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SPECIAL 5-HOUR HANDS-ON FCPX WORKSHOP with Dolores Jenerson-Madden Sept 24th


with Dolores Jenerson-Madden November 12th

This special training will be from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana, CA.

JUST ADDED: Dolores will also be giving an overview on the NEW FCPX 10.3 Just out!

Participants will experience a dynamic and informative hands-on interactive workshop and leave with very helpful tips, necessary technical information, refined editing skills,along with valuable resources and handouts. Bring your own laptop with FCPX 10.2.3 software installed!

Anyone who works in FCPX! This workshop is primarily for intermediate and advanced editors. Experienced editors new to FCPX should have no problems but newbies to editing in general may find it challenging, though a good experience at a great price. This workshop is Interactive and Dolores is known for customizing her instruction for the audience.



Bring headphones, 64 to 128 GB USB 3.0 Empty Flash Drive for workshop files, and your Laptop with FCPX version 10.2.3 installed!  (Motion 5.2.3 installed optional).

Dolores Jenerson-Madden has taught media courses at both Chaffey College and Fullerton College and is a Certified Apple Instructor. If you attended MCAI's MediaProCamp you know that Dolores' ebullient personality is perfect for simplifying the complex, explaining the difficult and encouraging creative experimentation. She is a dynamic, people-person who loves to answer questions.

The complete workshop includes five+ hours of actual instruction, handout materials, resources, lunch and refreshments. Cost is $60 per person, prepaid. People with special dietary needs should bring their own food. No discounts offered or extra costs imposed. This low price is only available because MCAI is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to serving its members and the professional media community. A training workshop such as this might cost 5 to 15 times as much elsewhere. This is a one-time only event. We have no plans to offer this workshop again! Don't miss it.






  • Technical Information covering Computer Set Up Issues and Trouble Shooting Procedures, Data Management (Organization, Optimization, Proxy Files, Libraries, Key Words, Smart Collections, Roles, etc.)
  • 3D Text and Titles
  • Audio - from basic to advanced EQ and mixing
  • Editing functions and shortcuts
  • Selected Video and Audio Effects
  • Creating Generators in Motion for use in FCPX
  • Making 4K and HD Projects work together
  • Compressor exports from inside FCPX
  • Time Permitting:
  • Selected Color Correction Steps and MultiCam Editing
  • Dedicated Q&A on specific attendee issues


The DIgital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA. 92704
at the corner of Wilshire.
Plenty of free parking available around the building
as well as directly across Bristol St.

From I-405 fwy, exit onto Bristol St and go North (and East) past South Coast Plaza appox 3 miles. Cross Edinger St and the DMC will be on your left. Do a U turn at Wilshire to enter.

Next Meeting: SECRETS OF AUDIO POST! April 13, 2016

Don't miss MCA-I's meeting on Wednesday, April 13th when we present 2 of OC's top audio engineers sharing their secrets!

Working on TV shows, films, commercials and video,Tim Keenan of Creative Media Recording (Left) and Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite (Right) are masters of sound!

Everything from sweetening to Sfx and music, mixing, editing and voice-over is on the table. Did we mention noise reduction and ADR? Bring your EQ questions and we can talk processing too! Great stories, great demos and great people await you at the OC Sound Stage  on April 13th! Don't Miss it! Come early for networking and light food. PLEASE RSVP at MCAI's Meetup Site so we know how much food to get!

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FREE WorkFlow Workshop March 2, 2016

PerfecPictures + Easy Edit + Secure Storage

The LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I and RoundTable.Media are presenting a specialKey Code Media event featuring three top industry-leading companies on the most efficient methods and tools for top quality media workflow. Panasonic, Adobe and Quantum will have their experts offering advice and recommendations to attending professionals on every level of sophistication. MC for the event will be everyone's favorite tech guy, Michael Kammes, the creator founder of independent web series, 5 Things. Sign up for this event HERE

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2015 Holiday Party Was A Blast!


For what some declared our 8th year, (who's counting?) the professional media organizations of Orange County got together to celebrate the year end and offer good tidings of peace and love--with many toasts to future succes for all thrown in! 

The crowd was almost at capacity for the back room of Avila's El Ranchito in Old Town Orange and everyone was in a holiday mood.

Those who arrived early had only one block to walk to see the City of Orange's tree lighting and other festivities, highlighted by a fabulous performance from the Orange Community Master Chorale. We gathered in the old church that is Avila's for dinner, camaraderie, fun and doorprizes —and no one walked away dissapointed

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Awards Given at 2015 Holiday Party

It was a perfect gathering to honor those who have contributed to the OC Media Community in 2015: representitives of more than 5 different organizations were there. The festive atmosphere included Shining Star Awards to outstanding members of MCA-i for their service to the community and special Media Community Leadership Awards to those who run OC's professional media  associations.

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TWO (2) MCAi-VO Peeps Scholarships Offered

VO Peeps  founder and president, Anne Gan Guzza has announced that the joint charity fund run in conjunction with MCA-i is offereing TWO (2) nesw scholarships to some deserving VO Artists to attend VO Atlanta 2016! Applicants should apply immediately on line at  These are The Carol Joy Memorial Scholarship (for national residents) and one International Sc

holarship!  HURRY - The Application Deadline is Dec 14th at 5 pm PST 

We will be announcing the winners on Dec 18th - Just in time for the holidays! PLEASE share this with anyone you know who might be interested! Many Thanks to Gerald Griffith for his continuing support and generosity. One of the biggest events of the year for profesional VO artists, the annual VO Atlanta Conference takes place March 3-6, 2016 in Atlanta!

47th MCA-I Media Festival-Deadline Dec15!

The Media Festival deadline was extended to Dec 15!  But time is running out! Enter NOW! It's great for professionals because it is not judged competitively. In other words, If every entry deserves a GOLD there's no reason they will not all be awarded the higest level. 

Time is short -- ENTER NOW! Congratulations to the 46th Golden, Silver, and Bronze Winners. Trophy and certificates have been delivered - did you get one? Post a selfie with your award to the MCA-I Facebook Group!

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Meet MCA-I Member Patricia Shanks

One of the busiest—and talented—media entrepreneurs we know is Patricia Shanks. An Emmy® Award-winning writer, working voice actor and professional singer-musician, she recently opened her own teaching studio in Laguna Niguel. Maybe you attended the September '15 MCA-I meeting at Studio Shanks.

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Oct '15 MCA-i Meeting Review

It was a small but active crowd at the Digital media Center for our Producer-Performer Roundtable. As promised, it was an interactive discussion between producers and performers coming from different areas of the media. 

The crowd was pretty evenly split between management and talent and we even had a couple of cross-overs who make a living in both job categories. The Panel, made up of Anne Ganguzza, founder and president of VO Peeps; producer Art Kirsch, of SoCal Showbiz; and Brian Page a stage director/sound designer who also is an actor, contributed quiite a bit and kept everyone involved. The topics varied widely.

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MCAI-OC Now Sponsors Joomla Meetup Group

One of the most important forms of communication for media professionals is a good website. That's why when the Orange County Joomla Meetup Group went up for grabs, MCA-i member (and a Joomla developer) Grace McKay quickly approached the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i to help save it. The meetup group, dormant for over a year, has over 150 interested members. The group covers SEO, CMS, online marketing, web design, tech and internet.

"In the past, professional developers and amateur users interested in Joomla found common ground and it looks like that will happen again," said McKay. Joomla is one of the most popular free, open-source web tools around—over 50 million downloads and counting. They've scheduled their first new meetup as a breakfast meeing for Wednesday September 30 at Denny's in Tustin just off RedHill. "It will be informal but a great opportunity to get eveyone back involved --IF they BRING their Laptop," chided Grace.

If you are interested in web design or building a Joomla website be sure to join the meetup group

Sept '15 MCA-I Meeting Review

Acting Demo & Tips; Casting Director's Advice; Behind the Scenes with 'Wild Kingdom' New Host — Combine for Very Special Evening

Casting Director Wayne Morse and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Host Stephanie Arne shared words of wit and wisdom with a full house at Studio Shanks Productions in Aliso Viejo for the September meeting of MCA-i's LA/OC Chapter.  The two featured speakers detailed their experiences in the wilds of Hollywood casting and in the world of wildlife, respectively.

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Meet MCA-I Member Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is a multi-talented pro who, over his ten-year career in media production, has done it all—everything from camera and lighting to set design and construction to directing and production management. Currently available as a production freelancer, he's also developing projects as the owner/producer for his newly formed, Cup of Joe Productions in Costa Mesa, CA. Did I mention he's a huge football fan and has shot a ton of sports as camera op (and more) including college football and AVP Pro Beach Vollyball?

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5 Important Tips To Look Professional On Your Web Cam

I was on a video conference call the other day—altogether eight working professionals—and I noticed the wide variety of picture quality, from below average to just awful. So much business is done on Skype or Zoom and other video situations using our built-in computer cameras that it's worth talking about. It's important to know how to use these tools to look good, to look professional. So here are some useful tips.

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MCA-I OC Chapter Board Thanks Davis and Slade with Shining Star Awards

Retiring members of MCA-I's LA/OC Chapter Board of Directors, Jean Davis and J.L. Slade, were thanked for their service to the organization and the Media Community at large by president Art Kirsch with a Shining Star Award. Their respective terms as members of the Board of Directors ended in June of 2015. "MCA-I is an all volunteer nonprofit," said Kirsch, "and it is only though the efforts of members like Jean and J.L. that we can exist and serve our other members and the media community. We can't thank them enough."

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Terry Bales Retires after 44 years at SAC-TV

Long time MCA-I member, Terry Bales, Professor and Chairman of the Department of TV/Video Communications & Film at Santa Ana College retired in June after 44 years. Terry was an institution in the field of Media Education having laid claim to the longest running Broadcast Journalism program in Orange County, possibly all of Southern California. His party was a large celebration attended by generations of past students, now media professionals, from all over the country. MCA-I's John Coleman was there to present a special award from the organization's Board Of Directors, honoring Bales (seated in photo at right) for his service as an educator.

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MCA-I MEETING RECAP: TherapyCable May 2015

We were invited guests to a taping at the new Orange County streaming video service, TherapyCable where we were introduced to not only their programming concept but a discussion of their low-budget production techniques, sponsor format and business model. It was a unique opportunity for media professionals to go inside the workings of a new media enterprise.

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MCA-i International Announces New Officers and Board Members

With the new year comes new management of our self-directed non-profit run entirely by members from the various chapters around the counry. Taking national office are three members of the LA/OC Chapter. They include Art Kirsch, Brian Page and John Coleman. The trio joins others elected by the national membership to serve for the 2015 year, guiding the all-volunteer-run organization.

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