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Join Us in 2015 for One Day and Methodology Workshops (New Dates Added)


MediaStorm provides a variety of intensive, hands-on educational experiences in advanced storytelling. Choose the workshop that best suits your goals and apply online by the deadlines below.

One Day Workshop

A one day overview session with Brian Storm focused on the art and business of digital storytelling in Brooklyn, NY.

Upcoming dates:

  • April 11, 2015 – Apply now
  • May 23, 2015 – Apply by: April 17, 2015
  • July 18, 2015 – Apply by: June 16, 2015
  • August 15, 2015 – Apply by: July 15, 2015
  • September 19, 2015 – Apply by: Aug 28, 2015
  • October 17, 2015 – Apply by: Sep 18, 2015
  • November 21, 2015 – Apply by: Oct 30, 2015

Learn more about the One Day Workshop and read the testimonials of past participants.

Methodology Workshop

The Methodology Workshop is tailored to freelancers, educators and business leaders who want to integrate MediaStorm methods into their curriculum or approach to storytelling.

Upcoming dates:

  • June 22-26, 2015 – Apply by: May 25, 2015
  • December 7-11, 2015 – Apply by: Nov 5, 2015

Learn more about the Methodology Workshop and read the testimonials of past participants.

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Transcription and Text, Working Together: The Premiere Pro CC I Want

In a digital world, transcription feels like tube amps and mechanical typewriters. It’s an affront to all things modern. In short, it’s a laborious process that kind of sucks.

Sure, Premiere Pro has some built-in tools, but they feel mostly like an experiment and a bad one at that.

Apple offers a dictation service that is remarkably good with a human voice but falls short when you feed an audio file to it.

So how come a better solution doesn’t exist, one that offers a deep integration between the timeline and a transcript?

Adobe, if you’re listening, here’s my dream for Premiere Pro CC 2016.

Audio Transcription On Ingestion
Import a file with audio and Premiere Pro automatically emeds a timecode-based transcript into the file.

Text Document That Contains All Transcription In A Sequence
Premiere Pro creates a text document based on which portions of a clip are used in a timeline.

Text/Timeline Integration
Highlight a clip on the timeline and the corresponding section of the transcript also becomes highlighted. And conversely, highlight a portion of the script and the timeline clip becomes selected.

The amount of time saved with this workflow would be extravagant.

I’d easily pay a thousand dollars or more for this kind of power. And I bet a lot of other people would to.

So who wants to take my money?

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Deadlines for UnionDocs Summer Documentary Intensive and Collaborative Studio Approaching

UnionDocs’ call for their Summer Documentary Intensive will close this month. If you’re an emerging filmmaker looking for a short-term but immersive program to develop your next project, look no further. Final deadline is March 30th, 2015.

Deadline for UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB), a 10 month program for media artists, is April 3rd, 2015.

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Kalish Workshop 2015 Dates Announced

The Kalish Workshop will be holding its next workshop June 12-17, 2015 in Rochester, New York.

This five-day storytelling workshop is taught by Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winning editors. Application deadline is April 1st.

The Kalish Workshop

The Kalish Workshop is an inspirational and intense five-day experience in editing visual storytelling. It is designed to benefit anyone who touches photography with a narrative storyline for online and print.

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MediaStorm Guide to Quickly Scaling Images in Premiere Pro 2014

This article is part of a series of posts with tips and tricks from our producers’ experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro CC after years of working in Final Cut Pro. To read more about why we made the switch, check out this post.


Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 offers two ways to quickly scale a large image to the size of your sequence.

To begin, add your image to the timeline, then right-click it.

You’ll see two options: Scale to Frame Size and Set to Frame Size.

While both options will resize your image, each does so in a slightly different manner.

Scale to Frame Size changes the image Scale setting to 100%, effectively throwing out any addition resolution. If you need to further increase your image you will have to up-res it.

Using Set to Frame Size will also scale your image to the sequence frame size but it does so by simply increasing or decreasing the size until it fits. No resolution is lost in the process.

For my money, Set to Frame Size is the better option.

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