Boston Final Cut Pro User Group Presents 'Shake 'n' Final Cut Studio'

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User Group soirée to highlight Shake integration with Final Cut Studio and provide networking opportunity for Boston's filmmaking, motion graphics and compositing community.

On Tuesday, August 1st, the Boston and Connecticut Final Cut Pro User Groups, HB Communications and Future Media Concepts will present "Shake ‘n’ Final Cut Studio," a special evening event and social taking place during Siggraph 2006. Shake ‘n’ Final Cut Studio will take place along Boston's waterfront in the Citiview Ballroom at the World Trade Center Boston, which is walking distance from the Boston Convention Center, where SIGGRAPH 2006 takes place. Doors open at 6 p.m. and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Attendees are welcome to stay afterwards for a party to socialize with their peers, pick the brains of industry gurus or just enjoy the music. Anyone interested in Final Cut Studio, Apple's industry-leading, non-linear editing application is welcome to attend. Even if you’re not attending SIGGRAPH 2006, you can attend this event to network with Boston's filmmaking, motion graphics and compositing community and Final Cut Studio users from around the world.

Through live demos, attendees can see and discuss the powerful features of the new Universal versions of Final Cut Studio and Shake, Apple's industry leading compositing software, as experts show how to extend the creative work produced in Final Cut Studio with an integrated Shake workflow. See how everyone who uses Final Cut Studio has the power to create the most sophisticated visual effects, without breaking the budget.

"It's your chance to learn about the industry’s leading editing, motion graphics and compositing technologies while connecting with members in the industry," states Dan Berube, President of the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group (BOSFCPUG.) "We want you to see first hand the powerful integration between Apple’s Final Cut Studio & Shake."

Dion Scoppettuolo, Shake Product Manager, will present Shake 4.1, which is now available at a price as low as a plug-in for Final Cut Studio that fits any production budgets. Shake has been used to create the world’s most celebrated visual effects. Join Dion as he shows compositing techniques used in feature films such as the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Batman Begins," "King Kong" and "Superman Returns."

Chris Phrommayon of Future Media Concepts will present a quick overview of the new Universal version Final Cut Studio. Chris will then demonstrate how to use Final Cut Pro and Shake to create convincing, Hollywood-caliber visual effects on a desktop -- and on a budget. Chris will be joined by Apple Certified Trainer Jem Schofield of Button Productions, who will discuss the seamless integration between Motion and Shake, including how to effectively use Particles created in Motion in your Shake scripts. Todd Prives of GenArts will round out the presentations with demo the new major version 2.0 update to the Sapphire Plug-Ins for Shake as well as version 1.3 for Final Cut Pro.

In addition to the presentations, there will be a huge Big Dig Raffle, which will feature hardware, software and training materials, including products from leading manufacturers such as Aja, Automatic Duck, Focus Enhancements, GenArts and others.

"HB communications and Future Media Concepts are key supporters of BOSFCPUG," states Dan Berube. "Our sponsors are innovative companies and we rely on their efforts to support and contribute to the growth of the Final Cut Pro User Groups."

Shake 'n' Final Cut Studio is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend at: Shake 'n' Final Cut Studio Registration Link

About the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group

The Boston Final Cut Pro User Group is an established community of Final Cut Pro enthusiasts, digital filmmakers and broadcast professionals sharing ideas, creativity and concerns encompassing the use of Final Cut Studio and related tools for digital cinema. Officially recognized by Apple, BOSFCPUG provides both advocacy and education about Digital Filmmaking on the Macintosh and membership opportunities for learning and professional growth in digital storytelling. For more information, please visit: BOSFCPUG

About HB Communications

Since 1946, HB Communications Inc. has been the Northeast’s leading provider of audiovisual, system integration and professional A/V solutions. HB’s headquarters is located in North Haven, Connecticut with an additional facility in Waltham Massachusetts. HB’s concept to completion methodology allows for custom design and seamless integration into any educational, corporate or residential environment. For more information, please visit: HB Communications

About Future Media Concepts

Future Media Concepts (FMC) is a leading producer of education-rich conferences and expositions for the production and post-production industries. FMC conferences feature cutting-edge training on digital editing, motion graphics, sound design, web development, digital photography, 3D animation, and video production techniques, as well as industry trends like HD and Podcasting. FMC conferences are objective and taught by certified trainers, power users, and published authors. For more information please visit: Future Media Concepts

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