Tutorials

Apple
Apple Motion 2

Enter new areas of performance and creativity with the real time motion graphics and compositing powerhouse, Apple Motion 2. VTC author, Scott Simmons, shows users how to take advantage of the Motion 2 toolset. Motion's behavioral animation tools and presets afford unprecedented freedom to produce natural and complex animations with little time or effort. You'll be designing motion graphics quickly as you adopt your own techniques to build stunning animations. A DVD containing work files and footage, courtesy of Artbeats and Master Communication, is also included. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Apple Motion 2 lessons below.

* Due to their large file size, work files are not available for download. Per request, a DVD containing these work files is available for active Online University members.

Introduction
Introduction To XML

XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a W3C-recommended general-purpose markup language for creating special-purpose markup languages. It is capable of describing many different kinds of data. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the sharing of data across different systems, particularly systems connected via the Internet. XML allows more control over data and is instumental in the use of RDF, RSS, XHTML and SVG. VTC Author, Mark Long guides you through the first steps of utilizing XML for your data and your websites. Whether you are building an RSS feed for a podcast or building a Java based program, this tutorial will give you the foundation to move ahead. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Introduction to XML lessons.

Adobe
Adobe After Effects 6.5 Advanced

Adobe After Effects 6.5 is the standard for professional motion graphics, compositing and animation from the acknowledged world leader in graphics software, Adobe Systems, Inc. It is affectionately known as "Photoshop in motion" by those who use it daily. It is employed by Hollywood film production companies, independent filmmakers, major television studios, local television stations and anyone interested in motion graphics. This tutorial, by motion graphics expert and VTC author Nathan Dickson, is the companion to the beginner-level After Effects 6 Tutorial and will take your understanding to a more advanced level. Work files are included so that you can follow along and interact with the files Nathan shows you in the training. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Adobe After Effects 6.5 Advanced lessons.

Cakewalk
Cakewalk Sonar 4

Cakewalk Sonar 4 is a fully-integrated MIDI sequencer and multitrack audio recorder. Sonar's innovative surround sound, A/V capabilities and precision engineering tools make it the definitive audio production environment on the Windows platform. VTC author, David Ludwig, begins the tutorial by covering the basics of Sonar installation, tweaking Windows XP for optimization, and exploring the interface. Learn to record, edit and mix within Sonar, take advantage of advanced automation techniques, create loops and groove clips, use software synthesizers, and see a project through from start to finish. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Cakewalk Sonar 4 lessons.

Introduction
Introduction to E-Commerce

This course provides a user with the fundamentals of analyzing, designing and building an E-Commerce website. The course is taught from the viewpoint of a web developer working with a small business client and covers such topics as proposals, contracts, site design, marketing, financial and security considerations, shopping cart technology, billing, order processing, shipping, confirmation and much more. From beginning concepts to final site setup, this course is essential for anyone wanting to build an E-Commerce website. Work Files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Introduction to E-Commerce lessons.

Java
Java 2: JSP and Servlets

JavaServer Pages and Java Servlets are programs executed by a Web server to produce Web pages which are sent to a client Web browser in response to a request from the browser. This course by Arthur Griffith not only demonstrates how to write them, it also shows how to deploy them to a server and make them run in response to a request. Both Servlets and JavaServer pages can read from files, including the use of SQL to read from a relational database, and use the information to construct a Web page. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Java 2: JSP and Servlets lessons.

Adobe
Adobe ImageReady CS

Adobe ImageReady CS is a companion program to the popular image editing application "Photoshop CS". For years, Photoshop has been one of the leaders in the graphics design arena, becoming the industry standard for photographers, print designers and game developers alike. While Photoshop handled many image editing tasks well, designing graphics for the Web brought on a new set of requirements. Enter Adobe ImageReady. Adobe ImageReady allows users to optimize graphics and text for fast downloads, create slices and rollovers, animations, interactivity and much more. VTC author Rick Martin, begins by teaching the basic tool set and then moves on to more advanced concepts. Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Adobe ImageReady CS lessons.

Microsoft
Microsoft Visio 2003

Microsoft Visio 2003 is a scalable, powerful drawing application that can be used to conceptualize and visualize just about any business process. Whether creating network diagrams, flowcharts, calendars, or organizational charts, Visio can make a professional drafter out of practically anyone. Expert trainer Timothy Warner provides you with easy-to-follow instruction and gives you the tools you need to develop intermediate-level Visio 2003 skills quickly and easily. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Microsoft Visio 2003 lessons.

Apple
Apple iWork 05

Apple iWork '05 allows users to bring ideas to life with Keynote 2 and the powerful word processor, Pages. Keynote set the standard for creating media presentations and now Keynote 2 lets users build gorgeous photography portfolios, animated storyboards and self-running, interactive slideshows. With its built-in iLife Media Browser, Apple iWork '05 is the perfect complement to iLife. VTC author, Brian Culp teaches users how to maximize the potential of Apple iWork '05, covering the basics of both Keynote 2 and Pages before demonstrating advanced techniques and tricks anyone can master. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Apple iWork '05 lessons.

AutoCAD
AutoCAD 2005 for Architects

AutoCAD 2005 for Architects builds upon the previous title, AutoCAD 2004 for Architects. It is intended for intermediate to advanced users who want to take full advantage of AutoCAD in an architectural environment. This tutorial will guide the user to more advanced 2D features of AutoCAD and basic 3D concepts. VTC author, Ivanhoe Tejeda, begins the tutorial by creating working drawings for a single family residence before moving on to create a 3D model of the home. The tutorial will also introduce Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop software, useful in the creation of color presentations. To being learning today, simply click on one of the AutoCAD 2005 for Architects lessons.

Discreet
discreet 3ds max 7

Discreet 3ds max 7 is the latest version of Discreet's award-winning modeling, animation, and rendering solution used by the world's top 3D professional artists and designers to create eye-catching visual effects, cutting-edge games, and unique design visualizations. VTC Author Michael Hurwicz guides you through visualization, construction and animation of your own 3D projects and characters, utilizing 3ds max 7's improved character creation and animation features. His expertise and easy to follow teaching style will have you creating worlds of your own in no time. To get started learning 3ds max 7 today, simply click on the links.

Lightwave
Lightwave 3D Advanced Modeling

VTC author, Frank Maturi teaches users advanced concepts of Lightwave 3D Modeling. He begins by demonstrating how to set up a Modeler interface, while detailing general and display options, units, layouts, backdrops, and viewports. He then shows users how to find blueprints and reference images from the Web, use Photoshop for blueprint preparation, set up background templates within Modeler, and use tools to create splines. Work files are also included with the tutorial. To begin learning today, simpy click on one of the Lightwave 3D Advanced Modeling lessons.