January 21, 2013
21 Jan 2013

January 9th, 2013 Meeting

Dan Lebental, A.C.E. Discusses Editing and TouchEdit & Steve Wright presents Color for Digital Artists

On Jan 13, 2013 history may have been made. At least the face of editing has had a major surge forward into the future. Dan Lebental, A.C.E. chose the Los Angeles Post Production Group to showcase his NLE for the iPad called TouchEdit. This was certainly a meeting to remember!

With a record number of attendees, members and new members flowed in from fighting traffic on the 405 to grab a cup of warm coffee from the Showbiz Cafe and some engaging conversation with fellow post production professionals.

The evening began with an extremely informative presentation from Master Trainer Steve Wright who shared with the group valuable information about color for digital artists. As with his previous presentation on Nuke at last year’s January meeting, Steve laid out a very practical and methodical look at how color really works when it hits a digital environment.

We learned about color (or lack there of) in the real world and how our eyes and brain create color. We learned how color behaves, additive and subtractive color theory, color temperature, contrast ratios, RGB vs. HSV, Luminance and Chrominance, color curves, clipping, gamut, bit depth and more in under an hour! Truly amazing.

Steve also generously offered attendees a $10 off discount on his amazing “Color for Digital Artists” webinar which he kindly extended to the whole group until 1/31/13 using code LAPPG10.

Then, Alex Schwab from the Showbiz Store & Cafe thanked us for holding our meetings at their venue and also told us how the LAPPG is their favorite group because we have such wonderful members! After some great networking (it was great news to hear so many people had new jobs to start the year) we got ready for a ride into the future.

Dan Lebental, A.C.E. began by giving some of his background explaining that he started out as a musician in the 80’s who wanted to compose music for films but ended up taking classes in film and becoming a music video editor. He edited MC Hammer’s first music video! He shared how he went from editing music videos to editing narrative film including his work with Director Jon Favreau. And then he spoke about the editing process and how when he started working on more VFX heavy movies his days were getting longer.

The excitement in the room was palpable as we all knew that we were being privy to a big game changer. This app, at the reasonable price point of $50 is an iPad touchpad tool that allows for rough editing from the comfort of your couch or as Dan tells it “your hot-tub!” It is still an early version 1 but hosts many useful features including timecode. Later versions are to include more advanced syncing capabilities with your main NLE. The idea is that you can make edits and changes and then link back to the main editing app for the final tweaks and exporting. It will eventually have a close cloud integration and allow for collaboration as well.

This app, coming from a professional like Dan, means that it will be built right from the start. It has features that Dan often wished for as a working editor himself. And his ideas for the future growth are paradigm shifting. LAPPG is proud to have been the first to share Dan’s new vision for editing with the post production community!


January 8, 2013
08 Jan 2013

December 12th, 2012 Meeting

This meeting was filled with holiday cheer and certainly got off on the right foot with members bringing donations of over 200 cans of food for the Westside Food Bank. They came with arm loads, backpacks filled and boxes full of non-perishable items to help make some families holiday season a little brighter. We offer our members a hugh thank you for their generosity, thoughtfulness and compassion.

To make this holiday meeting even more special our wonderful partners at Blackmagic Design provided an amazing array of spectacular sweets and delicious desserts for us all to enjoy throughout the evening along with a continuous supply of Showbiz Cafe’s wide variety of coffees.

To end this year on a high note and for our members to know what to put on their wishlists we gathered the hottest plug-ins in audio, video and visual effects for our 2nd Plug-in Showcase. The festivities got underway when we welcomed back VP of Products for NewBlue Inc., Travis White, who showed us how efficient color correction and grading can be, natively in your NLE of choice, using NewBlue ColorFast. He showed us how to perform primary and secondary correction quickly, preserve skin while pushing more extreme grades, and use the combination of 5 masks, (3 luminance, color and shape) to isolate the most difficult corrections. He also showed us just how generous the folks at NewBlue FX are by donating 4 copies of ColorFast for this evenings giveaway.

Following Travis was the lovely Mary Poplin who returned to show us mocha Pro‘s amazing planar tracking, roto, lens, insert, and removal tools available in mocha Pro V3.1! Imagineer Systems also made our holiday a little brighter with a full install of mocha Pro valued at $1,495 for our giveaway!

Right before the break, Founder Woody Woodhall, CAS asked all attendees to check under their chairs as 15 lucky cards had been randomly placed. Those who found cards were then invited up to the the front table where we had a stash of gifts for our members including Lynda.com certificates, books, iphone speakers, mugs, shirts and more all wrapped and ready to be picked up.

At break time the treats were replenished and we brought out some yummy chocolate dipped strawberries courtesy of Blackmagic Design that were devoured practically before the trays were placed on the table!

After some networking and refreshments we were honored to have Emmy Award winning re-recording mixer and sound designer, Bob Bronow, CAS  demonstrate how he uses iZotope RX to save audio on shows like Deadliest Catch, Ax Men, 1000 Ways to Die and The Colony. Along with the demo he shared some great stories and insight into what it’s like working on those shows. He provided a truly great presentation and wowed the audience with this powerful audio solution.

And last but certainly not least, we had Boris FX Senior Product Marketing Manager Kevan O’Brien demonstrate Boris Continuum Complete version 8. The attendees were impressed with the 3D particle effects, image restoration tools such as Noise Reduction and Flicker Fixer, lens flares, lights, etc. This plug-in set really opens up a world of possibilities and one lucky LAPPG attendee when home with a full install!

What a fantastic way to end a super special year. We thank our members, partners and the Showbiz Store & Cafe for their support and we look forward to a wonderful 2013!

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