Quick Chat: SuperMeet founders Michael Horton and Daniel Bérubé

On June 26, the first Bay Area SuperMeetUp is taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Held in association with Future Media Concepts and the FCPX Creative Summit, the Bay Area SuperMeetUp will feature, among other things, a keynote by Randy Ubillos, former chief architect of Final Cut Pro.

This all seems pretty cool, so we decided to reach out to the event’s architects to find out more about this SuperMeetUp and the other events they hold all over the world. The following is our Quick Chat with Daniel Bérubé and Michael Horton (pictured left to right above). Bérubé, of the Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG), is co-producer of these SuperMeets with Michael Horton, the founder of the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group (LACPUG).

What is a SuperMeetUp versus a SuperMeet?
SuperMeets are gatherings of Adobe, Avid, Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from the US, Europe and the world over. A SuperMeetUp is the same thing, only smaller. There is room for only 300 people at this event in San Jose, thus we are calling it a SuperMeetUp. This will be the first-ever Bay Area SuperMeetUp. We’ve also previously held SuperMeetUps during SXSW and in Boston.

How did this upcoming SuperMeetUp come to be?
While attending the 2015 Editors Retreat in Daytona earlier this year, Dan had an opportunity to discuss with Future Media Concepts his idea of holding one of our SuperMeet events alongside their three-day FCPX Creative Summit in San Jose. We thought that might be fun, and FMC loved the idea! So after a few weeks of figuring out how to do this, we decided that a SuperMeetUp would be perfect to hold during the Summit.

Do you have to register or attend the FCPX Creative Summit in order to attend the SuperMeetUp?
No. The SuperMeetUp is a separate event. It is held in the same location as the Creative Summit, but it is an entirely separate event. Everyone is welcome. All you need is a SuperMeetUp ticket.

Does the main interest for attendees need to be in FCPX in order to make the SuperMeetUp worth their time?
Not at all. This event is not just about Final Cut Pro X. We will have presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Other World Computing and Kanen Flowers of That Studio.

Randy Ubillos

Randy Ubillos

Having Randy Ubillos as your Keynote speaker is exciting. How did that come about?
Some of your readers might not recognize the name Randy Ubillos, but he is the former chief architect of video apps at Apple. He recently announced his retirement. While at Apple he created and worked on a range of products, including Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Aperture, iMovie ’08 through ’11 and iPhoto for iOS. He also created versions 1 through 4.2 of Adobe Premiere Pro. How’s that for a career?

Randy Ubillos fundamentally changed the way we all tell visual stories. He changed the world’s post industry. Entire industries have grown up around what he has created. So, yes indeed, this is exciting.

What is the Digital SuperMeetUp Showcase?
This is where all attendees can enjoy a few cocktails, network and party with industry peers, talk one on one with leading manufacturers, get hands-on demos and simply learn about what is going on in the world of hardware and software.

There will be over 15 software and hardware developers to hang out with, including Adobe, Atomos, Blackmagic, Boris FX, CoreMelt, FCPWorks, Flanders Scientific, Imagineer, LumaForge, Lumberjack Systems, OWC, Pond5, Ripple Training, Sonnet, Telestream, That Studio and others. Doors open at 5pm, so it is best to get to the SuperMeetUp at that time. Stage presentations begin at 7pm.

What is the value of attending a SuperMeetUp?
Good question. Like everything, you get out of it what you put into it. A SuperMeetUp, like a SuperMeet, or like any networking event you attend, is all about you. We provide you with the venue, some food and drink and a bunch of like-minded people who are interested in the same things you are. But it is YOU who must have the courage to go up to strangers and say, “My name is,” and take it from there. Do that and you just might meet that one person who can change your life. This event will be jam packed with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

In just one night you will not only get a chance to meet and greet these people, but learn something as well — all for the price of a ticket and the will to get out of the house.

Will there be one of your “world famous” raffles?
Oh sure. How can there be a SuperMeetUp without a raffle? It’s a tradition and a heck of a lot of fun. Currently, there is more than $25,000 worth of valuable prizes to give away to dozens of lucky filmmakers, including a Blackmagic Pocket Camera, an Atomos Shogun, a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and copies of iZotope RX Advanced. Plus, we’ve so much more to give away. Raffle tickets are only $2 each or three for $5.

How much does it cost to attend the SuperMeetUp?
It’s $15 per person, however readers of PostPerspective can save $5 off of general admission by using code PPVIP during registration — making the cost only $10, plus ticket fee. Now that’s a heck of a deal!

Just go to http://supermeet.com and click on the Buy 
Tickets button, then enter the PPVIP promo code on the Eventbrite RSVP page. If someone needs a hotel room, FMC has made a deal with the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, which is a five-minute walk to the SuperMeetUp. Just go here and click on the Register Now button. Fill out all required information, click Continue to Part 2 and select SuperMeetUp single-night package.

Any other SuperMeets coming up this year?
Yes! The Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will once again be held at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam on Sunday, September 13. It’s going to be huge. Plus, we’re exploring the idea of holding another SuperMeet in November, and we look forward to sharing an update with you soon.


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