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Well last year was a great year for the Calgary FCPUG. We started off with a tour of the CTV studios; we talked a lot about 4K; we saw some great work by members; Imagine Products, Avid, Blackmagic Design and Promise Tech all paid a visit. Our registered membership grew by 30% and we saw a growth overall in attendence.

So what do you want to see in meeting for the upcoming year? More product demos? More member's stories? More drone crashes? Let us know by posting on the forum, sending an e-mail, commenting on the Facebook Page or Group, or communicating through Twitter. Or just tell me the next time you see me.

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The NAB Show 2015 runs April 11-16 (exhibit floor open April 13-16) and you need to be there! The good news is the Calgary FCPUG is pleased to extend to our members a reduced cost Exhibits-only registration to NAB Show.  Use code DF108  to late-register for only $25.  Or, to get even more out of NAB this year, use code DF41 to receive $100 off the Conference Flex or SMART Pass. The Free offer expired March 27 but you can still get the floor pass for a nominal administration fee with the above links.

So why do you need to attend the NAB Show? Once again tens of thousands of video professionals from around the world, and from right here in Calgary, will gather in Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention, a real geek-fest of technology, hardware and software, that you need to do your job. With industry speakers, classes, the engineers who build these thing, and the people who use them on-hand you will never have a better opportunity to learn. As well, if you are an independent contractor like myself, chances are the person who will hire you next will be at the NAB Show as well.

Need more information on how to get the most out of the show? Read Walter Biscardi's excellent NAB Show Tips from a NAB Vetern; some of the best advice I've read.

Things not to miss at the NAB Show this year:

–      a chance to thank our sponsors – Blackmagic Design, Annex Pro and AJA Video Systems (Artbeats won’t be at NAB this year so send them a note);

–      there are a lot of after-parties you don't want to miss at NAB;

–      attend the 14th Annual Las Vegas Supermeet on Tuesday April 14

–      visit the Canadian Hospitality Suite (details to follow).

–      The monorail, though busy, is the fastest way to and from the LVCC from many hotels on the Strip and it is my preferred method of transportation from the Flamingo. Get Monorail tickets in advance at 

Watch this page for even more events as they are announced. When planning for your first NAB trip check out this NAB Show Survival Guide which has some excellent advice, though I believe there is healthy food to be had at the show.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get exposure to the latest and greatest things happening in video and post production. In the end you will come away exhausted but full of ideas and enthusiasm about how you can take your editing to the next level. 


Our last meeting was held in a brand new space at the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and it was a great success. Thanks to all the presenters who put their work out there. Thanks to our sponsors for the great door prizes. And thanks to AnnexPro for the pizza.

The group cheers for the presenters, and the new space!



Norm Sparks wins the AJA Io XT and yeah, he’s really happy about that!



Lee Warner, who once again attended more meetings than any other member this past year, didn’t go home empty handed taking the Artbeats $500 Footage You Can Use.


Jay Gould graciously donates his winning Davinci Resolve back to the group so we can draw again, Rolf Stengl wins but gives the prize to presenter to Jim Durward. The best part of the story? Blackmagic Design thought what Jay did was pretty cool and awarded him a prize afterall. A very happy ending.


It was ten years ago that the Calgary FCPUG (then Final Cut Pro Users Group) first started meeting and it has been going strong ever since. Of course, there have been changes over the years, most significantly two years ago with the introduction of Final Cut Pro X and the demand from the community that the group discuss editing options beyond FCP. We now discuss not only Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X but also Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Autodesk Smoke, plus a myriad of other software options required to complete our work now.

The Calgary FCPUG (now Fabulously Creative Pro User Group to encompass the other platforms) now receives both financial support and significant door prizes from a number of sponsors. Our Platinum Sponsor, AJA Video Systems, along with sponsors Blackmagic Design and Artbeats have not only offered our members thousands of dollars of great door prizes over the last couple years, they have allowed us to procure a great projector screen, sound system and screen for our meetings. We have access to an IOXT for presentations plus numerous other tools. Members benefit from access to our sponsors, local resellers, and the collective knowledge of the membership. On occasion, there is free food and drinks as well. Our newest sponsor, Annex Pro, is a Vancouver, BC-based value-added reseller for software, hardware and IT infrastructure to the Media & Entertainment Industry. Annex Pro will be providing some great door prizes and also support for group members with their infrastructure and workflows.

When this group started 10 years ago Final Cut Pro 3 was the current version; Final Cut Pro 4 had just been introduced at NAB; we were editing on PowerMac G4s towers, possibly on a new 17" Powerbook G4; we were editing DV, analog, film, and HD; and the future was looking very bright for Apple's editing app, though the future was far from certain. A lot has changed, though in many ways many things are still the same; the future for editng on the Mac is both bright, and uncertain. The group continues to fulfill its function of helping our members navigate this world by bringing together a wide diversity of people working to make great video.

Here is the announcement from the first Calgary FCPUG meeting held at Emmedia on May 29, 2003:


Earth to Sky Pictures will present a screening of their award-winning motivational series PUSHING THE LIMIT: Passion, Team, Innovation. This series, commissioned by SHELL International and the Canadian Sport Centre, Calgary, talks to Olympic athletes, coaches, trainers and sport scientist about what it is that drives them to win. Recipient of the Best in Class: Best Motivational Rosie award at the 29th annual AMPIA awards, this series uses a unique presentation style to bring all of the emotion and passion of these people to the screen.

At the screening are expected many of the creators of the series, including; the Producer/Writer, Christina Willings; the Producer/Editor, Duane Martin; the Director, Christopher Markowsky, who also received a nomination for his work on this project in the hotly contested Best Director, Non Dramatic, Under 30 minutes category; and Jason Lewis, the Director of Photography.

After the screening, an open discussion will be held on how the series was created, from concept, to shooting, to editing, to finish. Of particular note will be a discussion concerning how the look of the series was achieved using Final Cut Pro.

Duane Martin is an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro. He has recently returned from NAB 2003, the internationally renowned new technology show for broadcast. Here he had the opportunity to train on Apple's upcoming Final Cut Pro 4. A presentation and discussion (though, unfortunately not a demonstration) of some of the new features of this groundbreaking editing application will ensue. Lively discussion all round of the features such as: RT Extreme; Live Type; Sound Track; bundled Cinema Tools; new media management functions; AVID style editing features; 32 bit rendering; oh boy, with more than 300 new features, there will be lots to talk about. Of course, this discussion will provide the chance to "stump-the-trainer" without taking a course. This evening will provide an opportunity for members of the production community, particularly those interested in editing capabilities of Final Cut Pro, to gather and meet one another, discuss what they do, and maybe even learn some new tricks.

This is a free event, donations will not be sought, but then again, the food and drink will be meager. It is really just about the gathering.


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