Simon Walker is an Adobe Certified Master Trainer, and trains industry professionals in the full range of Adobe Creative Cloud video tools. More info about Simon...





Premiere Pro Training at the World Cup

It's not often that these opportunities come along, so I was delighted to be asked to support the editors working for HBS, the host broadcaster at the International Broadcast Centre in Rio for the FIFA 2014 World Cup!

Along with fellow trainer Chris Roberts, we were responsible for providing training and workflow advice and support to the world cup editors for Adobe's range of professional video tools (Premiere Pro, Prelude, After Effects, SpeedGrade, Audition and Media Encoder).

The editors were selected because of their broadcast background and skills (not least their ability to be away from home for long periods of time!), and predominantly had FCP and AVID experience. So our task was to help them transfer their storytelling skills to the suite of Adobe applications used at the World Cup.

We also worked alongside key members of Adobe's Premiere Pro development team on site. David MacGavran, the Senior Engineering Manager, for Premiere Pro has written a great blog about his experience in Rio, and it was great to work with him and his colleagues.

I have to say a huge thanks to the staff and management at HBS, and a special mention goes out to the guys from MOOVIT, who provided essential engineering, support, coding and development on-site, including creating innovative systems to connect the EVS servers to all the Premiere Pro and After Effects edit suites, and a custom application to manage the launching of Premiere Pro project files for multiple users.

Here's a video interview Adobe filmed at the IBC Exhibition in September 2014, about my experience in Rio.

And here are some pics that hopefully give a flavour of what it was like at the International Broadcast Centre in Rio.

And yes... despite that fact that Chris and I had to provide training cover for every day during the Wolrd Cup, I did manage to escape to the beach... in this case Copacabana!



FMX 2014 Stuttgart

I'm delighted to say that I’ve been invited to run an Adobe and Red Giant editing and effects workshop at the FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia, which runs from April 22-25 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.

I'll be presenting tips and techniques for increasing editing and effects skill level and to help you work faster in Premiere Pro CC and SpeedGrade CC, along with showcasing the brand new Red Giant Universe and the new update to Magic Bullet Looks.

Details of my session are here:

You can find out more about the fantastic program of other sessions here:


Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 at NAB, Las Vegas

I'm delighted to say that I've been invited by Red Giant to help showcase the update to their industry standard colour grading plug-in Magic Bullet Looks at the Las Vegas NAB Show.

I'll be showing off the new features of the software, as well as talking about features of their other new release Universe. Here's the presentation schedule for NAB:

Red Giant are also giving away special prizes for people who visit the booth, so come along and say hi! Booth SL3729 (Plugin Pavilion, South Lower Hall)




Grading sessions at Inter BEE 2013: Tokyo

こんにちは! I'll be demonstrating colour correction and grading techniques at this year's Interbee show in Japan in November.

I'll be on the Flashback stand 8314 in Hall 8, demonstrating Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks, showing tips and tricks, and showing how you can suggest a mood and evoke an emotion response from your viewer, all through the use of colour! So if you're in Toyko come along, it will be great to see you! 


BulletProof Sessions at IBC: Amsterdam

During IBC this year, I'll be running multiple sessions at the SuperMeet, demonstrating the features of Red Giant's newly released footage prep and metadata logging tool BulletProof. Come along.. they've given me free goodies to give away!

Here's some more info about BulletProof: 

I've also recorded multiple free training tutorials hosted on the Red Giant site, covering how to get started in all the main sections of BulletProof: Click here for tutorials


Free film-making seminars in July 2013: Boston, New York, Atlanta

In July, I'll be showing off Red Giant's new application BulletProof, as well as showing film-making and post production technicques to help you improve the quality of your video.

Here's the info about the sessions:

Colorist and Adobe Certified Master Trainer Simon Walker will explore how colour grading techniques are used in film, and will provide practical demonstrations on how to create moods, suggest genres, and to inform the audience of the motivations of on-screen protagonists, using Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite of plug-ins.

He will show practical ways to improve the look of digital video, polish and enhance motion graphics sequences, as well as showcasing strategies for reducing pixelation and noise, and production techniques for making your video look as good as possible.

He’ll also demonstrate how Red Giant PluralEyes saves vital production time by automatically synchronising audio and multi-camera video in seconds, as well as revealing the exciting brand new technology BulletProof, that simplifies the tedious everyday tasks that happen on set. Bridging the gap between camera and editor, BulletProof combines backup, organization, color and delivery tasks while handling footage from multiple cameras and media cards, and Simon will show how BulletProof is a complete offload, prep and delivery solution for camera footage. 


Here's the link to sign up for the sessions in Boston, New York and Atlanta:

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