Archive for category: Past Meetings

December 10, 2010
10 Dec 2010

December 8th, 2010 Meeting

Mary Poplin was in the house showing us some of the amazing things mocha could do! No wonder it’s quickly become the industry’s most popular and powerful stand alone tracking and roto station with over 25,000 registered users worldwide. Thanks to Imagineer Systems for giving away a free license to one of our lucky members!

Streamers’ developer Sean Dougall gave us a peak at the new features in Streamers v3. Figure 53’s Streamers ( offers an inexpensive, streamlined solution for running video, clicks, streamers, and punches, all in one software package with no special hardware or third-party DAW required. Designed from the ground up with scoring, ADR, and Foley in mind, Streamers automates the most common tasks associated with cueing for audio post recordings.

Kurt Oldman was here from Little Pie Music now Particle Engine to share with us his experience using this software when composing.

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.

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 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 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!

View the shootout here: