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Training Online resources can help pros broaden their skillsets. By Marc Loftus T hese days, pros looking to expand their skillsets need not travel any further than their computer screens. The Web has become an incredible resource for those looking to be trained or build their existing creative muscles on current post tools. There are lots of free tutorials available online, but those looking for more in-depth instruction might want to consider any of a number of paid online resources. Post connected with a handful of training providers, all of whom offer online components at affordable rates. Whether it's Final Cut Larry Jordan teaches Final Cut X as well as Adobe Premiere and Audition. Pro, Avid, Adobe, Resolve, Smoke or Pro Tools, they've got it covered, with detailed insight into these popular and powerful applications. Some allow users to download their videos to keep. Others offer instruction as a streaming services. Updates come regularly from veterans in the field, so there's always something new for those looking to broaden their skills. 28 Post • May 2013 Post0513_028-31-trainingRAV5FINALREAD.indd 28 LARRYJORDAN.BIZ Los Angeles-based instructor Larry Jordan ( specializes in training for Apple and Adobe software tools. He offers several options for those looking to learn Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe's Premiere and Audition, be it on-site and in-person or via his Website ( He also offers downloadable programs, as well as the opportunity to purchase DVDs. "We have probably thousands of people across the world that are using my training on Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition," says Jordan. "I travel around the world doing seminars on training… as well as corporate and private training. Training is my life." He says the post training business has seen significant changes in the past two to three years. "In the past, all training was done in seminars and classrooms. It's getting hard for training companies to make a living doing classroom training. Training is moving online." Jordan's Final Cut X Complete training is comprised of 200 downloadable movies that cover all aspects of this NLE software. His Adobe training includes more than 70 movies detailing Premiere, and another 50 movies covering Audition. "The classroom is still viable, and school-based training, whether it's Full Sail of Video Symphony, is still a career path for many people," he says. "But the economy has played such havoc in the industry, and the budgets have decreased to such an extent that training dollars that used to be available just aren't there anymore.The whole training industry has had to cope with finding new revenue streams." Jordan's subscription plan allows participants to pay $19 per month, giving them access to all of the company's online video training. They can also purchase downloadable video instruction or DVDs that get shipped to them. "My philosophy is: Training is essential, but not everyone can afford training," says Jordan, who is an active industry blogger for publications and Website, including Post's. 5/3/13 2:42 PM

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