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DaVinci User Group meeting, NYC
This backwater boy got up extra early to travel to the Big City
and check out the DaVinci User Group meeting earlier today at the
Warwick Hotel. Let me state at the outset that it was particularly
wonderful to meet so many of my distinguished compatriots all at
once. So many familiar names suddenly had faces.
DaVinci really put on a fascinating show. As a user of a Cintel
MkIIIC with a (virtual) DaVinci Classic, seeing the DUI, or "Dewey",
was mindblowing. It's incredibly powerful and incredibly clean.
Around the time of NAB, DaVinci expects EDWin to be functional and
available. Also, revision 2.0 of the software should be ready, as
well as the introduction of the O2 platform.
We also got to see VSR, hear about the TLC integration, and
play with the new panels, which were up and running to positive
comments by the attendees.
It would appear to me that stepping from a classic to a new DUI
would present a nice learning curve. Certainly not insurmountable -
the DUI seems to be fairly intuitive - but this is not a device one
can master overnight. Maybe two nights...
As great as all the machinery was, it was great to see so many
colorists together. For me, the high point of the day was meeting up
with Giorgio Malfitone, whose apprentice I became when I started
in this business about eighteen years ago! Even better, I was able
to introduce him to someone I had started down the Path of True
So in closing, my thanks to Da Vinci for caring enough about us
to make sure we are "in the loop", and for bringing together fellow
colorists from all over the east (and even the midwest!). There was
enough talent in that room to shake a joystick at...
I'm sure someone more knowledgeable with the DUI will post in
more detail the various prophecies and products of the day. For me,
it was a day of adventure, discovery, and rediscovery.