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Oxford’s VR Crowd – Thurs, Sept 28th, 6:30pm

6th Meetup

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017, 6:30 PM

Headington Hill Hall
Headington Hill, OX3 0BT Oxford, GB

21 VR enthusiasts Attending

Oxford’s VR Crowd is a free VR meetup in Oxford. Come along and talk about VR with fans, users and creators of VR content.Structure• Introduction, welcome to newcomers and returning members• Talks from our speakers• Peter O’Shaughnessy – “Not Just Games: New & Unusual Uses for VR on the Web”Peter is a developer advocate at Samsung Internet, S…

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Meeting Report: Adobe Create Now event with Oxford Premiere and Post

Steve Burnard talking through the options in Creative Cloud and PhotoShop Photography Program.

Steve Burnard

Steve Burnard (Adobe Solutions Consultant) started the evening by giving us an overview of the subscription options for Creative Cloud. He then introduced the ‘Photoshop Photography Program’ which enables users who have Photoshop CS3 or higher to subscribe and get Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 and other benefits for £7.14 + VAT / month. Steve then went on to talk about Adobe’s hardware projects and showed a video of the digital ruler ‘Project Napoleon’ (see the video).  Finally Steve demonstrated the Vanishing Point and Iris Blur filters in Photoshop CC.

Niels Stevens (Adobe Business Development Manager, Video) gave us an overview of video production process, starting from script and finishing with exporting to media and demonstrated us how Adobe applications can make different stages of the process faster and easier.

Niels Stevens on the power and integration of Creative Cloud tools from script to screen and beyond

Niels Stevens

We could see how creating and using of metadata in Prelude as well as integration of Story, Prelude and Premiere helps in working with script and media files. Niels also showed us examples of integration between Premiere and After Effects through dynamic links, how Mercury Playback Engine works in practice, seamlessly rendering different media files formats imported into the same sequence, and he also gave a couple of examples of colour grading inside SpeedGrade. At the end we could watch an overview of Adobe Media Encoder, which offers solutions for exporting media into different formats.

Raffle winners

Timothy Robin Parsons won the main prize of one-year’s free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Niels and Steve drew the raffle. Timothy Robin Parsons won the main prize of one-year’s free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. The runners-up prizes of Adobe USB memory sticks were won by Guy Henstock and Roger Gilboy.

If you were there, thanks for coming, and see you next month for Matt Gifford, Responsive Web Design and PhoneGap meeting back at the regular venue, Film Oxford, on Thursday 17 October.

Thursday: Adobe Create Now event

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Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:30 PM
Headington Hill Hall

Free raffle – we will be giving away 1 year’s subscription to Creative Cloud in a raffle for those that attend!

Come along to our Adobe Create Now event and see what the Creative Cloud apps have to offer, for film makers and editors you’ll always have access to the Latest Premiere, After Effects and other production and post-production tools, plus Photoshop and a huge palette of other apps and Cloud Storage (also no huge upfront fees, you now pay monthly).

Sspeakers, free swag,  networking: plus we will be giving away 1 years subscription to Creative Cloud in a free raffle.


Niels Stevens – Adobe Business Development Manager, Video

Niels has 15 years consultancy experience in the Post Production industry. He spent almost 10 years in the content creation reseller business, specialising in sales and training for Audio post production systems.

Neils moved to Avid as Senior Pre-Sales Consultant in 2006. Here he looked after most of the major Broadcast Accounts in EMEA, specialising in storage networks, media asset management, and editing / finishing / dubbing workflows.

He joined Adobe in 2010 as the Business Development Manager for the Creative Suite Video products. He came on board at an exciting time, as the profile of Adobe’s Video applications became a renewed priority and is rising steadily in professional markets.

Steve Burnard – Adobe Solutions Consultant

A Solutions Consultant for Education at Adobe Systems Europe Ltd., Steve is primarily responsible for creating and driving the technical sales and positioning of Adobe’s creative and e-Learning products into the Education market.

Before joining Adobe, Steve gained over 15 years experience in pre-press and digital video production, with the last few years being taken up by helping customers converge their technology to include web and mobile development in their workflow.

Introduction to Creative Cloud event, Wednesday 7 August

A whirlwind tour around the Creative Cloud, four short demos (15mins each)  then off to the Rusty Bike for a summer social.
The Create Now tour is postponed until next meeting 19th September with a speaker from from Adobe. The free software draw will take place then and not the August meeting as previously advertised.

Find out what’s in the Adobe Creative Cloud offering and network with people with likeable minds.

Glenn Clarkson – ‘The myths and magic of Creative Cloud‘ and a look at how CC works in practice to try to dispel some of the myths, as well as talk about the magic stuff like having one CC subscription but Windows and Mac versions of everything….
A look at one new feature in Photoshop and one in Dreamweaver.

Richard Duriez – What’s New in Premiere CC: a quick look at the interface, and demo of a new feature.

Dariusz Dziala – Whats New in After Effects and a quick look at the other tools used in video production such as Prelude, SpeedGrade, Story, Audition and Photoshop.

Alun Ward – responsive sites with Adobe Edge Reflow, mobile apps with PhoneGap.

Make a careful note, in a change from our usual schedule, our July meeting is in August, and our Thursday meeting is on a Wednesday. Clear?

Cost: Free
Time: 7:15 – 9:30pm
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

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Next meetup: Pimp My Zombie, Photoshop Plugin development, free software!

Thursday 20 June at 7:30pm

Pimp My Zombie (FKAFOUG)

The group formerly known as “Flash Oxford User Group” are launching a competition called Pimp My Zombie. They will be sharing a complete set of artwork on the ever popular zombie theme. This includes animated characters, location graphics and sounds. In fact everything you might need to make a game, animation or even a documentary film! To get the scoop join John Twycross & Tim Watts on June 20th at Film Oxford.

Guy Henstock: Photoshop Plugin development

Guy will be speaking about a Photoshop plugin project he worked on at the end of last year.  Although Guy has been a Photoshop user for more than 14 years, he had never developed a plugin before.  Guy will be talking about how he came to be asked to develop the plugin, the process of learning ActionScript through to the final stages of the project.


Digital Creatives Oxford and Oxford Premiere and Post both hold their software raffles this month. For DCO, if you turn up on the night, pop your name in the hat and you could win a year’s subscription to Creative Cloud.

Cost: Free
Time: 7:15 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

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This Thursday’s meetup

Thursday 16 May

Free event at Film Oxford sees a takeover by Oxford Hackspace. Neil C Smith showcases the latest version of his Praxis software for live events, and other members of Oxford Hackspace show their wares.

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Richard Grant talk postponed.

Q: How to replace a defunct 1970s laser show that for years had dazzled cinema goers in screen 1 @ Leicester square…? A: Use one of the largest projection surfaces and most modern projectors in London. A laptop and some rather funky reactive software and go from there. A unique project using the latest software and digital technology. Visit “projects” for more.

Oxford Hackspace – Oxford Hackspace aims to be an accessible community workshop in Oxford, UK, open to all and supporting initiative, learning, creativity and the social good in all of its best forms.

Formally founded in March, and in the process of securing its first permanent space, come and find out how to get involved.  There will be a short introduction and some discussion of what current members are already up to – including an interactive plasma display to demonstrate control of a fusion reactor.

Praxis LIVE – Praxis LIVE is an open-source, graphical environment for rapid development of intermedia performance tools, projections and interactive spaces; developed by Oxford artist & technologist Neil C Smith.  Neil first introduced Praxis LIVE very early in its development in 2011.  Find out the current status of the project, some of its new features, and its use in recent interactive projects by Digital Prisoners (with Naomi Morris).  Will include a demonstration of live-coded OpenGL video effects and bindings to TinkerForge (

Cost: Free
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

Thursday 18 April: Getting the most out of YouTube

David Perry: Getting the most out of YouTube

(postponed from last month)

Most of us use YouTube to share videos that we have created, but not everyone takes advantage of all the extra features that are on offer. This presentation looks at how you can use the free branding, tagging and analytics functions on YouTube to make sure more people watch your lovingly-created content.

David Perry and Richard Curtis

David Perry with Richard Curtis (Head of Imaging Adobe) congratulating him on his software raffle win


Cost: Free
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

Future news:

17 May 2013
Neil Smith and others
Music, dance, programming and performance – Art meets Tech! More details TBC
@Film Oxford  with web speaker’s raffle

20 June 2013
John Twycross ‘How to Game Jam’ @Brookes
Weekend following this ‘Game Jam’ at Brookes – more details to follow

July 18th 2013
Pub meeting – Social – Pub venue TBC.

Holiday/no meeting

19 September 2013
Event TBC, but hopefully use of video in campaigning and undercover filmmaking @Film Oxford

17 October 2013
Matt Gifford, PhoneGap
@ Brookes

This Thursday: Getting the most out of YouTube – FREE

David Perry: Getting the most out of YouTube

Most of us use YouTube to share videos that we have created, but not everyone takes advantage of all the extra features that are on offer. This presentation looks at how you can use the free branding, tagging and analytics functions on YouTube to make sure more people watch your lovingly-created content.

Cost: Free
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

See you this Thursday.

John Cole meeting report

Adobe software raffle winner February 2013

Adobe software raffle winner Than Komianos, February 2013, with John Cole

First of all, congratulations to Than Komianos, the Flash User Group raffle winner, who won a copy of Production Premium worth $2,100.

And a huge thank you to our speaker, John Cole, Digital Media Manager for Adobe, Northern Europe. In the nostalgic setting of the Main Lecture Theatre at Oxford Brookes University, he gave us a concise overview of Adobe’s engagement with HTML5, both in the creation of standards and in the development of tools for developers.  Check out for details of Adobe’s work.

John Cole lecturingAs an intro to HTML5, John recommended Rich Clark’s developer guide in .net magazine.

John ran through demos of CSS Regions and CSS Shaders, especially as now implemented in Chrome Canary. Take a look at CSS Shaders demos on github.

For developers, we looked at the Edge tools Adobe ships with Creative Cloud – Animate and Reflow in particular detail, with a passing nod to Code, Inspect, and Muse, simply due to time constraints. You can get Edge Reflow for free right now if you’ve signed up with an Adobe ID (it’s free!).

Remember the Olympics App from the BBC, or the new BBC Sport App? They were both developed using Adobe Edge. Nice.

If you were there, thanks for coming, and see you next month for our meeting back at the regular venue, Film Oxford, on Thursday 21 March, speaker as yet unconfirmed.

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21 February meeting – John Cole – Adobe, HTML5 and Flash

Well, Happy New Year finally! We’re up and running for 2013 on Thursday 21 February (yes, meetings are still on Third Thursdays)

The John Cole Lecture

The HTML 5 standard has been embraced for its ability to add complex interaction, videos and animations to web pages without the need for plugins. This allows web browsers to natively support rich media that was previously only possible by utilizing Flash or similar technologies. How are developers, designers and animators reacting to this and what tools are available to fill the gap.

John Cole, Digital Media Manager at Adobe Systems UK, discusses the impact of the new standard on their productivity tools. He has been responsible for various web design and development roles. Currently he is responsible for digital media across Northern Europe and works out of Adobe’s UK headquarters at Maidenhead.

We ask him what is the future of Flash? Why is it still a primary choice for online games and media players? How does Adobe’s new product Edge provide a rich media solution? and what should we expect of this in the future?

Join us for a lively debate, a demonstration of Adobe Edge, other Adobe HTML 5 solutions and if that’s not enough a chance to win thousands of dollars worth of Adobe software.

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John Cole

About John Cole

John is Adobe’s Digital Media Manager, Northern Europe, based in Maidenhead UK, where he’s worked for the last three years. John’s background is over 15 years in various web design and development roles and has worked for a number of leaders in web application development and web content management solutions. Previous to his role at Adobe John was working for Autonomy where he led the pre-sales efforts for their Web Experience Management solutions in the UK.

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Main Lecture Theatre
Oxford Brookes University
Gipsy Lane
How to find the Gipsy Lane Campus:

We’re finding out about parking and will let you know, but as ever in Oxford, if you can bus it, bike it or walk it, all the better. We’ll also post more details about how to get to the Lecture Theatre later.