Past Topics

About the Multimedia SIGi

Everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student in the Macintech User Group Multimedia SIG (Special Interest Group). A collaborative environment - tapping into the wealth of knowledge in the room - creates an energizing and fun atmosphere, edriving accelerated learning curves.

We focus on multimedia, including digital photography, video, audio and graphics. Live demos illustrate the WHY and HOW TO behind successful (or failed) techniques. Interactive Q&A allows you to quickly make the shared knowledge your own. Please review the rest of our Mission Statement to learn more about us and review some of our recently covered topics.

Although we're located in the South Denver metro area our membership consists of residents from various areas of Denver, suburbs, and adjacent cities. Experience levels range from novice to expert across a wide range of backgrounds and ages. We look forward to seeing you at our next schedule meeting (drop-in's and first-timers are always welcome).

Past Topics we've covered include:

Here's just a partial list of the various topics we covered in our newsletters and live demo's at our various meetings over the years. If you'd like to learn more please feel free use the Feedback link at the bottom of the page to send us an email. We'd also love to hear your suggestions for meeting or newsletter topics and don't forget you don't have to be an expert to present your own experiences. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Don't forget to check out our Forums where we discuss future topics for upcoming meetings - feel free to vote, post comments or send in your own suggestion by email or at our next planning meeting.

If you had attended all of the Multimedia SIG meetings in past years, you would have learned valuable techniques through live demos from members or vendors:

  • Slides Shows: using , iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes and LiveSlide Show 2 to create QuickTime SlideShows
  • Cafe Press: setting up your own online store
  • Novelty Items: Creating custom digital crafts such as T-shirt transfers, stickers, bags, bumper stickers, etc.
  • QuickTime VR Panorama's: Stitching multiple photos using QuickTime VR Authoring Studio
  • Lighting Design: what equipment to use and how to setup lighting and video cameras
  • Design & Printing CD/DVD labels: using Magic Mouse Discus and integrating iTunes play lists
  • SoundTrack: general product overview and creating loops for project sound tracks
  • Coffee Table books: using iPhoto to create and print hard bound, high quality, photo books
  • Image Editing: using iPhoto, PhotoShop and Elements to improve photos and scans
  • Audio: how to cleanup audio files using BIAS SoundSoap
  • Converting Analog Audio Tapes and LPs to Digital music: Roxio SpinDoctor
  • Masking Techniques: PhotoShop and Corel Knockout using Wacom tablets to create digital knockouts
  • iDVD: overview of iDVD
  • Techniques for Converting Analog video to digital: Dazzle HOLLYWOOD Analog Video capture device
  • Digital Photo Filei Formats, Explained
  • Basics In Professional Lighting
  • How To Buy A Scanner
  • Scanning 3-Dimensional Items and Other Scanning Tips
  • Overview of Stone Studio Suite of Products (Inexpensive alternatives to Adobe)
  • Hands-On Photo & Movie Editing In The Computer Lab
  • Image Resolution – How Display Resolution and Print Resolution Differ
  • Apparent Resolution of Different Monitor Sizes
  • QuickClicks: Links to Free Online Tutorial Sites
  • QuickClicks: Links to Digicam Reviews/Resources
  • Printing Photos At Home vs. Kiosks or Online Services
  • Calibrating Your Monitor
  • ColorSync Color Calibration In OSi X
  • A Director’s Perspective To Storyboarding & Creating Your First Film
  • Shooting Great Family Video
  • Layering Audio Tracks in iMovie
  • Fonts & Font Management in OS X
  • How PC vs. Mac Gamma Settings Impact How Your Digital Photos Appear

We've been an active Apple User Group since 2003 and are part of the parent Macintech.org user group which has been active for over a decade in the greater Denver, CO, area.