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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!

 

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

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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: 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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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

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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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February 28th’s meeting is a go!

Hi/Bonjour fellow TOCPUG’ers

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There is a promo code at the bottom for Scrivener. The best writing app for serious writing. (Only sent to those on mailing list!)
February 28th’s meeting is a go!
550 St. Clair West, 2nd Floor 
Close to St. Clair West Subway.
7pm – Greetings and Q&A’s – If you are new to the group/have a question our group might be able to answer?  This is your chance.
– Panasonic GH5.  An in depth presentation/discussion on Panny’s new M43 4:2:2 10-bit cam.
– Came Gimbal with GH4. Palm-sized servo stabilizers are all the rage,  are they worth the ???
– Short film presentation.
8pm – Break
8:10pm – Virtual Reality:  WERVR  https://wervr.ca/
Fad or future?  A relic from the 90s making a comeback?
Lawnmower Man time?

TOCPUG hosts monthly meetings, showcasing the best in the biz.
If you are a film student, or a longtime industry pro: This group is for you.

Open to All / Forever Free

Sept 20th!

Welcome to the official site for the Toronto Creative Pro Users Group (TOCPUG.CA)

Presentation spots are open for the 20th meeting, if you shot something you’d like to present/Q&A or an app you’d like to seminar on, let us know!

TOCPUG is a great way to meet fellow editors, cinematographers, directors, etc in the biz.

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The goal of TOCPUG is to showcase the best in the biz here in the 416. We’re hardware/software agnostic, which means:

We are open to all apps/disciplines.
If you’re a filmmaker, a wedding videographer, graphic designer, a writer,  an app programmer, or someone just wanting to learn a new ‘trick of the trade’: This group is for you.

Forever free, open to all.  

We meet every third Tuesday of the month.

 

E-mail: info@tocpug.ca

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tocpug

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