"The LA Launch of DVD Studio Pro 2"
It was standing room
only and the air conditioner broke but tonights meeting was one
of the biggest events of the year as we introduced DVD Studio
Pro 2. Shipping this month 2003, you can forget everything you
know about DVD Studio Pro 1.5. DVDSP 2.0 has been built from
the ground up, had it's price slashed in half, and now combines
the ease of use of iDVD with the professional features of any
high end DVD authoring system. Plus it looks and behaves a lot
like FCP, integrates easily with After Effects and Photoshop
and ships with dozens of "not cheesy" templates for
quick and easy authoring. Brian Schmidt from Apple was
on hand to demo and answer any and all questions and concerns.
Plus DVD Guru Bruce
Nazarian showed us how to go from FCP to DVDSP2, Megan
Cunningham on building a DVD, DVD Show and Tell by Les Perkins,
Stump the Gurus, and least we forget about FCP 4, FCP
Product Designer Brian Meaney showed up to take feedback
and answer questions
Stump the Gurus
FCP Gurus, Andrew Balis,
Ken Stone author Lisa
Brenneis and FCP Product Designer Brian Meaney attempted
to answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems
concerning FCP. If they can't solve your problem or answer your
How 2, then you get your pick of the raffle table. Of course
you still go home with your problem but you get your pick of
the raffle table.
Studio Pro 2 - Brian Schmidt
DVDSP 2.0 has
been built from the ground up, had it's price slashed in half,
and now combines the ease of use of iDVD with the professional
features of any high end DVD authoring system. Plus it looks
and behaves a lot like FCP, integrates easily with After Effects
and Photoshop and ships with dozens of "not cheesy"
templates for quick and easy authoring. Brian Schmidt
from Apple will be on hand to demo and answer any and all questions
and concerns, plus by the time the evening ends you'll know how
to use this app.
to go from FCP to DVDSP2 - Bruce Nazarian
From Bruce: "So many new
features, where to begin? We'll show off a number of professional
new features included in DVDSP2, like the new Scripting Interface,
and the connections window, and review some features which have
not changed, like Stories.
- 8:40PM - Building a DVD with DVDSP 2 and FCP 4 - Megan Cunningham
Megan Cunningham (Magnet Media) will take you briefly through
the design and construction of a DVD designed for the rock-band,
The Petersens. She will go over menu construction --specifically,
how to use overlays and layer menus, as demonstrated in Inside
DVD Studio Pro 2. The DVD --and the training it was featured
in-- were both designed using Final Cut Pro 4 and DVD Studio
Magnet Media is a New York-based production
company that produces two DVD
training series for creative professionals -the Digital Media
Series, and Zoom In. They also produce documentaries (Sundance
First Look, IFC, PBS). More information about Magnet Media is
- 8:50PM - "3d Film Fest Trailor and DVD" - Les Perkins
- Show and Tell
"I've just cut together
a One-Minute Trailer for a 3D Film Expo coming up at the Egyptian
Theater in September. It's more than 30 films from the 1950s,
plus short subjects, in the greatest collection of 3D films ever
assembled. Presented in the true, clear, polarized glasses, too
- not the red-blue anaglyph process. Check out the web site:
I've also created a DVD that will be sold as a souvenir of the
3D event. It's a collection of more than 40 movie trailers,
even a few of them in 3D (red-blue glasses). I'm doing
it all: the menuing, the editing, color correction, audio sweetening.
I'm a Producer/Editor, primarily of documentaries of DVD bonus
materials for classic movies. I've contributed to award-winning
and nominated DVDs for The Walt Disney Company and 20th Century-Fox."
8:50 - 9:10PM - Break
In the Lobby will be Promax
showing off new toys and answering questions on the just announced
G5 PowerMac Intelligent
Assistance will also be showing off the must have Troubleshooter
for FCP and Great Visual FX CDs and Killer Titles CDs plus talk
about their upcoming new products.
Plus another addition of the FCP Guru table where we "guarantee"
you'll get your FCP 4 questions answered.
- 10:00PM - FCP 4.0.1 and Q and A - Brian Meaney and Brian Schmidt
FCP Product Designer Brian
Meaney will go over what's in the new upgrade to FCP, 4.0.1,
and take questions and feedback concerning FCP and it's future.
Brian will also be joined by DVDSP 2's Brian Schmidt for
questions about DVDSP 2.
10:00: - 10:10 - World Famous Raffle
2 Copies of DVD Studio
Pro - Apple
Copy of Inside Editing
with FCP 4 - Magnet
Copy of Inside DVD Studio Pro 2 - Magnet
1 Free 3 day FCP Training
Class - DV
Copies of Motion Graphic
Backgrounds - 12
2 FCP 4.0 Keyboard
KeyGuides - Neotron
for FCP DVD - Digital
2 Royalty Free Stock
Footage CDs - ThinkStock
Troubleshooter for FCP 3 - Intelligent
for Final Cut Pro - Intelligent
Pro Pack - Recipe
1 T-shirt - kenstone.net
2 copies of lafcpug DVDs - lafcpug
5 $20 Gift Certificates - Poquito
Special thanks must go to for taping.
Ken stone for
taking pics. Dan Brockett
and Matthew Lawton
for taping the show for the DVD, Christian
for doing the lights, and of course ProMax for footing the bill.