Well darn it all to heck, I can’t make it to Amsterdam this year. I didn’t last year either…but the year I did go…man, I had fun. Been trying to get back but too many things conspire against that. Not only is the city a blask, but I get to meet a whole lot of industry people at IBC, and a whole lot in my area at the Final Cut Pro User Group Supermeets. These are, hands down, one of the best networking opportunities out there. No, you might not meet your next employer, but you meet other users from across the globe who know more about you in some areas, and you might know more about them in others, and so you can exchange notes. Plus you can meet the developers of products and applications at talk to them first hand and give them your notes to their face. I will miss the chance to meet Andreas Kiel this year…I owe that guy a beer for all the helpful apps he makes.
Anyway…if you are there, you have to go. Seriously. And do what Mike says…take this opportunity to introduce yourself to someone and just start talking. I mean, you can talk tech there, and editing, and you won’t get blank stares like you do when you try to tell your great stories to your non-production friends. That happens to me too much, which is why I go to monthly meetings.
I digress…I need to post the details of this so you can go there and see for yourself. And hey…they serve beer.
AGENDA SET FOR SECOND ANNUAL AMSTERDAM FCPUG SUPERMEET
Final Cut Pro co-creator Michael Wohl featured with interactive Q&A panel
discussion between experts and audience
The Final Cut Pro User Group Network have announced the agenda is now set
for the Second Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet to be held Sunday, 13
September 2009 at The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Dam Square, the heart of
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Doors open at 16:30 with an FCP Showcase with over
26 exhibitors; Presentations begin at 19:00 and continue until 23:30. This
event is expected to be the largest gathering of Final Cut Studio users,
Gurus and Digital Filmmakers in Europe during the annual IBC trade show.
Los Angeles / Boston – The Final Cut Pro User Group Network (FCPUG Network)
have announced the agenda is now set for the Second Annual Amsterdam FCPUG
SuperMeet to be held Sunday, 13 September 2009 at The Grand Hotel
Krasnapolsky in Dam Square, the heart of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Doors open
at 16:30 with an FCP Showcase with 26 exhibitors; Presentations begin at
19:00 and continue until 23:30. This event is expected to be the largest
gathering of Final Cut Studio users, Gurus and Digital Filmmakers in Europe
during the annual IBC trade show.
Scheduled to appear will be Final Cut Pro co-creator Michael Wohl who will
show off the new features as well as discuss what we need to know about the
recently announced and shipping Final Cut Pro 7.
Also scheduled on the agenda and in order of appearance will be:
Apple Certified Trainer, editor and designer Simon Walker will show “How to
do a Grade with Color 1.5 in just 10 Minutes.”
Jason Levine, Sr. Worldwide Evangelist for Adobe, is back on the SuperMeet
stage to share the latest integration between Final Cut and Creative Suite 4
Production Premium. Jason will show how to take your FCP sequences into
Premiere Pro CS4 and dynamically create complex, rich Blu-Ray discs in
Encore CS4, building your menus natively in Photoshop CS4, and even creating
motion menus and transitions in After Effects CS4.
Space Digital’s Simon Blackledge and Gary Kelly will once again take the
SuperMeet stage with brand new tips on the importance of choosing “More
Right Tools for the Job” with Final Cut Pro at the center of their workflow.
MacVideo.tv’s Rick Young and JVC’s Semir Nouri will show off the incredibly
simple JVC “Instant Editing” workflow with and show some stunning footage
from the recently introduced compact hand-held GY-HM100 3-CCD camcorder and
shoulder-mount GY-HM700, the industry’s first professional camcorders to
record files in the native QuickTime format for Apple’s Final Cut Pro.
The organizers of the SuperMeet also intend to turn the show over to the
audience for an interactive discussion with Final Cut Studio experts who
will answer any and all questions on the new Final Cut Studio as well as
listen to user feedback and feature requests for future versions of Final
Cut Studio. This portion of the meeting will be videotaped and later put on
the internet for the world to see.
Also expected on stage will be a “Show and Tell” from a soon to be announced
Rounding out the evening will be the always wild “World Famous Raffle” where
over €43,000 Euros of valuable prizes will be handed out to dozens of lucky
Doors will open at 17:00 featuring the “FCP Showcase,” where attendees will
be able to get up close and personal with 26 vendors and small developers
who will be showcasing their solutions for digital filmmakers and Final Cut
users. The SuperMeet will begin promptly at 19:00.
Tickets for the Amsterdam SuperMeet are selling fast and are available for
sale online for only €15.00 Euros each (Students with valid ID need only pay
€10.50 each). Tickets may be available at the door for €20.00 each but it is
expected this event will sell out as historically every SuperMeet sells out.
Food (snacks) will be served throughout the evening and cash bars will be
available for those that wish to network and share a few cocktails. For
daily updates as well as directions to the The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in
Dam Square, details on the agenda and a current list of raffle prizes, visit
the Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet web sites:
About the SuperMeets
SuperMeets are gatherings of Final Cut Pro editors, gurus and Mac-based
digital filmmakers from throughout the world who use or want to learn to use
Apple’s Final Cut Studio suite of applications, most importantly Final Cut
Pro. SuperMeets are held annually along side large trade shows such as
Macworld in San Francisco, NAB in Las Vegas, IBC in Amsterdam and in 2009 as
a stand alone event in London. The agenda usually includes appearances by
Apple, demos of new products, digital video tips and tricks, and filmmaker
show and tells, including an FCP Showcase with vendors and small developers
who will be showing off their solutions for digital filmmakers.