Private Training 

One-on-one training is available for any number of hours desired and can be targeted for your specific needs. Sessions can be scheduled days or evenings.
Video Production

Private training: $89 per hour
This class will teach you what you need to know to shoot a professional looking video. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own cameras.

Potential Topics include:
  • Camera features, formats and codecs
  • Lenses: prime vs zoom
  • Lens mounts, apertures, and filters
  • HD formats compared
  • Depth of field
  • Auto vs. Manual Settings
  • Composition
  • Camera Angles
  • Tripod and Camera Movement terminology
  • Shooting for Post-production
  • White Balance
  • Rack Focus
  • 3 Point Lighting
  • Tungsten vs. Fluorescent vs. LED lights
  • Interview and talking head lighting
  • Microphones
  • Green screening
  • Sound Recording Techniques
  • Audio Mixers

Instructor: Ted Maynard
Call to Register: 203-795-6400

Adobe After Effects

Private training: $89 per hour
Learn the animation techniques and capabilities of Adobe After Effects CC. This program is extremely popular for creating complex multi-layer video composites with sophisticated motion, scale & opacity control. Learn about After Effects extensive keying, animation, special effects, 3D, animation, transparency and layering techniques.

Potential Topics include:
  • Composition Settings
  • Importing File Footage
  • File Formats
  • Keyframe Assistant
  • Navigating
  • Working with High-Res images
  • Photoshop files
  • Keyframing
  • Bezier motion paths
  • Alpha Channels
  • Masks
  • Chroma keys
  • Video Preview
  • 3D Layers
  • 3D Cameras and Lights
  • Camera Tools
  • Material Options
  • Text Animation
  • Behavior Presets
  • Rotoscoping
  • Track Mattes
  • Motion Sketch
  • Hand Drawn Motion Paths
  • Shape Based Motion Paths
  • Shape Layers
  • Solid Layers
  • 3D fly-throughs
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Students work on a Macintosh production system, though applicable for Macintosh or Windows.
Instructor: Ted Maynard
Call to Register: 203-795-6400

Adobe Premiere Pro

Private training: $89 per hour
Learn how to edit in Premiere Pro CC. This program is extremely popular with professionals for editing anything from a video for the web to a feature film. Includes details on proper workflow, working with all kinds of media, editing tools, shortcuts and much more.

Potential Topics include:
  • Project settings
  • Importing Footage
  • File Formats and Organization
  • LUTs and Color Grading
  • Working with all kinds of camera footage
  • Photoshop integration
  • After Effects Integration
  • Linking and Relinking
  • Audio and Video Effects
  • Keyframing and animation
  • Chroma keying
  • Audio Editing
  • Lower Thirds and Titles
  • Roll, Slip and Rate Stretch Tools
  • Slow Motion
  • Transparency Methods
  • Timeline Settings
  • Rendering
  • Format Output
  • Closed Captions
  • Codecs
  • Frame Rates
  • Broadcast Conforming
  • SD, HD, 2K, 4K, 5k, etc. Workflows
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Students work on a Macintosh production system, though applicable for Macintosh or Windows.
Instructor: Ted Maynard
Call to Register: 203-795-6400

Adobe Photoshop

Private training: $89 per hour
Adobe Photoshop CC is the world’s most popular image editing software; a must for photographers and anyone involved with producing art for print, multimedia, the web, or video.

Potential Topics include:
  • Memory Settings
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Color Theory
  • Navigating
  • Selecting Techniques
  • Panel Management
  • Tools
  • Raw Format
  • Compositing photos together
  • Layers
  • Color Correction
  • File formats
  • Modes
  • Transforms
  • Type
  • Filters
  • Retouching
  • Advanced Adjustment Layers
  • Layer Groups
  • Alpha Channels
  • Quick Mask Mode
  • Gaussian Drop Shadows
  • Content-Aware Scale
  • Fill Layers
  • Black & White Conversion
  • Blend Modes
  • Mixed Resolution issues
  • Image Resizing Techniques
  • Bridge
  • Styles
  • Actions
  • Batch Automation
  • Layer Comps
  • Layer Masks
  • Smart Objects
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Taught on a Macintosh system
Instructor: Ted Maynard
Call to Register: 203-795-6400

Note: for software training, basic computer skills required include opening a file from within a program, and the ability to click, double click and mouse down & drag with a mouse. Also, student should have experience opening and saving files from within a program and have the ability to navigate to different folders


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