June 15, 2012
15 Jun 2012

June 13th, 2012 Meeting

Filmmaking With Your iDevice & Legal Issues for Digital Content Creators

Our June 13th meeting marked a milestone for the LAPPG as we celebrated our 4th anniversary. We were lucky enough to have Taz Goldstein of Hand Held Hollywood return to bring us the very latest and greatest apps & accessories for iPad and iPhone owning media makers. As usual, Taz delivered a packed presentation that left our audience with lists of really cool tools to checkout.  What’s so great about Taz is not only the incredible about of research and knowledge he has on the subject but also the way he delivers it as a true filmmaker with experience and humor which makes his presentations entertaining as well as informative. Be on the look out  for his forthcoming Peachpit Press book due out in the Fall.

http://www.handheldhollywood.com

Then we had a rare opportunity to ask a ton of questions to one of Hollywood’s busiest  Transactional Entertainment Attorney’s, Hillary Bibicoff, from Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Michtinger LLP. She offered insight and pointers on how to avoid legal pitfalls when developing and producing content, including option and attachment agreements, rights issues as well as key terms to know.  She came armed with an incredibly detailed document for each attendee which spelled out so many of the legal considerations one needs to be aware of when producing and creating content. Members supplied Hillary with very thoughtful and astute questions which lead the discussion in a free-flowing interactive manner which made this a particularly valuable evening for us all.

http://www.greenbergglusker.com/people/attorneys/Bibicoff

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June 9, 2012
09 Jun 2012

MARCH 2010

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS-PGA HOLDS PRODUCERS CHALLENGE CONTEST:

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will hold the second annual Produced By Conference June 4-6 at the 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. And, as a special component to the Conference, the PGA is once again hosting the Producers Challenge Contest. This annual contest was created to help promote the work of emerging storytellers and expose them to a wider industry audience. Participants are invited to submit their work in four separate categories – Narrative short films, Documentary short films, Independent webisodes and Studio and Network-produced webisodes (a new category this year).A jury composed of award-winning producers will select the finalists and winners. And the prizes this year are better than ever! Each winner will receive a Make Your Next Short Film Package totaling $30k in services. Equilibrium Entertainment will provide consulting on pre-production, camera and audio gear, a production van, a small crew, edit facilities, audio mixing, graphics and titling. Additional prizes also include a private mentoring lunch with a top producer, full budgeting and scheduling software packages from Entertainment Partners and an all-session badge to the 2011 Produced By Conference. The three finalists in each category will have the opportunity to screen their work at the Conference. Submissions for the Producer’s Challenge must be received no later than May 5, 2010. Please visit their website for more information: http://www.producedbyconference.com/

LARRY JORDAN ADDS NEW ARTICLES TO HIS EDITING LIBRARY AND DIGITAL PRODUCTION BUZZ FOR YOUR WEBSITE

Larry Jordan has his trove of goodies ready for us to dive into including his recently updated Editing Library with more than 100 new articles reviewing new products, showcasing new techniques, and much more.And if that sends your head buzzzzzzzzzzzing then don’t forget to tune into Larry’s podcast, Digital Production BuZZ, the Official Podcast for the NAB 2010 Show. From April 10th to the 15th follow all the latest news and announcements live from the convention floor. You can listen here at NAB Show BUZZ or download the show from iTunes.Now Larry’s created a FREE Buzz Player which can easily be installed on a website. Click here for the simple installation instructions. As a way of saying thanks to people who post the player on their website, Larry is offering two of his video tutorials free. Please contact Laura directly at laura {at} larryjordan.biz if you are interested. For information, free offers, and advance notice of breaking news you and other members of your user group can follow Larry on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LarryJordanFCP.

PREVIEW OF NEW PLUGIN PLUS INVITATION TO BECOME A BETA TESTER:

Here’s a pre-release video preview of a really cool product called ShapeShifter.  This is developed by Chris Bobotis of Mettle Communications, the same guys who developed FreeForm AE.http://www.mettle.com/technology/ssae_beta/ssae.phpThe folks at digieffects invite LAPPG members interested in becoming beta testers to apply. Please sign up at the link above.

NAB – FREE GIFT FOR YOU FROM ARTBEATS & CHANGE IN LAPPG APRIL MEETING DATE

If you are planning on attending NAB this year please drop send an email to rsvp@lappg.com and we will email you a special offer from Artbeats for a free gift at the event.We have pushed our April meeting until April 21st to account for the many member who will be attending NAB. Have great show! NEWBLUEFX & LAPPG SURVEY COULD WIN OU $1000 WORTH OF PLUGINS:Please Join us in participating in The NEWBLUEFX & LAPPG Survey and you’ll be entered into an exclusive drawing to win $1000 worth of NewBlueFX products. This survey is easy and short and is only open to LAPPG members.  Click here to participate and thank you for your time!http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NBFXlappg

LARRY JORDAN “POWER UP IN A DOWN ECONOMY” SEMINAR- DISCOUNT

We are appreciative of our good friend and sponsor larry jordan who has kindly offered our group a 10% discount on his upcoming seminar “Power Up Tools for A Down Economy.” The los angeles Seminar will be on March 16, 2010 in sherman oaks. Larry has teamed up with Red Giant Software and SmartSound software to showcase new ways you can get more from Final Cut Pro and plug-ins that work with it.  Even better, their brand new, affordable pricing means you can polish you skills without breaking the bank! when signing up at Larry Jordan Seminars and use the code UGSAVE10 to save 10%.

CREATING EMMY-WINNING VISUAL EFFECTS WITH ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS AND GENARTS SAPPHIRE TELESEMINAR – MARCH 11TH AT 1PM

See how Brian Fox, Creative Editor of Viewpoint Creative brought the “Preserve our Planet” PSA to life for the National Geographic Channel, as well as other real-life examples, using Adobe After Effects with GenArts Sapphire plug-ins.  Brian will walk through how using plug-ins not only provided unrivaled efficiency during the editing and compositing processes, but also help to create superior Emmy and PromaxBDA award-winning effects.Two lucky attendees will win a full set of Sapphire plug-ins from GenArts!

June 9, 2012
09 Jun 2012

FEBRUARY 2010

COMPLETELY FREE DOWNLOAD OF CARTOONR:

Thank you to Todor Fay of newbluefx for letting us know about this awesome free plugin! cartoonr makes your video look like a hanD-drawn cartoon. This is a $250 value for FREE! Seriously! (This plugin Works with Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut, Apple Motion, Avid Liquid, Avid Media Composer, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas, Thomson GV Edius and Corel VideoStudio!)

ADOBE TURNS 20!

You are invited to join the Photoshop 20th anniversary celebration on February 18th at 7:30 p.m. pst. It  will be streamed LIVE and will feature Photoshop luminaries and Key members of the Adobe Photoshop team. This fun-filled night will feature a walk through Photoshop history, a glimpse into the future, and will celebrate all things Photoshop.

It’s easy to attend! Sign up at http://www.photoshopuser.com/photoshop20th, and come back to that page on February 18th at 7:30 p.m. pst for an amazing history-making night.

June 9, 2012
09 Jun 2012

JANUARY 2010

OVER $8,000 IN FREE HD FOOTAGE EVERY MONTH!

ArtBeats is giving away a free clip every day to registered users! Each day, a unique and different royalty-free HD clip will be available for download absolutely FREE. The clips, most valued at $299 each, are chosen directly from the artbeats and Artbeats footageHUB libraries and are available free for only 24 hours. Visit www.Artbeats.com every day and click on the daily free clip banner to download.

LAPPG IS GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:

Join us as we thank the stoner park recreational center in West LA for their generosity in allowing us the use of their facility over the past 6 months. This city run center is in the process of organizing a program for the youth in their community to expose them to the the world filmmaking. Any donations in terms of equipment, software, or filmmaking Paraphernalia would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Wendy-at-alliedpost.com and we would be happy to help coordinate your donation. Allied Post audio is kicking off this drive by donating a mini dv Camera. the recreational center is open and thankful for anything you would like to contribute! Please note that any contributions are tax deductible.

ANNOUNCING “INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE”

Longtime LAPPG Member, Eric Harnden announces a group he is organizing of local filmmaking enthusiasts called the “Independent Filmmakers of the Inland Empire.”  Their next meeting is on Wednesday, February 3rd. Please see page: http://wordpress.quintessentialstudios.net/?p=255 for more info.  Also, follow http://twitter.com/IFotIE for the latest updates on the group.

ADOBE PARTNERS WITH THE LAPPG AND INFO ABOUT AVATAR:

We’re excited to have Jacob Rosenberg presenting at our January 13th meeting on behalf of Adobe. The Adobe website is filled with some great information including a talk with producer Jon Landau discussing how Adobe software (Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop) was used throughout the production process of making the movie, Avatar.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/production/?promoid=FCACK

SNEAK PEEK: ADOBE MERCURY PLAYBACK ENGINE

Previously, Adobe announced that all future versions of Premiere Pro and After Effects will be 64-bit native only, meaning that future versions of these products will no longer support 32-bit computing.  The Mercury Playback Engine is one of the reasons for this change.  Mercury Playback Engine is an brand new playback engine that will show up in a future version of Premiere Pro, and now our group gets a sneak peek.

The radical new Mercury Playback Engine is GPU-accelerated, 64-bit native and architected for the future. Native 64-bit support enables you to work more fluidly on HD and higher resolution projects, and new GPU acceleration speeds effects processing and rendering.

Benefits include:
• Open projects faster, refine effects-rich HD and higher-resolution sequences in real time,enjoy smooth scrubbing and play back of complex projects without rendering

• See results instantly when applying multiple color corrections, the new Ultra Keyer, Gaussian blurs and blend modes, and work with numerous other effects across many video layers.

• Work in real time on complex timelines and long-form projects with thousands of clips –whether your project is SD, HD, 2K, 4K or beyond.

Learn more by watching the Adobe TV video: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/davtechtable/sneak-peek-at-the-new-adobe-mercury-playback-engine-technology/

To learn more about how to increase performance with CS4 Production Premium, go to: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/production/performance/

GENARTS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF WONDERTOUCH:

GenArts Inc., is excited to share the news that they are acquiring particleIllusion™ and all related products and technologies from wondertouch LLC. The acquisition includes particleIllusion SE, all Emitters and Pro Emitters, particleIllusion for AE, and all additional intellectual property from wondertouch LLC. These are amazing programs worth checking out http://www.wondertouch.com

COREMELT CONTEST TO BENEFIT RAINFOREST RESCUE

CoreMelt are teaming up with Rainforest Rescue to help save the Rainforests! Submit your entries between December 7th 2009 until February 7th 2009. CoreMelt is asking for submissions of existing or new work created using CoreMelt plugins. If you don’t own Coremelt plugins, you can take advantage of their 15-day trial. During this contest period they will contribute 10 percent of our gross sales to Rainforest Rescue with a minimum offering of $7000. The best work will be chosen on Feb 10, 2009.

See the website for prize details and contest categories. Over $25,000 worth of prizes!

GREAT EVENTS AT SHOWBIZ SOFTWARE THIS MONTH:

Visit the Showbiz website for details about upcoming events, like the Norman Berns’s Film Production Masters Class on Thursday, January 7th.

COREMELT DISCOUNT:

Coremelt is offering $30 off one (1) copy of ANY of their plugin bundles. This includes: CoreMelt Complete V2, ImageFlow FX V2, Polychrome transitions v2, editors tools v2, or motion graphics box v2. please type code: 30offall in the coupon code box on the second page when you are checking out.

LAPPG MEMBERS SAVE ON LARRY JORDAN’S NEW SEMINAR TOUR:

At PowerUP Tools for a Down Economy Larry Jordan will showcase new ways you can get more from Final Cut Studio. In this economy, working smarter with tools that work harder is how to stay ahead of the competition – this full-day seminar will show you how. Plus, they are giving away plenty of FREE STUFF!

Nobody presents like Larry Jordan. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned pro, you’ll discover dozens of tips, tricks, and techniques you can put to work immediately. Check out the affordable pricing and use code UGSAVE10 to get a 10% discount on the cost of registration! www.larryjordan.biz/seminars

June 9, 2012
09 Jun 2012

Edit Well: Final Cut Studio Techniques from the Pros – By Larry Jordan

Reviewed By: Jay Miracle

Edit Well BookI’m a huge fan of Larry Jordan.

As a major Final Cut guru and lecturer, Larry is always entertaining, very witty, informative, has a great free newsletter, and his book:  ‘Edit Well, Final Cut Techniques from the Pros’, is an excellent compendium of tips, tricks, and knowledge from some of the best pros in the field.

Every section is written by a knowledgeable practitioner, and there are great accompanying clips and demo projects that can be downloaded from the Peachpit website.

Even though I am at best, a dim bulb when it comes to Final Cut tech, Larry really lays everything out clearly and concisely.  However, you should be somewhat familiar with Final Cut Pro to get the most out of this book –  otherwise, there are several other tomes available that cover all the basics.

I’m admittedly on the edge when it comes to my personal skill-sets, but my head literally exploded with new-found knowledge and skills after I finished this book.

There are a wide range of essential topics covered.

Part one introduces some basics, like customizing the Final Cut interface to other basic Editing skills: such as exporting stills, removing pull-down frames, and archiving.

The second Part covers Effects – an area that I am still a beginner – but I quickly picked up on setting composite modes, as well as creating masks and mattes – even though I always thought a garbage matte was something out by the dumpster.

In Part four, the very concept of learning Motion has been somewhat nauseating to me, but I actually grasped the basic intricacies of 3D in Motion.

Part five – for sound and the Soundtrack Pro segment –  has great info on cleaning your audio and mixing, and the sixth Color section really blew me away – because I finally exported to Color for the first time, followed the program, and learned tons about an incredibly powerful tool that I had previously been in sheer terror of tackling.

An additional section revisits the lovely, recently-demised Live-Type, as well as some great info on DVD Studio chapter programming.

Included within the Peachpit web info are a series of very entertaining interviews with a broad spectrum of Final Cut users, from high-end TV and Feature pros, to musicians, retirees, and even foreigners!  I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening and learning from all these different users – and they often include a very useful tip or two (c’mon – it’s disarming to hear someone wax poetic about T+T+T+T) – so it is worth the listen.

And Larry’s interview style is surprisingly akin to a subdued Yoda.

I thoroughly enjoyed cruising through this book and interacting with the exercises.

It is an essential tool for any Final Cut Editor who wants to vastly improve a wide range of skills, and I cannot recommend it enough.

To visit Peachpit Press and see the book click here.

To Visit Jay Miracle’s Blog click http://awonderworldmiracle4.wordpress.com

For 35% off this and other Peachpit books visit our Discount Offers page.