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NAB Show 2015: Tips from an NAB Convention Veteran To Make the Best Use of Your Time.
By: walter biscardi on Mar 9, 2015 at 4:39:31 am

The snow is finally starting to melt, well except in Boston, so that means it’s time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention.   I’ve gone so many times it’s more like a family reunion than a trade show anymore.  Here’s my 2015 edition of “Tips from an NAB Veteran to make the best use of your time.”     ...


Come to my Gender Equality Panel at NAB 2015!
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:45:36 am

I just realized I haven't formally invited the entire internet to a panel I'm helping to put together at this year's NAB Show. After reading my Sexism in Post article, Adobe reached out to see how they could help the visibility of women in the industry. Long story short, I've been working on this for the last two months, thanks to Adobe and their cooperation with Post Production World (who are a bunch of super cool people, by the way.) ...


The Edit Bay: An Unexpected Journey
By: Shane Ross on Apr 26, 2012 at 8:37:07 pm

Here's a quick video I did featuring some of the cool things I found at NAB. And a strawberry shake from the Mad Greek in Baker, CA that is to DIE for. ...


Confessions of an NAB Virgin
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 25, 2012 at 5:58:23 pm

Hi. This is not an NAB recap. This isn't a collection of my thoughts about products and software. This is the confession of a small-town starry-eyed NAB virgin, and the adventures and anxieties she finds herself in. ...


Post NAB wrapup coming
By: gary adcock on Apr 25, 2011 at 6:47:09 am

Its been over a week since NAB ended and I have to tell you I am still digging out from the show. ...


Live Report from NAB 2011
By: Mike Cohen on Apr 13, 2011 at 1:52:48 pm

Sorry to say, I am not at NAB 2011 - but several fellow COWs and Twitterites are and following their updates is the next best thing to being there. ...


NAB notes and the 2011 DP Conference Day 3
By: gary adcock on Apr 12, 2011 at 6:51:45 am

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. ...


NAB notes and the 2011 DP Conference Day 2
By: gary adcock on Apr 11, 2011 at 6:29:39 am

Wow ...


NAB notes and the 2011 DP Conference Day 1
By: gary adcock on Apr 10, 2011 at 6:23:29 am

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. ...


NAB2011 and Director of Photography Conference
By: gary adcock on Apr 6, 2011 at 8:37:07 am

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. ...


By: Jeff Handy on Apr 5, 2011 at 7:53:10 pm

I saw that the Supermeet has updated their agenda and the circumstances have caused a bit of dissension in the ranks. I'm personally looking forward to seeing what Apple has to offer. ...


Should be an interesting April for Apple Color
By: walter biscardi on Feb 13, 2011 at 5:20:20 am

So NAB is rapidly approaching and as par for the course, we know nothing about Apple's plans for the event. We know they don't have a booth planned but will they announce anything at all? ...


IBC is almost here.
By: gary adcock on Sep 7, 2010 at 2:12:34 am

Its time for the Tv and Technology show for the rest of the world to start. IBC, THE TV show for the rest of the world starts later this week, and I am once again in attendance. ...


NAB - when support is what you really need.
By: gary adcock on May 10, 2010 at 9:56:14 am

OK it’s been 3 weeks since NAB and I had to get some work done but I wanted everyone to know that one of of the coolest updates at this past NAB was hidden well inside the central hall and was one of the most promising products I have seen in years. If you have ever tried to repeat a pan then tilt with a fluid head in the same manner over multiple takes you quickly see how limited most tripod heads are built. The Gearnex Head with an HVX200 At last year’s show Gearnex showed off the...


Thanks to Bram and the team at FSI -
By: gary adcock on Apr 25, 2010 at 6:45:00 am

I want to take a minute and publicly thank Bram and the team at Flanders Scientific for the assistance at this NAB. I know that nearly everyone here on the Cow has heard about Walter and Shane’s glowing reviews of the FSI monitors and I now gladly add my name to that list. ...


NAB and the Trade Show: Making a Resurgence?
By: walter biscardi on Apr 18, 2010 at 1:21:29 pm

In 2006, the National Association of Broadcasters Convention had over 108,000 attendees in Las Vegas. That dropped to 82,600 by 2009 amid cries that the big trade show is rendered useless in today's internet connected world. All you ever need to know about your business and “what to buy” and “how to do” can be found on the internet without all the hassles and expense of traveling. In 2010 attendance crept back up to 88,044 for one of the most dynamic shows I have ever experienced. I have to say, I’ve missed the last three shows myself. The first one...


The Three A's; Avid, Adobe and Apple
By: walter biscardi on Apr 18, 2010 at 7:27:50 am

The 2010 National Association of Broadcasters convention had the Post Production world buzzing about the Three A's of the industry.  Apple, Adobe and Avid.   Well, really more Adobe and Avid since they were actually at the show and had something to demonstrate. 
Adobe brought their CS5 creative suite to the show with some incredible announcements.  Not the least of which to me is the ease of integration with other NLEs like Final Cut Pro and Avid.  Adobe has decided to "play nice" with with their competitors to make it easier for Post Houses like mine to get projects...


OLED displays to be shown by SONY at NAB 2010
By: gary adcock on Mar 30, 2010 at 12:22:01 pm

Since I only post on a couple of sites other than the Cow, I thought I would share this little piece of info with my Bovine Friends. It's NAB Time and I got a chance to spend 2 days onset with one of the yet to be released Sony OLED (PVM740) displays while working some of my NAB Prep and I have to say that it is a pretty damned nice little unit. Rugged and compact, though a little thicker (about .75" or 2cm) around the middle than my usual Panasonic 8" LCD, it was a tad lighter overall. It...


Apple lays off 40 from FCP team, My Take.
By: walter biscardi on Feb 20, 2010 at 12:41:50 pm

“Apple lays off 40 people from the FCP development staff right before NAB 2010. Is it doomed?” “Apple has laid off many people involved in the development in FCP. Will FCP languish now?” If it’s getting close to NAB, it must be time for the new “Final Cut Pro is going away” rumor to start. By now, anyone who works with Apple’s Final Cut Pro software has probably seen the “tweet heard ’round the world” that Apple has apparently laid off 40 people from the Final Cut Pro development team. So of course we have to have multiple threads appear in the...

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AJA Rocks!
By: Russell Lasson on Apr 20, 2009 at 8:05:29 am

For those of you how haven't looked yet, I strongly suggest you check out the new products that AJA has released, namely the Ki Pro. I've been wondering for a while what it would take to have someone make a camera based around ProRes. Let's face it, in most cases on cameras, the weakest link in the camera isn't the optics or the sensor, it's the fact that they all have to record to lossy codecs. Now with the Ki Pro, you can really see what your camera can do by by-passing the cameras codec. Take the uncompressed video signal out...


Getting Ready for NAB 2009
By: Russell Lasson on Apr 18, 2009 at 8:07:48 am

The biggest question I have for this year is, does Apple even care about NAB any more? I know they're not attending this year, but some how in the back of my mind, I still expect that tomorrow their website will update with something FCP related. I shouldn't get my hopes up though. I'm still excited for all the new RED stuff. Yes, RED won't have a booth either, but the REDUser NAB Party should be great fun and a good time to catch up with people. Anyways, I'll try to give my day to day impressions on what's happening. I will...


Is it worth going to NAB anymore?
By: Dan Dennis on Feb 18, 2009 at 5:48:06 am

The other day, our facility engineer was telling me about his experience booking a hotel room in Vegas for NAB this year. Apparently, the hotels and casinos in Sin City are hurting. He told me he was able to book a hotel room through our corporate travel system at the MGM Grand for less than $100 a night. That, coupled with the fact that Apple and Avid stayed away last year, and who knows who's staying away this year, leads me to believe that (1) NAB is going to start dwindling away into irrelevance, or (2) those of us not in...


Mexico Goes to China - Part 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 23, 2008 at 3:38:36 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine(which I named btw). Here's part two of the first article looking at an Apple network system that is being used at the Beijing Olympics this summer in China. For part one click here. ...

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Bypassing NAB
By: walter biscardi on Mar 17, 2008 at 8:35:11 pm

Just a note that I ll be bypassing NAB after all this year. Our production schedule is very fluid right now and I just can t justify the cost and time away from the office right now. I was hoping to meet many of you at the Artbeats booth this year, but it ll have to be another day. I will be creating a pretty cool demo for Artbeats that ll be online in April though. Enjoy the show everybody!...


Musings on Apple's departure from NAB 2008
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Feb 15, 2008 at 8:45:41 pm

I finally had a few minutes to articulate some of my reasons why I feel that Apple (and Avid, earlier) felt that they no longer needed to go to NAB. While some people have argued that there is no substitute for face-to-face time with a human at NAB before making a purchase, it seems that Avid and Apple don t think so. Neither do I, and in my latest article here at the COW , I spell out some of the reasons that this opinion seems to be taking root around our industry. One of the most compelling reasons is...


Apple Drops NAB, follows Avid's lead for good
By: walter biscardi on Feb 7, 2008 at 5:20:43 pm

So after dropping NAB once then reappearing, Apple has decided to join Avid and skip the NAB show floor altogether. This is an incredibly disappointing decision for a company that supposedly supports over 800,000+ Final Cut Pro users and countless other pro-apps users. NAB and IBC are the two shows each year where professionals, such as myself, can get the opportunity to see and try out the equipment and software we're all going to purchase for the coming year. People like myself spend thousands of dollars on these purchases and I have always found NAB to be particularly useful in...


Apple follows Avid's lead at NAB 2008?
By: walter biscardi on Jan 10, 2008 at 2:14:03 pm

So first we hear of Avid s pulling off the NAB 2008 Show Floor. During a lively debate in the Business and Marketing Forum, one Cow user noted that Apple had suddenly disappeared from the Show Floor Exhibit Map. I was looking over the Exhibitor List and Apple is not listed there either. So by all outward appearances, Apple has pulled out of NAB 2008 as well. At least off the main Show Floor. Now Avid has been known to have had cash flow issues over the past few years as Apple s Final Cut Pro has made huge inroads...


By: Peter Berghammer on May 7, 2007 at 11:11:58 am

Before I begin my foray into the world of blogging I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Ron & Tim for their efforts in getting me situated with the Cow. I look forward to the many blogs ahead and hope that some of you may find the information at least useful, and at best challenging. Although I have a fairly broad portfolio in the areas I write about, and areas researched, I believe that there are always some common factors or themes that run throughout the electronics, entertainment, tech, legal and economic communities - and the way in which...

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Post-NAB thoughts and musings - PART 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 20, 2007 at 10:46:06 pm

I returned back home from Las Vegas and NAB on Tuesday night after spending 2 1/2 days in the City of Sin, my last few hours being spent at the wonderful Hofbräuhaus next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where I, along with coworkers and friends, downed their great tasting German lager out of ridiculously massive 1 liter glass steins while enjoying what I have to imagine is "classic" Bavarian folk music. After having a few days back home to digest what I saw and learned (not to mention playing catch up on the current show I'm editing for...


Cheap cam phone images of NAB Exhibit Day 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 17, 2007 at 2:41:09 am

Well here are some images for those of you who aren t able to be here. I ll give my full verbal breakdown a little bit later... I m too tired to get into it right now......

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Motion 3 vs AECS3
By: Filip Vandueren on Apr 16, 2007 at 10:21:39 am

My my, the public beta of After Effects CS3 gets released AND Apple anounces Motion 3 . Go feast your eyes ! I've never played with Motion (I bought FCP & DVDSP, and never felt the need to upgrade to the studio), although I've sometimes wondered if Motion wasn't a better tool for some simple jobs. But looking at the pressreleases begs the question: is Motion still AE's little brother ? It used to look and feel like an iApp that found it's way in a pro-studio, but here are some observations on it's latest incarnation: The biggest surprise for...

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Biscardi NAB 2007 Diary - 4/13/07 4:30pm
By: walter biscardi on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:48:19 pm

We ve arrived in Sunny Las Vegas! Checked in to the fabulous Flamingo hotel which we really used to enjoy for the penquins in the outdoor habitat, but they checked out last year so it s not quite the same. Still gotta love staying in the original strip hotel that started it all. As you can see from the photo we re staying in the top of the line penthouse suite with a classic Strip view, only the best for Cow members! Tonight will be a little rest and relaxation as we ll be taking in the Jay Leno show...

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Walter Biscardi's NAB 2007 Schedule
By: walter biscardi on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:25:41 pm

Well folks, NAB 2007 is upon us and I hope to be able to meet some of you. So if you re going to Las Vegas, here is where you ll definitely find me! Sunday April 15 - Apple Event AM, Panasonic Event PM Monday April 16 - AJA Booth all day, Booth SL6113 directly across from Apple. Tuesday April 17 - AJA Booth AM, Booth SL6113. Creative Cow booth PM, Booth SL2626. Between Adobe and Grass Valley (on your right as you walk to the Apple booth.) Wednesday, April 18 - Presenting HD Finishing in Final Cut Pro as...

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Come to the desert and you will find what you seek..
By: gary adcock on Apr 13, 2007 at 7:59:00 am

Welcome  First Up - Changes on  the show floor and a new track Changes on  the show floor: for those of you that have not looked at the show floor, Please note that Apple and AJA are no longer at the front of the South Hall of the LVCC.    Both of Apples booths, along with AJA Video Systems (where Walter and I will be most of the show) are now much farther back in the South Hall, all the way back at the escalators to the upper level, and the steps down into the back half that hall.   ...


So this will be first year at NAB, any suggestions?
By: Swickness on Apr 4, 2007 at 6:06:43 pm

Greetings all. So a big thanks goes to Creative Cow for enabling me and my wife to attend to attend NAB for the first time. We re both really excited. My question to all of you is where we absolutely must go while we re there, well, other than the Cow Booth . Most of my work has been for my own personal projects using mostly After Effects and Premiere, and my wife is in casting at Nickelodeon. I d imagine that I ll have no shortage of things to grab my attention, but any professional advice would be great....


Crazy 8s! Mac Pro goes octo before NAB
By: Laura Scott on Apr 4, 2007 at 8:37:10 am

We've been poised to get a Mac Pro for some time now, but knowing that the octo-core Mac was coming out soonish, we were hesitating. Add that the uncertainty whether Apple would match the 3.0 GHz clock speed of their existing quad-core machine and we were pondering whether to just jump on what was out and move on. In fact, on Sunday we were standing in the Apple Store in Boulder , ready to buy right there. ...

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By: walter biscardi on Mar 30, 2007 at 2:55:54 pm

Ok, it s NAB time and I ve been receiving quite a few of those MUST SEE emails touting everything from Apple to Avid to everything in between. Today I received what has to be the dumbest PR I ve ever gotten from someone who teaches Avid. I m guessing this person doubles as a Porn Spammer on the side because it has all the qualities of the endless junk email I receive. Well, here, you can judge for yourself. I guess Avid is going all out this year to woo Final Cut Pro users, I wonder what the private...


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