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END OF AN ERA!

The last TOCPUG meeting was held May 21st, 2018

What began in Feb 2014, for FOUR YEARS: TOCPUG ran strong.

The reason for ending the group is multi-faceted, however for the 25+ who attended the last meeting: They DO NOT want to see it end.  It also was one of the best sessions of the year, BIG THANKS for the presenters.

So where do we go from here?

A large portion of those who work in the biz, are leaving (fleeing) Toronto.  Fun fact: Toronto is the only city in all of Ontario which has TWO land transfer taxes.

Compound with a truly ‘dysfunctional’ municipal government, a Mayor who’s a space cadet: Time was nigh to leave. 

The numbers don’t lie.

*source: Huffington

Don’t small cities means less access to large projects?  

In the past this would have been true, however with the advent of higher-speed internet and the incredible RESILIO app: You really can work anywhere in the world!!!  

Unlike online storage/sharing sites…Resilio DOES NOT ‘strip’ metadata from video files (If you are uploading a 10-bit file, some sites will strip critical metadata from it…thus destroying the file).

Resilio is a rock-solid, reliable and HASSLE FREE file transfer protocol.   Once you use it…it will begin changing your perception of how/where you can work.

Politicians can endlessly complain about wanting to set up x/y/z infrastructure…or YOU CAN BUILD YOUR OWN.

Summary: WORK a few days/week in Toronto…LIVE in any small/medium sized town OUTSIDE the 416. 

…but I digress, where to from here?

The group needs to grow:  TOCPUG will continue…but it will now be under the umbrella of a larger usergroup:

*drumroll*

Yes!  It’s exactly what it is.

ONCPUG’s goal is to begin bringing the TOCPUG experience ‘on the road’.  That is:  To any Ontario city wishing to host THE BEST IN THE BIZ.

See you all in September!

 

TOCPUG: March 19th – 7pm SHARP – Double Thrill!

Hello/Bonjour fellow TOCPUG’ers

Monday March 19th’s meeting is a GO.
550 St. Clair West, 2nd floor (Close to St. Clair West Subway)
 
web: tocpug.ca
twitter: @tocpug

We have the following set for the night, meeting starts at 7pm SHARP:
– AMD Threadripper 18-Core PC turned into a MAC! (The REAL Mac Pro!)
Come in person to SEE this BEAST of system in action, presenter will discuss the do/don’ts and everything it took in turning this BEAST of a CPU into a KILLER MAC! (at a fraction the cost!)
– 2D/3D animating for the corporate world (Special presenter)
Main presenter, will showcase his various commercial/projects and step by step go through the process from conception to animating/delivery to the client 2D/3D animation.  
This is a growing career segment of the market,
generating Hollywood level animation for the industrial/corporate world.
Doors open at 6pm, arrive early to talk shop and play 
FREE ARCADE CLASSICS! (For serious).
TOCPUG is open to all / forever free

That’s a wrap! Next meeting: Monday March 19th_2018

NEXT MEETING: Monday, March 19th_2018

Notes/info will go up shortly, but here’s some pix of the night/briefer

Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/tocpug

e-mail us to get on our mailing list!: info@tocpug.ca

TOCPUG.ca’s first meeting in months:  Had to go a little extra special for the best in the biz (our attendees)

“Marvelous, marvelous: C’est bon!”  

 

Big thanks to Robert Alsop of Big Red Truck: http://www.redtruckproductions.ca/corporate-2/index.html for his great presentation on https://rampantdesigntools.com/free-download-sign/ ‘s motion templates.  The ability to make use these templates/roll your own in Premiere: Adds incredible value to any project.

That’s a wrap!

 

 

Next meeting: This Monday February 26th – 7-9pm

Next meeting: This Monday February 26th – 7-9pm (Drop by earlier for the famous ‘pregame chat’ and grab a free timbit!)
550 St. Clair West, Toronto. (Close to St. Clair West Subway) All are welcome/forever free.

Special presenter: Robert Alsop
4K Mats in Premiere Pro/Compositing
 

Robert Alsop is owner and operator of Red Truck Productions.

As a freelance producer/video editor, Robert focuses on working with independent producers and production companies in delivering online video content.

Area of expertise is in post-production, producing creative editorial video content. Recent work includes corporate videos highlighting products and services for trade shows and websites. Currently interests include digital photography, developing a portfolio for landscape and art photography.

Here is a link to Robert’s website highlights:

Additional topics:
– Drones in 2018: Already antiquated ‘rules’:  Night illumination (concept).
– ‘bag of tricks’
– Panasonic GH5, thoughts on the aftermath of shooting a doc/tv series.
– Upcoming tutorial seminar (need feedback)
If there’s a video you made/a topic you’d like to seminar/present on:  Let us know!  Whether you’re a film school grad, a wedding videographer, or a film/tv professional, drop by.
The best two hours you’ll spend meeting the best in the biz.

TOCPUG: Monday October 16th Canceled! Next meeting: November 20th

Next tentative meeting: Monday, November 20th

There’s not enough in terms of presenters to warrant a
meeting for tomorrow.  Most are in ‘crunch’ time/making fall deliverables (I’m on a death schedule now!) It’s a very busy time!
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If you want a meeting in November, drop us a line!
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I originally was going to leave a bunch of technical tidbits/camera/software…but that’s not what TOCPUG is all about.
So, I’ll leave you with this:

 

“Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing.