Category Archives: Meeting

Autumn season: first meeting this Thursday!

After a sport-fuelled lengthy summer break, the Adobe groups are back.

Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Film Oxford (previously OFVM)
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH
http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco

Menu:
Alun Ward: welcome, summary of things, invitations to speak and Adobe news. (10-15 mins)
Pine cone audio – a short presentation on how to make cut up pine cones, stick speakers inside them, and make them sing. An insight into part of the process of creating work for an audio installation. (15 mins)

Video-designer Dariusz Dziala – talk on making an animated DNA chain using After Effects CS6 Ray-traced 3D engine. The animation is a part of the design he made for “The Softening of MAO-A” performance, which was shown during the Edinburgh Fringe this year. The Ray traced 3d engine is a  new feature in After effects, and for people who use AE on a daily basis, they will be pleased with this for sure! (around 30mins)

…and as one of our occasional escapes from computers!

Introduction to make-up effects with Ani Dee. Ani is a professional make-up artist and SFX designer working in TV and Film, anything from ageing effects, a gashed cheek or rabid zombie. She will be talking about her work and giving a demo. (around 30mins)

General chat time – some of us also move on to the Rusty Bicycle pub.

See you on Thursday night.

RSVP

CS6 launch event – Thursday June 21st

Headington Hill HallJoin all three Oxford Adobe groups – Digital Creatives, Flash Oxford, and Premiere and Post, in the glamorous surroundings of Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University for a launch event for Adobe CS6, on Thursday 21st June at 7:30pm. Entry is free of charge.

Digital Creatives Oxford

 RSVP on Meetup

Adobe’s Richard Curtis and Iona Walters will demonstrate what’s new in Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, Photoshop Touch, and Production Premium CS6 and introduce the new Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service.

CS6 WebCS6 Design Suite

During the evening we’ll be running a free raffle for all attendees – the prize: an Adobe software product up to the value of $2,100, (specific product to be chosen by the winner).

Free parking will be available at Headington Hall for this event.

RSVP now on Meetup

How to get to Headington Hill Hall


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Soundcloud meetup report

Listen to some of the sounds from last night on Soundcloud:

recording Olympus

More sounds have been shared on the Soundcloud dropbox.

Malcolm Atkins kicked things off with a discussion and presentation of his scoring for several films. Listen to Malcom perform with Dubwiser next week, and get cheap tickets for Dubwiser supporting the Skatalites – 26th May at the O2 Academy – available at: http://www.dubwiser.co.uk/

Thanks to Jim Gwilliam for an excellent electronic track (Untitled).

Neil C Smith used his software, Praxis (download and use free on Google Code) to mix the tracks stored on the Soundcloud group dropbox – birdsong, footsteps, tracks from Tiger Mendoza (thanks Ian!), and Malcolm then joined in with some live improvisation. Fantastic set, thanks.

George Tsverik then played some kind of hardware (!) to modulate the saxophone of Ali Palmer Smith and the voice of Danny Nasirpour. Check out Danny on YouTube.

If you have any sounds you’d like to share, sign in to Soundcloud and add them to our group dropbox, or send them to us here, along with photos and comments of course.

Come and perform this Thursday PLUS CS6 launch party in June

Another reminder about this Thursday’s Global Soundcloud Day, in Oxford (that’s global, right?) RSVP on the Meetup page

Invited noise-makers will … make noises, talk about noises … and if you’d like to be an invited performer, just let us know now.

Confirmed performers are Neil C Smith, James Davies, Malcolm Atkins, Ali Palmer-Smith

Even if you’re not performing on the night, send us your noises, music, now – simply add it to the Soundcloud Dropbox.

We’d like to welcome any first-timers, particularly those who found out about this event via the Soundcloud Global Day, or the new Meetup site for Digital Creatives.

Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Film Oxford (previously OFVM)
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco

CS6 Launch Party on Thursday June 21st

Two Adobe representatives will help us celebrate the launch the CS6 release of Adobe products. We’ll be holding two raffles for a full suite of the new software, one for Digital Creatives Oxford, and one for the Premiere and Post group (refer to their site for the terms of the raffle, ours is out of a hat – but you’ve got to be there to win!).

Richard Curtis (@richardcurtiswill give a presentation and demonstration of the new Photoshop release with Touch applications and Creative Cloud, and Niels Stevens will do the same for the Production Premium release.

Note the new venue for this event: we’ll be at Headington Hill Hall, which is on the Oxford Brookes Headington Hill Campus, Oxford, OX3 0BP. More details after the next meeting.

Thanks, and hope to see you on Thursday!

Glenn and Alun

May 17th – Soundcloud Global Meetup Day

Digital Creatives OxfordOur next Adobe groups meeting, on Thursday May 17th, is a sound special. We’ll have some stickers and stuff from Soundcloud, and are organising a night of sonic entertainment.  For inspiration for our own event, read stories of what people got up to at last year’s Soundcloud Global Meetup Day, check this page http://blog.soundcloud.com/2011/06/10/gmd-highlights-may/

Do one or all of the following things:

1. Send us your sounds now. If you’re registered with Soundcloud (free), add your sounds to our group so we can use them on the night. Post your sounds to the Soundcloud Dropbox group here, or send us your sounds some other way!

Send us your sounds
2. Come and make sounds. Contact us or comment here if you’d like to perform and need more than a one-minute guerilla slot.

3. Come and listen. We’ll also be recording snippets over the evening to upload to Soundcloud, and invited performers will be entertaining you and themselves. Watch this space for news of our performers.

4. RSVP on our MeetUp site.

It’s free, but please bring your own drink!

Venue: Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford
OX4 3AH http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco

Stay tuned – June 21st: Adobe CS6 launch party

Save the date: May 17th – SoundCloud night and April 19th report

Thanks to those turning out in miserable but essential rainy conditions last night. Here’s a summary of what you heard or what you missed.

Alun demo-ed the Photoshop CS6 beta (available on Adobe Labs). We all particularly liked the (optional) black interface 🙂 Alun’s particularly slow Windows laptop showcased the improvements in performance in CS6 when using filters. For more info watch the Adobe videos:

CS6 announcement, Monday April 24th 4pm – watch it online here.

Glenn Clarkson presented Creative Cloud news  – more to follow, but check the announcement on Tuesday, and the AdobeCreate site. Adobe’s YouTube channel has lots of answers too.

Dariusz Dziala talked us through some of the forthcoming changes and improvements in After Effects CS6 and Premiere Pro CS6.

Jim Gwilliam - Flash walk cycle

Jim Gwilliam - Flash walk cycle

Jim Gwilliam, our main speaker, gave a great hands-on, demo of a Flash walk cycle animation. We’ll post Jim’s Flash source files shortly so you get started with your own walk cycle animation – an essential in any animator’s toolkit. Thanks Jim!

SoundCloudNext month, heads up, as it’s SoundClouds Global Meetup Day on May 17th. we’re inviting (via Meetup) any local SoundCloud fans, offering some SoundCloud swag and a chance to produce sounds and post them online.

Post your sounds to the Soundcloud Dropbox group here:

Send us your sounds

Exact plans are still being discussed, but save the date and practice your sounds daily. For now, you can RSVP on the MeetUp site.

 

Creative Suite CS6 peeks – Thursday 19th at 7.30pm

Alun Ward will demo the Photoshop CS6 beta (get it here) and he and Glenn Clarkson will talk about some of the upcoming features in Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud and their recent trip to the new Adobe HQ in Maidenhead.

Just to let you know, the full CS6 details, pricing and features for all products, will be officially announced on April 23rd. If you can’t make it to this meeting, check out Adobe TV for sneak peeks at the new features.

Dariusz Dzialia is going to talk mainly about upgrades to Premiere Pro and After Effects in CS6.

Premiere Pro is getting a few new features that help professionals to speed the workflow, including improved trimming, adjustment layers, new keyboard shortcuts, better multicamera editing and more.

After Effects CS6 offers faster RAM preview, 3D camera tracking, rolling shutter repair, conversion of Illustrator vector graphics to shape layers, raytraced motion graphics and other improvements.

Dariusz is also going to say a few words about two new video applications – SpeedGrade for color grading and Prelude for ingest, logging and transcoding.

We also may have another video related speaker – but if not we’re off to the pub early!!

How much: totally free

When: Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm

Where: OFVM Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street
Oxford
OX4 3AH
MAP: http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco

Report, March, report, March, report!

Here’s what you might have missed at last month’s meeting.

CSS3 Transforms and Transitions

Glenn Clarkson talked briefly about how the new CSS3 techniques can be used to add simple but effective transformations and transitions to a web page. He showed slides listing the transform syntax for rotation, skew and scaling along with the transition syntax for duration, delay and timing function.

He commented on the need for vendor specific prefixes in the mark-up as none of the current browser releases appear to support the standard only notation. Glenn also noted that the browsers still need to perfect the actual rendition of some of the effects as they do not always render as smoothly as a designer would like.

He then gave a demonstration of a simple application of transform and transition working on thumbnail images which enlarged with an ease-in ease-out timing function when rolled over.

Download the slidedeck from Glenn’s CSS3demo talk.

Efthymios (Tim) Chatzigiannis

Efthymios ChatzigiannisThe next presentation was exclusively dedicated to sound editing with Adobe Audition. Efthymios (Tim) Chatzigiannis talked about audio restoration and sound enhancement that can be achieved with the help of the application. He played sample audio files, that needed to be repaired for reasons such as distinctive background noise, hiss, clicks, clipping or simply needed an extra touch to improve the quality of sound. The list of filters and effects that he presented included Denoiser, Hiss Reduction, DeClicker, DeClipper and the FFT filter.

Next we could get more familiar with dynamic processing and listen to the results of application of different types of compression and limitation. During this presentation Tim talked about the advantages of usage of such effects for audio enhancement and also showed how to manipulate the settings to get the best results.

Next meeting: Thursday 19th April.

Thanks for listening.

March meeting – Thursday 15th

This month’s meeting of Digital Creatives Oxford and the Oxford Adobe Premiere and Post User Group will consist of the following

Glenn’s CSS3 Animations
Glenn will be demonstrating simple animations in CSS3 that can be used right now to improve the user’s experience on a web page.

Alun’s Android App Part III
Alun shows you how he finally forced some interesting content onto his Android phone using Adobe and non-Adobe products. An introduction to app creation for the interested enthusiast.

Main mystery speaker – to be announced.

We have some swag.

Come and listen, and bring along your ideas, chat with like minded professionals and enthusiasts. As always, attendance is free. If you come along, you’re in with a chance in our half yearly raffle for $2100 worth of Adobe software. If you speak at one of our evenings, you’re in with an even bigger chance, and you earn our love.

When: Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm

Where: OFVM Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street
Oxford
OX4 3AH
MAP: http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco

Oh, and have you seen this 5 minute overview of Adobe’s history in typography on Lynda.com yet?

February meeting summary

Here’s a quick summary of what some of you heard, and some of us missed in February.

First we had an introduction made by Glenn and Richard. Glenn talked briefly about the new update for Adobe Edge and new releases on AdobeTV. Richard played a Sundance video report on Adobe TV and gave a short introduction to Oxford Adobe User Groups, as we had a few new people in the audience.

Next Richard Wakefield talked about DSLR cameras and gave a few tips about colour grading. Richard started the presentation playing a short video explaining why he uses DSLR cameras for shooting video and after that he talked about advantages and drawbacks of using HDSLR equipment. Next he described and presented the gear he uses for his productions, including cameras, a choice of lenses, audio equipment and his favourite camera mounts (tripod, monopod, glidetrack, glidecam).  While showing his gear Richard also explained how he creatively uses different lens and types of shots in his productions, illustrating his talk with video clips.

In  the second part of Richard’s talk we had a chance to learn about the basics of the colour correction. We had a chance to hear from Richard what techniques and software he uses to get the desired look of his videos. Richard showed us how to control the image using vectorscope and waveform monitors in Adobe Premiere Pro and briefly explained how he uses the fast color corrector effect and Magic Bullet and Color Fixer Plus plugins. After that we watched sample videos and listen about how using blend modes, vignetting, colour gradients, mixing channels and colour contrast effects help in colour grading tasks. At the end Richard quickly showed us how he enhances audio, using dynamic processing effects and equaliser in Adobe Premiere Pro and presented us a music video, that he recently produced.

Amen.