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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.

Rampant Design partners with VFX house That Studio 

Orlando — Rampant Design Tools  has entered into a strategic partnership with That Studio, a global, online production and visual effects studio founded by Kanen Flowers and Alan Edward Bell. As a result, Rampant Design Tools is rebranding, and refocusing its entire library of practical VFX elements for filmmakers, editors and visual effects artists.

Beginning immediately, Rampant will offer its drag and drop QuickTime elements in two distinct and targeted product categories: Indie Essentials and Studio Essentials.

“Over the years, Kanen Flowers and That Studio have built a large and loyal following in the indie filmmaking community. His fans look to him for advice and guidance on the crowded, and often times, confusing marketplace for tools for filmmakers,” said Sean Mullen, president and founder of Rampant Design Tools. “Partnering with Kanen is a significant opportunity for Rampant Design Tools to reach this vast community of users, and give them the tools they need to get their projects done. Kanen has deep roots and experience with this market, so our new relationship will be a big win for our users.”

The first of the new collections, called Indie Essentials, will be marketed and sold by That Studio and will offer libraries of QuickTime elements targeted at the indie filmmaker and freelance artist/editor who require accessible, affordable high-quality VFX elements.

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The second of the new collections launched by Rampant, called Studio Essentials, will be marketed, sold and supported by Rampant, and will offer libraries of high quality, ultra high resolution (5K, 4K, 2K) QuickTime elements designed for the stringent, high-resolution requirements of higher end post production and Hollywood studios.

Both companies will jointly create and introduce new products over the next year.

Aharon Rabinowitz is the director of content and communities for Red Giant and had this to say about the new partnership: “No matter how good editing, motion graphics and VFX software gets, the one thing you’ll always need is good source — there’s just no substitute for practical effects.  I’ve used this stuff in some of my most time sensitive projects, and have been really proud of the results.”

Indie Essentials are high quality, practical effects designed to enhance any independent film or project, instantly creating impressive visual effects. Kanen will tap his knowledge and expertise as an indie filmmaker, as well as his broad following in the community, to market and sell the Indies Essentials line of products.

All Indie Essentials files are high-quality visual effects, including QuickTime files (up to 2K) and are compatible with industry-popular post production software, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Nuke, Avid and many more.

Indie Essentials delivers almost 100GB of content, with elements such as: 2k Snow; 2k Dust and Dirt; 2k Embers, 2k Sparks; 2k Fog and 2k Smoke; Cinematic Flares; Creature Kit (Eyes, Mouths, Wounds and creature textures!); Muzzle Flashes; Dirt and Grunge; Grunge Mattes; Overlays and Transitions; Cinematic Music; Sound Effects; and more.

Al Mooney, senior product manager, professional video editing for Adobe added, “That Studio has quickly become recognized as a forward-thinking, modern and very global organization that values independent film. Indie Essentials provides world class tools to filmmakers on a budget to allow them to create the highest quality productions. These tools, along with tight integration to our Creative Cloud toolset, in particular with Adobe Premiere Pro CC,  provides filmmakers with unlimited possibilities to create and edit films.”

Studio Essentials include Rampant Design Tools entire library of high-end, ultra high resolution elements, including the Rampant Cinema Series 5K, Rampant Broadcast Series 4K, Rampant Production Series 2K, and Rampant Essentials 2K drives. Studio Essentials delivers two complete volumes of elements and offer editors and visual effects artists optimal flexibility, quality and value. Sean Mullen continues to tap his expertise as a high-end VFX artist, whose work included Hollywood and television productions such as Charmed, Ally McBeal, NCIS, Felicity, Nip/Tuck, Idle Hands, Lake Placid and Any Given Sunday.

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Studio Essentials includes thousands of 5K effects, and all of the Studio Essentials are available in 2K, 4K and 5K.  Studio Essentials are available on USB 3.0 drives, or users can select the 2K and 4K elements as downloads if preferred.  Rampant is also offering the Next Gen For Editors sample pack which includes 10 effects from each volume in 4K for under $100. Some of the elements offered in Studio Essentials include: Studio Fire; Studio Dust, Embers and Sparks; Studio Smoke; Studio Snow; Studio Flash Transitions; Studio Bokeh; Studio Reflections; Studio Mattes; Studio Light Transitions; Studio Light Overlays; Studio Blast Transitions; Studio Impact Lights.