LINEUP: Adobe Soundbooth / Zborn Toy / After Effects Expressions / guest artist: Studio ArtFX / door prizes
At our first meeting of 2007, we welcome Adobe back as our meeting sponsor for this year. As part of their return, they will be demonstrating their new audio application Soundbooth. We also plan to have a presentation on After Effects expressions, a guest artist doing interesting cel-like animation on the computer, and an intriguing new After Effects plug-in: Zborn-Toy. Details are below.
Make sure you check out the address and directions for BGT at the bottom of this page. Also, remember: there is free wireless internet access at the theatre! Look for the network BGT Booth.
Our normal pre-meeting question, answer, and gossip session while people get parked and seated. This month, there will be a lot to talk about, between Adobe announcing that their entire video production suite is coming to the Mac, plus Apple's announcement of the iPhone.
Soundbooth is a a new innovative and intuitive audio software product for creating and editing audio and fixing common audio flaws using visually-oriented tools. It has been designed to be an easy-to-learn audio editing application for those who are not primarily audio engineers - in other words, for editors, webmasters, and motion graphics artists.
Soundbooth's capabilities include:
* Editing audio quickly
* Cleaning up noisy audio
* Visually identifying and removing unwanted sounds
* Recording and polishing voiceovers
* Adding effects and filters.
* Easily creating customized music - without musical expertise
It is currently in public beta (register and download it here). Louise Ping of Adobe will be down to demonstrate it, and answer your questions.
This new 2.5D rendering plug-in for After Effects allows you to animate, illuminate, and manipulate 2D paintings, 3D depth maps, live action footage, and more.
Zborn's creator Taron describes it this way: "The name Zborn refers to the filters use of a virtual Z-axis, a third dimension, which it finds in any ordinary two dimensional image. It then allows the artist to deal with any image as if it was three dimensional geometry. Lighting with shadows, environmental illumination, professional and comprehensive shading, transparency with refractions and finally caustic projections of light can be generated in near real-time. The suffix 'Toy' comes from both the joy of using and experimenting with it and from the fact that this is merely the beginning of a new set of tools, which all take advantage of the same revelation. There's more to every image than just x, y coordinates and some colors."
Taron will demonstrate Zborn-Toy in person. Make sure you check out both the web site for Zborn-Toy for more images and a free demo, as well as the other Taronites products, including Lenscare and Flair for After Effects. Taron will also be giving away a copy as a door prize!
A chance to stretch, network, return calls, peruse the door prizes, ask questions of the presenters, and get something to eat or drink from the snack bar (please: no food or drink in the theatre, and remember to pick up after yourself and your neighbors when you leave.)
Alexandre Czetwertynski of AE Enhancers will explain an artistic expression that can help you create an advanced animation with some very simple parameter control. He'll also demystify some of the syntax of the expression language.
In 2004 a few top expression writers - including Paul Tuersley, Byron Nash and Alexandre Czetwertynski - started a website to host expressions, scripts and animation presets. As of 2007, the member list of AE Enhancers has grown to almost 1000 members strong.
Terrence Walker, President of Studio ArtFX, will demonstrate the flexibility of vector artwork and animation using Anime Studio. In addition to his commercial projects, Terrence has created several independent animations. Studio ArtFX client roster includes Electronic Arts and Tokyo Pop.
You can download the demo version of e frontier's Anime Studio here. They have also generously donated a copy for us to give away as a door prize at the end of the meeting.
(LATE NOTE: Terrence unfortunately fell ill the evening of the meeting, and was unable to speak. We look forward to having him at a future meeting soon.)
We don't know if we can match the tremendous bounty of prizes we had in 2006, but we have a feeling it will still be worth your while to stick around to the end of meetings in 2007... For example, we have over $5000 in prizes lined up for this meeting!
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.
* Holiday-Maker HD Powertools HD 3 DVD pack of stock footage, courtesy of new MGLA sponsor Motionstream ($799 value)
* Ultra Water stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($599 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of January where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Big Island Aerials for $299 or Big Island Aerials HD Vol. 2 for $399, which is a $4-500 savings.)
* 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 bundle of FrameCycler Professional 3.5 film resolution playback and color channel viewing software plus SpeedGrade OnSet "look management" (color correction, etc.) software, courtesy IRIDAS ($448 value)
* GridIron Nucleo Pro render acceleration plug-in for After Effects, courtesy GridIron Software ($395 value)
* a Lynda.com Online Training Library 1-year Premium Subscriptions, courtesy Lynda.com ($375 value)
* a 6 month membership in the Pixel Corps ($300-350 value)
* PowerBlox Unit 01 stock footage + element library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($299 value)
* broadcastGEMs Volume01 AE Pro Series stock footage library with After Effects projects, courtesy broadcastGEMs ($229 value)
* a copy of Anime Studio Pro, courtesy E*Frontier ($200 value)
* Zborn-Toy 2.5D rendering plug-in for After Effects, courtesy Taronites ($179 value)
* Conduit nodal compositing plug-in for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($149 value)
* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, courtesy Little Men Entertainment ($99 value).
(LME has a new collection of Video Walls and Photo Displays, and would like to pass a 20% discount on it to MGLA members - enter group20 where there is a space for a coupon code on the 2nd page of the shopping cart process.)
* VideoSyncrasies: The Motion Graphics Problem Solver DVD by MGLA co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer, courtesy Desktop Images ($80 value)
* Cinema 4D 10 Workshop book by Arndt von Koenigsmarck, courtesy Focal Press ($55 value)
* Animation From Pencils to Pixels book by Tony White (with forward by Roy Disney), courtesy Focal Press ($50 value)
* Digital Character Animation 3 book by George Maestri, courtesy Peachpit Press ($50 value)
* After Effects @ Work book by multiple authors, including MGLA co-hosts Trish & Chris Meyer, courtesy Focal Press ($45 value)
* The Technique of Video and Film Editing book by Ken Dancyger, courtesy Focal Press ($40 value)
* High Definition Postproduction book by Steven E. Browne, courtesy Focal Press ($35 value)
* Understanding and Crafting the Mix book by William Moylan, courtesy Focal Press ($35 value)
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And again, thanks to Adobe'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 Google 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.