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Bring MediaStorm Into Your Classroom

School will soon be in session and we want to go back to class with you. Last year, we launched our Educational Program, offering discounted Online Training subscriptions to students and instructors at accredited universities. Since then, journalism and multimedia programs around the country have made MediaStorm Online Training a part of their teaching strategy.

In addition to full access to our library of training videos, we’ve added a complimentary companion curriculum for educators featuring quizzes and assignments developed by Beatriz Wallace of Duquesne University and Steve Rice at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Wallace had this to say about her experience using our Online Training in the classroom:

MediaStorm Online Training captures students with seductive, rebellious and non-judgmental enthusiasm and faith in the possibilities of storytelling. The training videos drive the curriculum, assignments and final products.

MediaStorm’s training videos constitute clear directives that prepare students for in-class assignments, editing, production and publication. Students watch video modules for homework: Reporting (Audio, Stills and Motion), Post-Production and The Making of a Thousand More. They complete quizzes on each segment and receive checklists that match the training videos to structure their field workflows. And I get to spend three hours per week learning from and building relationships with students in class. We execute structured assignments that practice skills covered in the training videos.

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You can get MediaStorm in your classroom in just three steps:

  1. Educators at accredited universities contact us to sign up for the Educational Program. Free two-week trial accounts are granted to eligible college professors and administrators.
  2. Eligible educators will receive an educator’s account at no charge and discount codes to securely distribute to their students. All educational accounts grant access to our entire collection of training videos plus any new videos released while the account is active.
  3. Students activate their accounts on their own, paying just $40 for the semester via PayPal or credit card. (A significant discount off of the standard retail price of $199.99.)

Interested in becoming part of the program? Contact us today.

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Worth Watching #163: Enter Pyongyang

Crazy, seemingly impossible speed tricks. – Eric Maierson

Enter Pyongyang from JT Singh on Vimeo.

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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MediaStorm Guide to Nudging Audio 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.


A quick way to change your audio levels in Premiere Pro is to select a clip in the timeline and use the closed bracket ( ] ) to raise the volume or the open bracket ( [ ) to lower it.

You can easily alter a group of clips this way by simply lassoing them first.

Unfortunately, this method does not work in Premiere Pro CC if any of the audio contained key frames. This was a real limitation.

Thankfully, with the introduction of Premiere Pro 2014, you can now nudge key-framed audio with a user-defined shortcut key.

From the Premiere Pro menu select Keyboard Shortcuts… (Option-Command-K)

Search for nudge.

At MediaStorm we use Control-Command-] (closed bracket) to nudge the volume +1db and Control-Command-[ (open bracket) to nudge the volume –1db.

Now when you use the nudge shortcuts, your key-framed audio will increase or decrease 1db relative to its starting volume.

Very handy.

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MediaStorm Guide to Adding Effects to Master Clips in Premiere Pro

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.


In previous versions of Adobe Premiere Pro CC if you wanted to apply an effect to an entire clip it was necessary to do this before you began to edit. Once you cut the clip into smaller pieces in your timeline, you’d have to apply the effect to each individual instance.

For example, say you had a fine cut and you wanted to color correct your main interview. In Premiere Pro CC, you’d apply color correction effects to the first instance of the clip in your timeline, then copy and paste attributes (Command-Option-V) to the next clip and so on throughout the entire edit.

The latest update, Premiere Pro 2014, changes this and makes adding effects to an entire clip effects far easier and faster.

Here’s how:

In the timeline place the playhead over an interview shot you’d like to tone. Make sure the interview is not covered by any other video layer.

Press F and the clip will load in the Source window.

Drag Effects> RGB Curves–or your tool of choice–onto the Source window.

Now, undock the Effects Control window and make your corrections. Changes will appear in the Program window.

When you are done, return to the timeline and you’ll see that every instance of the master clip has been changed in your sequence as well.

A great time saver.

 

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July 2014 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop Takes A Trip to Coney Island

We are proud to present our newest workshop project, produced in the July 2014 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop. From July 14 to 18, 2014 a team of filmmakers, writers and photographers converged in Brooklyn to tell the story of Coney Island through the eyes of Coney Island Jay. During the workshop, participants worked directly with MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week.

Jay Singer has been in love with one Brooklyn neighborhood his entire life. He grew up there, pined for it when he was forced to leave and returned when he couldn’t stand to be away one more day. His life’s work is an unfinished 1200 page book about the place. He currently gives three-hour tours explaining its history.

Through Jay’s vast historical knowledge, we learn about what makes this iconic neighborhood so special, and how that past may impact its future.

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2014 Workshop Dates

MediaStorm provides intensive, hands-on educational experiences through our One-day, Methodology, Storytelling and Traveling Workshops. We are offering the following upcoming courses:

August 23

One-day Workshop

October 25

One-day Workshop

November 8-14

Storytelling Workshop

December 1-5

Methodology Workshop

 

Applications are now open.

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