LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Keying in the Real World / Apple Motion 2 / guest artist Robert Drummond / door prizes
Sorry for the delay in getting the information for the May meeting online, but the NAB show in April always throws a curve ball into our plans. The dust has settled, and we're happy to say we have one of the big stories of NAB - Apple's Motion 2 - lined up for our May meeting. Alex Lindsay will also be back showing us the truth about trying to key a variety for formats, and we have a very creative guest in video artist Robert Drummond.
This month, thanks to sponsorship from Discreet, the adjacent Municipal Art Gallery will be open - FREE - from 5:30 through the mid-meeting break. Come early (entering through the gallery, not the theatre's normal entrance), browse, and get inspired before the meeting. Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page.
A chance to ask questions, share experiences, quash rumors, and start some new ones while people get parked and seated. We will be discussing in particular what we saw and heard at NAB.
Keying Greenscreen shot on HDV, HD, HDCAM, DV...what's the difference? Find out as Alex Lindsay from the Pixel Corps shows head to head tests of these formats. Learn how each format affects the image and some tips to working with them. Alex will also show high-quality realtime greenscreen keying of HDV footage in Apple's Motion 2. This may change what many think is possible with cameras costing less that than $10,000 or even $5,000. Applications shown will include After Effects, Shake and Motion.
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 will also be open during the break, for you to take a stroll.
One of the more interesting announcements at NAB was Apple's Motion 2. Some of the new features include:
* GPU-Accelerated 32-Bit floating point rendering (as well as 8- and 16-bit linear modes)
* Replicator: A new tool that automatically generates/animates multiple copies of a graphic, shape or movie
* MIDI Control: Use MIDI device to play Motion in real time like a musical instrument
* Drag and Drop integration with After Effects, including the ability to "edit external" a movie created by Motion and have it open the Motion project
* new 3D distortion, stylize and caustic filters, as well as 50+ new particle effects
Motion 2 will be demonstrated by Greg Niles, which many of you know as one of the main driving forces behind Motion (and previous to that, Combustion, Effect, and Paint). In addition to a demo, Greg will be leaving lots of time to answer your specific questions on Motion.
A live video performance and installation artist, Robert Drummond integrates his work with site specific architecture, sculptural components, and interactive video. Drawing from his research in light transmission, psycho-acoustic theory, and video technology, Drummond shows work internationally and performs live using real-time video mixing techniques.
Robert will giving covering a wide range of material, including demonstrating a live mixing application for performance video, and discussing projects past and future, including a 180 ft. wide video wall he's designing for a convention center in Virginia (with a 10:1 aspect ratio!).
"Process as well as technical wherewithal are important for the independent artist. Technical mastery can be interwoven with original concept & experimentation to create new media dynamics in architecture, performance, and the individual artist's studio."
We have a stellar list of door prizes to give away this meeting, with a combined value of over $5000!
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. Please consider what you want before you get to the front; you need to pick swiftly so everyone else can go home on time.
The list of prizes this month includes:
* the "PowerPack" collection of dvGarage surfacing & training products ($1200 value)
* a copy of the comprehensive 3D 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 new MGLA sponsor Moviola ($500
value; ACSR certification classes are not included)
(click here for additional discounts for all MGLA members!)
* Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE plug-in set ($495 value)
* the new Ambient
footage library, courtesy of Artbeats ($299 value)
(by the way, buy any Artbeats library worth $229 or more this month and you can add a copy of their Tropical Sunsets library for only $199)
* ProductionBlox Unit 05 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($249 value)
* dvMatte Pro 3 keying plug-in, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)
* Composite Toolkit blue/greenscreen training, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)
* LiveTypeCentral LiveFont 20 Pack Volume 1 (NTSC Gold Standard), courtesy 12 Inch Design ($199 value)
* Volume 1 of the DV Pro Series stock footage with customizable elements, courtesy broadcastGEMs ($159 value)
* a summer semester Pixel Corp membership, courtesy Pixel Corps ($150-200 value)
* a 10 CD set of motion graphics project lessons for Photoshop and After Effects from The Anvel ($150 value)
* Volume 1 of the DV Series stock footage, courtesy broadcastGEMs ($109 value)
* Learning Apple DVD Studio Pro 3 DVD-ROM training by Larry Jordan, courtesy Lynda.com ($100 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* Mike Gondek's Photoshop for Digital Video, courtesy Focal Press ($50 value)
* 2 copies of Damian Allen's Motion Apple Pro Training book, courtesy Apple Computer ($45 value each)
* Larry Jordan's Final Cut Pro HD Hands-On Training, courtesy Lynda.com ($45 value)
* John Jackman's Lighting for Digital Video & Television (second edition), courtesy CMP Books ($40 value)
* Photoshop CS2 Upgrade Essentials DVD video training by Richard Harrington, courtesy Lynda.com ($40 value)
* Steve Hullfish, Chris Phrommayon, and Bob Donlon's Avid Xpress Pro and DV On The Spot courtesy CMP Books ($28 value)
* Jean Wright's Animation Writing and Development: From Script Development to Pitch courtesy of Focal Press ($28 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.
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.