Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Prelude CC Fundamentals Now Available!

My latest premium course, Prelude CC Fundamentals, is now available on +Train Simple!  For those of you who don't know, Adobe Prelude is an application for organizing media for post-production. It acts as a companion for Premiere and is meant for individuals who want to create general edits without getting their hands dirty. 

In this course we’ll show you how to ingest footage, transcode media to a variety of different file formats, assemble assets and tag clips with metadata. The course also covers how to create rough-cut sequences and integrate them into Premiere. Work files are included with the course so you have footage to work with as you follow along.

If you're interested in viewing this course, just head on over to the Train Simple website.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A New Look for Incredible Files

Hi Guys,

If you read my post from last month, we are still in the process of getting settled and back to business as usual.  I'm still homeless (I'm living in my parent's basement because I'm cool), so it's been making tutorial work harder.  But, I managed to scrape together a new website design for Incredible Files during this downtime.

Ta da!
Incredible Files, for those of you who don't know, is a website where I distribute premium tutorials and work files.  The courses here are more extensive than the ones we distribute on YouTube.  Plus, they cost money.

I decided the best thing to do was shift all the content off the site and have it pushed to the third party vendors I have been working with.  These affiliates currently include Train Simple and Curious.

For those of you who are interested in my premium courses, this will provide a more consistent stream of new content while giving you the benefit of accessing these services' advanced learning hubs.

I will be making some announcements regarding the Incredible Tutorials channel soon.  If you'd like to check out Incredible Files, click here.  Thanks for sticking with us!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Where have all the Tutorials Gone?

Hi Guys,

At the start of the year, we made a vow to release one tutorial a week.  We wanted to provide consistent and quality content.  We love our subscribers and felt they deserved nothing short of top-notch attention.  With +Jim Mills on board, we had, I felt, a real knockout combination of narration and art.  We even released a tutorial on how to animate boobs.  I mean, come on, that's pretty awesome, right?

Things started to peeter off a bit around March.  April came and we released a joke video in the spirit of April Fools.  Beyond that, we pulled together a contest for Anime Studio, which went over rather well.  But the flow of tutorials stopped.  So, what happened?  We have a lot of passionate viewers and I feel it's best to disclose what has been occurring these past few weeks.

First, I recently released my first book.  This process took a year and a half and near the end, around March, the editing team required a lot of my attention to make sure everything was perfect.  Jim and I made the decision it was best to fully concentrate on the book, which ate into much of the prep and record time required to produce the videos to the quality we try to uphold.  When the book released in early May, I thought we were in the clear, and I was ready to get back to work.

My new book: Learning Anime Studio
But then something else came up.  As some of you may know, we not only produce tutorials for our channel, but other companies as well.  One of these companies is Train Simple, a certified Adobe training website.  We entered into an agreement to produce a series of tutorials for the months of May and June.  The amount of content here was extensive and it sucked up every spare moment I had.  I am excited by the results.  Of course, this has once again left our loyal viewers out in the cold.  This process is still ongoing and will hopefully let up sometime in early July.

A screenshot from one of the Train Simple courses we have produced.
Finally, I am currently writing this blog post from my Macbook in a gutted out room with clutter, dust and paint everywhere.  My wife and I are in the process of moving to a new place.  For the past few weeks we have been slowly making renovations in preparation to sell our current place.  It's not an exaggeration to say I have no workspace, not even a proper desk.  As you can imagine this makes the production of content difficult.  And whenever I do have a spare moment of silence (and a makeshift desk), it's dedicated to our Train Simple contracts.

A picture of what once used to be my office.
With all of this said, Incredible Tutorials isn't going anywhere.  During this time, Jim and I have been discussing where we want to go next with the channel.  We have several ideas, but simply no time or means to pull them off right now.  We both have families to provide for and in addition to the imperfect timing of my move, things have been slower.  But please stick with us.  Without you guys, there wouldn't be an Incredible Tutorials channel.  We love working on this channel and it kills us that we have left you guys hanging.  But with any luck, by July, we will be back on track and ready to continue providing some of the best learning material out there.  In the meantime, we will try to keep you guys updated as much as possible.

Thanks for sticking with us,
Chad Troftgruben

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Winners of the Learning Anime Studio Giveaway Contest

Hey Guys!

After spending much time looking over the results, we have finally tailed up the winners for the Learning Anime Studio giveaway contest.  The winners have each received a copy of Anime Studio Pro 10 and my new book, Learning Anime Studio.  There were three separate contests: most retweets advertising my book, most Facebook likes advertising my book, and then a personal pick from Jim and I.  So, without further delay, Here are our winners!

Twitter Winner: @soudsalehaaa with 413 retweets
Facebook Winner: Andre IndustryBound Little with 108 likes

Incredible Tutorials Staff Pick Winner: Maddie Deskins

The last winner is a personal pick made by Jim Mills and I.  We picked Maddie because of her passion and awesome artwork.  We hope Anime Studio and the book will help you bring your work into animated form!

Finally, we want to thank everyone who participated.  This contest will help greatly with the promotion of the book.  It wasn't easy narrowing down our personal pick.  There were a lot of talented and heartfelt comments.  We plan to hold another contest in the future, one that is solely based on creativity.  So don't worry, there will be other chances in the future!

Thanks guys!!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

There's Still Time to Win Anime Studio Pro 10!

There's still time to win a copy of Anime Studio Pro 10 and my new book, Learning Anime Studio!

Wanna be cool like me?  Buy this book!  Or... win it!

We've had a lot of great entries so far.  Want to get in on the fun? Get the details here:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Win a Copy of Anime Studio Pro 10!

Ready to win a copy of Anime Studio Pro 10 and my brand new book Learning Anime Studio?  Choose one of the contests below to participate!

Twitter Contest:

1.  With your Twitter account, create a unique message that you think will get a lot of retweets.  You can post anything you want.  Use your imagination!
2.  Mention my Twitter handler by placing "@ctroftgruben" somewhere in the tweet.
3.  Post the link to the book somewhere in your tweet:
4.  The post that gets the most tweets by May 30th, 2014 will win!

Facebook Contest:

1.  With your Facebook account, like the Incredible Tutorials Facebook page (
2.  Create a unique message that you think will get a lot of likes.  You can post anything you want.  Use your imagination!
3.  Mention the Incredible Tutorials Facebook page somewhere in the post.  This should automatically happen when typing "Incredible Tutorials" after liking our page.  Make sure it turns blue and is a hyper link, or else it won't count!
4.  Post the link to the book somewhere in your post:
5.  The post that gets the most likes by May 30th, 2014 will win!

Creativity Contest:

In addition to counting the most tweets or likes, we will also be looking for that one post that really stands out.  Whether it's clever, funny or entertaining, we will pick the one we like the best and give that individual the third copy of Anime Studio Pro 10 and the book.  So be creative when writing your tweets and Facebook posts!

Fine print:

Contest ends May 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM MDT.  Prizes will be digital copies only.  While you can enter both Twitter and Facebook contests, you can only win once.  If in the event the same person wins both Twitter and Facebook contests, the account with the second most amount of tweets or likes will win the second prize.  No purchase necessary.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Join the New Generation of Animation

Folks, as the clock struck midnight, ushering in the month of April, we released a new video that will change the way you think about animation.  This incredible piece of software, which has lived in obscurity until now, is absolutely groundbreaking. This picture says it all.

This is going to change everything.  Watch the video below and witness the amazing things that can be done with it!