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John David Hutton
John David Hutton
mYth productions
Kansas City, Kansas USA
Kansas City, Kansas USA

I started out on the Radio Shack TRS-80 back when computers hooked to TVs were huge. I dove into the basic programming language, programming games and simple random graphics generators, generally anything that amused me at the time. When the XT and eventually the AT computers came out (obviously I'm a PC guy), I was in hog heaven.

I bought books and read tutorials on how to program in "C" and dabbed a bit into javascript, perl, php and MySQL. Internet programming fascinated me but my true passion was 3D, motion graphics and visual effects. Working at a local community college and having lots of time on my hands (the job was not demanding), I decided to make the most of my time and learned After Effects.They already had the software and training materials so away I went. Consequently I learned all of the programs needed to produce nice After effects projects, like Photoshop and Illustrator as well as sound editing apps like cool edit, sound forge, Vegas and pro tools.

Kansas City is by no means Los Angeles and the prospects of finding a decent job in this field seemed slim and bleak. As I dove into the world of Internet programming learning Dreamweaver, Flash, Director and Lingo programming, I acidentally discovered an up and coming company producing TV spots for vocational trade schools all over the United States. I quickly joined their team in an entry-level position as a production assistant and lived in the building, nearly literally, for 8 months learning the business. When the editors went home I got onto their systems and played, both learning the software and experimenting.

When one of their 6 editors left I applied for the position and got it, hitting the ground running. I learned a few discreet products like Combustion and edit as well as titlemotion and a dozen other programs of less caliber. After building render farms for After Effects, combustion and 3D Studio I began learning the highly-acclaimed "Maya" 3D modeling and animation software by Alias/Wavefront. I'd completed one book on Maya and was beginning another when our one and only 3D animator and motion graphics guy unexpectantly quit. I found myself facing another hole in the company that I was all-too-eager to fill. Since the position change I've been steadily and passionately pursuing Maya as well as refining my compositing skills.

When my employer decided to upgrade their 6 discreet edit machines, it became my task to help research their replacements. I discovered the VelocityQ made by Leitch (www.leitch.com) and after trying a demo system we decided to build all 6 systems ourselves. The process went so smoothly I made an instructional video on how to build the VelocityQ from scratch.

MythProd stands for mYth productions, the name I call my company when freelancing.

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Articles by John David Hutton

Windows Hardware & Software
Directory Opus 9

Directory Opus 9

This bruiser app is so powerful it should be a requirement for any power user (and every digital content creation user). It offers outstanding tools and an enhanced workflow at a great price. Its features are so deep I felt a written review wasn't strong enough to illustrate why Directory Opus 9 should be standard on every windows computer.

Review
John David Hutton
Windows Hardware & Software
Evoluent Vertical Mouse

Evoluent Vertical Mouse

It starts as a slight twinge in the shoulder, or a prickle in the wrist, a dime-sized knot in the forearm or a tingling somewhere up and down the arm. Whatever the symptoms, the cause is usually the same - RSI or repetitive strain injury or its widely publicized brother, carpal tunnel syndrome. In this article, John David Hutton takes a look at the new Evoluent Vertical Mouse. It could be the answer to protecting yourself from carpal tunnel and other strains.

Review
John David Hutton
Leitch dpsVelocity
Batch Export Script

Batch Export Script

In this article, John David Hutton explains the batch export script he has written and how to use it to automate the exporting of multiple timelines with the same format in Velocity.

Tutorial
John David Hutton
MAYA
Learning Maya 7 Book Bundle

Learning Maya 7 Book Bundle

CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton takes a thorough look at the Learning Maya 7 Book Bundle and concludes with ''...I give this 3 book bundle a solid 5 cows for a clean, organized, thoughtful layout and instruction set. They contain an awe-inspiring bundle of textures and materials, programs, videos and tutorials. You won't want to miss them.''

Review
John David Hutton
Windows Hardware & Software
Directory Opus 8.1 for Windows

Directory Opus 8.1 for Windows

CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton shows us why Directory Opus 8.1 for Windows ''is an outstanding workflow addition at a great price... What is it? Some would say it's a windows explorer replacement and while this is technically true it also offers multitudes of capabilities normally included in many other apps, namely ftp, image conversion, complex file searches including metadata searches, image and file viewer, zip capabilities, folder synchronization, slideshows, etc. It also supports easy access to common utilities like Nero burning software and Google Desktop Search (GDS) software, freely downloadable from Google.''

Review
John David Hutton
Windows Hardware & Software
Automating Windows Backup

Automating Windows Backup

John David Hutton works with video editing stations with many drives and many reasons to back up. In this tutorial, John David will demonstrate one way to back up which involves using Windows built-in backup utility.

Tutorial
John David Hutton
Adobe After Effects
John David Hutton reviews Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects

John David Hutton reviews Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects

CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton reviews Trish and Chris Meyer's Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects...Volume 1: The Essentials, published by CMP Books, 496 pages, 3rd Book & DVD edition (September 10, 2004), ISBN:1-57820-249-3, and writes, "Affectionately referred to by After Effects evangelists world-wide as "The Bible," the "Meyers books" or "CMG" have become not only the standard for Adobe After Effects training but also the de facto standard for all training books to live up to. The design and layout as well as the graphical elements make this set of books not only candy for the mind and eye but great learning tools to aid the reader in understanding the vast field of motion graphics and After Effects."

Review
John David Hutton
Leitch dpsVelocity
Virtual AVI in Leitch dpsVelocity

Virtual AVI in Leitch dpsVelocity

Virtual AVI: It sounds kind of cryptic but it's a very cool thing Leitch provides to VelocityQ users for free. In this article, John David Hutton tells us why and how to use it. Think of it as a translator - it's the middle-man between your AVI-loving apps and your proprietary video format (files with extension .dps). It does 2 things, it lets you render OUT dps files from programs that wouldn't normally allow this and it lets you bring in dps files into programs that wouldn't normally allow it.

Tutorial
John David Hutton
MAYA
Learning Maya 6: Foundation

Learning Maya 6: Foundation

CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton looks at Learning Maya 6 | Foundation published by Sybex and is pleased to find ... ''a tutorial book ..[which presents]... the instruction to you in a way that makes you understand why you're doing those things. You get a very well-rounded instruction on the principles of this 3D software package."

Review
John David Hutton
MAYA
Learning Maya 5: Dynamics

Learning Maya 5: Dynamics

CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton takes a thorough look at Learning Maya 5 | Dynamics from Sybex and concludes with... ''this is definitely a worthwhile book for any Maya artist interested in learning dynamics."

Review
John David Hutton
Windows Hardware & Software
Navigating networked folders with Logitech

Navigating networked folders with Logitech

Logitech's ''elite'' keyboard has some very cool features that are handy, especially for those users who have to navigate often through their Intranet and Internet, and it works for both the PC and the Mac! In this article, John David Hutton briefly runs through his favorite features.

Review
John David Hutton
Leitch dpsVelocity
Capturing Windows Media Directly using Leitch Velocity plug-ins

Capturing Windows Media Directly using Leitch Velocity plug-ins

Among many of Velocity's strengths is its plug-ins. Using one of these plug-ins in the ''Qtools'' bundle (free), you can actually capture to windows media or real media directly, without capturing to hard drives first and then crunching. In this tutorial, John David Hutton demonstrates a windows media capture but the steps should be very similar for real media.

Tutorial
John David Hutton
Adobe After Effects
After Effects and the VTFS System from dps Velocity

After Effects and the VTFS System from dps Velocity

The Virtual Tape File System in Leitch dpsVelocity is the most fascinating design and John David's most favorite feature of the software. With the VTFS you can actually take an existing image sequence (targa, tif, others are supported) and bring it into your editing NLE without having to render it to a proprietary format first. You can also take a captured clip and copy the image sequence of that capture to another computer without ever exporting anything in the NLE first! In this tutorial, Creativecow.net leader, John David Hutton demonstrates how to use After Effects with the VFTS System.

Tutorial
John David Hutton
MAYA
Gnomon 3D Training: Texture Mapping I: Materials, II: Textures and III: Projections

Gnomon 3D Training: Texture Mapping I: Materials, II: Textures and III: Projections

John David Hutton takes a look at Gnomon 3D Training Tapes. Since these tapes are offered one tape at a time instead of as a set, in this article, John David reviews the tape: Texture Mapping I: Materials.

Review
John David Hutton
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