Events: DCS & MFM discuss CineAlta; FCPUG SuperMeet; Broadcast Video Expo

Get out, meet people, see cool things, and learn stuff. December: Learn about CineAlta cameras and different recording gammas in Cupertino. January: party with the FCP faithful at MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. February: the UK’s own miniature version of IBC takes place at Earl’s Court in London. Be there, or may your pixels be ever non-square.

Cupertino, 17 December 2008: MacFilmmakers and the Digital Cinema Society present “Sony Cine Alta from EX3 to F35”, 6:30-9:30pm at Apple’s HQ. Sony representatives will show off the PMW-EX3 and the BVM-L230 Master Series LCD monitor; Videofax’s Leigh Blicher will show off the only F35 currently available for rent in northern California; Art Adams will screen his F35 spec spot, and we’ll discuss Hypergammas, Cinegammas, and S-Log recording. Admission is free, but you’ll need to sign up and get directions and details here.

San Francisco, 7 January 2009: 8th Annual Macworld FCPUG SuperMeet, concurrent with MacWorld Expo SF 2009. “The largest gathering of FCP users and Gurus on the Planet”, co-produced by the Boston, LA, and SF FCP User Groups, among others. Demos, networking, food and drink, and heavy-duty raffle prizes. $11 up front, $15 at the door (if any seats are left; it tends to sell out ahead of time), including two raffle tickets. More details here; sign-up and purchase tickets here.

London, 17-19 February 2009: Broadcast Video Expo, formerly Broadcast LIVE & VideoForum, is the UK’s only event dedicated to technology for production, post, delivery, AV and new media. It’s like a mini-IBC at Earl’s Court, with both exhibits and seminars. Highly recommended if you’re in the area, and the price is right, too. More info here and free registration here.

By Adam Wilt

Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years, while paying the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas, Pinnacle, Omneon, CBS, and ABC. Since 1997 his website,, has been a popular reference for information on the DV formats. He reviewed cameras for DV Magazine and started its "Technical Difficulties" column, and taught classes and led panels at NAB, IBC, and DV Expo. He co-authored the book, “Optimizing Your Final Cut Pro System”, part of the Apple Pro Training series. He currently writes for and, and creates iPhone apps like Cine Meter II and FieldMonitor.

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