LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Photoshop CS 2 / BDA Presents: Dale Herigstad / Discreet combustion 4 / Allegorithmic MaP|Time 1.5 / door prizes
The theme for April is an NAB preview (note the meeting is moved up a week earlier than normal to avoid conflict with NAB), with several new pieces of software to check out. We also have the legendary 3D motion graphic artist Dale Herigstad. Here is what we have in store:
A chance to ask questions, share experiences, quash rumors, and start some new ones while people get parked and seated...
Alex Lindsay from the Pixel Corps will be showing some of the new features of the just-announced latest version of Photoshop - CS2 - including HDR Creation and Editing, Raw Photo Support, and the Vanishing Point tool. For most, this will be your first opportunity to see this new release. We will also have several Photoshop-themed door prizes to give away at the end of the meeting. (Part 2 of Alex's keying talk will be presented at the May 17 meeting.)
We received an overview of this very versatile plug-in for Adobe After Effects and Discreet combustion from its creator Dr. Sébastien Deguy at our October meeting; this month we'll receive an overview of this latest version.
MaP|Time 1.5 features a brand new user-friendly graphical user interface, a History Panel, a preset-sharing process allowing the community of users to participate to complete the preset library, an embedded realtime player, new and unique functionalities and preset parameters, plus some speed improvement, antialiasing, tiling facilities, alpha values, and more. Version 1.5 also features over 450 presets including fully editable non-photorealistic rendering filters. For more details, visit their web site. They will also be giving away a copy as a door prize.
A chance to stretch, return messages, and check on those renders. The theatre has a snack bar which offers a variety of snacks and beverages (including coffee, beer, and wine) at moderate prices. The art gallery is closed this month as they change exhibits; we look forward to a new exhibit in time for our May 17 meeting.
BDA - the Broadcast Designers Association - will present a case study from one of their members at each of our meetings in 2005. This month's featured member is Dale Herigstad, currently Executive Creative Director at Schematic. With twenty-five years in graphic design for television and film, and over a dozen years experience working with interactive user interface design, Dale brings a unique perspective to his role as Schematic's Creative Director and co-founder. Dale has designed more than 15 network broadcast packages. He directed and designed the on-air graphics for three Winter Olympics for CBS (Albertville 92, Lillehammer 94, and Nagano 98), ultimately winning three Emmy awards for this work. His user interface experience bridges Enhanced and Interactive TV, the Internet, and broadband networks, as well as emerging wireless media. Leading development in interactive television, Dale designed the interface for Time Warner's groundbreaking Full Service Network in Orlando. We look forward to his presentation.
Discreet has just released a major update to the Windows version (Mac version due in May) of this popular compositing application, combustion. Some of the new features include:
* Discreet’s Diamond Keyer: the second generation of sophisticated keying algorithms derived from their flame
* Time-Warp: a fully key-frameable, time-remapping operator for quickly creating slow-motion and speed-up effects
* B-spline vector shapes and new point-grouping: faster, more efficient rotoscoping
* Custom capsules: create and save encapsulated single or grouped operator nodes and build yourself a library of effects to share and re-use
* Enhanced paint: new paint tools, grids & rulers, B-spline in paint and new customized brushes
Here's your chance to see combustion 4 in action before NAB, as demonstrated by combustion Application Engineer and Discreet Training Specialist Ken LaRue, who is donating a copy of his 12-DVD combustion 3 training series as a door prize.
Here is a list of door prizes we plan to give away at the April meeting (nearly $4000 worth!). Click on the links to familiarize yourself with the prizes, to speed up the selection process at the end - we will start enforcing time limits on prize selection so we can all go home sooner!
For those new to our meetings, we hand out tickets (one per person, free) during the second half of the meeting (grab one and pass the strip along). We then draw at the end, with winners getting their choice of one of whatever prizes are left on the table, in the order we call your numbers. You must be present to win; we don't mind if you hand your ticket to a friend or neighbor.
The list of prizes includes:
* the 3D software package Cinema 4D R9, courtesy of Maxon US ($695 value)
* a certificate for half off any of the wide variety of 3-day training seminars
at Moviola ($500
value; ACSR certification classes are not included)
(click here for additional discounts for all MGLA members!)
footage library, courtesy of Artbeats ($499 value)
(by the way, buy any Artbeats library worth $229 or more this month and you can add a copy of their Waterfalls library for only $199)
* a 12-DVD combustion 3 training series by Ken LaRue ($298 value)
* Allegorithmic's MaP|Time 1.5 plug-in ($295 value)
* ProductionBlox Unit 06 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($249 value)
* Volume 1 of the AE Pro Series stock footage and projects, courtesy of broadcastGEMs ($229 value)
* What's New in Adobe After Effects 6.5, courtesy of Total Training ($169 value)
* a Pixel Corps 3-Month Membership for the summer quarter ($150 value)
* a 6 CD set of motion graphics project lessons for Photoshop and After Effects from The Anvel ($75 value)
* a copy of dvGarage's Photoshop Image Extraction training ($59 value)
* a copy of dvGarage's Photoshop Intro training ($50 value)
* Mike Gondek's Photoshop for Digital Video, courtesy of Focal Press ($50 value)
* Trish & Chris Meyer's After Effects in Production, courtesy of CMP Books ($50 value)
* Steve Hullfish & Jamie Fowler's Avid Xpress Pro Editing Workshop, courtesy of CMP Books ($50 value)
* Adobe Photoshop Tips & Tricks training CD-ROM, courtesy of Total Training ($49 value)
* Douglas Dixon's Adobe Encore DVD: In the Studio, courtesy of O'Reilly Media ($40 value)
* Jean Wright's Animation Writing and Development: From Script Development to Pitch courtesy of Focal Press ($28 value)
* Chris Vadnais's Instant Boris Effects, courtesy of CMP Books ($25 value)
And again, thanks to Adobe's sponsorship of MGLA this year, admission is free!
Chris, Trish, Lucky, Tony, and Warren
Your MGLA co-hosts
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre and Art Park is a facility of the
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
The Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
(between Vermont and Normandie)
Hollywood, CA 90027
* coming South/East on the 101: exit Hollywood, head East
* coming North/West on the 101: exit Vermont, head North, turn left (going West) onto Hollywood
* coming from the 5: exit Los Feliz, head West, turn left (going South) onto Vermont, turn right (going West) on Prospect, Prospect becomes Hollywood
Enter through the gate on the South side of Hollywood Blvd. just East of the light at Edgemont, or West of the light at New Hampshire (which is just West of where Prospect and Hollywood come together). The theatre is at the top of the hill, adjacent to the art gallery (they have separate entrances). On meeting nights where the gallery is open, please enter through the gallery; you can get to the theatre through the right end of the gallery. For the April meeting, you can enter through the normal Theatre entrance.
Parking is free. There is parking at the bottom of the hill, but first try to find a space around the perimeter of the park at the top. Please park closely together, at an angle (regardless of how the parking spaces are painted!) to allow more cars to park. Click here for a PDF map (300k) of the grounds that points out the parking areas and includes other helpful hints.
Wheelchair access (or if you are carrying a lot of gear): Park in the lot next to the Hollyhock house (you will see a handicap parking sign - there are also spaces for loading etc.), come into the theatre entrance, and take the elevator down. There will be space in the front of the theatre for wheelchairs.
Click here for a MapQuest interactive map, including the ability to get directions from your location to this address. There is also a Metro Red Line station at Vermont and Sunset, about a block and a half from the park's entrance.
Before or after the meeting, there is a fine restaurant row on Vermont between Hollywood and Franklin (just around the corner from the park). There are also a number of funky ethic eateries along Hollywood. See the forum discussion for suggestions.