Archive for category: Past Meetings

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.

May 13, 2010
13 May 2010

May 12th, 2010 Meeting

Vincent Maza and Michael Krulick presented the new features of AVID Media Composer 5. This high-speed software can work with more formats and in more ways than ever before. AVID 5 is ideal for offline, file-based, and even mobile editing. They showed how this new version makes it easier to directly access and edit RED Files through AMA, without transcoding as images are scaled to HD frame size. This new version also makes work natively with QuickTime video formats, including Apple ProRes and H.264 and you can edit video and audio by dragging and dropping elements in the timeline.  Vincent and Michael demonstrated ways to break some of the common media barriers to make editing faster and answered many member’s questions. For more information about AVID Media Composer Version 5 visit http://www.avid.com/US/products/Media-Composer-Software/features.

Moviola’s Aaron McNally returned to our group and this time he reviewed and explained the impact of DSLR HD video production. We got a full tour of  DSLR Format and Cameras including: Camera Layout/Menus, Sample Footage, and DSLR Production Analysis as well as the current ways productions are handling the Post-Production Workflow. He also described some of the differences between image sensors. For rentals, sales, and training log onto http://www.moviola.com/.

April 23, 2010
23 Apr 2010

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!