*** Meeting Invite ***

Tuesday, September 18

Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Cover charge: FREE
courtesy of Adobe Systems

LINEUP: Pixel Corps Presents: Conduit Live / Steadicam + Expressions / color management in After Effects CS3 / demo reels / door prizes

Feed both sides of your brain at our September meeting, while also getting a chance to show off your own work. We also have another stellar haul of door prizes, adding up to well over $7500 retail list. 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.

Q&A (7:00-7:30)

Our usual pre-meeting banter while folks get parked and seated.

Conduit screenshotPixel Corps Presents: Conduit Live

Alex Lindsay of dvGarage and Pixel Corps will return (jury duty notwithstanding) to show us the new stand-alone version of their extremely affordable nodal compositing tool, Conduit Live. Conduit Live includes real-time capture capabilities; indeed, Alex will be talking a bit about the combination of new HDV cameras with HDMI ports and the ability to capture uncompressed high definition footage for a relatively small expenditure (well, except for the huge, screaming fast disk array...). Alex will also be giving away a copy of Conduit Live as a door prize at the end of the evening.

late replacement : VeeScope Live (8:10-8:30)

Ashley Postlewaite of Renegade Animation had to cancel at the last second. Brad Wright of DVDxDV stepped in and showed us Veescope Live.

break (8:30-9:00)

A chance to stretch, socialize, browse the door prizes, and grab something from the snack bar. Don't forget to hand your reels to Warren Heaton by the end of the break.

"Steadicam" in post using After Effects Expressions (9:00-9:30)

Past MGLA presenter (and Flash video whiz) Elliot Mebane of Roguish will return to share with us some hard-won real-world production experience on using expressions to simulate the appearance of a Steadicam shot.

Back to Zero frameThe title sequence and opening shot of Back to Zero, a film by Charles Tashiro, is a dolly shot. The filmmakers felt that the original footage had too many bumps and hesitations in the movement and gave a bad first impression of the film. Stabilization was a challenge because there wasn't a single point in the frame to stabilize into a fixed position as you'd have with a tripod shot. Elliot established a process using After Effects and expressions to simulate the drifting movement of a steadicam shot that offers a good amount of control over the effect and can be tweaked with minimal effort, and he'll be sharing it with us this evening. (Note that the online highly-compressed version of the film appear to have camera hesitations but this is due to the low quality video compression used by online video sharing services.)

demo reels (9:30-9:55)

Every quarter (more or less), we reserve time for you to show of your most recent projects and reels. Time to show us your stuff! Please limit the length to about 3 minutes or under. Best formats are DVD, VHS, and SVHS; we can also play back miniDV, DVCAM, and accommodate a computer connection or play back your QuickTime movie. Be prepared to talk about what you show, and bring a card or slip of paper with your contact information so we can include it in the meeting summary. Hand your reels to Warren Heaton or another one of our hosts before the meeting or during the break to get into the queue.

For those who share their reel with us, we have t-shirts from Red Giant Software and GenArts, Inc. Those who share an actual project will also receive a Motionstream HD Sample Pack which includes several royalty-free HD clips they can use on future projects. If you have a project, and need over 3 minutes running time, contact Warren Heaton so we can schedule accordingly.

door prizes (9:55)

The embarrassment of riches continues, as we have well over $7500 retail value in prizes lined up for this month's 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. Prizes not claimed will be rolled over to the next meeting.

Here is the list so far (with more to come):

* mocha tracking station, courtesy Imagineer Systems (nearly $3000 retail value)

* Genome Power Tools Volume 1 plus Volume 2 high-def stock footage, courtesy Motionstream ($1398 value)

* Southwest Scenic Aerials stock footage library, courtesy Artbeats ($699 value)
(Note that Artbeats has a special through October 23 where they are closing out 14 of their V-Line titles for $149 each, two for $199, or all 14 for $999 - a steal!)

* 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 Subscription, courtesy Lynda.com ($375 value)
(For a free 24-hour pass to check out their service, click here.)

* 6 month Pixel Corps membership, courtesy Pixel Corps ($240-290 value)

* Conduit Live standalone nodal compositing program, courtesy Pixel Corps ($199 value).

* dvMatte Pro 3 keying plug-in (the new GPU-accelerated version) for Final Cut Pro and Motion, courtesy dvGarage ($199 value)

* ProductionBlox Unit 08 stock footage library, courtesy 12 Inch Design ($99 value)

* Instant HD scaling plug-in for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere Pro, courtesy Red Giant Software ($99 value)

* LME Collections set of 100 animation presets & comps for Trapcode Starglow and After Effects, courtesy Little Men Entertainment ($99 value).

* TV Noise Vol. 1 stock footage library, courtesy Little Black Bird ($45 value)

* After Effects Expressions Series 1 Training Bundle by Harry Frank, courtesy Toolfarm ($45 value)


If you're not already on our email list, click on the Join MGLA button to the left and get on it now, so you can get first word of what's going to happen.


And again, thanks to Adobe's sponsorship of MGLA this year, admission is free!

Chris, Trish, Tony, Warren, and Ko
Your MGLA co-hosts


Door prizes provided by:
Mocha button Motionstream button Artbeats button Automatic Duck button IRIDAS button GridIron Nucleo Pro button Lynda.com button Pixel Corps button dvGarage button Focal Press button 12 Inch Design button Red Giant Software button LME Collections button Little Black Bird Toolfarm button


digital projection made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Apple Computer and the Pixel Corps

with additional support from Adobe Systems, AJA, ProMax Systems,
BIAS, Inc, DigitalFilm Tree, and Gefen Inc.

This meeting is presented in association with the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre,
a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs



The Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
(between Vermont and Normandie)
Hollywood, CA 90027
Phone: 323.644.6272

* 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.

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