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-September 24, 2003-

"Making Music"

It was making music night at the September meeting of the lafcpug with Demos of SoundTrack Logic Platinum 6 and SonicFire Pro 3.1

Musician and DV Guy Ron Margolis showed us all we need to know about how to get started with SoundTrack and how best to utilize it in your movie. Like SoundTrack? SonicFire Pro 3.1 from SmartSound was demoed by Stephanie Joyce.

Then Zed Saeed of DigitalFilm Tree gave us an over view of Apple's newest acquisition, Logic Platinum 6. Plus Andrew Balis on the range Tool, Stump the Gurus, World Famous Raffle and lots of show and tells.

Stump the Gurus
Join FCP Gurus, Andrew Balis, Ken Stone and special guest Steve Martin of RippleTraining as they will attempt 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.

FCP Tip/Trick Of the Month - Andrew Balis
This one is a killer involving new features of the range selection tool to work as a full-fledged trimming tool. FCP Guru, trainer and now author Andrew Balis whose new book "Advanced Editing and Finishing Techniques in Final Cut Pro 4" is scheduled to ship next month, will demo.





Getting started with SoundTrack - Ron Margolis
SoundTrack is one of the free Pro apps that ships with FCP 4. "Soundtrack lets you create high-quality, royalty-free music for your Final Cut Pro 4 projects, quickly and easily. Featuring a friendly user interface and workflow specifically designed for working with Final Cut Pro 4, Soundtrack enables you to create original music scores on your own..." DV Guy and Muscian Ron Margolis will show us eveerything we need to know to get started.



"All Over the World" -Tony LaTorre - Show and Tell
From Tony: "I'll be showing a music video I directed and edited in February. The artist is Robert Sanders. The song, "All Over the World" became popular on Armed Forces Radio and has played there for over a year. The video was shot on the new Panasonic AG-DVX100 DV video camera.

I am a video editor and motion graphic designer. I currently work for AOL Broadband, while maintaining my business as a demo reel editor. I have previously worked as a motion graphics designer for the television programs "Blind Date" and "Fifth Wheel"

SmartSound SonicFire Pro 3.1 - Stephanie Joyce
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 3.1 is designed from the ground up to help you create perfect music soundtracks custom fit to your videos in just minutes."SmartSound SonicFire Pro 3.1 features a powerful, yet easy-to-use process called the "Maestro." Significantly updated for version 3.0, the Maestro helps you quickly locate the musical selections that will most likely fit your video and allows you to audition them in real time with it. You can specify your search criteria and choose from such parameters as style, mood, intensity, key, Beats Per Minute (BPM) and instrument (such as "guitar", "strings", "drums/percussion" etc.). You can mix and match search criteria around the way you like to work. The new Maestro allows you to listen to any piece in the SmartSound music library ­ whether you own it or not and regardless of where the song is located ­ and, if you like it for your scene, purchase it and download it in minutes." SmartSound's own Stephanie Joyce shows us all we need to know.

8:40 - 9:00PM - Break
In the Lobby will be Promax showing off new toys and answering questions on the just shipped 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 another addition of the FCP Guru table where we "guarantee" you'll get your FCP 4 questions answered.

Logic Platinum 6 - Zed Saeed
DigitalFilm Tree's Zed Saeed has spent a great deal of time with Logic, one of the newest acquisitions from Apple. What is Logic?

"Logic Platinum 6 is the most widely used program of its kind in professional music production. It elegantly combines composition, notation and audio production facilities in one comprehensive product.

Logic Platinum offers a comprehensive set of music creation tools featuring rock-solid MIDI timing and synchronization, mixing and automation with total recall, and non destructive real-time editing of both audio and MIDI. It also offers superb MIDI timing with 960 PPQN and sends and receives synchronized MIDI clock, MTC, MMC and word clock signals, making it ideal for film, TV and video post-production facilities."

"Ray Dell Tubbs Gets Famous" - Brandon Walter - Show and Tell
"Ray Dell Tubbs Gets Famous" is a feature documentary following a Venice Beach bum off the streets and back to his home of Houston, Texas where he tries to get his life in order. The documentary goes into detail on just how Ray Dell ended up on the streets. The marvelous thing about Ray is his ability to find happiness in the most depressing situations.



"Stupid Fool" - Pons Maar
Pons Maar
comes from a visual and performing arts background and mainly works in film and TV as a puppeteer/creature efx performer and coordinator. He is the Co-Chair of the National Puppeteer Committee in SAG. He has been working in FCP for about 4 years while also using DECK, PEAK, Studio Artist and Photoshop. This short was originally just a sound piece with the visuals added later using Studio Artist extensively. Pons is interested in process, decay, and found elements. Most of his work involves mixing up and messing with what is.
Pons Maar has some cool stuff on his website that you should see...

World Famous Raffle

Copy of SmartSound SonicFire Pro 3.1 - SmartSound
Copy of Apple Pro Training Series "Logic 6" - Apple
1 Free FCP Training Class - DV Creators
Hat and T-shirt - DV Creators
5 $20.00 Gift Certificates - Paquito Mas Restaurants

ShuttlePro - Contour Design
ShuttleExpress - Contour Design

Copies of Motion Graphic Backgrounds - 12 inch Design
2 copies Eureka Plug ins - Eureka
2 copies of ProMax QuickStart Training DVD-ROM for Final Cut Pro 4 - Promax

2 FCP 4.0 Keyboard KeyGuides - Neotron Design
Color Corrector for FCP DVD - Digital FilmTree

2 Royalty Free Stock Footage CDs - ThinkStock Footage
Great VisualFX for Final Cut Pro - Intelligent Assistance
Killer Titles for Live Type and Calligraphy - Intelligent Assistance
DVD Companion Pro Pack - Recipe 4 DVD

1 T-shirt -
2 copies of lafcpug DVDs - lafcpug

Special thanks must go to Ken stone for taking pics. Dan Brockett and Tony Peck for taping the show for the DVD, John for doing the lights, and of course ProMax for footing the bill.

Michael Horton,