Sessions – Post-Production

Day 1 Sessions

3D Typography
Speaker: Eran Stern
We live in a three-dimensional world, so it is only logical that we create in 3D. Especially when the tools are simpler and more accessible than ever. In this session we will learn how to combine video, text and 3D titles in After Effects. We will rely on the built-in tools along with industry standard plugins. By the end of this class you will be able to create impressive 3D Typography, even if you have zero knowledge in this area.
After Effects Masks: What Can They Do for Me?
Speaker: Luisa Winters
In After Effects, you can use masks for a bit more than only hiding a part of your photo or video. In this session, Luisa will use masks for hiding, tracking, content-aware, and for keyframes. After Effects sees the information on masks and vertex points very similarly than it sees information on position keyframes, so one can use the information on one to create the other. From using masks to create position keyframes, to using position keyframes to create masks, after this session, you’ll have a much deeper understanding on how to use the power of masks in your work.
  • What exactly is a mask?
  • Mask Properties
  • Mask Modes
  • Animating a mask
  • Using a mask for position Keyframing
  • Using Masks from Illustrator
  • Incorporating masks into your work
Expressing Yourself: Mastering Expressions in After Effects
Speaker: Kyle Hamrick

After Effects expressions can feel intimidating, but make a HUGE difference in your everyday workflow. We’ll cover the basics of how expressions actually work, and explore several common functions that will make your (AE-related) life so much easier. This session session is intended for users who know their way around After Effects, but have been hesitant to dive into expressions.

The Art of Rotoscoping
Speaker: Eran Stern

Rotoscoping is the process of drawing a piece of footage frame by frame. It can be simple outlines of fully coloured or very abstract. Rotoscoping is also used to isolate part of the foreground from the background for composing or visual effects work. In this session you will learn how to use a combination of Photoshop and After Effects to transfer your footage to different kinds of cartoon animations. We’ll also explore the built in tools and 3rd party apps that can help to cutout video from the background.

Working Faster & Smarter in Adobe Premiere Pro
Speaker: Jeff Greenberg

This session is full of tips, nuanced uses and lots of fun while learning. Loads of Q&A and playing around in the Adobe ecosystem. Jeff I. Greenberg, Master Trainer, has been spinning NLEs at NAB for over a decade. Everyone is guaranteed to have at least one “A-HA” moment. Loads of interaction and Q&A across the class. If you use Premiere Pro, this is the place to be — there’s something here for everyone.

AI and the Future of Post-Production
Speaker: Rick Champagne

Join this session to learn how AI is enhancing human creativity and productivity in the Media & Entertainment industry – from content creation through to post-production and distribution. We will decode the mysteries of deep learning and machine learning, as well as explore how this technology will impact the future of post-production and how artists and technologists will be able to take advantage of these new creative digital assistants.

Photoshop Essentials for Video Editors
Speaker: Rod Harlan
Join Industry Veteran Rod Harlan for an exciting session of Photoshop techniques aimed at video editors wanting to improve their skillset. This is not a beginner class. From working with video files inside of Photoshop, to creating special Video FX, to using Layer masks and LAB color mode, you will learn how to create videos for use in your NLE and many more techniques that you can use in your projects right away! You’ll also learn when & why you would want to work on your video files in Photoshop vs After Effects or Premiere Pro.
Concrete skills & takeaways:
  • Work with video files inside of Photoshop
  • Turn still images into time-lapse videos
  • How to use Layer masks
Working with LOG Footage & Creating Your Own Lookup Tables
Capturing video in log tells the camera to record more from a scene—meaning you’ll be able to recover more from your highlights and shadows and adjust more colors and tones in post-production. In this course, join Rich Harrington as he shows you how to record video in log, process the files, and complete a post-production workflow. Topics covered include:
  • Recording options for log
  • Configuring cameras to recording in log
  • Monitoring log recordings
  • Following typical camera workflows
  • Getting ready for post
  • Using log files in Premiere and After Effects
  • Using log files in Final Cut Pro X
  • Managing and manipulating lookup tables
Documentary Editing: Organization, Collaboration & Legal Considerations
Speaker: Kelley Slagle
Filmmaker Kelley Slagle shares ways to organize and manage your documentary footage using your NLE. She explains how metadata can be useful, transcription options, ways to use sequences to your advantage, and collaboration tools. She also discusses legal copyright and IP issues that you may encounter during your edit.
Mastering Color in BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve
Speaker: Jeff Greenberg
Mastering RESOLVE
There’s no way we can master anything in a year, much less 40 minutes.
 
But, we’re going to go in and out and get you the keys to the car
 
* We’ll cover the Basic Recipe of Color Correction and scopes
* Getting projects in/out of Resolve from other editorial tools
* Cover the minimum keyboard keys for survival.
 
Level: Novice/Beginner/Editor/Colorist
Have a question prior to class? Get all of your questions answered now from Master Trainer Jeff I. Greenberg jgreenbergconsulting.com.
DaVinci Resolve - What Are the Cool OFX Plugins?

Speaker: Warren Eagles

In this session Warren explains how learning and practicing with the DaVinci Resolve OFX Plugins can help you get an edge over your competition. Post Production is going to be very busy when things ramp up again, the downside is people are hungry so it is going to be very competitive. This is an intermediate class aimed at current Editors, DPs and Colorists who want to add more tools into their Post Production armory. Warren will demonstrate the OFX Plugins that he uses most in his color sessions.
  • Color Compressor – Very subtle color adjustment tool
  • Shift Tilt – Digitally shift focus to your subject
  • Deband – Fantastic solution for fixing 8bit banding in skies
  • Face Refinement – Make the CEO look good, fast and effectively
  • Color Space Transform – Transform from 1 camera to another’s Color Space
  • Patch Replacer – Great for sky replacements
  • Lens Flares – Combined with the FX Tracker

Day 2 Sessions

Essential and 3rd Party Effects in Final Cut Pro X
Speaker: Abba Shapiro
FCPX comes with some amazing effects built-in. We’ll look at best practices for using some of those effects that come “in the box.” However what comes in the box may not always meet your needs; That’s when it’s time to think outside the box – 3rd party solutions.   There are a lot of Plugins out there – and finding the right one to meet your needs can get pretty confusing. This session will explore some of the best plugins out there – whether is to fix problems such as flickering lights or video noise…or plugins that can help take the look of your show to the next level.  
 
Attendees will learn
  • The top five built in effects to solve problems in your edit
  • Some of the best 3rd party effects for solving video and audio problems.
  • Effect packages that can notch up the look of your video
  • Where you can find even more of the 100’s of FCPx effects in wild.
 
Audience: Editors familiar with FCPX looking to improve the look and sound of their shows.
Master Essential Graphics in After Effects and Premiere Pro
Speaker: Eran Stern
The Essential Graphics Panel is a feature that makes graphic workflows much more easier when working on a video project. This allows any editor to edit and customise After Effects templates without having any After Effects knowledge whatsoever. In this session, you’ll learn how to create these templates. Make them efficient, flexible and and multi purpose as well as publish and sell them via Adobe Stock.
Resolve Secondaries: Insights into what secondaries can do for you in Resolve (and other software)

Secondaries allow you to control your color correction to part of a screen. Gain key insights to Resolve’s Secondaries – some of which exist in other software. Jeff I Greenberg, Master instructor will guide you through the process, focusing on Resolve’s Qualifier (keyer) and Power Windows. Learn how and when to use Secondary color correction.

Adobe Illustrator for Video and 3D
Speaker: Eran Stern
Learn how to use Illustrator to build animations, and 3D motion graphics. Discover how to share artboards, layers, type, colors, and paths between Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Cinema 4D in the most efficient way possible. Learn how to prep Illustrator artwork for use in other applications, how to animate Illustrator layers and build 3D motion graphics in After Effects.
The New Avid Media Composer
Speaker: Scott Simmons

This session will look at Avid Media Composer in its current form and detail a number of signature features that have been added in recent versions of the NLE.

Avid Media Composer was once the only game in town when is came to  non-linear editing. Over the years Media Composer has been eclipsed by the easy availability of many other editing tools as these competing NLEs have gained a foothold in most markets outside of Hollywood. But in the last coupe of years, and through the last several versions, Avid has been updating Media Composer to create a tool that is the most feature-rich version of Media Composer to date.
 
This session will look at Avid Media Composer in its current form and detail a number of signature features that have been added in recent versions of the NLE. We will look at techniques and workflows where Media Composer shines as well as some third party tools that fill in the gaps where it might be lacking. 
Premiere Pro Stepping it Up: Keying, Compositing, Masks, and Adjustment Layers
Speaker: Abba Shapiro
This session explores the best practices for compositing, masking, and keying footage in Adobe Premiere Pro using only the filters that ship with the application. You learn how to use adjustment layers to apply filters across multiple clips and entire sequences. How to use masks to apply filters to only parts of an image, and how to have Premiere automatically track and apply these masks to object moving within the video. Attendees will learn:
  • The difference between keys and masks
  • How to use alpha channels and which CODECs have them
  • Best practices to key green screen footage
  • Techniques for using the Luma key for a brightness-based compositing

Audience: This class is geared toward editors familiar with Premiere Pro, its interface, and workflow. Editors new to Premiere Pro can benefit from the class, but should be aware that the presenter will not revisit basic techniques.
Creating Your Best Highlight Reel
Speaker: Rod Harlan

Highlight reels are used every day to showcase the best moments of an event, the finest attributes of a person, the best reasons to buy a product, and even highlight your best work to land you that next job. Industry veteran Rod Harlan will share a compiled and comprehensive list of best practices that successful highlight/sizzle reels follow. He will also walk you through an Adobe Premiere Pro project showcasing how he builds a sizzle reel from scratch and explains why choices are made that maximize its impact. This class will give you the knowledge and inspiration you need to create a dynamic and engaging highlight reel for your next project.

Concrete skills and takeaways:

  • Create dynamic highlight reels of products or events
  • Apply best practices to your reels
  • Apply specific editing techniques to improve the quality of your reels
Integrating 3D Content into your After Effects Workflow
Speaker: Ian Robinson

Come see how to take your work to the next dimension as we learn how to utilize the various 3D tools in After Effects. With so many options, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. If you’re new to 3D, this is the session for you. We’ll explore flat 2D layers in 3D space, with lights and cameras. Then we’ll move on to full 3D objects using the Cinema 4D Renderer and Cinema 4D Lite. By the end of this session, you’ll see how you can integrate 3D into your motion graphics workflow.

Corporate Training Video Strategies
Speaker: Kelley Slagle
Producer and editor Kelley Slagle shares best practices and strategies for creating corporate customer or internal videos for software or business process training. Topics include proper scripting and working with subject matter experts, voiceover and music guidelines, screen capture and software considerations, video conferencing/webinar considerations, graphic choice and production, captioning, and collaborative review.
Creating MOGRTs
Speaker: Valentina Vee
Learn how you can take your graphics to the next level with animated graphics, titles and lower thirds. In this workshop, you will learn how to build a graphics package in Premiere Pro that automatically changes with content aspect ratio and duration, working with layers, styling tools, and keyframes to create dynamic motion graphics templates (MOGRTs). You will also learn how to create a more complex MOGRT in After Effects and export it for use within Premiere Pro.
DaVinci Resolve - Skin Tones & Matching
Speaker: Warren Eagles
In this session Warren covers 2 of the most asked color questions: Matching shots and getting nice skin tones. This is an intermediate class aimed at Editors, DPs and Colorists who are already using Resolve but want to learn some great tips and tricks to help elevate their grading to the next level. The session will be conducted using Resolve but the theory taught will be very general so aimed at users of all color correction software.
  • How to make the ‘hero’ actor stand out
  • Removing color blemishes
  • Various ways of softening skin
  • Matching different cameras using scopes
  • Fixing bad white balance shots
  • Over and under exposed problems

Day 3 Sessions

Compositing with After Effects and Cinema 4D
Speaker: Eran Stern
Almost all renders coming out of CINEMA 4D can be improved with a little help from After Effects. For example, you can isolate layers, work with different render passes, use the Take system and even export cameras and lights. This can help to finesse the result at the post stage, without the need to re-render, every time you want to make changes. In this session, you will learn a variety of techniques to improve and speed-up your compositions all thanks to the tight integration between After Effects and C4D.
Maximizing Collaborative Workflows in Postproduction (Remote Editing)
Speaker: Nick Harauz
If you’re in the post-production industry, you know how valuable time is. Collaborating with team members and colleagues is part of the journey and without solid workflows in place, that time you don’t have much of will be gone before you know it. In this session, Nick Harauz will look at ways to maximize your workflow when collaborating with others. Topics Include:
  • An overview of the post-production pipeline for small and big shops
  • The importance of naming conventions
  • Shared and pre-planned folder structures
  • Keeping sequences/projects in order
  • Sharing video assets on the web
  • Maximizing and integrating online tools such as Slack and Asana
  • Looking at collaborative case studies in Premiere Pro and FCPX
  • Using review tools such as Frame.io and Wipster
Moving to DaVinci Resolve
Speaker: Scott Simmons
Are you an editor curious about DaVinci Resolve? A freelancer who has been called for creative cutting on Resolve? On staff and your employer has been asking about other tools for changing budgets? Just wondering what all the fuss is about beyond the “big 3” NLEs? Then this session is for you. In this class we will take a look at the editorial process, from start to finish, using DaVinci Resolve. Attention will be paid to what tools and techniques will translate between other editing tools like Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro X as well as what might not be different. We’ll take a look at this all-in-one approach and how that can help smooth out some of the pitfalls of post-production. No post-production tools is perfect and this session will also look at some of the places where Resolve is still lagging behind the competition.
Mixing Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro
Speaker: Valentina Vee
If you are new to editing or just switching to Premiere Pro, this session is for you. We will cover effective workflows for music videos, documentaries, and films. Everything from how to properly import and organize clips to how to deal with multiple tracks of audio – this in-depth class will cover a lot of ground. You will learn best practices and editing techniques that will save you time, make your work look polished, and impress your clients.
After Effects Essentials for Video Editors
Speaker: Eran Stern
Take your editing skills to the next step using simple After Effects tools. Learn how to export your timeline Premiere Pro keeping your editing decisions intact. Design and animate titles, create a unique color look and use content aware fill to remove and fill unwanted parts of the video.
Advanced Color Grading with the Lumetri Panel

Whether you’re looking to “fix it in post” or “make it pop, the Lumetri panel offers a wealth of tools for making both technical and artistic color enhancements to your footage. And this course has you covered. Rich Harrington introduces a basic workflow for getting a shot back to its best natural state, and then advanced techniques that allow you to push your footage further:

Topics include:

  • Fixing white balance, exposure and tone
  • Adjusting primary and secondary color
  • Converting to black and white
  • Toning
  • Creating a film look
  • Adding textures and depth
  • Working with LUTs and Looks
Mastering After Effects Shape Layers
Speaker: Kyle Hamrick
After Effects shape layers are powerful, but can also be dense and unintuitive at times. This session will de-mystify some of the more advanced/lesser-known features of shape layers, showcasing ways to leverage their power in your everyday work.
Mastering Color Correction in Adobe Premiere Pro
Speaker: Abba Shapiro

This in-depth session will cover the basics and advanced techniques of color correction in Adobe Premiere Pro. Attendees will learn how to use the Essential Color workspace, how to properly balance an image, correct problem media, color match clips in a sequence, and apply stylistic looks to a program. This session digs deep into the power of the Lumetri color panel, not just showing what each control and slider does – but when, why, and how best to use them.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to read video scopes to better judge and correct your video
  • How to perform basic corrections such as improving color balance, contrast, and the dynamic range of your video clips
  • Understand how to use the new Color Match and Hue Saturation Curve features in the Lumetri Color Panel
  • The difference between applying corrections to Sequence vs. Master clips
  • How to apply and work with LUTs – LookUp Tables – to quickly balance Log footage


Audience: Attendees should have a basic understanding of editing in Premiere Pro.

Going Mobile eGPUs and Other Hardware to Make Work Portable
Today’s office might be an actual office, your home, on set or a hotel room. This session will talk about eGPUs and other portable hardware to maximize your ability to work professionally. How much power can you get in a portable state? Jeff I. Greenberg will cover eGPUs and a variety of other hardware to help make working away from desktop hardware, more possible than ever.
Bringing Photos to Life in 3D with Photoshop and After Effects
Have you looked at a photo and wished you were there, or wondered what the scene looked like to the photographer? Now you can bring your photos to life by adding motion and depth. Author Rich Harrington reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The technique is useful for documentary filmmaking, web content, and TV commercials. Topics covered include:
  • Choosing the best photos
  • Using Quick Selection, Quick Mask, and Refinezddcv Edge to create layers
  • Identifying planes
  • Timing the move
  • Organizing the composition
  • Adding a 3D camera to your scene
  • Animating with multiple views
  • Adding depth of field and blur
  • Re-lighting the scene
  • Mixing in footage
  • Creating 3D perspective with vanishing point
Remove/Alter Objects in Video with Adobe After Effects & Photoshop

Learn the techniques you need to confidently remove objects in video. Explore built-in tools like Clone Stamp and Content-Aware Fill play a significant role in this detail-oriented work. Join Richard Harrington for an exciting session of Adobe After Effects and Photoshop techniques aimed at video editors as well as motion & VFX artists wanting to improve their skillset.