I’m happy to announce, that this term I’m teaching plug-in development for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects on fxphd. I’ll be covering the basics of C/C++ and Adobe After Effects SDK in a bit more detail, as well as GPU acceleration for Premiere. All these will be illustrated with a simple vignette effect that we are going to create during the course with the students. Believe it or not, any similarities to the very first effect that I wrote are coincidental.
I’m proud, and at the same time a bit scared, but the response has been very positive so far on several fronts. I’m on the edge of my comfort zone, and I definitely feel I’m growing. For this course I decided to forego my usual way – elaborating on my notes – and went for a full-fledged script. And it most definitely works, it’s not as unnatural as I was afraid it would be, and at the same time, not being a native speaker, I can’t imagine doing it the other way – the intricacies and subtlety of what I want to convey would have gotten lost in all my umms and unfinished sentences.
Interestingly, the number of edits I’m making when I put the recording together has not gone down much compared to my non-scripted courses and tutorials. And I constantly have to remind myself to slow down when reading. Well, there’s always room to grow, isn’t there?
Another interesting finding: when I was recording the 301 level Premiere Pro course for fxphd over two years ago, I did it mostly on OS X using IShowU. However, this time – since I love Visual Studio so much – I had to do some extensive search for a decent screen recording software on Windows. I tested five or six solutions, none of which was robust enough, and the only one which seemed to offer everything what I needed – and more – was Camtasia. However, the $250 price tag seemed a bit too excessive for my needs. Thankfully, just minutes before the final decision to shell out the required amount, I found Open Broadcaster Software, which turned out to be an Open Source cross-platform software giving me all I wanted, and even supporting nVidia-based hardware H.264 encoder. This really made my day, and I’m happy to say, that if you are in need for a screen recording software, be sure to check it out. It is now my default go-to tool on Windows. On OS X I use the system screen recording software supplied with QuickTime.
To wrap up this self-serving, narcissistic and introspective post, here’s the SYS204 course curriculum link again. The first classes are already out, but you can enrol anytime before April (though I hope the interest will be there for reruns or maybe even on-demand access). I also recommend checking other courses that fxphd has to offer, as I can without any hesitation say, that they have been my gateway into the world of visual effects. It’s an honour to be part of the great panel of instructors and to give back to this community.