DIgital Video/After Effects Abuser Group

The Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group brings together presentations on video editing and special effects software, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects. Members share their experiences with video taping and using related software tools such as Adobe Photoshop. Camera equipment, both still and video, is also demonstrated and reviewed. Terry Syndergaard is the Manager of this User Group, and Bonnie Erdrich is the Co-Manager. This User Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The fee for non-OCMMA members is $10, or $5 for students.



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Digital Video / Adobe After Effects Abuser Group
Tuesday, April 28

BLENDER 3D & After FX Animation

Fina Bentley will be demonstrating Blender, a powerful open source 3D program. Open source means it's free!!  Learn Blender and you can create animations to add to your videos. Understanding how to work in 3D space, you can then move on to other 3D animation software more easily. Fina will show what is Blender, where to get it, and what it can do. Architectural to organic shapes, its all fun with freeware.

Terry Syndergaard will show his After Effects animation done using layers of scanned felt pen drawings colored in Photoshop. Deconstructing a "Got Milk" commercial, he will demonstrate how you can animate characters a piece at a time using layers and separate keyframes, rather than having to get it right the first time all at once. Compositions within compositions is a key trick.

Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: NOCCCD School of Continuing Education, Room 132
1830 W. Romneya Drive
Anaheim, CA 92801
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So we know how much PIZZA to order!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:11
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Digital Video / Adobe After Effects Abuser Group
Tuesday, March 24


Terry Syndergaard is at it again showing Tips & Tricks for Photoshop and After Effects.

Can’t find your notes for that amazing job you did on a Photoshop document?

Why not save it with the Photoshop file?

Terry will demonstrate the Power of Snapshots and your History States and Notes - Also the “Gotchas” to look out for. Done in the wrong order, you can lose all your notes on the session, all those tips you don't want to forget.

We are preparing a title sequence for an interactive children’s story that will be an ebook with drawings, video and animation. It will start with handheld video that becomes an animated scene and cartoon character.

• Terry will show the before and after of fixing a handheld shot to be a bit more stabilized, yet still retaining the personal look of handheld.

• He will also show how to overcome the bright window that steals the light in the shot making the subjects dim. Terry’s tricks to the rescue again with lightening the scene and a simple use of a traveling matte, so you get the best of the shot.

• Terry will complete the end of the scene by reframing the end shot for better composition, preparing to turn it into a storybook drawing for the title sequence.

RSVP so we know how much pizza to order.
6:30 Networking and PIZZA!

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 11:07
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Digital Video / Adobe After Effects Abuser Group

MEETING POSTPONED - No February meeting

Due to the flurry of activity preparing for our big EVENT, we regretfully postpone the DV-After Effects meeting. Just back from seeing our rooms and the beautiful campus of Fullerton College. Photos on Twitter (ocmma@oc_ocmma)
GoPro Hero 3 raffle! Promises to be a great event.

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See you all at Fullerton College March 7 - 8:30 registration 9 AM start. Set your alarms! You have the rest of your life to sleep in!

Next regular meeting is Tuesday, March 24

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 23:45
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Digital Video / Adobe After Effects Abuser Group
Tuesday, January 27


Bonnie Erdrich & Terry Syndergaard are creating an eBook children's story, with drawings, interactivity, voice-over, and animation. They have created the characters and the storyboard, and are now on to the business of animation.

Bonnie will be demonstrating CrazyTalk software, showing scenes, characters, lip-sync, and animation techniques that CrazyTalk provides. These will be the first steps in animating their story, while learning CrazyTalk, and they will apply the same techniques to the other characters as their project evolves.

For right now you will see how you don't have to be an artist at all, and yet have fun with this program, putting out a nice animation style you can customize to your own preferences.

Come and join us as we kick off the new year having fun with animation, and see what possibilities lie ahead for your visual effects in the new year. RSVP and map on next page,

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 13:16
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Digital Video - After Effects Abuser Group - Tuesday, November 25




CrazyTalk is an amazing software that has turned all the hard work of animation into something that we regular humans can have fun with and create.

Terry Syndergaard and Bonnie Erdrich are testing the waters of the latest animation techniques with the children's eBook that they are producing. They will give you an insider's look at how you can create characters or use photos and turn them into 2D & 3D animation.

That includes the lofty goal of lip sync that CrazyTalk handles beautifully, from either audio or text. Amazingly, it also reacts to the volume and intensity of yelling or the delicacy of whispering, animating your character's expressions and body language accordingly. They even have presets that you can tweak to make them yours. We are excited about the possibilities that are within our reach to learn and create with this refined technology.


Terry Syndergaard will be showing how frequency separation will change the way you fix photos. More tips and tricks follow.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 23:11

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Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: NOCCCD School of Continuing Education, Room 132
1830 W. Romneya Drive
Anaheim, CA 92801


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