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After Effects for Designers
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After Effects for Designers: Graphic and Interactive Design in Motion from Focal PressFocal Press has published After Effects for Designers: Graphic and Interactive Design in Motion. This book teaches design students, artists, and web, graphic, and interactive designers how to design, develop, and deploy motion design projects using Adobe After Effects.

Author Chris Jackson balances fundamental aspects of time-based design with related techniques, and explores the principles of animation; composition and layout; visual hierarchy; typography; cinematic storytelling; 3D modelling; compositing, and more.

Each chapter contains unique, step-by-step project exercises that offer timesaving practical tips and hands-on design techniques, teaching readers how to...

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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey on 4K Ultra HD
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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey arrives on 4K Ultra HD Oct. 30 from Warner Bros.Continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that the renowned director’s groundbreaking science fiction epic will be released on 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray™ in premium collectible packaging and 4K UHD Digital on October 30. Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, 2001: A Space Odyssey returned to U.S. theatres in May following the debut of an “unrestored” 70mm print at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. The film is playing throughout the summer at select theatres.

For the first time since the original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process.

Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K UHD with HDR presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. The 4K UHD also includes both a remixed and restored 5.1 DTS-HD master audio track, as well as the original 1968 6-track theatrical audio mix (formatted for 5.1 DTS-HD master audio)...

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom on DVD
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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom arrives on DVD Sept. 11 from NickelodeonSpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends star in Nickelodeon's original spooky stop-motion spectacular, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, available on DVD September 11.

This terrifying tale tells the story of the Flying Dutchman (Brian Doyle-Murray) coming to Bikini Bottom to make sure everyone in town is scared--especially SpongeBob, who seems to be unflappable in his belief that spooky things are actually funny.

Inspired by the visual style of classic stop-motion animation TV specials, The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom was brought to life in three dimensions by Los Angeles-based stop-motion studio Screen Novelties.

Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom will be available for the suggested retail price of $10.99...

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Acronis True Image 2018 Backup Software
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Acronis True Image 2018 Brings Artificial Intelligence-Based Data Protection to Home UsersAcronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for business and consumers, has introduced Acronis True Image 2018. The new release includes major updates the program’s backup and recovery capabilities, and is the first personal backup software to incorporate artificial intelligence-based technology designed to actively protect data against ransomware.

“As the first company to offer full image backup for consumers, Acronis pioneered intelligent backup for home use,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder, and CEO of Acronis. “Acronis True Image 2018 continues that tradition as the first and only personal backup software that uses artificial intelligence to defend consumers against one of the fastest growing threats to their data.”

By combining the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based ransomware defense, called Acronis Active Protection™, with a new generation of enhanced backup and recovery capabilities such as active disk cloning and automated WinPE boot media creation, Acronis True Image 2018 represents a new standard of “intelligent backup” for individuals, families and small businesses...

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TechSmith Camtasia 2018 Video Creation Tool
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TechSmith releases Camtasia 2018 Screen Recording and Video Creation ToolTechSmith Corporation, the go-to company for visual communications, has launched Camtasia 2018, the latest version of its popular and intuitive screen recording and video editing tool. Combining the power of best-in-class screen recording, with professional-quality, easy-to-use video editing, Camtasia 2018 also adds new library and theming features and support for high frame rate editing.

Video continues to grow in popularity, and new research from TechSmith highlights how companies in the US could unlock nearly $100 billion in productivity by increasing their use of visual and video content in workplace communications. To help businesses tap into these gains, Camtasia’s new features and performance make creating engaging, professional-looking video content easier than ever.

In addition to under-the-hood performance improvements that reduce video rendering time by up to 50%, Camtasia’s new features include:...

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The Design of Active Crossovers, 2nd Edition
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The Design of Active Crossovers, 2nd Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published The Design of Active Crossovers, 2nd Edition. The use of active crossovers is increasing. They are used by almost every sound reinforcement system, and by almost every recording studio monitoring set-up. There is also a big usage of active crossovers in car audio, with the emphasis on routing the bass to enormous low-frequency loudspeakers. Active crossovers are used to a small but rapidly growing extent in domestic hifi, and I argue that their widespread introduction may be the next big step in this field.

The Design of Active Crossovers has now been updated and extended for the Second Edition, taking in developments in loudspeaker technology and crossover design. Many more pre-designed filters are included so that crossover development can be faster and more certain, and the result will have a high performance. The Second Edition continues the tradition of the first in avoiding complicated algebra and complex numbers, with the mathematics reduced to the bare minimum; there is nothing more complicated to grapple with than a square root...

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The Ninth Passenger on DVD, Digital, and On Demand
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The Ninth Passenger arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand August 21 from LionsgateDon’t miss the intense edge-of-your-seat thriller The Ninth Passenger, arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand August 21 from Lionsgate. When eight students set out on a spontaneous sea voyage aboard a luxury yacht and encounter engine trouble, their adventure turns horrific as they are hunted one by one by a mysterious passenger…but is it a passenger? Find out when The Ninth Passenger arrives on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
In this chilling horror-thriller, a gang of lusty, partying college kids hijacks a billionaire’s yacht for a midnight cruise. Onboard, sensible Jess (Alexia Fast) meets hunky Brady (Jesse Metcalfe), a corporate spy posing as a mechanic. Near a mysterious island, an evil “ninth passenger” slips aboard and starts slaughtering the party crowd...

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Measure of a Man on DVD, Digital, and On Demand
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Measure of a Man arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand August 7 from LionsgateExperience one young man’s feel-good, coming-of-age transformation when Measure of a Man arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand August 7 from Lionsgate. Starring Primetime Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Donald Sutherland (2003, Best Supporting Actor – Television, “Path to War”; 1996, Best Supporting Actor – Television, “Citizen X”), the film perfectly captures quintessential summer life in middle America through the lens of a fourteen-year-old boy on a torturous vacation with his parents. Based on the novel “One Fat Summer” by Robert Lipsyte, directed by Jim Loach, and written for the screen by David Scearce, Measure of a Man will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Fourteen-year-old Bobby (Blake Cooper) is enduring a torturous family vacation. His summer job is backbreaking, his parents appear on the verge of divorce, his sister is forcing him to keep her secrets, and his best friend is leaving...

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PAW Patrol: Halloween Heroes on DVD
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PAW Patrol: Halloween Heroes arrives on DVD Sept. 11 from NickelodeonThe PAW Patrol is back for spooktacular adventures in the brand new DVD collection, PAW Patrol: Halloween Heroes. Available September 11, fans can get into the Halloween spirit with the pups as they bravely board a ghostly pirate ship, explore cabins, caves and mazes, try to solve the haunting of the Lookout Tower and more.

Fans will have a scary good time watching all seven PAW Patrol adventures including a really ghoul double-length special! PAW Patrol: Halloween Heroes is produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution and will be available for the suggested retail price of $10.99.

PAW Patrol: Halloween Heroes contains the following episodes:...

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Affairs of State on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital
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Affairs of State arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital August 14 from LionsgateA gripping thriller that combines love, lust, and political scandal, Affairs of State arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital August 14 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand.

A young D.C. aide kick-starts his government career by sleeping with powerful women. But after seducing a candidate’s daughter, he learns the game of politics can be a deadly one. Including a director’s commentary with Eric Bross along with deleted scenes and a trailer gallery, the Affairs of State Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
In his quest for power, D.C. aide Michael Lawson (David Corenswet) will do anything to take part in Senator Baines’s (David James Elliott) White House campaign, including...

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The Walking Dead: Season 8 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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The Walking Dead: Season 8 arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital August 21st from LionsgateWorlds collide as “All Out War” breaks out between the factions when AMC’s blockbuster hit series “The Walking Dead”: The Complete Eighth Season arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital August 21 from Lionsgate. The explosive eighth season bridges the stories between “The Walking Dead” and its spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” leading to a thrilling battle for freedom paved with casualties and tragedy. “The Walking Dead”: The Complete Eighth Season features an all-star cast and fan favorites.

Together with the Hilltop and the Kingdom, Rick and the Alexandrians bring “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive...

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Halle Berry stars in KINGS on DVD
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Halle Berry stars in KINGS arriving on DVD July 31 from LionsgateThe war for justice that was fought in the streets, Kings, arrives on DVD July 31 from Lionsgate. Starring Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Best Actress, Monster’s Ball, 2001) and James Bond franchise-star Daniel Craig, the film tells the “Powerful” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) tale of a foster mother who looks to her eccentric neighbor to keep her family safe in the wake of the Rodney King riots. Debuting 25 years after the historic but tragic events, and written and directed by award-winning director Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang), Kings will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Los Angeles, 1992. In South Central, Millie (Halle Berry) is the foster mother of a dozen children. Jesse, her eldest, is fighting with newcomer William over a beautiful runaway they meet at school. On television, the Rodney King trial is in full swing and has captured the attention of the nation. Desperate to keep her family safe as riots erupt around the city, Millie seeks help from her eccentric neighbor (Daniel Craig). When...

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The Yellow Birds on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital
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The Yellow Birds arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital August 14 from LionsgateThe stand-out wartime drama starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, with Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston, The Yellow Birds arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital August 14 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand.

Based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Powers and from the producers of Boys Don’t Cry and Cake, the film won Best Cinematography and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Written for the screen by David Lowery and R.F.I. Porto, and directed by Alexandre Moors, The Yellow Birds Blu-ray and DVD include a making-of featurette that reveals the themes and performances that make up the heart of this powerful drama, and will be available for the suggested price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively...

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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How to Talk to Girls at Parties arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD August 14 from LionsgateStarring Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, and Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2002), How to Talk to Girls at Parties arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD August 14 from Lionsgate. Neil Gaiman’s legendary 2006 short story comes to life from screenwriters Philippa Goslett and John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Nominated at both the 2017 BIFA and Cannes Film Festivals, the film tells the tale of an alien “invasion” like you’ve never seen before. The Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and audio commentary with director John Cameron Mitchell, Elle Fanning, and Alex Sharp, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
London, 1977. Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban teenager who sneaks out to after-hours punk parties. One night, Enn and his friends meet some teens who seem like they’re from another planet; in fact, they are from another planet...

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Sound Reproduction, 3rd Edition
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Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms, 3rd EditionFocal Press has published Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms, 3rd Edition. This book explains the physical and perceptual processes that are involved in sound reproduction and demonstrates how to use the processes to create high-quality listening experiences in stereo and multichannel formats.

Understanding the principles of sound production is necessary to achieve the goals of sound reproduction in spaces ranging from recording control rooms and home listening rooms to large cinemas. This revision brings new science-based perspectives on the performance of loudspeakers, room acoustics, measurements and equalization, all of which need to be appropriately used to ensure the accurate delivery of music and movie sound tracks from creators to listeners.

The robust website is the perfect companion to this necessary resource...

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