May 16, 2013
16 May 2013

May 8th, 2013 Meeting

To start off the evening Wendy announced that Wednesday, May 8th would be our last meeting at the Showbiz Store & Cafe. It’s been a wonderful year and a half but as they say, all good things must come to an end. Wendy offered LAPPG’s sincere appreciation and gratitude to Leimomi Coloretti and Alex Schwab for the amazing job they did hosting our meetings and we will certainly miss them every month.

We then welcomed back our friend Blackmagic Design’s Kendall Eckman who provided an overview of NAB 2013 products and upgrades, including the new models in their camera family, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K both slated for July 2013. He also introduced some of the new features to DaVinci Resolve 10 being released Q3 2013, including upgraded on-set tools, upgraded editing features, support for OpenFX plugins as well as new tools for delivering final project masters to cinemas. Plus, we were introduced to some of their new Ultra HD products including the Blackmagic Audio Monitor, their first audio focused product line. It was great having our questions answered and seeing what was on the not too distant horizon.

After our break we welcomed back partner NewBlueFX’s VP of Product Development Travis White, who built for us some amazing titles using Titler Pro 2.0 now for use with After Effects. It was a treat watching Travis create highly customized, professional video titles with speed and efficiency using Titler Pro. He also shared with us NewBlueFX’s new offering – the Royal Blue Membership which allows members to receive 25% off all products with VIP support email and a free Video Essentials Collection to name a few of the benefits. In fact, Travis shared with us an amazing deal where our members – only through May 14th. 2013 – who purchase one of their bundles would receive this new membership level for free for a year! Plus, a portion of these sales directly support LAPPG. A big thanks to NewBlueFX, Travis and his team for this generous offer. – Promo Code: LAPPGROYAL

May 16, 2013
16 May 2013

April 17th, 2013 Meeting

Our April 17th meeting was worth the wait! We had to push it forward a week due to NAB falling on our usual meeting date but both those who attended the show in Las Vegas as well as those who were unable to go got a lot of key information from the evening’s first presentation.

We welcomed the Chief Operating Officer of MelroseMAC, Martin Vann and Antonio Nacrur, Technical Director of MelroseTEC who gave us an entertaining and informative look at what was seen at the show. With special attention played to Adobe and Avid, Martin and Antonio talked the Creative Cloud, MC7 and ProTools 11.

Then, after the break we welcomed Dariush Derakhshani, VFX and CG supervisor and award-winning CG generalist-lighter shared with us a valuable overview of how visual effects are created and the scores of people that are required and the workflows that are used to create these works of art. The evening really got interesting when Dariush answered questions and shared his personal experience about the current issues going on in the VFX community in Hollywood. The audience discussed the history of this particular industry as well as possible solutions. The evening ended on a hopeful note as Dariush assured us that as a working professional he is ultimately optimistic about the future of this industry.


May 8, 2013
08 May 2013

May 2013


Purchase any one of the NewBlueFX bundles and receive a FREE Royal Blue Annual Membership (a $200 value). Plus, 15% of your purchase goes to the LAPPG! This offer is valid from May 8-May 14.

Royal Blue Annual Membership Features:

-VIP Support Email

-Cross OS Coverage

-25% Off All Products

-Free Video Essentials Collection

-Free Product Version Upgrades

-Activation for a 2nd Workstation

-Beta Team Membership

-Special Product Discounts & Coupons


and use Promo Code: LAPPGROYAL