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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Tuesday, February 2
Groundhog Day

Digital media Center, 1300 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana
Just north of Edinger at Wilshire Ave

"THE HATEFUL EIGHT" Deconstructing Tarantino's Edgy Movie Trailer Graphics

How'd They Do That?

It's Groundhog Day! Much as we'd love to peek out and see our shadows to justify scrambling back to our comfy burrow nest, and maybe rewatch "Groundhog Day" for the seemingly 115th time, we are nonetheless inspired to demo some tips and tricks, over and over again.

It's Groundhog Day! Much as we'd love to peek out and see our shadows to justify scrambling back to our comfy burrow nest, and maybe rewatch - hah hah,  had you going here, didn't we?

Movie Titles - a brand of art all their own. They can be simple, elegant, funny, happy, bright and cheerful, or rough, scary and edgy as in Tarantino's case, preparing the audience for something great while building anticipation for the movie to come.

We appreciate the art of it all, but with the speed of the cuts and amazing effects, it seems too complicated to figure out how it was done.

We are taking up the challenge with the recent movie "The Hateful Eight." Terry Syndergaard will deconstruct the method frame by frame, so that it is possible to see all its parts in order to use it for our own purposes.

Taking it to an extreme, what if you could apply that method to another movie genre, even something fun, entertaining, or even sweet? You will be amazed at the work we have done to use the same method to create our own rough, scary, edgy movie title and another one to be sweet, charming, and adorable. You will see that understanding a method is at least as important as the result, as it gives you as many uses as you can imagine.

We'd love to have you join us for our challenge, and have a little fun in the process.

 

RSVP so we know how much pizza to order.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 January 2016 12:31
 
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Tuesday, December 1

Digital media Center, 1300 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana
Just north of Edinger at Wilshire Ave.

DV / After Effects Abuser Group


Our December 1st Meeting will be a Green Screen Workshop where you can go beyond concept to actually inserting a person into a scene by keying out the background.

Bring your laptop with your Creative Cloud applications or After Effects 6 or Premiere Pro, and you will have a practical experience of making it work. We will be working with lighting, and ways to avoid green screen spill onto your person in the scene. It's all about compositing, right?


If you are new to green screen, we will work together to create the effect. If you are a pro or somewhere in-between, we can all benefit from your questions and experiences.

If you do not have a laptop, and prefer not to haul your desktop monster, come anyway for the demos that will be happening all around you in the room, or volunteer to be the star / onscreen talent!

CREATIVE CLOUD RAFFLE!

This will also be our last meeting of the year and we will be raffling off a 12 month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Anyone who has attended at least one of our meetings in person during Aug., Sept., and Nov., and has not won in the last year is eligible. We give away a 12 month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription twice a year!

FREE TONIGHT- Apologies for some technical difficulties last month, that have been cleared up, so we are offering a free meeting tonight to thank you for your attendance. Please RSVP however, so we will know how much pizza to buy.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2015 00:19
 
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Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group
Tuesday, November 1

Digital media Center, 1300 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana
Just north of Edinger at Wilshire Ave.

After Effects vs. Premiere Pro

 

There are surprising times to use one program over the other. We have figured out the best times to do that so you don't have to do the research. Although your mileage may vary, and each case comes with its own challenges, the concepts remain true and relevant. Reflective product shots and videos require a different tweaking of the knobs and dials than do beauty and "talking heads" interviews. We will show you what characteristics to look out for and what is most important to produce the best result with ease.

Wispy hair requires extra care. We delve into the the recesses of both Keylight and UltraKey for answers so you have the best results in the shortest amount of time.

Sock puppets or sea monsters? Terry recently engaged his Chinese students at The Art Institute of CA, OC by making sock puppets and doing an impromptu skit with a student in front of the 6' x 6' green screen he seems to carry everywhere. (Hey, ya never know, ya know?) In short order he demonstrated the technique of keying out the green and replacing it with student footage from Huntington Beach. See how animating the masks within keylight make the critters appear to be in the ever-changing ocean.

Another trick was the "BeachJump." Leaping into the air several feet (aided by the ever-present green screen) is a sure crowd pleaser. Tips and warnings included, no extra charge.

We will also be looking at some advanced settings for keying crappy green (tech term)

To the ends of the Earth we boldly go, bringing back big game tips and tricks from the darkest jungles of Internetia and the peaks of Killaman-jaro. It will be a thrill-packed episode, boys and girls. Be there or be square. See ya!


COMING ATTRACTIONS

 

THE GREEN-SCREEN GANG PART TWO - WORKSHOP

Coming December 1

 

Our December 1st Meeting will be a workshop. Come and put yourself before the green-screen and into any background. Bring your laptop to try it out, we will provide some background stills or video, or bring your own to use. Amaze your friends and family. Be the first on your block, etc.

Come to our November meeting to see how to find the best method of lighting and keying, and the December workshop will give you the practical experience of creating it.

RSVP so we know how much pizza to order!

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 November 2015 18:24
 
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Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group
Tuesday, October 6

Digital media Center, 1300 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana
Just north of Edinger at Wilshire Ave.

Ever get a dreaded call from a client who wants to change "just one or two little things" on the hundreds of photos you've already sent them? Enter the wonderful life-saving techniques of Photoshop Actions and Batch Actions to save your sanity and, maybe, your client.
Terry Syndergaard has done the research for you, and will reveal the important step he figured out that most tutorials miss or gloss over, and can cause you trouble. Avoid the gotchas, files not saved, and your specified folder choice not being honored with this one trick.
If you've never written (recorded) an action or haven't in a while, he will show you how you can automate many Photoshop processes, and explain clearly, where others may have left you confused. He will also show the flexibility of having batches run automatically or with inserted pauses or stops as you deem necessary to handle any special case files.
Crop, resize, color correct, save as jpeg (or other) to a specified folder without fear of over-writing your originals.
When there are many to do, this can take much of the tedium out of your day.


THE GREEN-SCREEN GANG
After Effects vs. Premiere Pro

There are surprising times to use one program over the other. We have figured out the best
times to do that so you don't have to do the research. Although your mileage may vary, and
each case comes with its own challenges, the concepts remain true and relevant.
Reflective product shots and videos require a different tweaking of the knobs and dials than do beauty and "talking heads" interviews. We will show you what characteristics to look out for and what is most important to produce the best result with ease.
Wispy hair requires extra care. We delve into the the recesses of both Keylight and UltraKey for answers so you have the best results in the shortest amount of time.
To the ends of the Earth we boldly go, bringing back big game tips and tricks from the darkest jungles of Internetia and the peaks of Killaman-jaro. It will be a thrill-packed episode, boys and girls. Be there or be square. See ya!


COMING ATTRACTIONS
THE GREEN-SCREEN GANG
PART TWO - WORKSHOP - Coming November 3
Come to our October meeting to see how to find the best method of lighting and keying, and
the November workshop will give you the practical experience of creating it.

Our November 3rd Meeting will be a workshop. Come and put yourself before the green-screen and into any background. Bring your laptop to try it out, we will provide some background stills or video, or bring your own to use. Amaze your friends and family. Be the first on your block, etc.


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2015 17:11
 
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Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group
Tuesday, September 1

Digital media Center, 1300 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana
Just north of Edinger at Wilshire Ave.



Terry and Bonnie are at it again this month with a creative solution for a client who wants to showcase the sparkle of their rhinestone-studded make-up cases on the website, selling to professional glamour industry make-up artists. The client found that regular photography didn't capture the "bling" but Terry and Bonnie tackled the challenge, inventing a method combining video, green screen, Premiere Pro and Photoshop. The stylized effects show up in photos and videos on the web - the resulting effect had the client literally squealing with delight!

Reflective surfaces always come with a set of problems to solve (and mirrors compound them!) but you can use these techniques to enhance that beautiful sparkle to show off your client's product and make it zing without a lot of expense.

We'll be revealing the tricks and the DIY green screen, so come for the pizza, stay for the fun, tips 'n' tricks.

Don't forget, we've changed location to the Digital Media Center, Santa Ana. See ya there! Hit the ReadMore to RSVP so we know how much pizza to order!

Here is the CONNECT LINK for those who cannot attend in person.
http://experts.adobeconnect.com/dvae/

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 September 2015 17:11
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