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January 28, 2009

The first meet of 2009.
We welcomed the "portable, affordable complete I/O" for the Mac, the Matrox MXO2. Plus Philip Hodgetts showed off the brand new Sync-N-Link tool which automatically synchronizes dual-system sound (separate audio records from the camera recording) containing matching timecode. Plus Larry Jordan returned for the FCP Tip/Trick of the month. Plus "How did you do that" show and tells from James Salkind, Jack Gulick, Kamili Minter and Kenn Michael. Plus Stump the Gurus, and of course, World Famous Raffle. All in one night.

Agenda (Subject to change)

6:45- 7:15PM - Stump the Gurus
Join FCP Gurus Andrew Balis, Shane Ross and Philip Hodgetts as they will attempt to answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems concerning FCS. If they can't solve your problem or answer your How 2, then you go home with a problem but you still got out of the house, so that's not a bad thing.

7:20PM - 7:35PM - Sync-N-Link for FCP - Philip Hodgetts
Intelligent Assistance set out to attempt to replicate the functionality of Avid's Auto-sync for Final Cut Pro users, and went one better. Sync-N-Link can be used to synchronize timecode- synchronized dual system audio and video automatically before editorial (like you've been able to do with Avid for years). However Sync-N-Link goes one better: proceed through editorial with camera audio and when close to picture lock send the sequence (via XML) to Sync-N-Link and in return get the Sequence back with the camera audio replaced by the multi-track audio. We leave all your temp effects and music in place on lower tracks, while giving you all the BWF or multi- track audio in place of the camera temp.

7:40PM - 8:10PM -Matrox MXO2 - Portable, Affordable, Complete I/O for the Mac - Gabriel Mitri
The new Matrox MXO2 is the first truly portable device that gives you broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion to streamline your workflow with Apple Final Cut Studio 2. It's lightweight, fits in your laptop bag, and runs for hours on a field battery. It lets you work seamlessly in any format you want. Enjoy new-found freedom with Matrox MXO2 - edit anywhere!

8:15PM - 8:45PM - Break
In the lobby will be HDDisk showing off their storage solutions. Also Veescope Live will be in lobby. Also lafcpug meeting sponsor MelroseMac will be in lobby answering all your questions and hopefully showing off new toys.

The break is a chance to hang out and meet and greet and get your problems solved and who knows, get a job. Snacks and Beer and Wine will be on sale in the lobby. Proceeds go to the Gallery Theater.

8:45PM - 9:00PM - How to move on stills - Larry Jordan
Getting still images to look good in Final Cut is a huge challenge. Tonight, Larry Jordan shows us how to prep our stills and get them to move in Final Cut. Along the way, he'll provide a whole flock of keyboard shortcuts that can make this process fly!

9:00PM - 9:25PM - Final Cut Studio and "Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong" - James Salkind & Jack Gulick
Producer/director Jack Gulick and post supervisor/editor James Salkind will discuss the post production and media management workflow that they used on the recently released DVD, "Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong" After a 60-day documentary shoot, and five nights of multi-camera shoots at the Fillmore Auditorium, they faced the task of wrangling 600 hours of footage into a feature-length documentary and a long-form concert video (and DVD bonus features). They will highlight how the media was organized for editing, using the Open Format Timeline, multiclip editing, and preparing for color correction in Color. Plus a handy tip for converting 24p HDV footage shot with the Sony V1U.

9:30PM - 9:50PM - "Love Conquers Al - Kamili Minter and Kenn Michael
Love Conquers Al is a quirky romantic comedy about Al, an awkward employee who desperately wants to ask out the cute and klutzy office vixen, Bridgette.  But first he has two get all the personalities in his head to agree.  Written, directed, and edited by Kamali Minter, who used FCP Studio to cut, composite, and color, the effect heavy short. It's a co-production with her partner Kenn Michael, an accomplished musician and filmmaker in his own right, who DP'd, scored, and did all of the sound design and audio post.  Kamali works a lot as an editor on FCP cutting reality shows for Bravo, Food Network, TLC, and more. And Kenn has recently added being a RED consultant to his long list of credits.  We believe that creative, quality, production doesn't have to cost a fortune and we love to share our workflow, and methods.

9:50PM - World famous Raffle
$200 free Stock Footage Clips - Pond5
Flash Hard Drive - Edge Tech Corp
2 copies Edit Well book - Peachpit
1 Year subscription to Createasphere - HD Expo
2 Training DVDs - Creative Cow
Copy of UserMatic - EditGroove
Motion Graphics templates and Effects - SugarFX
T-shirt and Mug - BBC Motion Gallery
Pre Keyed HD Footage Suite - Ribbit Films
Neotron KeyGuides for FCP - Neotron
HD Survival Guide DVD - CallBox
Digital Color Correction - Call Box
Copy of VeeScope Live - VeeScope Live
$100.00 off or towards any Digital Heaven products - Digital Heaven
100 credits for the royalty free stock video clips of your choice - Revolution Stock Media
Copy of DVDxDVPro - DVDxDV
50% off Training class at Moviola - Moviola
Plug-in package of your choice - Lyric Media
Ken Stone dot net T-shirt - Ken Stone
lafcpug "Trash Your Preferences" T-Shirt - lafcpug

Special thanks to MelroseMac for footing the bill and Dean Cleary for taping the show

How to get to the Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Art Park


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Click HERE to download a PDF(300K) of the grounds that points out the parking areas and includes other helpful hints.

The Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
(between Vermont and Normandie)
Hollywood, CA 90027
Phone: 323.644.6272

Enter through the gate on Hollywood Blvd just West of Berendo. The theater is at the top of the hill, adjacent to the art gallery.

From US 101 (heading South),
take the Hollywood Boulevard exit.
Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Hollywood Boulevard.
Turn right into the entrance to Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard. (you will only see a parking lot. Drive to top of hill to find the Gallery Theater)
The Gallery Theater is in the center of the park.

From US 101 (heading North),
take the Vermont Avenue exit.
Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Vermont Avenue.
Turn left onto Hollywood Boulevard.
Turn left into the entrance to Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard. (you will only see a parking lot. Drive to top of hill to find the Gallery Theater)
The Gallery Theater is in the center of the park.

Metro Red Line
Yes, Los Angeles has a subway and if possible you ought to use it. Riders are dropped of at Sunset and Vermont, one long block from the Art Park. More info on the Red Line can be found here.

Note on Parking: Parking is FREE. There is ample parking on top of hill near the Art Park. Parking extends around the perimeter of the Park. NOTE: Please park your car diagonally even though the spaces are not marked that way. If there are no spaces to park at top, then use parking lot at bottom of hill near Hollywood Blvd. Click HERE to download a PDF(300K) of the grounds that points out the parking areas and includes other helpful hints.

Wheelchair access: Park in the lot next to the Hollyhock house (you will see a handicap parking sign), come into the theatre entrance, and take the elevator down. There will be space in the front of the theatre for wheelchairs.

Before or after the meeting, there is a fine restaurant row on Vermont between Hollywood and Franklin (just around the corner from the park). There are also a number of funky ethic eateries along Hollywood Blvd.


digital projection made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Apple Computer and the Pixel Corps

with additional support from Adobe Systems, AJA, ProMax Systems,
BIAS, Inc. DigitalFilm Tree, and Gefen Inc.

lafcpug meetings are presented in association with the
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, a facility of the City of Los Angeles
Department of Cultural Affairs

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