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Thursday: Adobe Create Now event

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Date
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:30 PM
Venue
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.

Speakers

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
http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco


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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

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.

CS6 upgrade path for CS3/4 users

Happy New Year!

Our first meeting of the year is next week, Thursday 19th January. Lined up so far, the Premiere and Post group have David Perry giving a talk about audio recording and processing for video. Alun will talk about sound on the web, with a review of where to stick your audio, and some examples of interesting uses of audio. Glenn will talk about CSS3 selectors. More details to follow.

We have some Adobe news:

CS6 Upgrade Path for CS3/CS4 Users:

“We’re very excited about the upcoming launch of Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 and Adobe Creative Cloud.  CS6 will be a major new release of our creative desktop tools, with huge improvements for every type of creative pro.  Adobe Creative Cloud will be our most comprehensive creative solution ever, giving members access to the all CS6 desktop software, plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps and rich community features.  In addition, Creative Cloud members will receive continuous upgrades and updates to all products and services as part of their membership.

With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to discover which offering is best for them.  Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to our customers who own CS3 or CS4.  This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.”

December meet-up

White Horse - Royal Blenheim logo

For December, all three Adobe groups are meeting at the Royal Blenheim pub, St Ebbes, bang in the centre of Oxford.

That’s right, Digital Creatives, and Premiere and Post, and Flash, all in one room (or a couple of rooms, including the toilet).

Not only that, but Digital Creatives will be holding their raffle – names drawn from a hat – for $2,100 worth of Adobe software. Be there to win.

Royal Blenheim
01865 242355
www.royalblenheim.co.uk
13 St Ebbes
Oxford
OX1 1PT
Beers on tap: White Horse Brewery 3.7%, Wayland Smithy 4.4%, Village Idiot 4.1%, Rudolph the Red Nosed White Horse (oh dear)

Thursday December 15th

7:30pm onwards

Free

November 17th meeting

Next meeting exact agenda to be confirmed,but here’s a rough outline:

1) News from Adobe. There is news!

2) “Demystifying the camera” with Dariusz which will show how cameras are built, how they work, all the vocabulary related to the subject – both in the real world and in software applications (i.e. After Effects). There are a number of plugins in AE, Photoshop which use camera features (motion blur, lens blur, distortions etc.)

3) Alun’s Android App – Part Two

4) Peter Jones: What’s slitscan good for?

I will describe my personal journey into developing an effect I called Timemorphing and how I eventually discovered it was a form of slitscan. By using After Effects I will describe how to create a slitscan and show a variety of different effects that can be achieved. Than looking at the weird world of slitscan we will then discuss What’s slitscan good for.

Day: Thursday 17th November
Time: 7:30 pm.
Where: OFVM Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH
http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco

How much: Free
For whom: anyone interested in networking with other digital creatives in Oxfordshire

And the next date for your diary: Thursday 15th December – all three groups meet up for final meeting of the year, in a pub in Oxford city centre. More soon!

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