Category Archives: 2017

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.

 

Next meeting: Monday October 16th. Have a topic/film you’d like to present?

TOCPUG meetings are now held on MONDAYS.

We already have a bunch of topics to hit on:
– GH5 Firmware 2.0.  This is quite the update, and it pushes the GH5 into H.265 – 6K territory!

If you recently made a film/doc/etc, and would like to present an excerpt/short, let us know!

 
Our group of industry types are a fantastic sounding board.  TOCPUG has some of the best
Q&A ever!  
Also, if there is an app/trick you’d like to present/tutorialize on, or a gadget you’d like to show/present,
let us know!
Next meeting: MONDAY October 16th – 7-9pm . 
 550 St. Clair West – 2nd Floor
 Toronto.
TOCPUG is open to all/forever free.

TOCPUG.CA @ TFO_LUV Event – May 16th

Ethics Statement: TOCPUG has not been compensated/etc: our opinions are solely our own. Our goal has always remained the same “Showcase the best in the biz”. The following is a summary of a special onetime tour of a groundbreaking virtual studio.   TOCPUG starts up again this September. We are open to all/free.  If you are a filmmaker/creative type, this group is for you.

On May 16th/2017: TOCPUG capped off the finale of another successful year of showcasing the best in the business…with a tour of TFO’s “LUV” virtual studio!  It was a fun/informative night, the kind staffers at TFO answered ALL of our questions and made it clear: They’re ‘open for business’.

The line between production/post is clearly becoming blurred with this leading tech.  The ability to composite/track/render in real-time fully realized 3D ‘worlds’ was revelatory.

Technology in the past decade has made amazing strides in reducing the cost of post-production, however live-to-air virtual studio productions will further reduce costs/diminish the ‘turnaround’ time needed.

In the past, it was routine for many t.v. dramas/comedies to air ‘live’. Some might even remember NBC’s “E.R.” in the 90s broadcasting an episode live (twice! East/West Coast).

Summary: TFO’s LUV studio is pushing greenscreen in it’s natural direction:  Beyond post with real-time deliverables.  I see this technology scaling ‘up’, with photorealism: dramatic programming is in the cards.

If you are a producer/production and would like to discuss with TFO the use of this studio/tech, contact: Cliff Lavallee at clavallee@tfo.org

http://www.groupemediatfo.org/luv/

(TOCPUG supplied snacks: No Timbits!)

Control room tour, keyword: SPEED

Real-time, no setup: clean compositing with the LUV system.

No green screen spillage, even with water.

Cameras are equipped with motion trackers.

Next meeting: September!

That’s a wrap! Another great year of TOCPUG meetings! We will start up again in September, have a productive/safe summer.

Keep an eye on this page, our facebook and twitter for updates, musings and networking.  If you’d like to present at our fall meeting, have a film you’d like to Q&A on, an app to seminar, a topic you feel important for the Toronto Creative Pro Users Group: LET US KNOW.

Links/Leads from meeting:


 



BIG thanks to omniviewtech.ca  for their fast hour of drones/gimbals/giving the lowdown on drone usage in Canada.

Reps at Omniviewtech offers full ‘turnkey’ operation offering customizable drone/gimbals/legal info/professional operator contacts and repair services!

Also, big thanks to Troy Gibson for contacting them/making this all possible!

TOCPUG.CA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TOCPUG.CA/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tocpug

e-mail: info@tocpug.ca

TOCPUG APRIL 4 GEIGER COUNTER RESULTS ~ Next Meeting May 2nd

FANTASTIC NIGHT!  Great turnout, and lots of vintage glass to scan!  

Based upon this article which mentions  vintage lenses from the 1930-70s containing Thorium: https://petapixel.com/2013/05/03/deca…

TOCPUG offered free geiger counting services on the night of April 4th. Attendees who brought in their vintage glass, could see if it was radioactive.

Here are the results. Keep in mind, Thorium is an alpha decaying radiation, not great to keep near the eyes, but generally safe to use.

Lots of internet discussion over “Thorium lenses”, this summates it nicely: https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/c…

 

This chart also puts radiation in perspective: https://xkcd.com/radiation/

 

April 4th – Anamorphic Lenses & Geiger Counter Fun!

April 4th’s meeting is shaping up! (dates got moved around as a result of March break)
If you have a short film you’d like to show/present, let us know.
Along with a tutorial/seminar on Anamorphic lenses (A must for anyone serious about ‘movie magic)
I recently came across this article:
and the list of lenses possibly containing Thorium:  http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Radioactive_lenses
Seeing as many here probably are vintage lens collectors 
(Can’t beat the look of imperfect glass!), bring it in!
We’ll have a Geiger Counter that night to detect 
your glass for any ionizing particles.
Anyone ‘concerned’ regarding rads, this chart helps put everything into context: https://xkcd.com/radiation/
April 4th 7-9pm: 
550 St. Clair West, 2nd Floor (Close to St. Clair West Subway)
Open to all/Forever Free.

 

Next meeting: April 4th

Hi/Bonjour fellow TOCPUG’ers.

Place was PACKED last night, incredible energy with a fantastic back/forth.
This really is what TOCPUG is all about: A place where creative/technical types
can get together monthly and discuss/present their work/new ideas.
Next meeting will be held April 4th.  We already have a few presenters lined up, but
if you shot a short film and would like to present/discuss it, let us know!
We hold meetings on the third Tuesday of every month. 550 St. Clair West 2nd floor (Close
to St. Clair West Subway). Our meetings are not streamed: this enables us to be as blunt/honest 
with our opinions: this is a strength.  Free Timbits and sodas!
Open to All/Forever Free.
Next meeting: April 4th.
Here’s some links from last night:

Austin Hitchcock’s 360VR Service (If you have a client asking for VR/Promote an event, Austin’s a great lead

on this re-emerging tech):   junctionbox360.com
GH5 “Touch & Try” event (Bring an SD card, take how what you shot with this cam):

Time:  Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
3PM – 6PM

Location:  
Downtown Camera:
33 Queen St E
Between Richmond St E and Lombard St at Church StDalhousie St and Queen St E

Hitchcock in the house Feb 28th

Austin Hitchcock will give a demo intro on 360 vr. 7-8 pm time slot.

Tomorrow at TOCPUG!  550 St. Clair West Toronto: 2nd floor 
Hitchcock always had a history of going 180

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