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Janey Devine – Multimedia Group – Wednesday March 28th 2018

For this month’s meeting we are pleased to welcome the highly talented Janey Devine FRPS. Janey is well known for her unique artistic style and recently for her documentary work (Janey leads the RPS SE Documentary Group) and as a member of the Focus group ( Focus Group Web Site) and Arena (ArenaWeb Site), her own web site is here.  She uses many types of media to publish her work, including books, films and AVs.

As promised, this meeting will have an Apple Mac bias. In the first half Janey will show how to use Final Cut Pro and then after the interval she will show some examples of her work, each illustrating some of the elements touched on in the first half.

Janey is a prolific generator of books and will bring examples along with her.

Please bring along examples of your work, or work in progress. As time permits we will look at work just before and after the interval.


Urgent: Tonight’s Meeting is Cancelled

Reluctantly, the committee have decided that with severe bad weather warnings in the forecast the meeting tonight, which was the 2nd Club and Intermediate PDI competitions, will be cancelled.

I have spoken to the judge, Andrew Mills, and he has agreed to judge the entries at a future date.

If you get this post, please inform other club members that may not be able to pick up the news items.

Multimedia Group

The next meeting of the Multimedia Group is on Wednesday 28th February at 7:30pm in the small hall in Tangmere.

In this meeting we will start off with an overview session on putting a simple photoharmony AV together. This will cover the basics of:

  • transitions
  • title
  • synchronising to music
  • simple animations (Ken Burns effect)

Hopefully people will bring their work (or work in progress) and we shall look at this either side of the interval.

In the second half we will discuss how sound can add to AVs. Graham will show how to do some simple sound recording using a digital sound recorder and microphone. Then we will try to use the recorded sounds to enhance the simple photoharmony AV.

Handouts from AV Group Meeting

Thanks to all that attended, particularly the members from Steyning and other clubs. We concentrated on getting started with Pictures2Exe with Graham focusing on the importance of structuring and composing the AV so it fits well with the music and follows general cinematic guidelines.

Graham has kindly supplied two handouts from his talk at last nights meeting.  An Introduction to AV and Getting Started in AV.

We hope to build on this next meeting with further details on basic hints and tips on the software  such as animation (zoom and pan) and text and titles. We will also continue to show how to improve the composition of AVs.

We ran short of time last night so we didn’t get to review people’s work, but we will make more time for this next meeting, so please bring AVs and books or work in progress.


Import Notice – PDI Image Sizes

Canon XEED WUX500.

We will be using our new projector for all future PDI and Print competitions. The new projector has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and we shall now allow the maximum PDI size to be 1600×1200, in line with PAGB guidelines for their competitions.

While we shall continue to accept images of 1400×1050 pixels, it should be noted that these will display around 90% of the size of 1600×1200. The colour space is unchanged and remains sRGB.

Images designed to be shown on the TV should be sized to 1920×1080, this applies to North Mundham PDIs, Spring Exhibition PDIs and Annual Exhibition PDIs.

The old projector shall continue to be used for Groups and meetings in the small hall.

1st Meeting Multimedia Group 13th December 2017

I am pleased to announce the first meeting of the Multimedia Group will take place in the small hall at Tangmere Centre at 19:30 on Wednesday December 13th 2017.

Following a short introduction and discussion about the aims for the group for the year, the very distinguished Graham  Sergeant FRPS and award winning AV author (see here) will present a gentle introduction to AV.

Following the break, Pete Bamforth ARPS and member of the Focus Group will give a talk about the production of photo books. As many will know, Pete has produced a wide range of photo books with different publishers and he will explain the steps involved and hopefully the pitfalls to avoid.

It promises to be a great evening so do come along. Like all group meetings this is open to members of other clubs.