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Jan 29. 2014

Join us Wednesday, January 29, 2014 for another not to be missed lacpug Meet and the first of 2014

Neil Smith of LumaForge will cover "FCP X 10.1, Mavericks and Xsan 3 - a new era in collaborative editing and media sharing." And yes the Mac Pro will be on hand as part of the demo.

Mark Spencer and Steve Martin of Ripple Training will show off the brand new Final Cut Pro X 10.1

Animation filmmaker M Dot Strange returns to lacpug after several years to show off his newest feature length animated film, "I am Nightmare" It is remarkable.

There will be plenty of time for questions and comments.

NOTE: lacpug generally meets every 4th Wednesday of the Month
Meetings are open to public and ALL beginning through advanced Digital Story Tellers are welcome

Agenda (subject to change)

6:45- 7:15PM - Stump the Gurus
Join Gurus
Monica Daniel, Steve Martin Michael Kammes and Philip Hodgetts as they will attempt to answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems concerning FCS and FCPX, Avid, Premiere Pro and anything else you can think of. If they can't solve your problem or answer your question, then you go home with a problem, but you still got out of the house, so that's not a bad thing.

7:20PM - 7:30PM - Announcements
If we have time, this is your time. Get up and tell us something about yourself. Ask for a job, offer a job. Whatever you want. Keep it brief

7:30 - 8:00 - FCP X 10.1, Mavericks and Xsan 3 - a new era in collaborative editing and media sharing - Neil Smith
Apple have spent many months re-engineering FCP X 10.1 and while many of the new features are going to be a boon to individual editors working on their own isolated projects the real benefits of the new FCP X Library architecture only become apparent in a collaborative, multi-editor environment. Neil Smith, an Apple Certified Consultant specializing in OSX Server, Xsan 3 and distributed editing topologies will be demoing how to set up a multi-user FCP X and Logic Pro X shared storage environment using the new Library features of FCP X 10.1 in conjunction with Xsan 3 running on the new Mac Pro cylinder. This combination of hardware, middle-ware and application software is going to usher in a new era of cost-effective, data driven. distributed workflows. Apple are once again proving that they are totally serious about the professional editing and post-production market place and are delivering next generation tools that will take us up to new levels of creativity and usability.

Join Neil Smith, CEO of LumaForge and authorized Apple Consultant for an exciting 30 minute overview of the next wave of Apple's professional shared editing and finishing ecosystem.  

About Neil Smith
Neil Smith is CEO of LumaForge, a system integrator and reseller dedicated to the TV and Film production and post-production market in Los Angeles. LumaForge sells, installs and supports high-speed storage, networks and systems that support the company’s motto of ‘FAST data'. Neil is a Certified Apple Consultant and expert on Xsan, metaSAN, Fibre Channel and SAS shared storage systems as well as Thunderbolt bridging between the new Mac Pros and Thunderbolt 2 storage. If you have an editorial workgroup or VFX team that needs to access shared files in the most cost-effective and easiest way or you need to get data from A to B in the fastest way possible, call Neil Smith on 323-850-3550 or visit

8:00PM - 8:30PM - Be Inspired: "I Am Nightmare" - M Dot Strange
Years in the making, "I am Nightmare" is an original feature length CG animated film funded by crowd sourcing. Created using Cinema 4D on a micro budget, it will finally be completed and availble this week, Jan 20 2014. M Dot will talk about his process and show clips from this remakable film. Copies are expected to be availble for purchase.

About M Dot Strange
Strange is a self taught animation filmmaker born and raised in San Jose California. Currently Strange runs Mysterious Doll Films, the worlds smallest cg animated feature film studio which has completed three films in the past six years. Starting in 2013 the studio will release a new original animated feature film every year.

M dot is also a musician that has produced over 15 albums including scores to his last three films. He is also an author having published two books in 2012. He's married to an Icelandic artist and has a bike.

His first feature film WE ARE THE STRANGE premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and it won the Golden Prize for most groundbreaking film at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal the same year.

M dot was crowdsourcing and crowdfunding before they were buzzwords. He was been featured in the New York Times, Wired Magazine and other international publications as well as being invited as a featured speaker at several international events.

M dot's current work includes the animated feature film I AM NIGHTMARE, the comedy series BADASSERY and music videos for the bands Rabbit Junk and Mindless Self Indulgence.

8:30PM - 9:00PM - Break
Brand new lacpug sponsor HDDISK will be showing their storage solutions. This is your chance to ask questions. No questions? Then talk to each other. The break is a chance to hang out and meet and greet and get your problems solved and who knows, get a job. You never know who you are going to meet at lacpug Snacks and Beer and Wine will be on sale in the lobby. Proceeds go to the Gallery Theater.

9:00PM - 10:00PM - Up and Running with Final Cut Pro 10.1 - Mark Spencer and Steve Martin
Steve Martin and Mark Spencer of Ripple Training share tips on upgrading, workflow, and feature enhancements in the recent Final Cut Pro X update.

About Steve Martin
Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro's introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops and training products. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Disney, Canon, Walmart and other companies. He is also a writer, producer and avid photographer.

About Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer, a Bay-Area-based editor and motion graphics designer, has been editing with Final Cut Pro since its introduction in 1999 and has been using, writing about, and teaching Motion since its introduction in 2004. He owns Day Street Productions, a production and post studio focused on corporate and industrial video. He creates tutorials for Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and develops plugins for Final Cut Pro X, in conjunction with
Ripple Training. He is an Apple Certified Master Trainer in Final Cut Pro and Motion, and is the author or co-author of a half-dozen books on creating motion graphics and visual effects with Motion. Mark holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

10:00PM - World famous Raffle (subject to change)
Copy of Boris Continuum Complete- BorisFX
ShuttlePro v2 - Contour
Delirium + Damage Bundle - Digieffects
Up to $500 worth of Artbeats stock footage - Artbeats
2 copies of CrumplePop SkinTone for FCP X  - Crumplepop
full license of Integration FX" CHV Plug-ins
$100 voucher for any AssistedEditing product - Intelligent Assistance
2 FREE Webinars - Larry Jordan
$200 free Stock Footage Clips - Pond5
$200 towards MotionVFX Templates - MotionVFX
Copy of VeeScope Live -
VeeScope Live
Copy of DVDxDVPro - DVDxDV
Automatic Duck Bottle Openers - Wes Plate
1x Pro Maintenance Tools - Digital Rebellion
1x Pro Media Tools - Digital Rebellion
2x Pro Versioner - Digital Rebellion
1x Cut Notes for iPad - Digital Rebellion
2x CinePlay for iOS - Digital Rebellion

How to get to the Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Art Park

Click here for Google Map


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.

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.

What to do if I cant find a place to park?
Park at the Kaiser Hospital Parking lot. Download directions HERE - or...

1. Turn right on Hollywood Blvd
2. Turn right on Vermont Ave
3. Turn right on Sunset Blvd.
4. Turn right into Kaiser Parking Structure
5. Park on rooftop
6. Take elevator down to Level 2
7. Exit at Parking Entrance on Barnsdall Ave.
8. Cross Street to Barnsdall Park
9. Use Stair or elevator to Park
10. Climb stairs and follow signs to Gallery Theatre
11. Cost is $4.00 (I think) And security is provided.

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.

lacpug 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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