RECAP of First Meeting of the
San Fernando Valley Liquid Users Group
As most of you know, last night (Wed Oct 3,
2007)was the first official meeting of the new San Fernando Valley Liquid
We had an attendance of 11 people. Not bad for a
first session. I know that there are at least several more folks who would
have liked to attend but could not for various reasons.
Many thanks to Brenda Bergin @ AVID for the door
For those of you who missed it, here is
a quick recap.
We have formed a steering committee consisting
of: Fred Ginsburg, Paul Mitton, PJ Severtson, and Skip Belyea to initially
give the group some direction.
For the time being, Fred's company
VideoEditSystems.com will continue to administrate things (email, press
releases, etc.) We will begin work on a blog or website for the group.
Everyone liked the idea of moving the meeting
sites around from month to month. It would give us a chance to see what
others are up to, and varies the commute. We are open to offers for someone
to host next month's meeting. Any takers???
There were two major debuts of new stuff. Paul
Mitton unveiled his new Liquid training DVD, the "Liquid Powerhouse" which
deals with more advanced topics than his original MindMeld set (which covers
basics). New topics include 2D & 3D editors, Boris FX, Hollywood FX, chroma
key, Title Deko Pro, color corrections, timewarp, and more. Visit
Fred Ginsburg and Nigel Hamley unveiled their
new editing workstation, the VES/Delta 1000 -- which is the first
workstation completely designed from the ground up specifically to run AVID
and Liquid. Truly and editor's dream machine: fast, reliable, turn-key with
all the software already installed & configured, complete with
peripherals.... and able to completely restore the operating System Drive &
Software Applications from its (patent pending) RED Disk kit. Visit
One of the things that was suggested is for all
of the members (even those who missed the meeting) to send Fred a short
email listing your skill levels, equipment resources, niche in the
marketplace, etc. so that eventually we can distribute that info to the
entire membership to facilitate local networking. Why give money to
outsiders if we can keep it all within our "familiy"!
It also became apparent at our meeting that we
will have to divide up sometimes in order to provide basic instruction &
mentoring for users just getting started with Liquid. Many of the attendees
were advanced users, but some were newbies. We do not want to alienate new
users (myself included in that group!!!), nor do we want to bore the
advanced users -- so from time to time we need to schedule special sessions
for the new users benefit. It would be great if the power-users would help
in teaching the new users, so feel free to volunteer!
That's it for now. I will send out more email as
things develop, but just wanted to let everyone know what happened.