Compose Your Own Music Scores with ACID
Music can greatly enhance almost any audio-visual presentation. But where do you get the music you need? You might think you could grab a CD off the shelf and drop in a track or two from your favorite artist. Unfortunately, using copyrighted material in your presentation, no matter how humble, is a big no-no. You can buy library music specifically created and licensed for A/V use, but finding just the right cut can be hard. ou can hire a composer, except that may cost more than your budget allows. You can compose your own music. Huh? I can hear you all saying: "I'm not a musician. I can't write my own music." Guess what? You can compose your own music ... with a little help from technology and this tutorial.

Creating Moving Still Images in Ulead Media Studio Pro 7.0
Ulead's newest rev of Media Studio Pro is a fairly powerful DV editing application. Many tools in Media Studio Pro don't immediately jump out and make themselves known, and one of those features is how to create pans/scans on still photographs in Media Studio Pro. Documentaries in particular use pan/scans in showing historical photos, maps, and other imagery. Camera movement may also be simulated on video using the same pan/scan techniques shown in this tutorial.

You're the Boss. Now What?
Now it's time to learn how to produce. Of course, lifetimes have been spent learning how to produce television and video productions, and thick, unwieldy books have been written about it. But in this easy-to-read tutorial, DMN's Charlie White will attempt to boil it all down for you, teaching you the basics of this highly complex occupation in just a few pages. No matter what you came in here with, you'll leave thinking like a producer!

2 ˝ D
A trend that is appearing more in more commercials and other video productions is taking a traditional photograph and giving it depth – creating a 2 ˝D image. In this Adobe After Effects tutorial, I’ll outline the process and show you how you can do it as well.

Did You Hear That?
The day of reckoning is close at hand. Videographers are doing audio and audio engineers and producers are doing video. And soon it will just be one big multimedia family. Learning the basics of audio is easy; Something makes a sound, a microphone hears it, and sends a signal to the camera or recording deck. But learning to get good audio, audio worth listening to, goes far beyond that. Perhaps that’s part of the fear of audio on the video side of the multimedia world.

Using Sound With Slides in PowerPoint
Sound can add character to a presentation -- it's easy to bring a presentation to life with sound of any kind, be it a background score, a narration or an event sound. Like everything else though, sound in PowerPoint can enrich only if used with relevance and moderation.

Animating Letters with Text Anarchy 2.0
This tutorial is designed to get you familiar with Digital Anarchy’s new After Effects plug-in package, Text Anarchy 2.0. We’ll also touch on a couple regular plugs that come with AE, but our focus will be on Text Anarchy. The filter set has eight filters for doing a variety of effects with text. We’ll be using one of them here called Cool Text, which allows you to animate characters on a letter-by-letter basis. You can animate Scale, Opacity, Rotation, Blur, and Color in this way. The gist of this tutorial is to create a simple open for the new, hit sitcom "The Squares." To do this, we’ll create a background with a couple standard AE filters, then use Cool Text to create our nifty title animation.

Slides That Win: What to Do About Sentences
In this excerpt from "Slides That Win," Claudyne Wilder and Jennifer Rotondo show you how to enhance your presentations by keeping the sentences to a bare minimum. Sentences have almost no value on the screen: If you use sentences on your slides, you may as well hand out your presentation, then sit down and let the audience read it. They can read faster than you can talk.

Slides That Win!: Checklist for Presentation Success
Here is a treasure trove of valuable tips, excerpted from the CD on visual design entitled "Slides that Win!" by presentation guru Claudyne Wilder. Before you create one slide, make sure you've considered each item on this checklist. You will save yourself hours of time -- consider this your secret weapon for a better presentation.

Point, Click & Wow! -- Chapter 6: Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse
In this sixth and final chapter from the book Point, Click & Wow! by Claudyne Wilder and Jennifer Rotondo, learn how to prepare for your presentation. You may think you know where you will stand so you can see your laptop or the screen. You may think you can use that remote mouse you bought yesterday. But until you actually practice the speech, you don't really know how you will give it.