LINEUP: Conduit for Motion / GridIron Nucleo & Nucleo Pro / Synk Audio Musicbed DV / guest artist Image Line Productions / door prizes
We now have all of the pieces in place for the May meeting, including a trio of software presentations (including music) and an interesting workflow case study. The list of door prizes is also impressive, including a copy of After Effects 7.0 Professional and a huge training bundle from Lynda.com.
Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page. This month, the Municipal Art Gallery will be open for your pre-meeting viewing pleasure courtesy of Autodesk. This month's show is C.O.L.A. 2006 featuring the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship Recipients.
The following times are tentative, and subject to change:
Our informal pre-meeting question and answer session while people get parked and seated.
Alex Lindsay will be showing off dvGarage's latest software marvel: Conduit. Conduit is the new plug-in for Apple Motion 2 from Pixel Corps and dvGarage that gives you the basic nodal compositing functionality of Shake, but at a fraction of the price. Like dvMatte Blast, Conduit takes advantage of Motion 2's processing capabilities, meaning that it works...in real time. All for just $269.
Click here to view a movie that gives an overview of Conduit. Alex will also be giving away a copy of Conduit at the end of the evening.
Musicbed DV has several innovative features for flexibly modifying stock music to fit the timing and mood of video projects. The most unique feature is the ability to create music by adjusting a set of musically descriptive parameters, which the application then uses to generate a custom music bed. These parameters may also be automated using keyframes, allowing for musical builds and punctuation that are timed to important locations in the video sequence. There are a number of additional features that are designed to make creating custom music beds easy and well integrated into a postproduction workflow. Music previews occur in real-time against picture when browsing music. Music transitions may be freely added, removed, and moved in the application’s timeline to accent edits and cues. And all music is available as stereo mixes, instrumental parts, and surround music at any custom duration.
Synk Audio’s Eric Huffman will present Musicbed DV and Season One, first covering the basics of working with Musicbed DV and then demonstrating a case study of the product in use. Erik is also giving away a copy of Musicbed and Season One (thanks!)
Eric will also be at MacGathering. To get a free exhibit hall pass, register using the code Musicbed.
A chance to stretch, get something to eat or drink from the snackbar, and go see the exhibit at the adjacent art gallery.
Nucleo is designed to speed up previews and renders on multi-core and multi-cpu computers by forcing After Effects to make better use of the available processing power and memory on the machine. GridIron will demonstrate how After Effects is not able to fully utilize all CPUs on a computer in the face of un-optimized 3rd party effects, and how Nucleo addresses this problem to achieve dramatic performance gains.
In addition to raw performance, Nucleo Pro provides new workflow features like background rendering, speculative rendering and previewing, and commit to disk for specific layers. These features are designed to let you go back to work in After Effects while you render and to make sure that expensive computer of yours is always working as hard as it can. The demonstration of these features will show you why Nucleo Pro was such a hit at NAB 2006. They are also giving away a copy of Nucleo, plus two copies of Nucleo Pro, at the end of the evening.
Image Line Productions, a Hollywood based studio that has been producing commercials and high end presentations for the last 7 years, will be explaining their transition into a new workflow using native DV for creating some of their corporate presentations.
A team of three partners working in concert, they will describe what they call “corporate agency work”, a process where they provide the client with different written concepts accompanied with concept frames for them to choose from.
Image Line will explain the reasoning behind the move to DV and the freedoms it affords them when creating some of their videos. Utilizing Premiere Pro, After Effects and 3D Studio Max, Image Line creates presentations that entertain and inform, no matter what the budget and schedule constrains are.
They will demonstrate some of the tricks they used to pump up the production values of a video dealing with the latest breakthroughs in the war against cancer for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a video that was received extremely well by both client and audience.
Below is a the list of the door prizes we will be handing out at the end of the meeting, worth roughly $6500! Check out the links below before the meeting so you can come with some idea of what you might want, should you win.
As always, we will hand out free tickets during the second half of the meeting (a host will start a strand at the end of an aisle; take one ticket off the strip and pass them along). Winners get to pick from the remaining prizes in the order tickets are pulled. We will pull fewer tickets than there are prizes, so that the last winner still has some choice among prizes.
* After Effects 7.0 Professional (Macintosh version), courtesy Adobe ($999 value)
* Flash MX 2004 Complete Bundle of 9 video training titles, courtesy Lynda.com ($670 value)
(In addition, we will also have flyers worth $100 off the Super Early Bird pricing of the FlashForward Conference in Austin, Texas this September. The discount is good through June 23. MGLA co-hosts Trish and Chris Meyer will be among the speakers there.)
* Chromatica stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of May where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Cloud Chamber for $299 or Cloud Chamber HD Vol. 2 for $399, which is a $3-400 savings.)
* two copies of the GridIron Nucleo Pro render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($495 value each)
* two copies of Automatic Duck's Pro Import AE plug-in set for importing NLE and Motion projects into After Effects, courtesy of Automatic Duck ($495 value each)
* a 6 month Pixel Corp membership, courtesy of the Pixel Corps ($350 value)
* a 12 CD subscription for After Effects and Photoshop training, courtesy of The Anvel ($299 value)
* a copy of Conduit for Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($269 value)
* a copy of FrameCycler Professional 3.5 film resolution playback and color channel viewing software, courtesy IRIDAS ($249 value)
* a copy of SpeedGrade OnSet "look management" (color correction, etc.) software, courtesy IRIDAS ($199 value)
* GridIron Nucleo render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($150 value)
* ProductionBlox Unit 08 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($149 value)
* dvMatte Blast keying plug-in for Apple Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($99 value)
* Digital Compositing for Film and Video (2nd edition) book by Steve Wright, courtesy Focal Press ($55 value)
* After Effects in Production second edition book by MGLA co-host Trish and Chris Meyer, courtesy CMP Books ($50 value)
* Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production book by Andrea Pejrolo, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* After Effects 7.0 Classroom in a Book, courtesy Peachpit Press ($35 value)
* Designing Sound for Animation book by Robin Beauchamp, courtesy Focal Press ($35 value)
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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).
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.