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August 26 2015

All Avid Night

Join us Wednesday August 26 for the next lacpug Meet. We welcome editor Shane Ross who will show off the latest version of Media Composer. Plus Getting Started with Pro Tools 12 with Master Trainer Jon Connolly. Plus Steve Kanter will show us 10 little known Media Composer Tips and Tricks. Plus MORE.

Agenda (subject to change)

6:45- 7:15PM - Stump the Gurus
Join Gurus
Michael Kammes, Steve Kanter and Jesse Averna and Shane Ross 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.

7:15PM - 7:25PM - 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.

7:30PM -8:00PM - Avid Media Composer 8.4 - Shane Ross
Shane will be showing some of the new features in Media Composer, 8.4 as well as some of his real world Avid editing tips.

About Shane Ross
Shane Ross is a freelance documentary editor and online editor living in Los Angeles, editing shows that air on History, Discovery, National Geographic, Disney, and Nickelodeon channels.  His credits include THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, THE FIDEL CASTRO TAPES and A HAUNTING.  He's been cutting on Avid for nearly 20 years (with a major side step to FCP Classic a few years back).

8:00PM - 8:30PM - Avid Pro Tools 12 - Jon Connolly
Master Trainer Jon Connolly will introduce us to Avid Pro Tools 12

About Jon Connolly
Jon Connolly - a 20 year Avid employee, started in Digidesign Tech Support in 1995 at Digidesign Headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. In 1999, Jon transferred to Los Angeles and into a Pro Tools Product Specialist position where Jon's responsibilities included Pro Tools product demos, consulting, training and support for the Music, TV and Film industries. In 2011, Jon transferred into the Avid Education Dept. where he is a Pro Tools Master Instructor and ACI (Avid Certified Instructor) Manager/Curriculum Developer. Jon trains Instructors and end users in Pro Tools, live and studio consoles around the world.

8:30PM - 9:00PM - Break
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 - 9:30PM - A whole bunch of Little Known Avid Media Composer Tricks - Steve Kanter
Steve shares some of the lesser-known tips and tricks he’s picked up over 20 years of editing with Avid Media Composer. Basically, it’s all the stuff you don’t know you don’t know.

About Steve Kanter
Steve Kanter is a professional freelance editor whose early career mirrored the evolution of editing itself. He went from working as an assistant editor in a film cutting room, to seeing his first Avid Media Composer as a Post Production Supervisor for ABC/Disney’s Dinosaurs, to editing on a Media Composer himself for shows distributed via television and this new platform called... the Internet... in just six short years.

20 years later, Steve has evolved into an editor/trainer hybrid, splitting his time between working as a freelance editor and finisher as well as an onsite trainer and consultant for clients ranging from ABC to TMZ. (A semi-complete listing of clients can be found here.)

In 2012 he joined the faculty at UCLA as a Visiting Professor for the School of Theater, Film and Television, and created their first graduate level course in editing with Avid Media Composer
Currently Steve works as a finisher for ABC and also for Avid as a trainer and consult

You can contact Steve at or visit his Blog, Bleeding Purple, for tips, tricks and free tutorials,

9:30PM - 9:45PM - "FREE" - Danielle Dawson - Show and Tell
Free is a series of vignettes where polarizing individuals strive to define their version of freedom or lack thereof.

About Danielle Dawson
Danielle Dawson is a freelance director and filmmaker. She did not attend film school and is an advocate of guerilla style filmmaking. She started working as a Production Assistant in 2012 and has since worked on independent films, music videos, and features. In April 2015 Danielle wrote, produced and directed her independent short film, which won an award at the Collaboration Film Challenge. Danielle is currently casting actors for her next film and is confident that it will be a huge success. She currently resides in Long Beach, California.

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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.

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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