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Its been over a week since NAB ended and I have to tell you I am still digging out from the show.
I am finishing my NAB wrapup for here on the Cow, while it was a big show, I did not really see a huge amount of what I would call compelling, at this year's show. Also missing were the large number of DP's that attended the show in 2010. I hope that is a sign that people are once again working in Hollywood.
Interesting also was list of companies that only updated exisiting product lines or the trend this year of openly showing prototypes of thunderbolt and other technologies under development rather than keeping those under wraps. I am working on securing permisson to talk about some of the items that were not on the show floor that really are changing the future of our business.
It truly has been a 3D show, with a stereo rig in every booth. 3D glasses are the new black so this was what I saw yesterday.
a shoulder mount for your iPad that allows you to use your iPad2 camera with the display being the monitor.
RealD glasses from Polaroid.
Sleep is overrated.
Tim Dashwood's update to 3D toolbox and the new Dashwood 3D chart from DSC LABs that will also allow users access to lower cost diagnotic tools for S3D production and camera alignment looks to be a home run for indie 3D.
I talked about some new software from apple here on Macworld.com http://www.macworld.com/article/159202/2011/04/final_cut_pro_x_blog.html
There are at least 6 new ProRes or uncompressed disc recorders here, a couple of them sound good on paper, but I do not think some of the units would not survive a single day on set, i cannot imagine a couple of them being functional after a fall from a tripod.
Dan May from BMD bailed me out big time last weekend and I wanted to correct the Blackmagic showed off ultra scope for Mac at $99
comment below which was an error on my part and I apologize. The acutal price is $695 same as the windows version.
Yesterday's Sesssions started with Dave Stump ASC, and members of his team talking about the updated 2D-3D conversion process, Mitch Gross from AbelCine on the updated Phantom Cameras and the new Zepar 3D system that uses a Phantom 65 Golf to capture both left and right eyes simultanously on the 65mm Sensor, which is large enough to accomdate both Super 35 frames at once.
If you are at the show you MUST go see the 3aility Demo area, it is really amazing to see the power of what 3D can be.
Blackmagic showed off ultra scope for Mac at $99, Baselight is offering a FCP Plugin that allows Baselightproject files to be modified.
I finally get to the show floor today I will be at the Aja booth every morning for the rest of the show talking 3D.
Lastly, I have to once again thank Barco and RealD for the DP Conference Projection System, with Dual HDSDI to Barco 2K DI projector and RealD certified projection to the a 30ft silver screen. The 3D was some of the best of the show, so I was lucky enought to have my own personal DI suite for 3Days.
The show kicks off today and there is so much stuff here I am just going to list some of the cool things
Canon PL Mount Lenses
Arri Alexa M - block camera for 3D applications
Arri Alexa Studio camera with Optical Viewfinder
Assimilate Scratch is now on MAC!!
Aja's Free 4K update for the Kona3G card and the "riker" prototype.
Aja's Thunderbolt Io.
Sony's 3D EX with shoulder mount ( I have not heard what the release model is called)
Sony's 3D NX prosumer camera is one of the smallest 3D cameras out there.
Sony's F65 4K Raw Camera
3D is everywhere, my friends at 3ailty have basketball court in their booth and are producing a Live 3D broadcast 3 or 4 times a day, and portends to be one of the most interesting places to be, not to mention it is immedately adjacent to the new NAB Beer Garden.
Adobe CS 5.5 has been released.
something from apple comes tomorrow,
So with NAB already in full swing off in spite of the show floor still under construction, the overall feeling in Vegas is almost electric in the air. There is discussions of technology, tools and who is going to be at the show. Guest speakers like Douglas Trumball, James Cameron and now that Kevin Smith's presentation is scheduled for the Show floor, everyone already here excited about what will be shown on the floor.
Saturdays sessions ran the gamut from Gary Mandle, Sony Sr. Product Manager for display tech, kicked us off with a very technical program on the how and why of displays, focusing on the new OLED and the return of the Trimaster Line of Professional displays.
I followed with a closeup look at the new Sony PMWF3 (my review will be in a future Cow Magazine article, but let me say I love it), then Arri's Marc Shipman-Muller brought us up to speed about the latest developments on the Alexa front including the annoucement of the "Studio" version of Alexa and a couple of other surprises (I am embargoed from talking until Monday from saying more). Ending with Robin Berg, a producer and cinematographer for the Savage Wild TV series, talking about the difficulties of shooting one of the most dangerous TV shows that I have ever seen, showing behind the scences footage of working in the Florida Everglades swimming and exploring underway with alligators, and another clip the host of the show being attacked and gouged by a wild boar on camera.
Sunday kicks off with Cinematogrphers Roberto Schaefer ASC, Geoff Boyle, Art Adams, along with Michael Bravin and myself talking about the state of the industry.
I have been negligent in posting some of what I am doing for this years DP Conference at NAB so here is a schedule and links to some of the speakers and topics being covered.
I am very thankful for the Technical assistance from Barco Inc and RealD for our VIewing Needs.
---Saturday April 9th Starting at Noon.
Sony's Gary Mandle on Display Technologies
Gary Adcock on the Sony PMWF3
Arri's Alexa update with Marc Shipman-Mueller
Shooting in "the Wild" with Robin Berg.
---Sunday April 10th
Breakfast with Roberto Schafer A.S.C and CML's Geoff Boyle with special guests Art Adams and Michael Bravin
Understanding Perception in 3D with Chris Mayhew
Digital Deliverables with Tom Vice from FOTOKEM (and a peak at their NextLAB data system)
Working in 3D - a Panel discussion on 3D hosted by 3aility's Lucas Wilson
Epic in 3D- Ted Schilowitz of RED and Michael Cioni of LightIron show off the Epic / Element Techinca Atom Rig
--- Monday April 11th
3D -VFX with Dave Stump A.S.C. (focusing on 2D-3D conversion)
Working With Log and LUT's - Bob Monaghan and Gary Adcock
Inside 3aility Live- Lucas Wilson- this is a behind the scenes at a Live 3D broadcast.
3D Tech- Rigs, Techs and the Technology
Phantom Technologies with AbelCine's Mitch Gross
This is just part of the 5 days of content being put on at the show that are included in Post and Production World Conference Pass.
I will be at the show at or around the AJA booth and my fellow bovine's can look for me at many of the events for Adobe, AJA and at the Supermeet.
So NAB 2011 starts this coming Saturday.
Last week Adobe showed a fully featured version of Photoshop running on an iPad, Sony announced that they will be showing their 4K camera system on the show flow and privately announced a couple of other new cameras, a message that that was buried behind all of the Tsunami and earthquake news from that ravaged country. The people behind the GoPro camera bought up Cineform, just as 3D was getting off the ground on the NLE front.
Be it known there will be some very cool stuff at the show, one of the must see stops for me will be the 3ality area, outside near the "new" NAB Beer Garden, will; be showing some of the coolest 3D integration toolsets at the show.
Element Technica is showing the newest Atom Rig with a couple of surprises,RED actually has a booth once again this NAB, so there will not be a REDUG meeting as there has been for the last couple of years. The SuperMeet is scheduled for Tuesday night and this year I might just make it.
There has even been some speculation on the internet about a new version of FCP.
So Strap yourself in, NAB is about to begin.