Books & Videos by Jeff Foster
Books & DVDs by Jeff Foster
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 Workshop: Online Video Training Series
Want to create some truly unique and customized music soundtracks for your video production? SmartSound makes it easy and in this course I will walk you through all the steps necessary to get started using both their web-based Quicktracks editor, the music library and the amazing Sonicfire Pro 5 software editor. I will show you how to integrate the music editing into your video editing workflow and how to customize your tracks for your specific project!
Create Royalty-Free, Fully Customizable Soundtracks
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 is not only amazing soundtrack scoring software, but also a collection of royalty-free music clips that are fully customizable, with features like Mood Mapping and Timing Control. You can easily pull out select instruments and “write” a complete score of any length you wish. In this workshop, video producer Jeff Foster explores the process of selecting and editing the various customizable music libraries using both the Web-based “Quicktracks” and the professional Sonicfire Pro 5 software. You’ll also learn a round-trip workflow with a few nonlinear editors and get tips and tricks for further customizing your soundtracks.
After Effects Compositing Workshop: 2-Part Online Video Training Series
This is the same After Effects Compositing Workshop I’ve done for clients such as Deluxe Digital & Disney, as well as conferences like NAB and Adobe MAX. It includes a lot of live video, examples, and screencast tutorials to show you how to use After Effects to do matting/keying, roto, motion tracking, match-moving and more!
Set Up a Streamlined Workflow
In this workshop Jeff Foster — video producer, compositor, visual effects artist, and author of “The Green Screen Handbook” — teaches you the basics of green screen compositing and setting up a streamlined roto workflow with After Effects and a Wacom tablet. You’ll get real-world tips on getting the best mattes and keys from your green screen shots, stabilizing and tracking footage in After Effects, and using the Roto Brush feature to create quick and accurate mattes of anything that moves in the frame. You’ll also learn how to create more believable composites by matching your foreground and background plates, using roto-spline masks, and applying match-moving techniques.
Create Great Video Composites
In this workshop Jeff Foster — video producer, compositor, visual effects artist, and author of “The Green Screen Handbook” — teaches you the advanced tips, tricks, and workflow techniques he’s used over the years to get great video/film composites, even when working with near-impossible footage. You´ll learn advanced roto-painting techniques for the Wacom tablet and you´ll get up to speed on motion tracking, multipass mattes, multiple keying layers, simulated lighting effects, painting on video background plates, and more. Then you’ll apply what you´ve learned to a series of real-world projects in After Effects.
Green Screen Workshop: 2-Part Online Video Training Series
This is my two-part video training series of the Green Screen Workshop. It includes a lot of live video, examples, and screencast tutorials to show you how to plan, set, light and shoot the best possible green screen shots for the best results in compositing!
Plan and Set Up for the Best Results
In the first course in his two-part series on green-screen (and blue-screen) tools and techniques, author, producer, and VFX Artist Jeff Foster covers the often-overlooked steps that lead up to shooting. The training covers every aspect of planning and setting up properly for best post-production results, from choosing the right keying process for your project to creating storyboards and pre-visualization comps prior to shooting. You’ll also learn when to use green screen or blue screen, how to light that screen, and how to measure light and set up your camera properly. Whether you’re planning to work with virtual sets or live backgrounds, this workshop will get you ready to shoot.
Light, Shoot, and Composite
In the second course in his two-part series on green-screen (and blue-screen) tools and techniques, author, producer, and VFX Artist Jeff Foster covers the nitty-gritty of production and post-production. On the production side, you’ll learn how to build your own portable lights, create professional lighting setups, and shoot with a green or blue screen outdoors. You’ll also get tips on choosing keying software and working with virtual sets. All this will help you get the best footage possible; however, there will always be things you need to “fix in post,” so this course will also help you fix problem shots.
The Green Screen Handbook
Real-World Production Techniques
(1st Edition, DVD included)
Make movies, videos and images using green screen compositing technology with The Green Screen Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques. This unique guide is a comprehensive how-to of professional production techniques, step-by-step instruction, and tips that can save you time and money. Learn when to use green screens instead of blue, find out how the pros do their productions, and learn how to get amazing results—even on a shoestring budget.
Topics include matting and keying basics; setups using fabric, portable panels, or paint; lighting and digital camera essentials; broadcast TV hardware compositors; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects); directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more.
- See how to plan, set up, and execute your shots to reduce fixes in post
- Choose the right keying process for your project
- Master basic shooting setups and live broadcast keying
- Understand proper lighting and how to match subjects to the background
- Create a working storyboard and learn how to select and direct talent
- Composite your footage and fix problem shots
- Work creatively with virtual sets, motion tracking, and match moving
- Master techniques that apply to all compositing software and plug-ins
362 Full-Color Pages
The DVD-ROM includes sample footage and all project files to accompany the chapters in the book.
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Green Screen Production and Compositing (9 wk)
In this course, students will explore all phases of green screen production and post-production compositing. Topics covered will be planning/storyboarding, staging & setup, proper green/blue screen lighting, working with virtual sets, motion tracking and compositing techniques. Upon completion students should be able to correctly plan, setup, light and shoot their green screen footage and properly composite it with the background footage and imagery.
Lecture Hours: 32 (8x4hr or 16x2hr sessions)
Lab: 76 (9x8hr + 4hr final week)
Total Hours: 108
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Watch this short video trailer to get a preview of the major topics covered in this book:
NEW!! Video Interview with author Jeff Foster discussing tips from the book!
*produced and provided by the publisher, Sybex/Wiley
Jeff also has a good radio interview with Larry Jordan on the Digital Video BuZZ!
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NOTE: If you are considering purchasing the eBook/Kindle purchase of the Green Screen Handbook, then please contact the publisher Sybex about getting the source materials/content you won’t get with a download version of the book. I can’t help you and I don’t sell/distribute the books directly.
Available now at bookstores everywhere and online at Amazon.com
Photoshop CS4/CS5 Video & Animation (DVD-ROM)
• 5.5 hours of video training • includes 3D Glasses
Jeff Foster opens up Photoshop CS4 & CS5 and shows what’s really possible with video and 3D motion. Learn the basics of video editing from a real industry professional. Then fasten your seatbelts! You are about to learn how to edit video, create stereoscopic 3D (glasses enclosed) rotoscope, edit text, 3D, work with green screen and much more. This is not a child’s dabble with the timeline, it’s real industry strength training that even a child can learn. Jeff teaches in an easy to understand way that both pros and novices can grasp with ease.
Learning After Effects CS4 (DVD-ROM)
• 4.5 hours of video training • Project files and video footage included
After Effects & Photoshop – 2nd Edition
• Includes project files and images/video footage on DVD • Covers Adobe CS and above
From the Back Cover:
“Jeff Foster has created the one indispensable and definitive production guide to two of the world’s greatest symbiotic tools: After Effect and Photoshop.”
—Jack H. Davis, coauthor, the Photoshop Wow! books and How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography
Nothing beats the tight synergy of After Effects and Photoshop for creating professional-level effects, and nothing beats this book for showing you how Hollywood professionals really use these programs.
In this second edition to his bestselling book, TV and movie graphics veteran Jeff Foster provides all-new information on After Effects 7 and Photoshop CS2—plus expanded coverage of blue/green screening and titling, beautiful new images, and innovative real-world solutions for today’s professionals. Better than ever, this must-have reference is still the only guide that shows how to use these two superpower programs together to achieve professional results.
The DVD includes production materials, third-party plug-ins and filters, and stock video. You’ll also find project files and footage to go with every one of the book’s projects, which require After Effects 7 or later.
Learn what the pros know, including how to:
- Add depth to your animation by mimicking real motion
- Grab your audience’s attention with creative motion titling
- Shoot a clean blue/green screen
- Apply 3D animation to 2D images
- Remove backgrounds with blue-screen garbage mattes
- Retouch frame by frame with rotoscoping
- Construct realistic composites and locales with matte painting
- Make movies from stills by simulating 3D camera motion
- Produce realistic effects such as noise, clouds, and smoke