BURBANK - Once every couple of months the Red camera owners and Red-curious industry pros gather at the Red Los Angeles User Group meeting held at Kappa Studios in Burbank. The most recent gathering took place on Saturday, June 11th.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am one of the event organizers, but if I am not objective describing the user group meeting it's only because, like most other members, I get excited about what this gathering has to offer.
The Red User Group strives to go beyond equipment demos and sales pitches, and offers fresh content with good educational value to the members and public at large via the Red LA User Group YouTube channel.
This free event started with a generous breakfast spread. Over a hundred attending members took seats in edit and audio bays across the building to view a number of simultaneous half-hour presentations.
Christian Bloch delivered the most educational session of the day. Christian, who is an author and HDR expert, spoke about the concept and theory of high dynamic range imaging, which is relevant for Epic, the new camera from the Red.
Putting his words into practice, Image Systems used Epic HDR footage in Nucoda Film Master to show why OpenEXR workflow is important for cinematographers who create digital images that rival those captured on film.
Constant Velocity Technology showcased their new solid state drive based RAID technology, which outperforms traditional drives by large margin.
There were also several Epics and Red Ones, a stereoscopic 3D rig from Element Technica, a seminar for starting scriptwriters, a member's project screening and over ten door prizes. But most importantly, there was a lot of face-to-face time and a lot of networking, which has resulted in several member project collaborations in the past.
Igor Ridanovic is a co-founder of
RED Los Angeles User Group.