Archive for category: Past Meetings

November 12, 2010
12 Nov 2010

November 10th, 2010 Meeting

Digital Media and Technology Specialist, Scott Carrey, gave us a packed presentation on the world of post production with all the the deliverables we need to know for the web, mobile and handheld devices and beyond. He showed us the evolution that got us to this point and he also shared with us key components that will allow us to successfully navigate the Post Production requirements of this New Media Age.

www.scarrey.com

October 15, 2010
15 Oct 2010

October 13th, 2010 Meeting

Senior Applications Editor and Post Production Workflow Consultant Michael Kammes, shared the four places in post today where encoding is not just important, it’s necessary. He discussed where to avoid codec pitfalls pre, during, and after the edit of your project. In addition, he shared the best practices, recommend hardware and software, and shared workflows for many types of users.

 

Then Michael Rexford, Vice President of Business Affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group, discussed the rights of songs that are used in films, and how to protect yourself without compromising your artistry. He explained how “fair use” is a defense, not a right and that there is in fact allowance in the U.S. Copyright Act for fair use; however, the factors that are weighed in determining whether fair use is available are vague concepts such as (1) “the purpose and character of the use . . .”, (2) “the nature of the copyrighted work”, (3) “the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole”, and (4) “the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work”. He ended his discussion by answering member’s questions.

 

He also recommended a few titles of books about the use of music in film, etc. (each book has coverage about that particular subject area):

This Business of MusicT(10th Ed.), by M. William Krasilovsky and Sydney Shemel (published by Billboard Books)

All You Need to Know About the Music Business (7th Ed.), by Donald S. Passman (published by Free Press)

Music, Money and Success (6th Ed.), by Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec (published by Music Sales)

 

September 30, 2010
30 Sep 2010

September 29th, 2010 Meeting

We were “All About Audio” at our 2nd Annual DV Expo meeting. It was great to see so many new members! Before we got into the presentations for the evening we began the meeting with a short introduction from Tery Williams, Field Engineer from AJA Video Systems. He brought us up to date with the newest releases just announced at IBC: Ki Pro Mini, Kona 3G, Hi5-3D.

Then Dr. Fred Ginsburg, CAS, a highly experienced production sound mixer with over two decades of professional filmmaking experience and Adjunct Professor Production Faculty at CSUN shared his knowledge and expertise on the production audio side of things. He covered various microphones, booming techniques, and working on set. Members asked questions about recording techniques and recording formats. His website http://filmtvsound.com is an excellent resource for articles, information, equipment reviews, techniques, and educational opportunities on production sound recording for motion pictures, video & film.

Following his presentation we had Woody Woodhall, CAS, award winning sound designer and re-recording mixer, president of Allied Post Audio, author of Audio Production and Postproduction, and co-founder of the Los Angeles Post Production Group take us through the entire post production audio process including Foley, music, dialog editing, mixing. He reminded us of the essential requirement of room tone as well as the importance of recording on set as many of the unique sounds during production as possible.

His blog www.WoodysSoundAdvice.com is full of reviews, rants, raves, how-to’s and interviews with filmmakers and audio experts.

All the information provided can be found in his book called Audio Production and Postproduction.

August 13, 2010
13 Aug 2010

August 11th, 2010 Meeting

Adobe came to introduce Production Premium CS5 to the group. Al Mooney made his first US presentation showcasing some of the cool new features of Premiere Pro. Then Dave Basulto (Filmmaking Central) moderated a modified shoot out between Adobe’s Karl Soule working on Premiere Pro and Stuart Ferreyra of Timecode Multimedia on Final Cut Pro. We were wowed by some of the great things Premiere could do as well as Stuart’s beautiful skills as a colorist!

http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/switch/

View the shootout here: http://vimeo.com/14110589

June 9, 2010
09 Jun 2010

June 9th, 2010 Meeting

What a fantastic 2nd anniversary celebration! We had Peter Crithary here from Sony who shared with us a presentation on HDCAM SR as well as a sneak peak of what’s to come.

HDCAM SR is the master quality standard for production and deliverables. With 12 channels of uncompressed digital audio, visually lossless quality recording and playback up to 4:4:4 RGB at 440Mbps and 880Mbps, with Real time 3D, double speed capability, uncompressed 4K DPX and much more. The HDCAM SR platform is evolving with upcoming support of real time 2K and the ability to go file based at 440Mbps, 880Mbps and with the newly introduced 220Mbps codec support. He also detailed new changes with the Version 2 of the format including 96K audio support, and a file based use of the SR codec.  The tapes can be used as data holders as well as a high-def playback format with a simple ethernet for round tripping to a computer.  Pretty cool stuff!

http://www.sony.com/Professional– The main product information site.

http://www.sony.com/Production – The production site is intended as a learning resource with forums so people can engage each other and engage with Sony people who can answer questions directly. In addition, they have a blog that is updated regularly with timely information. The site is continuing to build and they will be adding white papers and other technical information as well.

http://www.sony.com/VideON – This is Sony’s site that hosts and showcases content shot with Sony technology. Anyone can submit their work for posting. There is a selection process for posting content. Upon being selected,  biographical information from the content creator will be included. The ability to embed the video’s on any website so they become portable showreels so to speak is key.

http://www.twitter.com/CineAltanews  – This is Sony’s Production Twitter account. Tweets include latest breaking information, general Sony technology information, news and events. Definitely something to monitor!

After Peter’s presentation we had our giveaway of over $3300 worth of products. Then we sang a round of “Happy Birthday”, shared a ton of cake and enjoyed lots of time to network.