Dublin Final Cut Pro Users Group Meeting and AJA Video Contest

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Next Dublin FCP Users Group Meeting Wednesday 8th December at 7pm in Filmbase with Autodesk Smoke Demonstration, Planet Rugby Commercial Case Study and more.

The AJA video contest deadline is Monday December 20th 2010.

There are two guest speakers lined up for the DFCPUG December meeting Stuart Hollaway from Autodesk and freelance art director Carlo De Agostini. Stuart Hollaway from Autodesk will be demonstrating Smoke 2011 for Mac. This advanced VFX system is designed to work directly with Final Cut Pro, including sharing projects, media, hardware and storage, all on the same workstation. Autodesk Smoke software is a leader in editorial finishing for high-quality commercial and broadcast projects. Featuring a powerful 64-bit architecture and with an intuitive timeline-based workflow, Smoke offers an all-in-one editorial finishing toolset that spans conform, color correction, keying, tracking, paint, titling and 3D visual effects. Thanks to Eurotek to their help in organising this.

The second guest is Carlo De Agostini, a freelance art director based in London. Carlo specializes in visual effects and has completed projects for television and studios in the UK, US, Italy, Brazil and China. Carlo will discuss one of his latest projects, ‘Pianeta Rugby‘, a commercial highlighting the rugby coverage on the Italian TV station, La7.

There will also be a showcase of a new plug-in for FCP called the Martini Quickshot Creator as well as a look at ‘Beauty Box Video‘, a skin retouching plug-in from Digital Anarchy.

The event will conclude with many raffle prizes kindly offered by BBC Motion Gallery, Artbeats, Larry Jordan, Filmbase, Digital Anarchy and Martini Quickshot. Following the meeting there will be refreshments at La Taverna di Bacco Wine Bar on the Millennium walk.

As always, the meeting is free to attend but places must be reserved in advance by emailing info@dublinfcpug.com.

AJA Video Contest – Deadline Monday December 20th 2010

Create your own 30 second commercial as part of the AJA Video Contest – Over $15,000 worth of prizes to be won!

Organized by Dublin FCPUGFCPUG Hungary and FCPUG Belgium the AJA Video Contest has the goal to create a 30 second commercial in a creative way using BBC Motion Gallery footage and / or your own footage.

The main sponsors of the contest are AJA Video Systems www.aja.com, BBC Motion Gallery www.bbcmotiongallery.com and GenArts www.genarts.com.  There is more than $15,000 worth of prizes waiting for the three lucky winners, consisting of many useful tools for editors and motion graphic artists such as software, hardware, books and DVDs.

The submitted video should be in the form of an “indirect commercial”, where you advertise a product while keeping the focus on the content (story) rather than the actual product itself. This product can be real or fake.

A four-member independent international jury will select the three best videos based on execution, style, and technical level. The three highest scoring videos will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The deadline is 20th December 2010.

For more info on the competition, including how to enter, visit: http://www.dublinfcpug.com/contest.html

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