Colorist, Vice President
Amigo Media LLC
Robbie Carman is part of the first generation of certified Apple Final Cut Pro instructors. Currently, he is certified to teach Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Motion, and Color. Robbie is the co-author of several books and has served as technical editor for others including: Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook with Jason Osder, Final Cut Studio On The Spot 3rd Edition with Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro, Color by David Gross and Michael Wohl, The Encyclopedia of Color Correction Filed Techniques Using Final Cut Pro by Alexis Van Hurkman. Recently, Robbie also completed Color Essential Training for Lynda.com
Robbie is partners with Jason Osder at Amigo Media, a consultancy with the motto: Relate, Educate, Create where he specializes in online editing and color correction on standard and high definition projects.
Future Media Concepts
Editing since the mid 90s, he has worked on numerous corporate/industrial projects, regional and national commercials, music videos and supervising editor on a 35mm independent feature length films His work has been in festivals, on DVD and on television. Editing and instruction clients include all three major networks, Letterman, Conan O'Brien, ESPN, all four branches of the military and many Fortune 500 clients.
Teaching both nationally and internationally for Future Media Concepts, he specializes in post production, focusing on subject such as: Editing, High Definition, Standard Definition, DV, DVD Production, Workflow, Color Correction, Compression and Graphic Compositing.
Some of the solutions he's certified to teach include products from Apple, Avid, Adobe and Autodesk.
Jeff is a entertaining and energetic seminar instructor, speaking on average over fifty sessions a year at various shows. For the past four years he has taught and chaired technical Tracks at NAB's Post Production World, Post Production World New York, the Avid Government Training Symposium, and the Consumer Electronics Show. Additionally, he is the Program Manger for the Editor's Retreat, a yearly exotic getaway, focusing on editing (both aethetics and technology.)
Jeff does some technical writing, having contributed to a number of books and magazines. He has Tutorial DVDs on Avid, Marquee and Color, available from Vasst.com
Feel free to drop him a line with any questions to: JeffG@FMCtraining.com
CEO and Founder
RHED Pixel, Inc.
A certified instructor for Adobe, Apple, and Avid, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004.
Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. He is also an instructor at the American University in Washington, D.C. As both an on-camera trainer, and a writer for major magazines such as DV, Photoshop User, and Layers, Rich is on the forefront of the digital video revolution.
Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop's application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for Final Cut Pro On the Spot, After Effects On the Spot, Broadcast Graphics On the Spot, After Effects at Work, and Understanding Adobe Photoshop.A Masters Degree in Project Management fills out Rich's broad spectrum of experience.
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Douglas Spotted Eagle is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. His music is heard in a wide range of films from "Last Samurai" to "Star Wars-Ewok" cartoons. His biggest project of 2005 is his musical compositions for PBS monster "The War that Made America," and in 2006 contributed several score pieces to "Lost Landscapes, another PBS full-run, which has been nominated for an Emmy. Spot may also be found in the various forums as a host on subjects from compositing, HDV, Sony Vegas, to audio engineering. He also has won many awards for his documentaries, including "Toubat: A Journey of the Native American Flute" and "The Way of the Powwow." His Azee' Choo'nii'gii' is the first film produced in the Dine' language.
Douglas has authored several books, the first of which was published world-wide when he was 18 years of age. His technical books include subjects such as Apple's Soundtrack, Sony's Vegas, Adobe's Encore, and DV Basics, and author of the industry best-selling "HDV: What You NEED to Know," and "Instant Vegas." As a VASST trainer, Douglas has been around the world several times over. Training in areas as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Russia, England, Germany, France, Holland, Israel, Canada, Japan, he has gained a powerful understanding of what people want to know, and how they'd like to best learn it. A dynamic speaker, an inspiration to the industry, and a doer rather than a talker, Douglas simply is wonderful to experience. Catch this guy where you can, because he never stays in one place very long.
Douglas is also an aerial camera operator, and has produced training videos on skydiving/aerial camera work. He is one of the first skydivers to fly HD camcorders. Spot trains in the Sound Forge, ACID, Vegas, HDV, Power Production Techniques, Now Hear This Audio sessions, and Streaming VASST classes.
You can view more training provided by Douglas at VASST.com
Shapiro Video & Multimedia
Abba Shapiro is an Award winning Writer/Producer/Director with over 25 years experience in video and film production. His production company, Shapiro Video & Multimedia currently works in every format from DVCam to BetaSP to 35MM film. He has done work for a wide range of commercial, corporate, and federal clients, including; USA Today, The Associated Press Television Network, NASA, and the Department of Defense, He uses the full range of Apple software and hardware to deliver videos, DVDs and CDs to his clients.
Abba is also a master instructor for Apples Pro Apps training program, certifying trainers worldwide in Final Cut Studio. He also teaches Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color correction, and Photoshop for Video courses throughout the country. He is co-author of an advanced tips and tricks book, "Final Cut Pro on the spot."
Apple & Avid Certified Instructor
Future Media Concepts
Yossy studied Film and Television at Tel-Aviv University, He started his editing career cutting film on a Steenbeck, then migrated to Online A/B Roll suites, and moved on to Non-Linear Editing on Avid, Final Cut Pro & Premiere.
His editing experience spans from documentaries, to TV shows, and Corporate videos.
He served as one of the editors, and Associate Producers for 'Unsettled', the film which received the Grand Jury Award for best documentary at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival awards.
His work for television includes, 'The Best of Nature', color correcting the 25th Aniversary Show of the 'Nature' program, that aired on PBS, as well as editing segments for BetterTV, and comedy shows and news magazines aired on Israeli TV channels.
His corporate experience includes working for clients such as NYSE, CIT, Tiffany's, and Salvation Army.
Based in NY, he is certified by Apple and Avid, and teaches all levels of Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro as well as Sountrack Pro.
Yossy presents regularly at conferences including NAB's Post|Production World, Post|Production New York, Digital Media DC, and the Avid Government Training Symposium, and has written articles for Videography Magazine.
He is Fluent in both Spanish and Hebrew.
Avid Certified Instructor
Future Media Concepts
Originally from Yugoslavia where he earned a BA in Composition and Conducting and worked as a staff composer for RTV NoviSad. Since immigrating to the US, he has earned two Masters Degrees from Montclair University, NJ in Music Composition and Communication Broadcasting. He also holds a mini-MBA from Rutgers University, NJ. Tibor is certified in all levels of AVID Media Composer and Newscutter. Since 1999 he trained staff of all major US networks and cable channels; all five branches of the US military; members of Secret Service, FBI, CIA, Embassy in Baghdad and the royal videographer of QATAR. For the past ten years he has also served as an adjunct lecturer for CUNY.
Tibor is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and Hungarian and has contributed documentaries for DUNA TV-Budapest. Currently he is a fully accredited US correspondent for Magyar Szo, a Hungarian daily published in Serbia. During his last F/T position as Executive Director of CTV, Staten Island's Community Access TV, he designed and implemented a 1.8 million USD move from analog to digital and sponsored the 2005 Guiness World Record longest TV talk show (33 hrs non stop) marathon featuring Frank Morano producer of the WABC radio Curtis Sliwa show.
Tibor's short Overnite Shift, was part of 2009 Cannes Short Film Corner. He just finished a book My American Stories and is recording his second CD of original music.
Future Media Concepts
Luisa Winters is an internationally celebrated instructor, presenter, and musician. An accomplished videographer, editor, 3D animator and graphics designer, she has created and edited scores of broadcast video and web projects for corporate, government, and educational, commercial and private clients.
An accomplished violinist, Luisa was, at the age of 13, a full-time member of the National Symphony Orchestra in the Dominican Republic. While attending the legendary Peabody Conservatory (in Baltimore, MD), Luisa learned from master musicians: Henryk Szeryng, Berl Senofski, Aarond Rosand, Charles Libove, and Leon Fleisher, among others.
Expressing her art in digital form, Luisa became an editor and motion graphics artist in 1985, and has been performing both arts full-time since that point in time. Luisa was the Adobe Premiere Pro Technical Chair for the Post-Production Conference at the 2008 NAB convention in Las Vegas.
Luisa is the author of Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS4 - Essentials (DVD), Absolute Training Premiere Pro Essentials (DVD), Adobe Premiere for Videographers (DVD) and Scores of magazine articles on Adobe Production Premium techniques (in English and Spanish).
President at VizualFX Inc
Yan Shvalb developed his skills in the digital arts through commercial work, teaching and consulting. He studied art at Brooklyn College and took to it so readily he was teaching graduate-level courses in 3D animation, compositing and non-linear editing while still an undergrad. Through an internship at Sony he learned to do high-end 3D animation and compositing on Avid, Flame and SoftImage systems. Shvalb learned DVD authoring at Crush, one of the first such facilities in the country; there, he worked on titles for Criterion, pioneer of the now-standard "added features" on DVDs.
Shvalb moved to Michigan to run a DVD authoring facility at General TV Network, then to Florida to serve as chief technical officer and CIO at Inflight Online, where he earned patents in air-to-ground communications technologies and "crazy stuff for in-flight entertainment." In 2001 he returned to New York to start his own company, VizualFX. He currently offers custom training, contract video services, DVD authoring and consulting for workflow design and other production and post-production processes. You can also find him teaching at NYU or speaking events like NAB, Siggraph and Macworld.