds of thousands of followers in a single tweet. Small businesses, like food trucks and florists, use Twitter to help new customers find them for the first time. Whatever your business's size or goals, using Twitter strategically takes planning, creativity, and continued optimization. Join marketing expert Brad Batesole in this course, as he explains how to jumpstart a Twitter account for your business.

Learn how to create a great username and profile, define your brand personality, and begin tweeting. Discover how to use Twitter to generate leads and track the impact of each tweet so you can determine what's working and what's not. Find out how to integrate Twitter into your website, create an advertising account, and measure the results of promoted tweets and accounts.

Need help managing your Twitter efforts? Learn the best tools for monitoring your feed and scheduling tweets. Plus, get tips for extending special offers on Twitter and tracking your results with Google Analytics.


Learn Access 2016: The Basics

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Wilbert

Released On: 5/4/2016

Spreadsheets can only go so far. Databases are the next best step for complex data sets. Access 2016, Microsoft's powerful database software, is the perfect introduction for those new to relational databases. This course provides an overview for first-time users. Adam Wilbert explains the best uses for Access, tours the interface, and guides viewers through various Access conventions and tasks, like understanding how objects interact, adding data to a table, and running a report. He also shows how to get going quickly with Access templates, create queries and reports to pull insights from data, and even use data from existing sources like Excel.

If you need a deeper dive into the topics discussed, check out Adam's Access 2016 Essential Training course.


Up and Running with Substance Designer

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joel Bradley

Released On: 8/26/2015

Meet Substance Designer, the node-based texturing tool for creating high-quality, procedural textures and materials. In this course, Joel Bradley walks through the workflow for creating an aged concrete substance, so you can become familiar with the basics of substances and the range of tools Substance Designer offers. When you are finished with the course, you'll have a complete substance package ready for handoff to a game engine such as Unreal or Unity, and the skills you need to continue creating your own materials with Substance Designer.


Ruby on Rails 5 New Features

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Kevin Skoglund

Released On: 5/4/2016

Learn what is new in Ruby on Rails 5, the first major release of Rails in three years. Rails 5 is faster, uses less memory, and offers many new features and improvements. Learn to use ActionCable to access WebSockets and to design real-time features like chat, games, and notifications. Discover how to configure Rails to serve as a JSON backend, how to use the new version of Turbolinks to optimize page loading, and how to render templates independently of controllers. Learn about the many new, time-saving methods and other improvements throughout Rails 5. Watch this course to find out how key changes will affect your code. Expert Kevin Skoglund examines all of the major new features, as well as the deprecations and deletions in the framework.


Learn Access for Office 365

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Adam Wilbert

Released On: 5/4/2016

Spreadsheets can only go so far. Databases are the next best step for complex data sets. Access 2016, Microsoft's powerful database software included with Office 365, is the perfect introduction for those new to relational databases. This course provides an overview for first-time users. Adam Wilbert explains the best uses for Access, tours the interface, and guides viewers through various Access conventions and tasks, like understanding how objects interact, adding data to a table, and running a report. He also shows how to get going quickly with Access templates, create queries and reports to pull insights from data, and even use data from existing sources like Excel.

If you need a deeper dive into the topics discussed, check out Adam's Office 365: Access 2016 Essential Training course.


Learn Adobe Fuse CC: The Basics

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Steve Caplin

Released On: 5/3/2016

Design your own 3D characters with Adobe Fuse CC—no experience needed. Fuse's powerful features allow you to change the shape and weight of each facet of a character's anatomy, and customize its hair color and clothing to suit your design. See how the new app makes it easy to build, outfit, and customize realistic-looking 3D human models in minutes; save them to your Creative Cloud Libraries; and then pose and animate them right inside Photoshop CC. You can also take them into the online platform Mixamo for auto rigging and animation. With these new tools, you can create unique human characters for your own art, designs, prototypes, games, and more.


Introduction to Minitab

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Chua

Released On: 5/3/2016

Put your data to work with Minitab. Data scientists and decision makers worldwide use Minitab to analyze and visualize their data. With Minitab, you can draw graphs and charts, run descriptive statistics, and conduct basic inferential tests for data-driven decision making. This beginner-level course will introduce new users to all its features.

Dr. Richard Chua shows how to import and organize data; open, save, and share Minitab worksheets and projects; create graphs and charts; and use descriptive statistics and statistical tests in Minitab to make inferences and data-driven decisions. Then learn how to make inferences on continuous data—running normality tests, variance tests, correlations, and simple regression tests. Finally, discover how to share your findings with others using reports and simple copy-and-paste techniques. Start watching to learn why Minitab is one of the world's most popular statistical software tools.


Cocoa with Swift Essential Training

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Perkins

Released On: 10/17/2014

Cocoa and Swift make a great team for building apps. Cocoa is the framework in which Mac OS X itself is written, and Swift is the new language that makes working with Cocoa classes and APIs easier than ever before. Here Todd Perkins walks you through the steps to creating Mac applications with this powerhouse combo. He'll take you through the basic concepts behind Cocoa, Swift, and the development environment known as Xcode, and then go straight into development. Learn how to create interface elements and connect them to code, work with bindings and key-value coding, and debug your applications and submit them to the Apple Store.


Access 2013: Prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam (77-424)

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jennifer McBee

Released On: 5/3/2016

Distinguish yourself from other Access users by preparing for the Microsoft Office Specialist Access 2013 certification exam. This course, created by Microsoft Certified Trainer Jennifer McBee, helps test candidates prepare for exam 77-424, which covers the five main skills included on the Access 2013 exam: creating databases, tables, queries, forms, and reports.

Disclaimer: Microsoft does not produce, provide, or endorse this video training course.

The course first explores the MOS certification program and highlights its cost, format, and objectives. Jennifer then walks viewers through all of the Access exam areas in detail. She explains how to create and manage Access databases, build tables, join tables with relationships, and create queries, forms, and dynamic reports. She includes free practice files to follow along while learning about each topic. There are challenges to test your skills at the end of almost every chapter, and the full-length, 50-minute practice exam at the end of the course will ensure you're ready for the real exam.


Up and Running with the Concepts App

Lynda.com - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Von Glitschka

Released On: 12/14/2015

The Concepts app bridges freeform sketching with the accuracy of CAD. Users can create vector illustrations and comics, make mockups, take notes, or design a new building—all from an iPad. In this course, Von Glitschka introduces Concepts, including its Freehand and Precision drawing modes and intuitive illustration tools. Then he shows how to use Concepts for ideation across a number of creative commercial pursuits, including logo design, illustration, character design, and more.


TypeScript Essential Training

Lynda.com - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jess Chadwick

Released On: 5/2/2016

TypeScript lets you write JavaScript "the way you really want to." TypeScript compiles to plain JavaScript, so it works in any browser, any host, and any OS. It adds a variety of helpful syntax and tools onto an already mature language, bringing the power and productivity of static typing and object-oriented development to core JavaScript. Plus, it's completely open source.

In this course, Jess Chadwick teaches you how to leverage the full power of the TypeScript language in your JavaScript applications, starting by revisiting some JavaScript fundamentals. Then he reviews the data types, classes, generics, modules, and decorators that are unique to TypeScript. In the "Real-World Application Development" chapter, he demos how to convert an existing JavaScript codebase to take advantage of everything TypeScript has to offer. What's more, he shows you how to do it all using the environment of your choosing: Windows, Mac, or even Linux.


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