Tacos and A Sense of Community

Adam Oester

Adam Oester

Capstone was a really awesome experience, I was able to go out, set up my own project for the restaurant Maria’s, and then work with both my client and the department to create a marketing campaign. First and foremost, using social media as a marketing tool was a lot of fun and proved to be quite efficient. Continue reading


#TechThursday – 5 Quick Tips for Making Magic With Adobe Premiere Pro

Who hasn’t dreamed of one day making an epic film or groundbreaking music video?

Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it?

It doesn’t have to be. With Adobe Premiere Pro it is as simple as a drag and drop.

With Premiere, you can easily do things from splitting and cutting clips to adding things effects like saturation and contrast.  Here are 5 tips to help you quickly go from newbie to creator of great video content in Adobe Premiere Pro:

  1. Get Organized. This will stop you from dealing with headaches when something you’ve been working on wants to magically disappear. Drag groups of clips onto the new bin tab to automatically add them to have an area for your clips.
  2. Splitting clips is easy as selecting the tool resembling a razor blade.  After selecting the razor tool, all you need to do is select where you want to split the clip and then press enter to finish the action.  Be sure to switch back to the regular select tool after, otherwise you will split additional clips on accident!
  3. Undoing Mistakes. Speaking of accidents, it is bound to happen. However they are easily erased.  Under the edit tab, you will find the undo button, this of course will undo any action you have just done. There is also a redo button if you go too far back.
  4. Delete. Deleting clips is also easy! All one must do, is click on the desired clip, and press the delete button on your keyboard. If you would like to also delete the gap that is left behind after the clip you can select the gap, go to the edit tab, and then choose ripple delete.
  5. Save Time By Dragging. When you’re making a film, it is a long and arduous process.  You’ve got a ton of clips you want to use. Utilize drag and drop features of importing content into Adobe Premiere Pro.  If you keep files on your desktop, its easy to drag files to adobe premiere and creates tracks. This will save you the annoying task of digging through folders when trying to import content.

These tricks are just scratching the surface of what you can do. But, they’ll get you started on your way to saving time and feeling confident. One day, you’ll be editing your Hollywood film.  That is the beauty of Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s easy to pick up and if mastered, it can be used to create something great.

If you want to learn more about how to use Adobe Premiere Pro, check out a few our the film and video classes in the Department of Communication & New Media here at Shepherd University. I’ve have a ton of fun learning Premiere Pro in COMM 333 Music Video and COMM 350 Single-Camera Production.

If you’ve got your own Adobe Premiere Pro tips you’d like to share, drop us a comment below or Tweet us at @ShepComm with #TechThursday and we’ll get back to you!

By: Adam Oester

The Many Opportunities For Communication Majors

A major in Communication at Shepherd University is incredibly diverse. Throughout the next few months, a team of students in Dr. Kushin’s Comm 322 Social Media class will be taking you on a voyage through our department and providing you with updates about all the awesome stuff we’re doing.

Hi, I’m Adam Oester and I’m a Strategic Communication student in the department. To get you started, I will share my experience in the Department of Communication just in case we’re new to you.

I originally thought that getting a degree in communication would pigeon-hole me into the field of broadcasting. But, studying communication has so taught many things in my three and a half-year tenure here at Shepherd University.

I have learned a wide set of skills that have provided me with knowledge that’s applicable to many great career possibilities.  I have worked with a film camera and an entire studio production. I have had several classes in a lab filled brand new iMac computers. And I have even coded my own website!

And that’s only scratching the surface.  What I enjoy the most is the Strategic Communication concentration.  I get to do things like write news releases, create social media content for the department (such as this post!), and I’m currently enlisted in a class that allows me the opportunity to create a campaign for a local non-profit organization, Charles Town Now.

I’ve also had great exposure to communication theory and both the qualitative and social scientific approaches to its study.  I have learned about semiotics, which is the study of imagery and how it can make people feel.  I have learned how the context and the meaning of words in the English language can change over time. And I’ve even learned about some great cross-disciplinary scholars that I enjoy discussing with my friends who study psychology.

But not enough people know about the great work that we do in the Communication Department. Many people across campus have no idea that we have a television studio, a radio station, and two Mac computer labs in the lower level of Knutti Hall. We have amazing and advanced equipment down here. And it’s time more people learn about it!

That’s why myself and a handful of my classmates from Dr. Kushin’s Comm 322 Social Media class are going to help keep you learn more about our department, our awesome students, and the amazing work they’re doing.

Do yourself a favor – grab a jacket because the L10 Lab is always freezing and subscribe to this blog. You’ll be glad you did both!