As NAB 2008 approaches, it means that the FCPUG SUPERMEET is also approaching, and your time to get tickets is running short.

Why do I mention this? Am I advertising for the Final Cut Pro Users Group? Well, a little. But really I am doing this to mention that this is really one of the best places to network…meet other people in your field. And this is pretty important. Easily over half the jobs I have gotten were referrals from other editors. But most of all it is fun to meet other people. Before I post the details of this Supermeet, let me share a story with you from the Supermeet that occurred at the last MacWorld in San Francisco.

At the break, Larry Jordan told the audience, (and I paraphrase) “As we go into the break I want you to take this opportunity to meet someone new. Walk up to someone and ask them what project they are working on right now.” So I did just that. I was downstairs hanging with my CalDigit crew when a guy came up and looked at the product information. I asked him what he was working on…what sort of production did he do. He said ‘podcasting.’ I then proceeded to tell him that I heard that podcasting is THE place to be…a booming industry that is set to be the next great thing in media. Since many people are turning away from TV and turning towards the web for much of their viewing content. He nodded in agreement.

Then we were about to part ways and I asked him his name, after first introducing myself. He introduced himself as Craig Severson. Now I heard all of this from a podcast I regularly listen to…This Week in Media. This is an important fact to mention because Craig Severson used to be a host of that show, and a few others. And it was Craig that I heard all of the stuff about podcasting that I had just told…Craig…about.

So you never know who you’ll run into.

ANYWAY…this is an event not to be missed. It isn’t just marketting up on stage, more often than not there are great demos…and the networking to be had can’t be beat. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it this year, but there are plenty of others to strike up a conversation with. The first year I went I met Mike Curtis of HD for Indies, which was darn cool.

Oh, and they will be giving away a LOT of stuff. Over $20,000 worth…easy.

Nuff talkin’. Here’s the info:

The agenda is nearly set for the 7th Annual NAB FCPUG SuperMeet which will
be held at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, Wednesday, April 16
beginning at 7PM. (doors open at 5PM)

Tickets are only $15.00 per person and include 3 raffle tickets and are on
sale now. Here are the particulars if you are gong to NAB

Where? MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Grand Ballroom
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

When? Wednesday, April 16, 6:30M till 10:30PM (doors open 5:00PM)

Why? – Because you need to get out and learn something and then PARTY!!
What’s on the Agenda?
– Apple – Richard Townhill – “Latest about Final Cut Studio”
– JVC – Craig Yanagi and Tim Dashwood – “What’s new from JVC and Filming for
a Music Video”
– Adobe – Steve Martin – “How CS3 Production Premium can compliment your FCP
– Blackmagic Design – M. Dot Strange – “We are the Strange”
– Red Digital Cinema – Ted Schilowitz and the Red Team – Footage from Red
shooters from around the world will be shown
– Wounded Marines Careers Foundation – Inaugural Class
– Phantom High Speed Camera – Noah Kadner
– “The scariest “editing” tool you will EVER see”- Philip Hodgetts

How much? Just $15.00 for online purchase (includes 3 raffle tickets).
$20.00 at the door (includes one raffle ticket).

Any Raffle prizes? Over $65,000.00 worth! For current list of raffle prizes,
visit the lafcpug web site.

– This event is open to the public. Seating is first come first serve.
– Free Food and Cash Bar will be available
– 30 Vendors showing off their “toys.”
– Everyone gets a copy of the SuperMag, Magazine filled with 100 pages of
feature articles and tutorials.
– 250 SuperBags will be handed to first 250 people through the door

Apple is supporting the User Group Network by co-sponsoring this event.

Tickets are on sale NOW for only $15.00 each (includes 3 raffle tickets) and
this event is expected to sell out. “SuperMeets always sell out.

For complete details on the SuperMeet including directions, current list of
raffle prizes and a link to where to buy tickets, visit the Los Angeles
Final Cut Pro User Group (lafcpug) web site at: