Sunday, November 30, 2008

Event of the wefcpug year!

At time of writing, it's all happening tomorrow - that's Monday 1st Dec.

There's even more to see than I wrote about before.   Not just a demo of the Matrox box, but a whole host of HD cameras will be demonstrated in action before your very eyes.   See the latest from Sony (plus a Panny too if we're lucky) - with special thanks to Richard Mills and his colleagues at Onsight in London.   They've also promised to linger and do informal demos of the gear they're bringing along.

Top prize, top experts, top advice - it'll be the event of the year!

So, see you at the BBC Bristol conference room - 630pm for 7pm kickoff - and if you haven't done so, email Richard to reserve a place.


Monday, November 17, 2008

December meeting - special guest

If you thought last month's was a packed meeting, wait until you hear about the next one - we intend to see out 2008 with style! We've got another special guest, we've got new hardware to play with, we've got another big prize in the world-famous wefcpug raffle. OK, I made up the world-famous, but we got a prize, we got a raffle!

What we will have are solutions to problems that most of us are about to meet in the move to shooting and editing in High Definition:
- how do you monitor picture quality, especially on location?
- how do you import and export HD footage, especially with MacBook Pro - can you import?
- what possibilities are there to cross-convert? In real time?
- what about this alphabet soup of P2, SxS, XDCAM, HDMI, SDI, 422 ?

Our guest is Darren Godwin of Matrox digital solutions, and he's going to be demonstrating his company's latest version product to do all the above, and make the coffee. It's called the MXO2, and it's certainly making waves.

He'll be talking about the new features (soon to be announced officially), he'll be talking file-based workflows, we'll have a portable HD shoot 'n edit station there before our very eyes.
Now that's surely enough to bring you out on a December evening?

Oh, and I nearly forgot, there's an MXO2 up as first prize. And a special discount for anyone who's there and places an order before end of year.

Better sign up early to guarantee your place - we may well have to close the doors to latecomers on this one - email Richard as usual.

Crew call is: 630pm for 7pm Monday 1st December, BBC Bristol. Rear security gate.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

New podcast, kicking off new series

If you want to relive the highlights of Monday's meeting, or you somehow missed it, now's the chance to catch up. Peter Wiggins, whose presentation was so well received by all, kindly stayed behind after the ecstatic raffle winners had departed to toast their good luck, and recorded an exclusive interview for 'Out of Vision' - the wefcpug podcast.

It's now (fingers crossed) up there in the iTunes Music Store: link for this and a direct download (non iTunes) feed at the podcast website (if you haven't yet subscribed) And yes, I still have to update that site!

If you have subscribed, it oughta come through the magic of automatic updating in iTunes.
And sorry, but no raffle prizes in the podcast. Comments - and sponsors - much welcomed!


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

First reports from last night

What a night! was the overwhelming reaction to the November 08 wefcpug meeting last night. Our biggest ever raffle, more demos of plug-ins and effects than you could shake a (memory) stick at, and a cracking presentation from Peter Wiggins, FCP editor of renown and software developer at idustrial revolution.

And it's not over.

Peter was kind enough to spare the time late last night (after his presentation, and after he had spoken with his adoring fans and autographed the presentation programmes. OK I made the last bit up), to speak into the 'Out of Vision' microphone, and so there'll be more to hear from him on the next podcast. I hope this will hit the iTunes music store by the end of the week - you'll hear here first!

Also to come: when I've got them all, and verified them (ie my spelling) I'll be posting links for the many and various good items that were mentioned last night. But in response to audience requests, here's one I can vouch for.

The FREE pan and tilt plug-in, from Noise Industries (one of our group sponsors) is available NOW for download at their website. Here.

The download link takes you to the FREE FXFactory download, as demo'd last night by yours truly. After the event, Peter spoke to me about the pan&tilt plug-in and it's one of his recommendations too. I was going to say he spoke in glowing terms, but that's much too poor a pun.

More, much more, here later in the week, and also a plea. If you are one of last night's MANY lucky winners, please email comments and reviews for this blog. Share the good fortune, share the knowledge!

- Update
Peter Wiggins mentioned a 3D timeline generator, more details straight from the developers at Beedocuments