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March 25, 2009

Join us as we welcome video Engineer Bob Zelin who will show us the very inexpensive shared storage solution for Final Cut Pro users, Final Share from Maxx Digital. Plus, it's time Final Cut Pro users take a serious look at iMovie, so we have invited iMovie creator Randy Ubillos back to lafcpug for a peak into iMovie 09. Randy also created Final Cut Pro as well as Adobe Premiere and Apple Aperture. Plus filmmakers Brian Gary and Wendy Berman will show clips from their recent documentary "Jefferson Davis," which was just awarded Documentary of the Year from the PCA/ACA. Plus Stump the Gurus, Show and tells, and of course World Famous Raffle.

Agenda (Subject to change)

6:45- 7:15PM - Stump the Gurus
Join FCP Gurus Andrew Balis, Philip Hodgetts Brian Gary and Stephan Kanter 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 question, then you go home with a problem, but you still got out of the house, so that's not a bad thing.

7:15PM - 7:25PM - Announcements
A chance for you and anyone to get up in front of everyone and announce what needs to be said.

7:25PM - 7:45PM - "Jefferson Davis" - Brian Gary and Wendy Berman
Filmmaker and Compressor Guru Brian Gary and producer Wendy Berman will show clips from their years in the making award winning documentary film, Jefferson Davis and discuss workflow tips you need to know and he learned along the way.

7:50PM - 8:25PM - Final Share - Bob Zelin
Video Engineer Bob Zelin is flying into LA to show off Final Share from Maxx Digital. What is Final Share? From Bob:
I will be discussing and demonstrating Maxx Digital Final Share. Final Share is a very simple shared storage solution for Final Cut Pro that works with uncompressed SD and compressed HD (ProRes422HQ and DVCProHD). The appeal of this product is that it is very inexpensive, and requires
absolutely no management or administration once it is setup. It uses conventional ethernet cables, instead of fibre connectivity. The only software interface is Apple File Sharing. There is no custom software, nor are there any client "licenses".

Maxx Digital will provide a MAC Pro Server with a Maxx Digital Disk drive array, and a second MAC computer that is running Final Cut Pro, in addition to the specialty ethernet equipment that makes this stuff work. With this equipment, I will be able to demonstrate playback of RED camera footage at ProRes422HQ footage over an ethernet cable. I will bring along my MAC Book laptop, and be able to instantly demonstrate being able to connect my MAC Book to the shared storage system, and be able to playback full ProRes422HQ footage right on my laptop. I will invite anyone who would like to bring up their MAC laptop to the stage to be able to instantly connect to this system, and play the same footage. All I have to do is go into System Preferences>Network, and assign a static IP address for that computers ethernet port.

To my knowlege, this is the first time that anyone can have shared storage for very little money, and absolutely no education on complex networking, SAN enviornments, or IT background. ANYONE can do this. And it's cheap!

8:30PM - 9:00PM - Break
In the lobby will be HDDisk showing off their storage solutions. Also Veescope Live will be in lobby. Also JLCooper will be in the lobby showing off thier awesome control surfaces. 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. You never know who you are going to meet at lafcpug. Snacks and Beer and Wine will be on sale in the lobby. Proceeds go to the Gallery Theater.

9:00PM - 9:40PM - iMovie 09 - Randy Ubillos
Apple Distinguished engineer Randy Ubillos is probably best know for creating Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. He also created Apple Aperture. On a scuba diving vacation he shifted gears and came up with the idea for iMovie 08. Now with iMovie 09 it is time for Pro users to take a serious look at this completely new way of editing your movies. Who better to show it to us but the creator himself, Randy Ubillos.

9:40PM - 9:50PM - Music Video - Chip Bolcik and Robert Schultz - Show and Tell
Chip Bolcik will present a music video that he shot, edited and co-directed. Presenting with Chip, will be choreographer and director Robert Schultz who conceived the idea for this piece. The video features the song I (Bittersweet)  by recording artist, Lisette Bustamante, who has just learned that the video is 
not only accepted into the Winter Music Conference in Miami, but it will also be a featured video daily during the week-long conference. The video has quite a few effects in it that Chip thinks will be of interest to his fellow LAFCPUG members.

9:50PM - World famous Raffle
E51 Multimedia Console – Desk and Monitor Bridge- Edit5 Consoles
2 free Stock Footage Clips - Artbeats
$100.00 towards tape services - Timecode Multimedia
4x $135.00 credit towards Deck Repair/Services - Montrose Inc
$200 worth of MotionVFX Templates and Elements - MotionVFX
CramCompressorPack - CramCompressor
Alan Howarth Signature Series - Hollywood Edge
2 Copies "Edit Well" - Peachpit Press
2 50% off discount coupons for Apple Pro Training class - All4DVD
$200 free Stock Footage Clips - Pond5
Flash Hard Drive - Edge Tech Corp
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
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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