So back on June 3rd, a few TV faculty members had the opportunity to attend the Adobe CS5 launch event downtown at the Sheraton Wall Centre.  A number of members of the Adobe After Effects team had travelled up from Seattle to attend the event, and to talk to users directly.

It’s a pretty rare event to be able to talk directly to the programmers and designers of a piece of software that plays such a pivotal role in the post-production industry.

We were thrilled that the team wanted to meet BCIT faculty and students to discuss Adobe’s products, and to find out how to even better work with the educational market to make the software even stronger for the needs of instructors and students alike.  Today, we had that opportunity.

We spent a good 90 minutes talking with the team about After Effects and throwing out wishes and ideas.  It’s really refreshing to put faces to such a great product.  Even though Adobe is a vast company, it really speaks well for the pride their staff takes in their product that they’re willing to take time to reach out to customers directly.

The other side of this coin is that BCIT Broadcast will be upgrading all of our PCs and Macs to offer Adobe CS5 products for instructional and student use in the fall term.  Once you play with Content Aware fill in Photoshop and the Roto Brush in After Effects, you’ll be hooked.

Oh yes, and I got an email about a contest that’s running right now – that can result in a free copy of Adobe CS5 Production Premium if you’re a student!  You enter the contest and recut a scene with the trial version of Adobe Premiere.  3 Finalists will get a free educational Production Premium Package, with the winner also getting a trip to the festival in Utah.

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