Welcome to my portfolio. My work experience includes being the Multimedia Services Manager for the department of Academic Computing at Stanford University, and teaching the Multimedia Production class on image, audio, and video editing at Stanford from 2007-2011. I also regularly work with the Digital Media Academy during the summer, teaching Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe After Effects, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver. Finally, as a freelance photographer and computer problem solver, I enjoy teaching workshops on a variety of technology topics (e.g. photography, social media for small businesses, motion graphics) and helping people move forward on multimedia projects. For more information, please see my complete LinkedIn profile or feel free to contact me!
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I have written over 100 web-based tutorials for popular multimedia software and other technologies. Click on the screenshots to open up the referenced lessons, which have been made available to the public.
Music Composing in GarageBand tutorial includes sample completed project, links to online help, screenshots of key tools, and tasks for students to try.
Photo Editing in Photoshop tutorial includes sample completed project, links to online help, a discussion about Creative Commons, and notes on image formats. Tutorial screenshots also highlight a key tool that is difficult to visually locate.
Audio Editing in GarageBand tutorial stresses the importance of editing and cutting out extraneous content that detracts from the overall message. Tutorial gives suggestions to follow but also allows students to experiment with their own creative styling. Sample project is a completed edit of the Meyer Minute podcast educating listeners regarding updates in library hours of operation.
Meyer Library Closing Announcement — Pilot: This is an alternative closing announcement for Meyer Library, completed by a student in Apple GarageBand for the CS2C under my guidance. I like using it as an example of extremely compelling and polished work, fulfilling the assignment to create an immersive audio landscape.
Image Compositing in Photoshop tutorial demonstrates desired outcome using both static visuals and a video simulation. Tutorial highlights key tools and encourages students to get in the habit of saving early and often!
Photoshop Image Compositing Simulation: A 30-second overview of the techniques I taught in the Photoshop workshop at Stanford University. This useful 1-hour workshop has been a hit since 2004 and has since evolved into the Multimedia Production class. The video demo was created in Final Cut Pro.
Image Compositing in Photoshop project specifications include requirements, links to resources, and diagrams demonstrating common errors and “what not to do.”
Storyboarding tutorial discusses objectives, links to video training and project templates, shows various student and commercial samples, and provides a simplified roadmap through the pre-production process.
Video Editing in iMovie tutorial links to freely available source video to experiment with and online help. Appropriately, help documents are video clips demonstrating different iMovie techniques.
iMovie ’09 Teacher’s Guide developed in conjunction with in-classroom workshop for Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). Objectives included learning to get underway with iMovie with as few setup steps as possible, while also developing a basic sense of how to troubleshoot iMovie problems.
I have produced over 100 videos as training tools for software packages, marketing material, and demo reels.
CS2C Photoshop Lecture Montage: In this video, we give you a taste of what it’s like to be part of the Multimedia Production class. These clips from the Photoshop Image Compositing lecture show how students can engage with the lesson and be invited to participate in learning to problem solve and express their creativity through Photoshop. Video Production by Kim Hayworth and Kenneth Chan.
Animated DVD Menu: I created this animation sequence in Apple Motion for use in a DVD menu. This was done as a demo for Mark Spencer’s “Final Cut Studio Integration” class through the Digital Media Academy. Everything visual in the video was generated from the basic tools and content offered in Apple Motion 3, including the fireballs, gadgets, and backgrounds. Sound effects are from the Apple Soundtrack Pro and iLife libraries.
Wedding Montage / Music Video: I created this montage as a “short version” of this lovely couple’s wedding ceremony and reception footage. Integrating choice clips that fit with the pacing and lyrics of their requested song was the most challenging and rewarding part of this project, completed in Final Cut Pro 7.
Final Cut Pro Advanced Editing Teaser: This is a demo reel of the many techniques covered in the advanced Final Cut Pro class (FCP 300) through the Digital Media Academy: multicamera editing, sound effects and mixing, compositing, video filters, speed effects, color correction, keyframe animation. The teaser also includes some hints of Apple Motion.
Poster Printer Training: 3-part mini-series used to train students employees to refill the Epson Enhanced Matte Paper for the Epson Stylus Pro 9600 wide format poster printer that we offer as a service to campus affiliates. I completely filmed it by myself despite starring in it, and I edited in Final Cut Pro.
Multimedia Portfolio 2006: This video highlights my work as Consulting Manager for Academic Computing, including the Photoshop workshop, phpScheduleIt open-source software customization, and various graphic design projects. The video work itself also shows off the Meyer Tech Desk and work in Apple Final Cut Studio, iLife, and Ambrosia SnapzPro X.
Multimedia Studio Overview: An early promotional video with virtual tour of the technologies available in the Multimedia Studio at Stanford University in 2006, including image scanning, PDF creation, automatic document feed scanning, optical character recognition (OCR), video editing, DVD burning, media format transcoding, and poster printing. Software packages include Apple Final Cut Studio and iLife, Adobe Creative Suite, and Macromedia Studio.
Slide Sync: Slides are superimposed over recorded video and synchronized with speaker’s presentation pacing. HD video format enabled slide text to be legible in video form. Multi-track editing completed in Final Cut Pro.
Major Prius Bumper Dent Repair: This personal project grew from a refusal to pay for an expensive Toyota Prius bumper replacement after an unpleasant encounter with a parking lot pole. We decided instead to attempt a do-it-yourself (DIY) training video, armed only with a can of solvent, two hair dryers, and some touch-up paint. I filmed and edited what has become my most popular video on YouTube. Half of the fun is listening to Dad’s comments.
Stanford University primarily uses the CourseWork / Sakai learning management system. I have heavily relied on it since I began teaching the Multimedia Production course in 2007, and am always looking to make the most effective and innovative use of the tools in its suite. (Note: Because these sites are password-protected to comply with FERPA and Fair Use standards, clicking the image will result in a larger version of the screenshot.)
CourseWork Homepage: Password-protected learning management system (instructor view). I heavily used features including Announcements, Gradebook, Section Info, Site Info, Syllabus, Mailtool, and Kaltura (video) modules.
Post-Production Editing Sample: Video series demonstrating the look of unedited footage, a multi-camera interface, and the final product of a commercial release. Hosting clip collections using Kaltura in the password-protected CourseWork learning management system was particularly important for samples containing commercial works under Fair Use.
Storyboarding videos featuring interviews with directors, storyboard animatics, and a storyboard-to-film comparison. Hosting clip collections using Kaltura in this password-protected CourseWork learning management system was particularly important for samples containing commercial works under Fair Use.
Self-paced assignment showing prompts for submitting completed media file, screenshot file, and responses to critical thinking questions to be graded.
It is critical to ensure that learning materials and services we provide achieve the desired goals. To that end, I make it a point to use quizzes and surveys extensively to receive student/client feedback, especially for the Multimedia Production class and for the many services and facilities offered through Academic Computing at Stanford University. (Note: Because these sites are password-protected, clicking the image will result in a larger version of the screenshot.)
Student Computing Services Survey for Stanford Undergraduates. I designed this 2010-2011 survey using the Qualtrics engine on the backend to handle branching and random sampling logic, and coordinated with stakeholders to refine questions and analyze results. I then generated graphical representations of selected results in Apple Numbers.
Class Surveys: Entrance survey for Multimedia Production class gives instructor a sense of student demographic and motivations for taking the class. The questions are purposely very open-ended, as we realized most people did not have an objective sense of personal competence, e.g. “How skilled are you at Photoshop, on a scale of 1-5?” Free-response answers often allowed instructor to form a more accurate expectation. Corresponding exit survey provides the instructor with another reference point to assess how the class met student expectations and needs.
CS2C Exit Interviews: We took direct quotes from the student feedback at the end of a quarter and produced a video to market the class while giving future students an idea that this was a rigorous course.
Auto-graded quiz with screenshot elements from Final Cut Pro to test understanding of tool usage and expected outcomes. For questions that have a straightforward correct answer, auto-grading is highly preferred.
Multimedia Production Crash Course presentation at 2010 and 2011 ResNet Student Technology Conference. In this presentation, I share my current implementation of the multimedia teaching program, sample assignments, student work, survey data, and lessons learned so far. I also slip in some multimedia tips for the benefit of those in the audience.
Social Media Panel: Invited by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce to share my knowledge and experiences with social media, website optimization, and mobile marketing. The objective was to help local business owners understand why they need social media, and what immediate next steps were feasible. Panel presentation was accompanied by Social Media for Businesses handout.
720p24 HD Workflow: Presented my discoveries regarding the actual on-tape encoding cadence of the 720p24 video recording mode on Canon HV30 miniDV camcorders, and necessary workflows to achieve optimal deinterlacing and video quality before editing stage. Presented 2009 to Stanford Video and Multimedia Group (VMG).
Cybernetic Feedback Loop: Class presentation with live audience simulation/game in CS377: Cybernetics. Objective was to demonstrate hazards of rigidly-defined cybernetic feedback mechanisms. Handout graphically describes the interplay between rigidly-defined conflicting goals, actors’ internal models, and the observers contained within an environment.