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Southeast Creative Summit

September 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a pretty exciting users group happening down in Atlanta. Atlanta Cutters has been kicking it for some time now. In a lot of ways I think that success comes down to leadership. They are led by a crack team of talent: Walter Biscardi, Dan Daube, Kris Merkel and TJ Jaglinski.

But now they are taking it to a whole ‘nother level. A major industry conference featuring over 56 presentations from many of the foremost leaders in Editorial, Post production, finishing, and yes – the production side as well. This is a really great mix in a conference, sure to pack a punch in ways I feel other conferences have been lacking.

The Southeast Creative Summit

Southeast Creative Summit

I am very excited to attend this conference where I’ll get to participate in sessions with great industry talent such as The Diamond Brothers, Scott Simmons, Robbie Carman, Patrick Inhofer, Jesse Averna, Oliver Peters, Gary Adcock and many more. I’m certain I’ll come back stuffed with knowledge and ideas, to say nothing of the tremendous networking opportunities. This humble author will be also be presenting at the Southeast Creative Summit. I will be presenting two sessions, one featuring tips, experiences and hard lessons I’ve learned by running a one-man post production business (hint: being a one man business does not equate to ‘going it alone’), the other session is on creating and integrating powerful and effective motion graphics when your time budget is slim and deadline pressures are high.

Go on…click the banner above and check out the site. I’ll wait…

Now that you are back, I have two very important things to tell you about:

Early Bird pricing

The Early Bird ticket sales will end on Sept 25th, just 15 days from now. That is $300 savings over the regular pricing. I’d love for as many folks as possible to take advantage of the savings. The discount code BMD2013 gives you all three days at $495 through Sept. 25th. It’ll be $695 starting Sept. 26th.

They are also offering bulk purchase discounts. A 5 ticket purchase is the first tier bulk discount and then 10 or more is a larger discount. Folks can contact me directly walter@atlantacutters.com for more details.

Atlanta Creative Ball

Walter came to me shortly after NAB to discuss the summit and mentioned how he really loved the vibe of the MediaMotion Ball and how he wanted to talk to me about capturing that spirit for an event he wanted to create to coincide with the summit. Several lengthy conversations later (LOL) I had sort of completed a massive brain dump on him about it. The event will feature a hybrid design: networking, dinner but will also add in presentations from sponsors. There will also be prize giveaways thanks to generous sponsors.

Note that the Atlanta Creative Ball is a separate ticket from the summit. Summit attendees get a big discount, but the event is open to everyone, whether you are attending the full summit or not.

I could go on and on, but really…just go sign up already! This is shaping up to be a major learning and networking opportunity for post professionals. See you in Atlanta!

Register Here!

 

Attending NAB 2012

April 14, 2012 — 2 Comments

For the 16th straight year, I will be attending the National Association of Broadcasters show (better known as NAB). I’ll be in Vegas all this week.

I could go on at great length about the reasons I go to NAB, which have not changed in all this time, but the short version is: PEOPLE.

That’s right. PEOPLE. Information seeking is not a primary reason why I make the trip. If information about new equipment, software, etc. is all you seek…you can stay home and get it on the web. Sure, the trade show lets you touch-and-feel the stuff, but honestly, it’s really all about PEOPLE. Skipping NAB because you don’t want to purchase new stuff is, in my opinion, completely missing the point. Behind every product, service or new technology are REAL PEOPLE.

Rarely does a day go by where I am not interacting with people in the production community via the internet. Whether on the IMUG or AE-List, Twitter, Facebook, Skype or good old telephone, I have relationships with other professionals in this business, some on the “vendor” side, some on the “user” side, that keep me going. They also fuel my passions for this business.

Going to NAB provides an opportunity for face-to-face interaction with all those wonderful REAL LIVE PEOPLE who make up this crazy business. I discovered years ago how powerful these encounters are, and how positively they impact the online relationships that continue year-round. That is where the real power of our community is fully realized. NAB is the single largest gathering of people “like us” all year.

 

Events like the MediaMotion Ball are the culmination of that wonderful community. In the end, it is the entirety of the reason why I, and the entirely volunteer team behind it continue to do it. Other events that provide opportunities for users to meet and mix, like the Supermeet and other meet-ups also advance the community.

At some level, we’re all gear-heads, we love the latest software, hardware, toys and tips. We also like to talk shop with each other…that’s all in the mix, but that stuff is fleeting, it will all be old news in a short time, but PEOPLE and RELATIONSHIPS? They last forever.

I look forward to sharing time, face to face with as many wonderful colleagues as possible. You guys and gals all make me BETTER. Here’s to a great week!

I’m very happy to present the final episode of “In Production: DaVinci Resolve”.

In this episode:
Steve and I get down to grading some projects. We each take one of our real world projects and grade it, then hand it off to the other for an alternate grade. This episode is very hands-on, working in Resolve to get the job done.

Note: If you want some great, affordable DaVinci Resolve training, here’s a great recommendation: Alexis Van Hurkman’s brand new release via Ripple Training: DaVinci Resolve Core Training. Definitely check it out!

Episode 6 of 6: Color Grading Sessions

About the show:
“In Production” is a video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This is the sixth and final episode in our series on DaVinci Resolve.

Carey’s blog is at http://www.careydissmore.com
Steve’s Blog is at http://www.steveoakley.net

Here’s something I’ve been eagerly anticipating for quite awhile. Ripple Training has released “DaVinci Resolve Core Training” featuring instructor Alexis Van Hurkman. I have long been a fan of Alexis from his book “Color Correction Handbook” , his speaking engagements, and the fact that he’s the guy that literally wrote the Resolve manual!

I’m posting this in an excited state – I have only reviewed a portion of the training so far but I have to shoot  straight and tell you that what I’ve seen so far is very good and already worth the price of admission. I’ll be happy to follow up when I’ve seen it all.

The best part? It’s just $79 bucks and is an immediate download…with practice media. That’s “impulse purchase” pricing for something that might just give you a basis to launch a new chapter in your career.

Also, don’t forget to check out “In Production“, my production business chat show where where we have a 6-part series on DaVinci Resolve.

Disclosure: I was advanced a review copy of this training. I encourage you to review my general ethics statement.

 

Presenting episode 5 of “In Production:DaVinci Resolve”!

In this episode:

Carey and Steve discuss why you might want to use a control surface, and the options in controllers that are out there. We’ll also discuss monitoring very pragmatically, and offer some straight talk on the number one job of your monitor. It’s probably not what you think!

BONUS: Check out the video embedded below on “Metamerism Failure”. A scientific explanation of why monitors can be accurately calibrated and still not match each other!

Episode 5 of 6: Controllers and Monitors


About the show:
“In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This series on DaVinci Resolve will be released in 6 episodes.

The final episode will be released right here on CareyDissmore.com and also on SteveOakley.net

BONUS: Explaining Metamerism Failure

Flanders Scientific, makers of very high quality reference monitors has released this video… an excellent explanation of metamerism failure. The best, most accurate explanation I’ve ever seen as to why different monitor types can measure as calibrated accurately and still look different to your eyes when compared SIDE-BY-SIDE. This is an excellent counterpoint that illustrates why it might not be the best idea for me to be running my LCD, CRT and plasma monitors all at once in my edit/grading suite.

I strongly urge you to watch this video. Then watch it again. It’s dropping serious knowledge that will help you understand human vision, display technology and generally be a better video pro.

Presenting episode 4 of “In Production: DaVinci Resolve” !

In this episode:
Carey and Steve get into setting up a Resolve system and what machines will run it. We talk about GPU acceleration, CUDA vs. OpenCL, Red Rocket, laptops, iMacs, and Resolve Lite-the FREE version.

Missed the first three episodes? They’re all here.

Episode 4 of 6: Setting Up A Resolve System


Direct YouTube Link

About the show:
“In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This series on DaVinci Resolve will be released in 6 episodes.

Additional episodes will be released weekly right here on CareyDissmore.com and also on SteveOakley.net

Hey all, just a reminder that I’m heading to Motion 2011 and The Adobe Post Show and I sure hope to see as many of you there as possible. If you are just learning what that is, here’s a link to my original VIDEO post about why I go. Bonus: There’s a heck of a good discount via PROMO CODEs in the banner to the right.

Exclusive Promo Codes

$100 off either Motion 2011 or The Adobe Post Show via promo code: REELmo11

$175 off the already-discounted price for both conferences via promo code: REELmoPS11

This industry is very challenging, more now than ever, and a lot of us are under tremendous pressure to deliver in a time of shrinking budgets and increased expectations. It’s very easy to feel like you are constantly chasing your tail, and you end up getting creatively burnt out. Motion 2011 is a place to fix that. The Adobe Post show is a place to acquire new hands on skills. I’m teaching a Premiere Pro lab there, but am just as eager to participate as an attendee.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Motion details, my session and an EXCLUSIVE discount deal:

Note: The park in this video is one of my “creative spaces” I go to get out of the studio and regain focus. It’s generally very quiet and works wonders. What are some of your creative escapes? Leave a comment and let me know.

Motion 2011 and The Adobe Post Show are back-to-back conferences coming October 9-14. Both take place in Albuquerque.

Motion brings together the top creatives in the motion graphics, visual effects and animation industries to share what drives their creativity. The format is audience-interactive “TED Talks” style.

The Adobe Post Show immediately follows Motion. It features intermediate to advanced level training in the Adobe Production Premium applications. I am presenting a hands-on LAB session called “The Reel World: Final Cut Pro to Premiere Pro” amongst many other great sessions.

There is nothing else like Motion in our industry.

Exclusive Promo Codes
$100 off either Motion 2011 or The Adobe Post Show via promo code: REELmo11
$175 off the already-discounted price for both conferences via promo code: REELmoPS11

(the combo is the best deal as it nets you a $1200 value for just $874!)

To register click here

The eSeminar I presented earlier today is now live.

Ask A CS Pro: Updating Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro

In this eSeminar, I talk about the importance of demo reels and provide an introduction to Premiere Pro, especially from the FCP editors point of view. I also demonstrate how to move FCP 7 projects to Premiere Pro via XML.

This is an Adobe Connect session. You can get to it by clicking either image below.

 

 

This Friday, I will be presenting an eSeminar on behalf of Adobe, entitled:
Ask a CS Pro: Update Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro

 

Title: Ask a CS Pro: Update Your Demo Reel with Premiere Pro
Time: Friday, August 5, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT
Location: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/askcspro

More Info:
In this week’s Ask a CS Pro, Carey Dissmore will talk about the importance of demo reels, and provide an overview of the editing workflow in Premiere Pro from the perspective of an editor who is comfortable with Final Cut Pro. Carey will also share the similarities, differences and unique advantages of Premiere Pro, including its tight integration with other products in the Adobe Production Premium bundle such as After Effects, Photoshop and Audition.

We’ll see you Friday, August 5, at 12 p.m. PT in our Connect Room: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/askcspro. The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.

Session start time for other time zones follows: http://bit.ly/qWKv5b

About Carey Dissmore:

Carey Dissmore is a television and media production professional with 25 years in the business. His work spans the broadcast news, entertainment, advertising, documentary and corporate ranges. He considers himself an editor first, with a heavy amount of motion graphics design as well. He uses an enormous number of tools but the biggies are Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and the full Adobe suite. Carey is currently working on shows for Food Network and Spike TV, while also designing, editing and animating a series of corporate and medical projects.

Carey founded the International Media Users Group and the MediaMotion Ball at NAB, establishing it as a strong user community event that has been running since 1998. He is active on the MediaMotion IMUG and AE email lists that he helps administer.

Carey is principal of Carey Dissmore Productions, Inc., based in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Disclosure by Carey: I’m not an Adobe employee, but they are funding and hosting this eSeminar. Having said that, Adobe has encouraged me to be really honest and straightforward. This presentation is of my own design, prepared from my own perspective.