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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.

 

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.

Next TOCPUG meeting: Sept 19th

You're an animal! 

No, worse. Human! -  Runaway Train (1987)

Can you believe it?  Summer is simply flying through.  What’s also flying are all the amazing projects fellow TOCPUG’ers are cranking out!

A few things about TOCPUG:

  • WE LOVE MOVIES. Yes, many of us have learned the language of “Movie-Speak”
  • We’re not just a ‘tech group’ blabbing about shit you’ve read on tech-blogs.  We’ll cover tech, but we’ll also tear it apart.
  • The prevailing belief:  Art/Technology 50/50.

If you are new to Toronto: A Poet, A film school grad, a wedding/corporate videomaker, an indie horror filmmaker, an actor, veteran of film/tv and would like to meet the BEST in the biz?:  TOCPUG is for you.

We are open to all and FOREVER FREE.

“Forever Free” means many things:

  • Free of ‘membership fees’:  We will never ask for $$ or “Sign up”.  Those who fund this group do so strictly out of a fervent belief in the mission.
  • Free of self-censorship: We don’t stream/record our meetings, which gives the best platform in simply coming out and ‘telling it like it is’.  Our members love the freedom to vent/praise/experience the wild debate/discussions and politic-free presentations!
  • Open to All: History has repeatedly proven, insular group-think is a disaster: that sort of thinking is a dead-end.  It’s an investment in failure.
  • Open to All: Yes, even though FCPX has been a disaster on wheels, we offer comprehensive “FCPX rehab” clinics to those willing to make the ‘first step’.
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For the past three years,  we’ve run the group with one basic principle:  Just the facts.

This group focuses/discusses many of the topics/things tech-blogs/tech-sites either doesn’t cover, or (you can guess why) WON’T.

Three years on:  TOCPUG’s best days are ahead!

See you all there Sept 19th,2017!

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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.