What is different about Razor Pages?

In my early exploration of Razor Pages I had thought of them as a hi-bred of Web Forms and ASP MVC. And several months later I still think of them that way. And although I am still not completely sold on the idea. I do think they are an interesting and plan to spend more time working with them on my next project. having said that, the question I am still asking myself is “What is different about Razor pages”.

Matthew Jones of the Exception Not Found blog has published a thorough post on this subject, which can be found in this post, “How Does Razor Pages Differ From MVC In ASP.NET Core?“.

Another resource and one that I cannot say enough good things about is this book, “ASP.NET Core 2.0 MVC And Razor Pages For Beginners: How to Build a Website” by Jonas Fagerberg. I thought I had already wrote about it on this blog before but couldn’t find any post mentioning it. So this is the mention and I will include the review that I added to Amazon’s site

I have bought dozens of technical/programming books over the last 10 years covering every topic on the Microsoft stack and this book rates as one of the best. The author has a great ability to teach you how to use the tooling to quickly create decent looking “real world” applications. I have dabbled in ASP.Net core and bought a couple of Core books before this one but wasn’t able to stick with them cover to cover as I have this one. In fact I found it so helpful that I bought a physical copy to go along with the Kindle version I originally bought.

Two things that I should note is that they have done something different with the code formatting in this book then I have never seen in any other Kindle book. The code is in color and is formatted like it would be in the book (although the book version isn’t in color). It almost looks like an image of the code block was pasted into the text. But it is not an image because you can copy and paste into your editor. If you have ever purchased a ASP code book on Kindle you will know what a mess the code formatting usually is. I am hoping that all future programming books do the same thing. What a treat!

The other thing to know is that the author has you use a third party tool to use in one of the tutorials, which between the time this book was finished and now the maker of that tool no longer offers a free version of it. I contacted the vendor and they said my only option was to buy a year subscription to try it out and they would refund my money if I requested it up to 30 days.

There are a few minor code issues but they were easy to debug so no show stoppers there. Based on my experience I think that if you go into this book with prior (even just a little) ASP.Net knowledge you will have no issue learning how to build out a full Core web application with just this book. .

Blackmagic Design Certified Training Program

Blackmagic Design has made a curriculum designed for new users and established professionals to become certified on DaVinci Resolve 15. The curriculum includes both video and written material and is provided for free here.

I have posted about the videos before, but they have now also included, for free, PDF versions of the same books that are available in print (or Kindle) on Amazon. Both the books and the videos designed to teach you the skills you need to be more creative, work faster, and get the job done efficiently.

Blackmagic Design Certified Training Program

Blackmagic’s training material is always top notch and the the cost to get on board is so low. I, now, have no excuse not to get certified.

The Kalamazoo Film Maker’s First Production Meeting

Filmmakers of Kalamazoo

Update: The meeting was postponed and will now be on February 2nd, 2019. So if you weren’t able to make that January date you now have another opportunity.

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 the Kalamazoo Film Maker’s are going to host their First Production Meeting. The idea is that we are going to make a video to promote some person place or thing. The important part, however, is not the subject. The important part is the workflow of getting from an idea to a video.

As of the today the subject hasn’t been decided so if you would like to contribute please join the group and cast your vote here. We are still in the early phases of the group so our membership and participation are still on the low side.

This meeting is going to be held at the Kalamazoo Library Central Branch on 315 South Rose Street in Kalamazoo, MI. The seating is limited so if you are interested please join the group and RSVP soon.

Free Resources for learning DaVinci Resolve 15

DaVinci Resolve 15

Blackmagic Design has added several new and free resources for learning DaVinci Resolve 15. In fact, at the rate they are releasing them now, I would recommend that you check out their YouTube Page for updates.  

For this post I am going to link only to the videos that are based on getting around the Resolve interface and not include those that focus on BM’s hardware panels etc. Currently they have all the Resolve 15 tabs covered except the Fairlight tab, which is the audio editing tab. My expectation is that the Fairlight video

I am going to order these videos by Resolves intended workflow (tab order) and not necessarily how I use it. Or for that matter the order I watch the videos. First off we have the Introduction to Editing video. Update: On 12/21/2018 they introduced a video about managing media inside Resolve so I am going to insert that one in right before the editing tab because, well, workflow.

Media Tab
Edit Tab

Next we have the VFX and Graphics videos.

Fusion Tab Video 1
Fusion Tab Video 2

Next we have the color grading video.

Color Grading Tab

And the audio editing page

Fairlight audio editing tab Video 1
Fairlight audio editing tab Video 2

And lastly the delivery page.

Delivery Tab

So while I have not made it through all these videos I can still highly recommend them. The one and a half that I have been through is rich with Resolve information. And in general all of Blackmagic’s training material is top notch. I own both of their certification books and have watched every video they have produced related to the Resolve 15 product.

If you are new to the Resolve you may want to start with this Resolve 15.2 released today. Or if you prefer books of videos there are also two books (mentioned above) available from Amazon, which are “The Definitive Guide to DaVinci Resolve 15” in printed book or Kindle and the “Introduction to Fairlight Audio Post with DaVinci Resolve 15” (Kindle Only). If you decide to buy either of the books mentioned in this post please do so by clicking on the links above. It helps support this site.

Kalamazoo Filmmakers Video Editing Workshop

The Kalamazoo Filmmakers Group has scheduled their next meeting on December 1st from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Currently the location hasn’t been set but I will update this posts when one is secured. If you are interested in coming you can RSVP at the Meetup page here.

I lifted the following from the Meet Up site.

Basic editing workshop that will demonstrate the video editing software Adobe Premiere. Theory and and technical aspects can be applied to other editing software such as iMovie, Final Cut, or Avid.

Bring in footage and work on your own content! I can provide some stock footage if you don’t have any at the moment.

I like the idea of starting on the concepts of editing and not focusing on the editor itself. Because as Rhett says on the MeetUp page the knowledge is transferable to any editor. I, for one, am anxious to apply what I learn to my favorite NLE DaVinci Resolve.

Video Editing Workshop
Practice Footage

Also if anyone knows of a place in Kalamazoo where we can meet please let us know in the comments. Right now we are meeting at the Kalamazoo Public Library and the rooms are very small and meeting times can be limited.  

As a side note to the MeetUp meetings I would also like to do some online meetups. So if anyone out there is interested in learning the basics or exploring some of the mid level parts of DaVinci Resolve contact me via email or through the comments of this post and I will try and put something together.  

Filmmakers of Kalamazoo

Filmmakers of KalamazooToday I attended the very first meeting of the Filmmakers of Kalamazoo group. I am so excited to be a part of this because it scratches an itch that I have had for a long time. By that, I mean I have never considered myself a creative person but I am a person in love with ALL things creative. I love creative art, music, and films and this feels like it could be the catalyst for my legitimate introduction into the creative arts world.

The group is just getting its start so it is hard to say where we will end up but if you are from the area and you are interested in any part of film making. I really encourage you to come to a meeting and see if it is for you.

The Filmmaker Group of Kalamazoo was started by Rhett Lawson And I  lifted the following from his about page.

An aspiring filmmaker with a strong background in digital media. In achieving a BFA in Cinema and Television Arts, I created content to help express and promote artists, activists, and organizations. Soon after, the pursuit of a MA in Interactive Media explored tools and theory behind interactive video, web development, and VR design.

I’ve had many opportunities to explore the production process throughout my academic career. EuropaCorp in Beverly HIlls, CA focused on covering TV and movie scripts, while in Leeuwarden, Netherlands there was a focus on production and onsite editing.

Since graduation I’ve worked with the documentary production company Thunder Mountain Media as a videographer, Exum Photography as a styling assistant, and Island Sound and Video as a videographer.

As I write this I cannot help but think of all the possibilities that now lay in front of me. Stay tuned for what happens next.

What’s New in DaVinci Resolve 15.1

Although there was a new update (15.1.2) released today. Blackmagic Design published a video about the new features (80+) in DaVinci Resolve 15.1 a couple of day ago.

I cannot stress enough that if you have even a small interest in video editing/production you should really check Resolve out. It is packed with so many features that I can’t even list them all. Just trust me. You will not be disappointed. See also DaVinci Resolve 15 Released.

You can download the latest version at Blackmagic’s support site under the latest downloads section.  If you don’t need the professional features and I would assume if you are reading this you don’t. Be sure to download the version that does not include Studio in the title.

DaVinci Resolve 15.1 Latest Downloads

You can see the list of all the new features included with Resolve 15.1 on the Blackmagic Design forum listed under the Release of DaVinci Resolve 15.1  topic.

DaVinci Resolve 15 Released

Last month Blackmagic Design released DaVinci Resolve 15. In this version Black Magic Design added their Fusion tool, a visual effects and motion graphics software package, into their already feature rich editor. With the addition of the Fusion tab you can now do most everything you need without ever leaving the DaVinci Resolve suite.

DaVinci Resolve is organized as a series of tabbed pages. The tabs from left to right are Media, Edit, Fusion, Color, Fairlight, and Deliver, which is supposed to correspond to the order of most traditional film and video post-production workflows.

  • The media tab is meant for importing and organizing media, syncing clips, adding metadata, and cloning camera original media.
  • The Edit tab contains all of the professional editing tools you’ll need to assemble add titles, transitions, and effects to your media.
  • The Fusion page is for compositing visual effects and motion graphics for your media
  • The Color page contains the color correction and creative color grading tools as well as keying, stabilization, and filter effects for your media.
  • The Fairlight page is a complete digital audio workstation that has everything you’ll need to deliver professional quality audio to go along with your media.
  • The Deliver tab makes it possible to export your finished media into any of the popular web formats, as well as formats that are optimized for professional quality release.

Blackmagic Design continues to make both minor and major improvements to Resolve as well as the ecosystem around it.  Earlier this week they released there own  raw codec.

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new and very modern codec that’s easier to use and much better quality than popular video formats, but with all the benefits of RAW recording. Featuring multiple new technologies, such as a new advanced de-mosaic algorithm, Blackmagic RAW gives you visually lossless images that are ideal for high resolution, high frame rate and high dynamic range workflows. Incredible image quality, extensive metadata support and highly optimized GPU and CPU accelerated processing make Blackmagic RAW the world’s first codec that can be used for acquisition, post production and finishing. Blackmagic RAW is a totally new design, plus it’s cross platform, freely available and includes a developer SDK so anyone can add support for Blackmagic RAW to their own software.

Since I am new to everything related to video production I can’t comment on why any of that is important. But I can say I have read and seen a lot of excitement around what DaVinci has been up to lately. And I am glad that they are the company that I stumbled on to at the beginning of this journey.

Here is video going into the details of the DaVinci raw format

I can’t wait until this all make sense to me 😉