LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: 4:4:4 video capture / The AFI Digital Content Lab / Silhouettefx Roto & Paint / DAZ | Studio / door prizes
Here is the preliminary outline for the February meeting - another good mix of 2D, 3D, and video tools and techniques, plus a very special presentation by the American Film Institute. The first 100 attendees can pick up a free CD that contains DAZ | Studio plus numerous useful support files.
Also this month, thanks to sponsorship from Autodesk, the adjacent Municipal Art Gallery will be open - FREE (although they always appreciate donations) - 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. The current show is "Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Public Programs."
We are proud to announce that, thanks to the folks at Barnsdall Art Park and MGLA co-host Warren Heaton, that the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre is now a free WiFi hot spot! Up to 50 users at a time may log in (no password required) to the hub "BGT Booth". So remember: Turn your cell phones and pagers (does anyone use those anymore?) off during meetings, but now you can have your laptops on and connected to the internet...
Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page.
Our informal pre-meeting while people get parked and seated. After reviewing recent events and answering any pressing questions, this month's "There's a Better Way to Do That" will be co-host Chris Meyer of CyberMotion showing how to create better seamless loops (and time permitting, other tricks) as used on his just-release Artbeats collections Liquid Abstracts and Nature Abstracts. (A PDF Chris wrote for Artbeats of tips and tricks for creating backgrounds may be found here.) Copies of each will be given away as door prizes at the end of the night.
See high-end "digital film" capture through a Sony F-950 (the camera used for films like "Star Wars: Episode 3" and "Sin City"). Alex Lindsay of the Pixel Corps will discuss the pros and cons of digital film production, 4:4:4 vs 4:2:2 and 4:1:1, capture processes, high-end greenscreen production and more. Get a glimpse of the production process behind the Pixel Corps' MacBreak, the first 1080p broadband show.
Marco Paolini will be down to demonstrate the latest updates to Silhouettefx. Roto (available as both a standalone program and as a plug-in for Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro) "allows you to quickly create sophisticated animated mattes using Rational B-Spline, NURB or Bézier shapes. Intelligent design and easy-to-use tools, such as variable edge softness on a point by point basis and realistic motion blur, assist you in creating shape animations. Integrated motion tracking makes the normally tedious task of rotoscoping a breeze."
Their companion Paint module (an add-on module to Roto) "is a high dynamic range 2D paint system designed from the ground up to handle the demands of feature film and television production. Paint and shape features are tightly integrated to form an extremely powerful shape based paint tool. Not only can paint effects be animated, but they can be combined with animated rotoshapes to take the drudgery out of everyday jobs. Whether its image restoration, dustbusting, wire and rig removal or just plain paint, Silhouette Paint provides simple and sensible tools to get the job done." Silhouettefx will be giving away a copy of Roto at the end of the night - thanks!
A chance to stretch, network, return calls (because you were a good member and remembered to turn off your cell phone during the meeting), get something to eat or drink (the snack bar will be open), log on and check email (remember, BGT is now a free hot zone), and browse the art gallery one last time while we set up for the second half of the meeting.
The AFI Digital Content Lab (AFI DCL) incubates new forms of entertainment programming on digital platforms from idea to audience. Placing the highest value on creative excellence, the AFI DCL pairs design and technology experts with professionals from TV, film, games and an array of programming initiators in an R&D environment to adapt new and existing concepts to digital creation and distribution. In short, their aim is to create content for new and emerging digital media. Prepare to have your mind opened at this special presentation by Tom Chamberlin, their Associate Director.
The AFI DCL forges strong business relationships while creating new ways of thinking and new ways to tell stories. If you are interested in applying, please visit their web site. Reminder: deadline for Q2 '06 productions is February 17.
Any questions, please contact digitalcontent@AFI.com or 323.856.7816.
Professional artist and freelancer, Cris Palomino of ElektraLusion will be demonstrating DAZ | Studio from DAZ3D Productions. This base program is free to all and works with pre-rigged figures available through DAZ and other sources. Cris will show, through the use of available morph packages for the figures, how two of the figures were employed as CG stand-ins for live human actors in a recent award-winning entry to CG Talk's VFX Challenge, "The Big Freeze" in which she and members of the Pixel Corps froze Rio de Janeiro. Also demonstrated will be the diversity of outward appearances that can be achieved by the range of morphs.
The software is normally free for download, but for MGLA DAZ is providing CDs the first 100 attendees that also contain documentation, 3D models, and additional valuable content!
The list of prizes this month totals well over $6000 in value - worth staying up late for, eh?
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 and we can get out of the theatre on time. We tend to pick fewer tickets than there are prizes, so that the last ticket pulled still has some choice as to which prize they can have.
The list of prizes this month currently includes:
* a copy of the 3D application Cinema 4D Release 9 XL Bundle, courtesy of 2006 MGLA Meeting Sponsor Maxon US ($1995 value; eligible for upgrade to Release 9.5)
* copies of co-host Chris Meyer's new background stock footage collections Liquid
Abstracts and Nature
Abstracts, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value each)
(Artbeats also has a deal that if you purchase any collection $229 or higher during the month of February and you are eligible to get their Transitions Volume 1 collection for only $199, or Nightmare Light HD for only $299.)
* a certificate for half off any of the wide variety of training seminars
at MGLA sponsor Moviola ($200-800
value; ACSR certification classes are not included)
(click here for additional discounts for all MGLA members - ignore the expiration date on this page; the offer has been extended for as long as Moviola are MGLA sponsors)
* a twelve-month membership in the Pixel Corp, courtesy Pixel Corps ($600-650 value)
* Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE plug-in set for importing NLE and Motion projects into After Effects, courtesy of Automatic Duck ($495 value)
* a six-month membership in the Pixel Corp, courtesy Pixel Corps ($300-350 value)
* PowerBlox 02 stock footage library of backgrounds and elements, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($299 value)
* a copy of the Silhouettefx Roto plug-in for After Effects, courtesy Silhouettefx ($295 value)
* a copy of FrameCycler Professional 3.5 software, courtesy IRIDAS ($249 value)
* Volume 1 of the AE Pro Series stock footage and projects, courtesy broadcastGEMs ($229 value)
* dvMatte Pro keying plug-in for After Effects, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* Interactive TV Standards book by Steven Morris and Anthony Smith-Chaigneau, courtesy Focal Press ($70 value)
* Interactive Design: Process and Inspiration CD-ROM by Brendan Dawes, courtesy Lynda.com ($50 value)
* Photoshop CS2 + Flash 8 Integration CD-ROM by Michael Ninness, courtesy Lynda.com ($50 value)
* Advanced Color Correction and Effects in Final Cut Pro 5 book by Alexis Van Hurkman, courtesy Peachpit Press ($50 value)
* After Effects in Production second edition book by MGLA co-host Trish and Chris Meyer, courtesy CMP Books ($50 value)
* If It's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling book by Patti Bellantoni, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials book by Tom Wolsky, courtesy CMP Books ($40 value)
* The Wedding Video Handbook book by Kirk Barber, courtesy CMP Books ($35 value)
And again, thanks to Maxon's sponsorship of MGLA this year, admission is free!
Chris, Trish, Tony, Warren, and Ko
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.