This month we're meeting on a special day - Wednesday, July 11 - due to a scheduling conflict at our normal home, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. But it will be very much worth your while to break your habits and come down to Hollywood on Wednesday; we have a huge application update in Apple Motion 3, some very interesting technology in Pooch QuickTime Clustering, and a great guest studio in Blind. Oh, yes - and over $5000 in prizes to give away at the end!
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 usual pre-meeting banter while folks get parked and seated.
This past May, Apple began shipping Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to their very popular video production suite. Included in the suite is Motion 3, a major revision of Apple's integrated motion graphics software. Motion 3 extends it's toolset to include an intuitive 3D compositing environment with 3d particles, Replicator elements and a new vector based paint tool for easily creating strokes with animated gradients, movies or graphics. Also included are simple, yet highly precise tracking tools, optical flow retiming using a truly unique behavior based approach and dozens of new features designed to help you make motion projects faster, interactive and fun. Come see how Motion 3's new feature set can be tightly integrated with both Final Cut Pro 6 and Adobe After Effects.
A chance to ask follow-up questions of the Apple team, network, stretch, browse the door prizes on stage, or grab something from the snack bar.
Does H.264 video encoding take too long? The Pooch clustering solution, used for scientific computing on the Mac since 2001, includes a new QuickTime Exporter that harnesses high-performance computing to encode multiple QuickTime movies of multiple codecs (including H.264 and MPEG-4), settings, and formats from QuickTime Pro, iMovie, or Final Cut with faster turnaround time. Dean Dauger, Ph. D., of Dauger Research, Inc., will show the technology and discuss its future. Dean will also be giving away Pooch Application 4-node license (includes clustering QuickTime Exporter) or equivalent credit towards larger site license as a door prize - many thanks!
We're very excited to have Blind as our guest studio this month. They've worked on several high-profile projects lately, including commercials for the Xbox 360.
Blind Executive Creative Director Chris Do will share a comprehensive overview of the company's creative process through recent projects including The Ultimate Fighter promos and Scion tC "Shark" commercial. He'll deconstruct both projects and show the creative process from conception to delivery, including pitch boards, style frames, color studies and animatics.
Established in 1995, Blind has grown over the past decade, garnering numerous industry accolades and awards and assembling an envious list of national and international clients. Blind is a full service design, production and post-production company that includes editorial and live-action directing for commercials, broadcast television and film.
Below is the final list of prizes we expect to have at the meeting, totaling over $5000 in value!
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. Prizes not claimed will be rolled over to the next meeting.
* Liquid Abstracts stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($499 value) & created by MGLA co-host Chris Meyer
(Note that Artbeats has a special for the month of February where if you buy any collection worth $399 or higher, you can also get Night Sky for $299 or Night Sky HD Vol. 1 for $399, which is a $3-400 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)
* Pooch Application 4-node license (includes clustering QuickTime Exporter) or equivalent credit towards larger site license, courtesy Dauger Research, Inc. ($450 value)
* a bundle of LiveType Expansion Packs 1, 2, and 3 of textures, lower thirds, titles, and text animations for Apple LiveType, courtesy of 12 Inch Design ($450 value)
(note LiveTypeCentral also has several bundle deals going on)
* 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 Subscription, courtesy Lynda.com ($375 value)
* a bundle of the winner's choice of either the screenwriting software Final Draft or the script processor software Final Draft AV ($129-229 value), plus a one-year subscription to Script magazine ($25 value), both courtesy of Final Draft
* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, courtesy Little Men Entertainment ($99 value).
* Instant HD plug-in for Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Pro, courtesy of new MGLA sponsor Red Giant Software ($99 value)
* 3 Exhibits Plus passes to the SIGGRAPH 07 convention this August in San Diego, courtesy SIGGRAPH ($95 value each)
* Bluescreen Compositing book by John Jackman, courtesy Focal Press ($45 value)
* High Definition Cinematography book by Paul Wheeler, 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.