Friday January 28 saw approximately 600 filmmakers from San Francisco’s Bay Area show up for the FCPUG and SF Cutters tenth annual SuperMeet. Having relocated from LA to the North Bay last July, yours truly was on hand to glean the latest for her update of book #1 Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video and meet some area filmmakers.
FCP users groups started 10 years ago when the system was in V 1.0 to share tips and techniques since Apple provided no teaching or opps to get together as other systems like Avid have routintely done (with nice hors d’oeuvres too). For someone who started on FCP V 1.0 as a trainer (having previously trained a lot of people on Lightworks and a few on Avid) it’s been amazing to see this former Seabiscuit of systems now be the top dog with lots of enthusiastic editors and regular raffles at these get-togethers.
Here’s my rundown of the events:
- Canon DSLR workshops = hot ticket
- Every session filled, unlike any other workshop.
- Skipped workshop as I’d explored DSLRs awhile ago – see May 20-June 2 blogs.
- Sign of the times: “Avid for FCP users workshop.”
- Adobe Premiere Pro workshop
- A tough crowd of FCP’ers faced demoer Karl Lee Soule and co-presenter Kevin Monahan, an FCP expert. Would they meet the challenge?
- I had worked on PP on its original PC platform so was interested to see how it worked on Mac.
- With Soule driving, they showed how Premiere Pro makes it easy to bring files in and actually edit straight from a P2 card.
- Also, PP makes it easy to edit different formats on the same timeline, due to its frameblending, providing you have time code.
- You can import a timeline from FCP, work on it in PP and then export if back to FCP.
- The other highlight for me was seeing how you could render one project and edit on another with Adobe Media Encode, if you had enough processor power, meaning sufficient RAM and GPUs.
- Lastly Soule played a promotional piece featuring the director and the assistant editor of The Social Network that demonstrated how Adobe After Effects integrates with Premiere Pro.
…Conclusion: Yes, the audience was impressed. We’ll see if anyone makes the switch.
More in the next post about the Blackmagic design workshop on their DaVinci Resolve color grader. And highlights of the evening meeting which brought everyone together in an auditorium for talks, a music video, and demoes, not to mention the raffle of prizes totalling ___K. So stay tuned!