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Jeff Bellune
Jeff Bellune
www.bellunevideo.com
Watkinsville, Georgia USA
Watkinsville, Georgia USA

Jeff Bellune is a father of five, a Captain for Delta Air Lines, a technical consultant and owner of a video production/post-production company.

Jeff's interest in digital video on disc began when he discovered that he could get analog video into a PC with a minimal investment of time and money. He started out using Premiere 5.1 to edit the video into shows that were mildly entertaining. But he needed to distribute the edited video to an audience that had differing levels of technical knowledge and display capabilities. His audience at the time, admittedly, "consisted of me, my family and my friends."

Jeff turned to SVCD on CD-ROM. VHS was bulky, fragile and of disappointing quality. DVD burners were still prohibitively expensive for a hobbyist (in excess of $1000US) and blank DVD media were selling for more than $20US per disc. He began experimenting with the encoder settings in TMPGEnc and then stepped up to the excellent Ligos encoder to create SVCD discs that had good playback quality on TV sets up to 36". He says, "It took me months of tweaking encoder settings by trial and error to get to where I could examine a piece of video and make good decisions on what encoder settings would give the best results."

As the price of DVD burners and blank DVD media dropped, Jeff was able to start creating DVDs. "At the time," he says, "The available bit rate for MPEG2 files encoded for DVD seemed limitless when compared to SVCD." He began producing discs with far better quality than SVCD and with far less effort. The focus of his work changed from sorting out technical encoding issues to artistic content creation. And, he discovered, because of his solid technical background in digital video editing and DVD creation, there were people who were willing to pay him to make movies and put them on DVD. So he started his own business: Bellune Digital Video Services.

His first DVD authoring software package was Ulead's DVD Workshop, but he soon outgrew its limited selection of menu templates and he tired of its cumbersome workflow. He tried DVD-Lab, but was never comfortable with the interface. When Adobe Encore DVD was released, Jeff knew that he had found the authoring software that he had been looking for.

Along the way, he discovered that he really enjoyed helping other users through industry forums, and he admits that he probably learned more about Premiere and Encore this way than he could have with even the most expensive training course. He discovered something else, too: "Truth be told," Jeff says, "My technical skills far exceed my artistic abilities." So it is not surprising that he turned his attention to using those skills to help teach others. A book deal was the result. He is the author of The Focal Easy Guide to Adobe® Encore™
 
You can find Jeff Bellune hosting in Creative COW's and Adobe Encore DVD Forum.

Jeff Bellune Profile

Articles by Jeff Bellune

Adobe Encore DVD
Encore: Frameserving From Adobe Premiere Pro

Encore: Frameserving From Adobe Premiere Pro
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Jeff Bellune guides you on a trip from Adobe Premiere Pro to Adobe Encore using the Debugmode Frameserver plug-in. Adobe Encore CS4 added a new feature that allowed a live Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 sequence to be added to an Encore DVD or Blu-ray project. But what about Encore version CS3 or earlier? The Debugmode Frameserver lets you send a Premiere sequence to older versions of Encore without having to first render an intermediate file from Premiere.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jeff Bellune
Adobe After Effects
Igniting a Soccer Ball, part three

Igniting a Soccer Ball, part three
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW Leader Jeff Bellune demonstrates how to use the tools available in particleIllusion and After Effects to get a particle emitter source to track a soccer ball on fire in a video clip. Part Three shows how to mask the emitter layer in an After Effects composition, so that the emitter appears to be placed properly in the scene relative to the other video elements.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jeff Bellune
particle Illusion
Igniting a Soccer Ball, part twoIgniting a Soccer Ball, part two
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Jeff Bellune demonstrates how to use the tools available in particleIllusion and After Effects to get a particle emitter source to track an element in a video clip. Part Two concerns the animation of the emitter itself so that it accurately tracks the video element.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jeff Bellune
particle Illusion
Igniting a Soccer Ball, part oneIgniting a Soccer Ball, part one
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Jeff Bellune demonstrates how to use the tools available in particleIllusion and After Effects to get a particle emitter source to track an element in a video clip. Part One details how to animate the Layer Offset in particleIllusion to eliminate motion in the clip that is caused by movement of the camera that filmed the scene.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jeff Bellune
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