Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The wefcpug headlines Oct 2010

Here's the easily digested version of what's been going on - with future dates to note:

- the Oct wefcpug saw me demo a workflow for a compound-shot music piece, shot in a chroma-key studio, recorded via a Matrox mini and composited/assembled using multi-clips in FCP.   More detailed write-up to come when I get clearances for the pictures.

- we also saw for the first time the (beta) direct recording app for the Matrox mx, known as Vetura recorder.   (More news on this when my noisy and disfunctional MBPro fan is replaced!)

- next wefcpug is on Tuesday, 2nd Nov.  Richard will be talking TK transfers in the HD age.  Note this date breaks our usual pattern of second (or first) Mondays.

Other diary dates:

- don't forget today's (Oct19) RTS public meeting, with Danielle Nagler of BBC HD.  Also on the bill, a late addition, is Ian Potts, Exec Prod at BBC HD, who's one of the people deciding tech specs for HD on the BBC.  Details previously in this column.

- Nov 9th sees the next in the Bristol Anchor series of talks.   This time it's film producer Jan Harlan, who was EP on Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and many other, talking about music as a dramatic and scripting tool...

Monday, October 18, 2010

BBC HD - the view from the top

The Bristol centre of the RTS is organising a meeting this week (Tuesday 19th October) billed as 'In Conversation - Danielle Nagler BBC HD'.   Danielle has been head of the BBC HD channel since July 2008, and will be talking about her role in the channel and future plans for HD at the beeb.

The meeting is open to guests of the RTS, it's in the BBC Bristol Conference centre - starts at 7.30pm, entrance via the back security gate.

email phil if you wish to attend.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Frameline going offline?

Way way back (March this year) we demo'd Frameline 47, a media indexing app for the mac - summary review here.

At the time, the package was retailing around the £90 mark.   But no more.   There's a note on the Frameline website to the effect that they're ceasing development.   You can still download and there's a long-term development licence free of charge, but this looks like the end of the road for the current version.

Today's the day

The new wefcpug season kicks off today, Monday 11th Oct.  Taking our cue from the success of  'Avatar', all our presenters will be in 3D, and surround sound (provided they move around a bit).

We're back in the usual room behind the club at BBC Bristol - contact Richard in the usual manner to get your names on the list.   7pm kickoff, gathering beforehand if you can to help get the gear set up.

On the bill tonight - 'Matrox Reloaded' - using the mxO2 in a studio context, direct capture to disc (exciting new development to be announced) and multi-layer chroma-keying.  With music and dancing girls - what more do you want?   There's stuff about IBC and Soundtrack from Richard plus whatever problems have been stored up over the summer.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Late Change to OCTOBER MEETING - NOW OCT 11th

(If you're on the email list you'll know this already, or you are about to!)

We've had to change the date of the October wefcpug to NEXT MONDAY, which will be the 11th October.   Provisionally, it's the usual venue (room behind the Club at BBC Bristol) but please await further confirmation of this!

Working title for one contribution (from myself) is Matrox Revisited - a comprehensive (I hope) rundown of a day in the life of a studio shoot with - look everyone, no hands -  no tape.   OK, except as backup.


Plus - a rundown of IBC reports and rumours.

See you in a week's time, and sorry again for the delay.