August 27th Meeting Info

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Everyone may register for free on Eventbrite, but non-members and students must still pay at the door.


Now that the Summer Sizzle event has passed, it's time to get back to our regular meetings. For August, we have a mix of new and veteran presenters.  To kick things off is Gary Adcock

to discuss the low-cost Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera.  To close the night, Brian Sarfatty will talk about how to edit a good showreel.


* SPECIAL NOTE *  September's meeting will be moved to McCormick Place on Monday, September 29th to coincide with Future Media Concept's Creative Suite Conference.  See below for more details on the conference and next month's newsletter for even more specifics on the meeting information.


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August 27th registration link 



* If you're registering for yourself and/or a friend or colleague, each attendee must be registered with their own name in order to be on the list for security.  There will be an option at checkout to give each ticket a name.  We will be using EventBrite's registration list as our RSVP list for building security, so make sure if you plan on attending, that you register! *

Registration will be REQUIRED BEFORE  3 PM on Tuesday, August, 26th.  You do not need to print out your event registration ticket, but make sure that you do in fact register for the meeting.



CHICPUG Meeting:


When: Wednesday,  August 27th, 2014

Time: 6:15pm - 9:00pm

Where: Future Media Concepts Chicago

200 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 910

Chicago, IL 60604 

Parking: Lots of parking in the area! Check

out this easy parking finder: Chicago Parking Map

Cost: FREE for annual members; Admission is only $10.00 for non-members and $5.00 for students (with proof of current enrollment).

Raffle: Tickets may be purchased for $5.00

each (Annual members receive one free raffle



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Panasonic Lumix GH4 Review (Gary Adcock)

4K video is nothing new.  We've had presentations in past about RED, Sony, Blackmagic, and Arri cameras or workflows.  Now comes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.  This DSLR-sized camera is seriously more powerful than your run of the mill camera.


First and foremost, this camera shoots full 4K 4096x2160 video at 24fps.  It also has 10-bit output via HDMI, 4/3" sensor, and more for less than $1,700.  Gary Adcock of Studio 37 will share with us his thoughts on this amazingly small but versatile camera, and how it can work for us.

The Perfect Showreel (Brian Sarfatty)

Has your showreel gotten a bit dusty? Can you think of a billion reasons to put off updating it? Don't even know where to start? What makes a good
showreel, anyway? How do you impress people with your abilities and contain a vast career in a few short minutes of footage? Can you show the work you do for other people and claim it as your own? Do showreels even really matter anymore when it comes to getting work?  We'll discuss all these questions and more, and collaboratively get over the hurdles and on the way to updating those reels.

For the past fourteen years, Brian Sarfatty has been cutting video for the corporate, broadcast, government, education, and non-profit sectors. He spent much of the early 2000s working both stateside but also in the New Zealand broadcast industry, where he worked on several lifestyle and documentary television shows about food, sports, traditional culture, and social issues. Brian returned from New Zealand in 2010 and formed Perfect Fit Post as his freelance editing business, and now works with small video production companies and independent producers around Chicago. He specializes in crafting meaningful stories for non-scripted documentary-style work. In addition to freelance editing, Brian has taught youths, adults, and college students a variety of filmmaking skills at CANTV, Flashpoint Academy, and the Field Museum.

� 6:15-6:20 President's Announcements & AJA update

� 6:20-7:30 Panasonic Lumix GH4 Review (Gary Adcock)

� 7:30-7:50 Pizza Break

� 7:50-8:50 The Perfect Showreel (Brian Sarfatty)

� 8:50-9:00 Raffle

Capsule Media Safeguards Production and Post with AJA Technology

Across a range of content for broadcast, live-events, commercials and films, Miami-based Capsule Media has a reputation for high-quality production and post services. The efforts of the studio, which was founded in 2002, have paid off in spades, as network juggernauts across the U.S., Europe and Latin America - including PBS, Discovery Channel and Univision - regularly turn to Capsule Media for production needs. Company CEO and Executive Producer Pascal Jacquelin, who oversees each project, draws heavily on the reliability of AJA technology to ensure seamless workflows throughout the life cycle of each show. 


"I've always loved AJA gear, because it's easy to use and you can rely on it," he said. "The developers are so dialed into our needs in the field, and that shows through in every product. Their support team is also helpful when you need them most, so you never feel alone."


AJA gear is at play both in the studio and out in the field to help Capsule Media complete a diverse range of projects ranging from "Shark Week" documentaries to a PBS mini-series about legendary musician and producer Quincy Jones. The studio's equipment arsenal includes AJA Io XT Thunderbolt™ enabled professional video I/O devices, Ki Pro digital recorders, KONA 3G and KONA LHi capture and playback cards and HD10DA Mini-Converters. An extensive collection of cameras - including RED SCARLETs, SONY EX3s and DSLRs - is also at the team's disposal. For documentaries or larger film projects, Jacquelin often rents ARRI ALEXAs or other digital cinema cameras.


Midwest Independent Film Festival

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago.


This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community.


Visit the Midwest Independent Film Festival 

website for more information.

Summer Sizzle Raffle Sponsors

This year's Summer Sizzle was a great event! First off we'd like to extend a special thanks to Jim Courtright and Mary Ann Sochacki who helped us land the upscale, classy location for our annual networking event.  We had some of the best raffle prizes we've ever had, over $4,600 worth, thanks to many truly great companies and products. Here's a list of the companies we wish to thank, and if you didn't attend, it shows you what you missed out on.


Boris:  Boris Continuum Complete 9: Featuring 230+ filters and transitions, plus 3,000+ presets for titling, transitions, 3D particles, keying and compositing, image restoration, film styles, and everything in between.


Atomos:  Ninja StarHD, 10-bit, 4:2:2 Pro Res recorder (HQ, 422, and LT), records to Cfast cards 1.0 or 2.0 cards which are able to handle 4K video, and weighs just 8.1 oz. with battery and media.




The Creative Suite Conference 
Prepare to spend three-days building skills and expanding your creativity as you learn new creative tools and techniques using the Adobe design programs you love!. Increase your productivity as world-renown experts share valuable experience, time-saving tips and workflows. Finally, connect and collaborate with like-minded creative professionals and industry leaders to share ideas and solutions. 


Sessions will cover print (including DPS), web, video, audio, and new media workflows. The conference is designed for Graphic designers, PrePress Professionals, Art Directors, Web Designers, videographers and artists getting into motion graphics and video.  The Creative Suite Conference will cover it all! All Creative Suite Conference attendees will receive free access to the Graph Expo 2014, exhibit hall. Register today with discount code CHICPUG  to save 10% on all conference packages.
News You Can Use:

Looking for Pro App Training?

This is the list of current upcoming classes at Future Media Concepts in downtown Chicago. ChiCPUG members are eligible for a discount as well.

Buff up on your skills and support a ChiCPUG
sponsor at the same time.

Upcoming ChiCPUG Meetings


September 29th (McCormick Place) - Adobe  


October 22nd (DDB)

November 19th (FMC)

December 3rd (Goose Island Clybourn) - Wrap Party

Special Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor

AJA Video Systems 


and to our Sustaining Sponsors



DDB Chicago 

Future Media Concepts 


World Famous ChiCPUG Raffle!!!

ChiCPUG would like to thank our current raffle sponsors!!! The Summer Splash's raffle prizes were excellent and were generously donated by the following companies:




* Digital Rebellion 






* Coremelt


Larry Jordan


Noise Industries


There are many really great raffle prizes this month! Annual members all receive a free raffle ticket and additional raffle tickets (plus tickets for non-members) may be purchased at the door for just $5.00 each. So the real question is, are you feeling lucky?! 


If you would like to become a ChiCPUG raffle sponsor and receive five direct monthly benefits in order to help you spread the word about your product or service, please email Sue Lawson for more information; thank you!

Questions, Comments, Suggestions???

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and your comments, positive or negative. Your Board works hard to bring you a meaningful and informative program each month. If you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact any board member or send your comments directly to the Sue Lawson, President at

Sponsor ChiCPUG

The Chicago Creative Pro Users Group has sponsorship opportunities available. If your company is interested in sponsoring ChiCPUG, contact Sue Lawson, or any ChiCPUG Board Member for further information. Remember, ChiCPUG does not exist without the support of sponsors and our sponsors get a lot in return (our newsletter alone reaches more than 1000 members and friends of ChiCPUG).

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If you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact any board member or send your comments directly to Sue Lawson, ChiCPUG President at

AUGUST 27th, 2014
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