April 21st, 2010 Meeting

Dan Green presented a platform for video content producers called MediaSilo. He talked about how this program has tools to help productions work more efficiently by speeding up workflow to save time and money. He discussed how to use MediaSilo for managing videos, creating and sharing reels, as well as auditioning talent via video, and even for transcribing footage. He also explained how this program can be accessed from anyplace there is Internet connections to store, share, review, or get approvals easily. He demonstrated how to use the program to track what others on the system are doing using a simple Admin widget. There was also mention of a FileMaker Pro server and how that is being integrated. We learned this system works on a PC as well as a Mac and it seemed that for those using an FTP site or spending big bucks on digital asset management software, this was really worth checking out!  Their basic “Home” account is FREE! We were all pleasantly surprised and excited to learn this fact! This gives you up to two users and 1GB of storage. The rest of the packages add features and storage space and are reasonably priced.  It definitely got a lot of our members thinking about how something like MediaSilo could help manage a more efficient and effective workflow.

http://www.mediasilo.com/

The CEO of LIGHTIRON Digital, Michael Cioni, paid us a visit and discussed working with file-based media. His amazing presentation (via his iPad) illustrated the history of media as well as the file-based direction media is moving. He also discussed several cameras and filetypes and included an overview of the new MX sensor for the RED camera system as well as a discussion as to how file-based capture should be treated in preparation for today’s existing offline infrastructure (often tape-based) as well as for digital intermediate mastering. We also were treated to a screening of Michael’s amazing demo reel including some never seen before new RED MX ultra-low light footage! Boy did we get lucky!

http://www.lightirondigital.com

LAPPG Member Tag Lyons was the lucky winner of the NewBluFX/LAPPG Survey! He gets to choose $1000 worth of NewBlueFX plugins!