Because I have a annual membership with lynda.com I received an email telling me about Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir consisting of more than 250 “webcam singers from twelve different countries performing an original score by Eric Whitacre.”
It’s a fascinating idea and we have seen some of this kind of thing with the ukuleles in joint performances on YouTube. But imagine if we could get more than 200 ukulele players around the world doing this kind. What if we had the UOW: Ukulele Orchestra of the World?
You can read more of how Eric’s idea evolved on his blog or your can learn about how the montage video was created by Scott Haines, of Melbourne, Australia. Scott learned how to combine the webcam footage using After Effects CS4. He learned how to use After Effects from the online training at lynda.com.
I am an unabashed Lynda.com fan because I have learned how to use or how to enhance my digital skill set by having an annual subscription to the online training for about 5 years now. You can even watch the videos on your iPhone. This makes learning whenever or wherever possible.
If you like to learn new multimedia and technology skills, check out lynda‘s courses. I regularly set up accounts to give my students educational rates to access the training. If you have any inclination to learn about how to make Web pages, enhance your blogging skills, or learn something like After Effects, as Scott did, you will find the training to be excellent. If you are at all interested, check out some of the free classes. For example, if you wanted to know how to work with photos in Photoshop (to enhance or fix them for your blog or website) the first 4 videos in the Photoshop class are free. This will give you an idea of what the training is like.
And as for the other bonuses … I wouldn’t have enjoyed the Virtual Choir and become motivated to learn After Effects if I hadn’t received Lynda’s email update.