June 30, 2020 marked a big occasion for two reasons for the LAPPG. Firstly, it was our 12th anniversary and secondly, we took a big step into the world of online meetings due to the current pandemic situation. While we miss our in person meetings tremendously, we are committed to keeping our members. presenters, partners and friends safe and will only resume when we are directed by state and county health officials say it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, it was a lot of fun connecting with members online at June’s meeting. We were lucky enough to have our friends from Sony Electronic’s “in the house” (more like at their house) so to speak as we launched into this new world of virtual gatherings. Dan Perry who works in business development at Sony Electronics did a sensational job giving us a historical look back at the last 12 years for Sony and LAPPG where he explored the various Sony camera, display monitors, topics at LAPPG meetings and the move to card-based workflows after the earthquake and tsunami destroyed the SR tape plant in Japan. It was fascinating to look back the last 12 years of Sony and the industry as well as reminisce about the last 12 years at LAPPG including hosting our meetings at Allied Post, Stoner Park, Showbiz Store & Cafe, Electric Lodge and Crossroads School. And because it was a “celebration” sorts, we polled the group to see what type of beverages everyone was enjoying! Margaritas, red wine and lemonade were flowing at our place!
We hosted a 2nd poll a little later showing that 93% of our attendees owned a Sony Electronics product(s)! Which brought us to our presentation for the evening. DMPC manager, Sam Fares orchestrated an impressive live demo with Woody Woodhall of the LAPPG controlling the focus and zoom of cameras in a 4 camera set up remotely and then performing remote switching during recording. The files were then uploaded to Sony’s cloud platform, Ci. He also asked for an attendee to volunteer and make a clip and upload through a file request link on the spot. Longtime LAPPG member Roxanna Sandoval Sahagun volunteered right away and successfully was able upload her clip through Ci to Sam Fares in this remote workflow demo. Following the demo Laura Pursley from Sony Electronic’s marketing was able to share with us the features and benefits of Sony Ci as well as sharing an outstanding offer with the entire group of meeting attendees by giving them each a 30-day trial of Sony Ci worth $1,000!
On top of this incredible offer we were able to hold our monthly giveaway offline for all the attendees who joined us and stayed with us through the entire meeting. Winners were notified and very happy! Thanks to Blackmagic Design, Boris FX and OWC for participating in the giveaway.
It was a special meeting indeed, and one we won’t soon forget. For after over 140 in person meetings it was exciting to go virtually to keep our community connected. A big thank you to Sony Electronics and all our partners, members, presenters and friends for keeping LAPPG a valuable and vital organization.