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On Saturday the 25th I will be at MacVideo live as part of a group of experts (and me) talking about all sorts of stuff. I will be talking about 35mm adaptors and the Nikon d90. I am also “interview of the week” on the macvideo website. If you are a sucker for punishment please watch! Both newsletter extracts below!

MacVideo Interview of the Week Philip Bloom:
impressions of the Sony PMW-EX3 and Letus Ultimate

In this interview Philip speaks about the successor to the PMW-EX1 -the PMW-EX3. He describes what he likes about Sony’s latest XDCAM EXcamcorder and tells just why he regards this as the EX1 done right.

Philip also discusses the Letus Ultimate 35mm still lens adapterwhich allows for interchangeable lenses to be fitted to either the PMW-EX3 or PMW-EX1.

NEWSLETTER EXTRA Oct. 15, 2008MacVideo


SPECIAL EVENT: MacVideo Live 25th October, 2008 Olympia, London


Supported by AdobeBringing together the best the UK production industry has to offer,MacVideo Live is an entire day of nothing but digital video.

Covering everything from post-production, encoding, content distribution and camera technology, MacVideo Live presents to you tips and tricks to speed up your editing workflow, a one hour lighting demonstrationfrom one of the UK’s top cinematographers, and a detailed overview of current camera technology. MacVideo Live is the digital video eventof the year, not to be missed.

Note: MacVideo Live is part of the Creative Pro Expo at London,Olympia.

Registration is free through you must register for both Creative ProExpo and MacVideo Live to attend.

To attend MacVideo Live:

(1) Register for MacLive Expo:

(2) Register for MacVideo Live:


Agenda for MacVideo Live 25th October@ CreativePro Expo, Olympia

10.15 – 10.45am Angie Taylor (Expert in Adobe After Effects, visual artist, Author)

Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

Introduction to Premiere Pro, showing setup and editing, leading into how to import and natively edit with the latest Tapeless formats,including RED One,XDCAM EX, AVCHD and Panasonic P2. Also included,mixing formats within sequences and timelines without transcoding or rewrapping while editing in Premiere Pro CS4.

10.45 – 11.15am

Birgitta Hosea(Expert in Adobe Flash, consultant/trainer, Author)Adobe Flash CS4 Professional and Adobe Soundbooth CS4

Simplified Flash animation with the new Adobe After Effects CS4 integration for animation of text and video. Easy character animation with the new Bones tool and how to add sound to your Flash animations through Dynamic Link with Soundbooth CS4.


11.15 – 11.30am Break


11.30 – 12.30pmAdobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium

All the latest which CS4 offers to editors and video creatives:Direct to Disc recording with OnLocation, Speech Transcription,Metadata, Dynamic Link between Photoshop, Encore, After Effects,Premiere Pro and Device Central to create a near renderless editing workflow for film, TV, online and mobile devices.

We’ll also give aquick glimpse at Mocha, the planar editor that comes with the latest version of After Effects CS4.

12.30 – 12.50 – Adrian Miskelly – freelance Motion Graphics artist

User perspective on Adobe After Effects

Adrian Miskelly – After Effects user – describes why this application is the core app. which he uses for compositing, animation, and motion graphics.


1.00 – 1.30pm BREAK

1.30 – 1.40pm – Rick Young – Editor, MacVideo

Demonstration of FX Factory Pro, filters for Final Cut Pro and AfterEffects

FX Factory Pro is a set of plug-ins which lets the user easilycreative spectacular effects, quickly and easily. These plugins work for many different systems.

1.40 – 1.50pm – Martin Baker

Digital Heaven – latest plugins

1.50 – 2pm – Alex Golner

Getting serious with fonts in Final Cut Pro

Making all your fonts work within FCP and a new text generator which allows multiple fonts, weights, and styles to be used within a single generator.

2 – 3pm Jonathan Harrison

Seminar: Compact portable lighting How to light with one, two or three lights, working with Dedo and Kinoflow lights and lighting for Chromakey.

Jonathan Harrison is one of the UK’s leading DOPs and lighting experts. Lighting systems sponsored by Cirro-lite Europe Ltd.


3.00 – 3.10pm Break

3.10 – 3.25 – Philip Bloom

Working with 35mm lens adapters and shooting video with the Nikon D90

3.25 – 3.40pm – Christina Fox, David Fox

Shooting on the run, those accessories you have to have aside from the camera: mics, camera lights, tripods and the rest…Christina Fox is a Trainer/Consultant; David Fox is a Journalist for TVB Europe magazine)

3.40 – 3.50pm – Rick Young

High End HDV – shooting with the Sony HVR-Z7E

3.50 – 4.00pm – Matt Davis

XDCam EX, getting the most out of the format and making it work for you

4.00 – 4.45pm

Panel Discussion – Philip Bloom, Christina Fox, David Fox, MattDavis, Jonathan Harrison, Rick Young

Discussion by panel of camera operators and industry experts todiscuss affordable HD and beyond, and what users need to know about the standards on offer ie HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCam EX, XDCam 4:2:2,right through to AVC Intra, HDCam, RED, Ikonoscop, film acquisitionand D-SLRs.

4.45 – 5pm Questions to the panel/wrap-up


MacVideo Live promises to be a huge event with a huge line-up of guest speakers.

Places are limited, first come first serve.

To attend you must register for both Creative Pro Live and MacVideoLive:

(1) Register for MacLive Expo:

(2) Register for MacVideo Live:

Hope to see you there.


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