(Meeting Notes lost in computer crash;
This is a repeat of the Invitation)

Tuesday, June 15, 2004
LA Film School

LINEUP: Apple Motion / Digital Film Tools 55mm v4 / Digital Anarchy's new toys / demo reels / door prizes

This month we're happy to have one of the most talked about developments to come out of the recent NAB show: Apple's new graphics animation program, Motion. We will also have some interesting new and updated After Effects plug-in sets.

We're still getting in the last details from our presenters, but a preliminary program is outlined below. Also note that we're trying an experiment with ending the meetings earlier, as we know they can turn into endurance contests for some members who have early morning starts.

Q&A (7:00-7:30 PM)

A chance to discuss the latest issues in the motion graphics industry while people get parked and seated. We expect to include a presentation on the new high-def workflow possible with Final Cut HD (where you can keep files in their native compressed format), and the corresponding Panasonic hi-def codecs now built into QuickTime.

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Many are anxious to see Apple's new motion graphics tool, appropriately named Motion. Two of its main features is real time performance for the majority of its transformations and effects through optimization of OpenGL and the G5 processor, and a new way of animating using procedural behaviors rather than just keyframes. Another interesting feature is the deep integration of a particle systems engine, allowing you to your graphical elements (such as type and logos) and particles. One of Motion's main architects, Greg Niles, will be down to demonstrate it. As we imagine there will be a lot of questions, we're scheduling a full hour for this presentation.


A chance to stretch and network. Snacks and beverages made possible through the support of Discreet and Red Bull.

Digital Film Tools 55m v4

Marco Paolini, feature film visual effects artist, will be showing the latest software offering from Digital Film Tools, 55mm v4. 55mm is the definitive set of digital optical filters meant to simulate popular glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, matte generation, exacting color correction as well as natural light and photographic effects. (The images below show the before and after of their Bleach Bypass filter.) These plug-ins are compatible with After Effects, and a large number of applications that follow the After Effects specification.

before bleach bypass after bleach bypass

Marco - generous chap that he is - has also donated a full DFT Bundle which includes all of their products: 55mm, Digital Film Lab, Composite Suite and zMatte - a value of $1130 if purchased individually!

Digital Anarchy

Long-time friend Jim Tierney of Digital Anarchy will be in town showing off 3D Layer, their new plug-in for creating true 3D effects. 3D Layer gives the user a 3D mesh that can be distorted using displacement maps, modeled using grayscale maps, and has depth to create real 3D objects and effects.

Jim will also be showing a little from some DVDs we're coming out with that have pre-rendered stock backgrounds, the projects that created the backgrounds so you can modify them, and video training explaining how the projects were done.

Finally, Digital Anarchy will be donating as door prizes two $149 gift certificates that can be used for any AE plug-in they sell.

Demo Reels

We PROMISE we will reserve time to show demo reels at this meeting (apologies to those who brought them to the last meeting and were unable to show them). Those brave enough to share with the group get their choice of a t-shirts provided by GenArts or a tote bags from Total Training.

You are welcome to show your reel or a recent project, as long as you are willing to come up to the mic beforehand to share with us what tools you used and some other ideas on how you executed it (a great opportunity to plug you and your business). Reels are shown on a first come/first shown basis until we run out of time; hand your reel to Warren Heaton before the meeting or during the break. You will be asked to come down front and discuss your work and your company, so don't be shy!

Please keep the running time under 3 minutes, and make sure your sources are copy-right cleared and properly attributed. Formats we can play include DVD, DigiBeta, BetaSP, VHS, miniDV, and DVCAM. Please bring your contact information so we can list you in the meeting summary.


And again, thanks to Adobe's sponsorship of MGLA this year, admission was free!

Chris, Trish, Lucky, Tony, Warren, and Marshal
Your MGLA co-hosts


Door prizes provided by:
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* a full Digital Film Tools Bundle which includes all of their products: 55mm, Digital Film Lab, Composite Suite and zMatte ($1130 value)

* Digital Dimensions stock footage library, courtesy of Artbeats ($499 value)

* Total Training Adobe Photoshop CS 7-DVD 2-volume training set by Deke McClelland ($299 value)

* ProductionBlox Unit 03 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($249 value)

* the winner's choice of a copy of Final Draft 6 screenwriting software or Final Draft AV 2 scriptwriting software, courtesy of Final Draft ($179-$229 value)

* Digital Anarchy is contributing two gift certificates worth $149 each that can be applied to any After Effects-compatible plug-in they sell

* a copy of DMTS Inside Adobe Encore DVD training DVD, courtesy of Magnet Media ($99 value)

* a copy of DMTS Inside Adobe Premiere Pro training DVD, courtesy of Magnet Media ($99 value)

* Total Training's Adobe Video Collection: From Edit to Output training DVD hosted by Seve Holmes ($99 value)

* Texturing Details training DVD for Photoshop, courtesy of Desktop Images ($60 value)

* a copy of Creating Motion Graphics Volume 2: Advanced Techniques by MGLA co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer ($60 value)

* a copy of Real World Digital Video (Second Edition) by Pete Shaner and gerald Everett Jones, courtesy of Peachpit Press ($50 value)

* two copies of the latest motion graphics DVD magazine Zoom In, including a mini-documentary on the use of After Effects to create Comedy Central's South Park promos ($49 value each)

* Total Training's Premiere Pro Tips & Tricks training DVD ($49 value)
(note that Total Training is having a blowout sale on training for prior versions of everything - click here for more details)

* a copy of Creating Titling with Premiere Pro by Ed Gaskell, courtesy of CMP Books ($45 value)

* a copy of Creating Titling with Final Cut Pro by Diannah Morgan, courtesy of CMP Books ($45 value)

* a copy of Using Audition by Ron Dabbs, courtesy of CMP Books ($45 value)

* a copy of Using Soundtrack by Douglas Spotted Eagle, courtesy of CMP Books ($35 value)


Refreshments sponsored by Discreet
Wireless mics provided by ProMax