Class on Demand Report Card
News, views, and information from COD | January 2009
on Demand Invited to Inaugural Ball
The Washington DC Renaissance Hotel hosted the Great State of Illinois
pre-inaugural ball on Martin Luther King Day. The evening’s dinner
and dancing was captured and streamed live using NewTek’s Tricaster
Studio. Fortunately for Larry Berman, the hotel’s head of AV services,
Class on Demand’s Tricaster Pro training was able to get
him up to speed quickly on the product so the historic event was covered
of Education Around the World
COD is committed to training the next generation of producers,
videographers, and budding Steven Spielbergs. Paul Holtz,
the company’s founder and CEO, has been teaching the
business and techniques of production and video effects to
inner city kids for the past five years. Paul’s students
all attend the Chicago West Community Music Center as part
of the city’s After School Matters program. Since he
started Paul has taught over 1,000 students. Some of these
students have gone on to mentor other kids and two have received
full-ride scholarships to Columbia University.
a formal program for educational institutions called the
Gift of Education. The program gives non-profit institutions,
schools K-12 and Universities access to specific award-winning
training products from Class on Demand’s extensive
library of self-paced training at no cost. To learn more
about our program, click
A New Episode of COD
COD and Nate Caplin just finished "Complete
Training for Episode and Episode Pro" our training for Telestream’s
Episode version 5.1. The training covers both Mac and newly supported
PC versions of the software. Over four and half hours of training
covers everything from the user interface, filters, and compression
techniques. Episode Pro comes bundled with our training which
can also be purchased from Telestream or our
COD ships product Faroe and Wide
We’ve been shipping our training all over world for years
but here’s a first, Wilmar Hojgaard, owner of WHR Studios,
contacted us from Rituvik in the Faroe Islands. For those
of you who were not geography majors, the Faroe Islands lie northwest
of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The archipelago
is composed of 18 islands covering 545.3 sq.miles. WHR studios
shoots and produces a wide range of video programming using Class
on Demand's training for NewTek SpeedEDIT. To learn more about
the Faroe islands click
Holtz Fires Back
We’re living in bleak times. We’re apparently now in a full-fledged
depression, that’s the next financial step downhill from a plain old
recession. I guess it really must be bad. Just when you think the DOW couldn’t
get any lower or that house prices couldn’t drop any more we hear even
more depressing economic news. Over the past six months we’ve seen an
increase in our business and that got us wondering what was happening. We contacted
a number of recent first-time customers to find out how they are using our
training and we learned some interesting information.
Some customers told us that after they were laid off from their company they
have decided to use the time while they search for a new career opportunity
to brush up on applications they own and have not used in a while. Others have
said they have purchased new software and our training to make them more “marketable” to
prospective employers. Customers have told us in this competitive job market,
where the few positions posted attract hundreds of candidates, making your
resume stand out with career accomplishments and relevant experience is not
always sufficient for harried HR reps and recruiters to stop and take note.
Vocational skills, specifically proficiency in the use of creative software
is definitely one such resume bonus that helps candidates rise above the noise.
We’ve also spoken to some recent marketing degree graduates who have
found a need to learn the tools of the trade for graphics production so they
can create their own collateral. These new skills add value to their role at
the companies they work for who benefit from in-house designers by lowering
outside agency bills.
Whatever the reason for using our training we wish everyone
success in finding a new career opportunity or simply keeping up with the changes
and improvements to the software they are already using. Hopefully this depression
will be over soon and we can all return to better times.
Instructor | Harry J. Frank
town: I was born in
a small town called Holland, MI. With
my Father in the US Navy, I grew up all over
the country in about a dozen different cities.
College attended: State
University of New York at Fredonia. I studied
music and music engineering, which I still do a little
yellow lab retrievers, Mausi
and Hanni. They are
very playful and are currently
suffering from a bit of cabin-fever
with the cold temperatures.
Favorite food: The
Porcini Rubbed Delmonico
steak at Capital Grille. You've
not lived until you've had
this steak! Tied for 2nd
place, Slow's BBQ in Downtown
Detroit. The best barbecue
I've ever had.
Favorite musical artist: I
have so many favorite musical artists from so
many genres. I'd have to say that the one
constant in my life, one that I can always listen
to and find something new, is Led Zeppelin.
Favorite city in the world: Paris
my son learn something new every day. Spending
time with my wife that doesn't involve Elmo
or the Sprout Network. Naps. Cooking.
Driving my MINI Cooper. Fetch with
the dogs. Experimenting with new design ideas
and techniques. Studying 70s and 80s
snow. Laziness. Rude people.
Harry's Tip | Random
Don't forget to use the Random Seed in the Trapcode Particular "Options..." section.
This will affect all properties that use any randomness, and will make
any presets look a more unique than the default setting.
by Harry J. Frank
Training for Trapcode Particular
Get up to speed with Trapcode’s Particular plugin through
this series of informative and project-focused lessons. Explore
emitter types and functions in-depth with motion graphics expert,
Harry J. Frank. Go beyond generating your typical particle
effect and learn to use Particular in new and interesting ways..