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October 2007

October Newsletter upon Approval

The DVPA Newsletter | October 9, 2007
In This Issue..

   Hot Products

   New Discounts

   Tips & Tricks

   New Tutorials!


   Upcoming Events

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Director's Note

Now is a great time to be a member of DVPA. If you've spent any time on our website recently, you've noticed a lot of new content and fantastic discounts. We've added to our podcasts, our resource centers and even convinced Rod to join us in blogging (not jogging, however).

This month I really hope you'll check out the new training DVD from our friends at VASST, Video for the Web. Douglas Spotted Eagle spends two hours going in-depth on many of the very important steps in delivering great video for the masses. Speaking of training...have you ever heard of Well, we just added her as a strategic partner and I know you'll want to start sampling the latest tutorials at a nice DVPA discount. By the way, our good friend Matt at GHA Technologies has launched some fantastic end of the year specials. If you've been waiting to buy that laptop or hard is the time. Free ground shipping, six month's interest free and tremendous discounts all add up to the ultimate time to Matt offers exceptional service!!

Lastly, if you're a Final Cut user, check out the all new Apple Resource Center. We're adding new content weekly and can't wait to get your feedback!

Benjamin Weeks
President/Director of Operations

Are you ready for the New York Post|Production Conference in a couple of weeks?

There will be three full days, in six separate movie theaters, offering over 100 sessions of technical training. The sessions will explore the latest production, post-production and delivery practices for visual content. Sessions will be presented by an elite team of manufacturer-authorized instructors, power users and celebrity award-winning keynotes. This event is for professionals at all levels, and is the East Coast's largest resource for production, post-production and content delivery education.

We recently caught up with Jeff Greenberg, Principal Instructor at Future Media Concepts, and asked some questions of the upcoming conference....(read more)

Maxon unleashes Cinema 4D R10.5

With a total of over 90 substantial improvements packed into the update, Release 10.5 makes its mark as arguably the most comprehensive .5 update in CINEMA 4D history

MAXON has released a dramatically enhanced version of its CINEMA 4D software. Sporting a wealth of new features added to the core CINEMA 4D program, the update also takes in a number of enhancements that have been made to CINEMA 4D's optional modules. Chief among these are new tools for MOCCA and MoGraph, plus major enhancements to HAIR. One highlight is the new DWG import filter. CINEMA 4D users now have access to one of the most widely used CAD exchange formats on the market. AutoCAD versions 13 to 2008 are supported, including layers, blocks and references.A further boost to file exchange for customers in the architectural field is the new connection to Allplan 2008, which guarantees loss-free transfer from...(read more)
Dulce Systems announces the PRO DQ

Dulce Systems announces the availability of the PRO DQ, a disk storage solution bundle that is the fastest storage solution in its class.

Dulce Systems announces the immediate availability of the PRO DQ, a disk storage solution bundle that is the fastest storage solution in its class. Running in the RAID disk redundancy protection modes, an 8TB PRO DQ performs up to 570 MB/s in RAID 3/5 protected mode and even with the latest RAID 6 double disk protection mode the PRO DQ outshines other less protected RAID storage products at a breathtaking rate of 460 MB/s. If all out data rate speed is desired, the PRO DQ breaks the record at 660 MB/s in the RAID 0 performance mode.

Dulce Systems offers the PRO DQ in a range of capacities that are suited to a well balanced price and performance scale. PRO DQ...(read more)
Marantz Professional Introduces the New PMD620

Marantz Professional Introduces the New PMD620 Handheld Compact Field Digital Recorder

D&M Professional, manufacturer of the renowned Marantz® Professional PMD® series of professional recording products, is introducing the new PMD620 Hand-Held Digital Compact Recorder. Marantz Professional has developed the PMD620 to provide advanced functionality in a smaller, more convenient configuration that will reach into new markets, including the professional audio and MI markets, further emphasizing D&M's ongoing commitment to supplying customers with market-driven product solutions...(read more)
VASST Announces Video For the Web: What you NEED to know

VASST produces software plug-ins, print media, DVD training, live training tours, and personalized on-site or telephone training for several Video, Audio, and Software products and techniques.

This is a training DVD you're gonna need! Getting video to the web is one thing; having it look great is another. In just under two hours, you'll know the tips, tricks, and techniques of the pros. Most of the various User Generated Content sites on the web convert video to Flash; this DVD will show you how to optimize the video you feed to their on-line encoding systems. Optimizing frame space/composition, colors, frame rates, backgrounds, lighting, and sound may seem like elusive and mystical, yet we'll show you how practical and genuinely easy it can be. This DVD doesn't require that you own any special software or equipment; all the techniques apply to the video editing system you already own!...(read more)

Apress Discounts Books for Professionals - by Professionals

Apress' unique approach to computer book publishing grew out of conversations between Dan Appleman and Gary Cornell, Apress' founders, who believe that too many programming books are of such low quality that they are a complete waste of time. Computer professionals need quality books that are not just rehashes of documentation....(read more) DVPA members receive a 25% off!
Eltima Software Discounts Eltima Software is a global software development company, that
specializes primarily in serial communication, security and flash

Among Eltima's Flash products are Flash Optimizer and Flash
Decompiler for Windows and Macintosh. Flash Decompiler became a brand
name and Eltima Software can be identified by the name of this product.
Our software fits both novices and professionals.

Flash Decompiler Trillix is a tools that can convert SWF files into FLA and extract SWF elements to hard drive. The ability to capture SWF files from the web and edit them on the go are key features of Flash Decompiler Trillix....(read more) DVPA members receive a 10% off! Discounts is an award-winning provider of educational materials, including Hands-On Training™ instructional books, the Online Training Library®, CD- and DVD-based video training, and events for creative designers, instructors, students, and hobbyists.

The Online Training Library® and CD-ROM titles include such subjects as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Office, digital photography, Web design, digital video, and many others.'s all-star team of trainers and teachers provides comprehensive and unbiased movie-based training to an international membership of tens of thousands of subscribers. Considering the speed at which technology evolves, the Online Training Library® is a great solution for keeping your skills current....(read more) DVPA members receive a 20% off CD/DVD-ROM training and yearly subscriptions!
GHA Technologies Discounts 4th quarter means all manufacturers are offering their most aggressive pricing to finish the year strong so it's a great time to save $$!

GHA has all of the new Apple hardware in-stock and with some of the best pricing available. In addition to the great pricing, GHA is now offering business' and consumers a GHA Credit Card which offers 6mo's of interest free financing on every order placed on the credit card. This is a very popular program for smaller companies and consumers looking to avoid having to pay high interest rates on their current credit cards.

**4th Quarter Special**
Also, GHA has all of the new Apple hardware in-stock and with some of the best pricing available.

Free Ground shipping on all orders over $100 (under 125lbs).
Additional 5% (instant rebate) for all HP business class notebooks and workstations.

Save 10-40% off of all of your Dell purchases by using GHA....(read more) DVPA members save BIG!!

Casting Shadows w/ 3D Lights, by Corey Richards

In this tutorial, we're going to cover Casting Shadows with 3D Lights in AE.

Lights in After Effects also have the ability to cast shadows. For shadows to happen, you need a few things:

•A light enabled to cast shadows
•A 3D layer to cast the shadows
•A 3D layer to receive shadows that is farther away from the light than the layer casting the shadows

1) Create a new composition. Create a new solid layer, text layer, and light layer

2) In the light settings dialog, set the Light Type to Point and Intensity to 100%. Enable the Casts Shadows option...(read more)

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The DVPA Online University

The DVPA Online University is the ultimate resource for learning DV applications without going into educational DEBT. This service covers all major software applications with full screen streaming video clips of step-by-step tutorial based training available on your desktop 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Each month, it is the goal of the DVPA to add to the list of courses offered at the Online University. This month we have added:

The Indispensable Cinema 4D
QuickStart! - Adobe After Effects CS3
Adobe Illustrator CS3

DVPA Members
get full access to all chapters for free!

Magic Bullet Suite, Reviewed by Michael Munkittrick "...I feel like Magic Bullet Suite was a clear-cut winner when it came to the motion of film and the aesthetics of certain color processes.."

Magic Bullet was a process designed by the extremely creative folks at The Orphanage (, a premier post production facility with offices located in Los Angeles and San Francisco and whose beginnings are just as interesting a story as this tool-set. It just so happens that their clients were inticed by the look of film, but turned away from it due to the budgetary requirements. After some serious trial and error, Stuart Maschwitz, an Industrial Light & Magic alum, hit the gold mine. His formula was absolutely convincing and has fooled numerous viewers into believing that his video productions were shot on film when in fact, he was using a Sony DCR-VX-1000...(read more)

New York Post|Production Conference

AMC Theater, 34th St.
New York, NY
October 23-25, 2007

Produced by Future Media Concepts, in association with NAB, this event will feature 3-days of sessions exploring the latest production and post-production practices for visual content. It will be located at AMC Theaters on 34th street in Manhattan, New York, and presented by an elite team of manufacturer-authorized instructors and power users....(read more)

There are five distinct conferences to choose from:
• Post|Production Conference
• Podcasting Solutions Conference
• Director of Photography Workshop
• Digital Tech Guru Workshop
• Certification Workshops in Final Cut Pro 6 and Motion 3

DVPA members are entitled to 10% off any conference package!
Streaming Media West

San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, Ca
November 6-8, 2007

DVPA is proud to announce its partnership with the Streaming Media West

Now in its 10th year, Streaming Media West is the only show that covers both the business of video on the net and the technology of streaming, downloading, IPTV and mobile video delivery. Covering both b2b and b2c business and technology issues in the enterprise, advertising, media and entertainment, broadcast and education markets, Streaming Media East is about more than just streaming! Sign up now for a pass or a free exhibit hall ticket!...(read more)

DVPA members receive $200 off regular conference passes!
HD Expo 2008

Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center
Burbank, CA
November 7-8, 2007

HD EXPO produces premiere industry events for the production and content creation communities. We invite you to experience these incredible opportunities to stay current on advances in your industry through one of our three annual HD EXPOs and conferences, technology workshops and training, and our online resource of education, and streaming content.

HD EXPO is Education

Over 50 days of workshops and education annually with over a thousand professionals trained. HD EXPO provides technology and subject specific workshops such as ColorCamp, HD FUNdamentals, P2 Workflow Workshop, VariCamp and Custom Training. Stay ahead of the curve..(read more)

DVPA members receive 20% off tuition on workshops and conferences!
Government Video & Technology Expo 2007

Wahington DC Convention Center
Washington DC
November 14-16, 2007

At GVExpo, you'll be able to explore an exhibit hall with over 300 vendors, participate in free educational sessions with today's industry leaders, plus take part in one-of-a-kind individual conference programs with the purpose of bringing government buyers and vendors together.....(read more)

DVPA members receive a $200 discount!
Web Video Summit 2007

Roosevelt Hotel
New York, NY
December 10-11, 2007

With the technology speedbumps behind us, we're starring at open road ahead for Web video. What we do with this opportunity is up to us. Web Video Summit features insights and real-world success stories from 15 award-winning video creators, all sharing what they believe could inspire your work in turn.

Re-think the way you approach Web video projects. Your strategies need to be adjusted... ..(read more)

DVPA members receive a $200 discount off full conference or Expo Hall Only Free
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