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On November 17th, 2005 the MCAi OC/LA Chapter, along with the Digital Cinema Society and the Media Alliance of Orange County produced the OC HDV SYMPOSIUM at Sanders Studio in Santa Ana, CA near Costa Mesa.

After refreshments and appetizers, the event opened with remarks from the presidents of the three organizations, Dennis Backer, President of Media Communications Association; Ken Anderson, Co-President of Media Alliance; and James Mathers, President of Digital Cinema Society. The main program was split into two panels of experts discussing the technical, creative and practical aspects of the HDV format—acquisition and post production--and taking questions. Also on hand were representatives of equipment and software manufacturers displaying their latest HDV products and explaining their features, including representatives of ProMax. Many valuable door prizes including software and books were given out. ImageThe HDV Acquisition Panel included:
Moderator: DCS President, James Mathers, Producer/Director, Filmmaker
Andrew Lock, Edgewise Media columnist "Ask Andrew", Producer
and Author "How to Shoot, Edit and Distribute HDV"
Val Reynolds, Sony Broadcast and Production Systems
Doug Mullin, JVC Professional Products, Training & Tech Support
John Putch, Producer/Director, Indie Filmmaker "Mohave Phone Booth"
Greg Salman, Cannon Camera Training Specialist, DP
and Author of the "Ulitmate Guide to the XL1 & XL2". 
David Newman. CineForm, HDV acquisition and editing products

The HDV Post Production Panel included:
Moderator: DCS VP of Technology Dan DiPaola of Digital Production Racks.
Brian Schunck. Principal Engineer, CineForm, HDV acquisition and editing products
Larry Jordan, Larry Jordan & Associates, Apple Certified Trainer & Author
Edward Locke, Avid Technology, Inc.

We wish to thank all the panelists, participants and organizations that made this event possible. Special thanks goes to Tony Sanders for the generous use of his facility and for all the work put into his hospitality. Also we wish to thank James Mathers, Rich Jansen and John Coleman without whose efforts this event would not have happened. There were many others who gave their time and facilities including Emmet Kesel, Larry Goldsmith, Tim Keenan, Grace McKay, Judy Asman, Teri Tieman, Bill Ennis, and others