2015 #NABShow FINAL Wrap-up

Well, here it is – another NAB Show over and done with. Broadcast Beat magazine was there in force, with close to 30 people and four film crews covering the world’s largest annual convention for Broadcast, Motion Picture and Post Production. The exhibition featured 1,789 companies spanning 1,015,000 net square feet of exhibit space – and Broadcast Beat Magazine was all over – not once, but many, many times! (If only I could apply all those to air miles, eh?)


New Celeb Lighting SolutionsFor more than 25 years, from the founding fathers of the company in 1987 to the newest employee, Kino Flo has made designing and building the best professional lighting tools our stock in trade. Everything from blockbuster franchise movies to an emerging international class of small, independent narratives and music videos adopted the look of Kino Flo. Television broadcast followed shortly after with Kino FLo location and studio fixtures for news, sports and entertainment reporting on the set and in the field. The photography community led by creative innovators like Martin Schoeller and Patrick Demarchelier in New York City embraced Kino Flo style lighting to help define new looks for editorial and advertising images. Today, Kino Flo products can be found on nearly every size and style of production across the country where professional image makers rely on excellence in lighting to tell their visual stories.   See more at:

The Red Dragon camera line now features the Weapon Dragon – which will be available in a 6K magnesium body version, aRED and their Red Dragon 6K carbon fiber version, and, eventually, an 8K carbon fiber version.

Frame rates of up to 59.94 are supported in all acquisition formats, from 720p to 6K raw, and Redcode support includes 6K at 100fps. Native resolution of the Weapon 6K cameras is 6144×3160.  The Weapon will support simultaneous recording in both Apple ProRes and R3D, and read and write speeds for the Red Mini-Mag have been increased.

Sporting an 8192×4320 that shoots 8K at 60fps in full-sensor mode, or at up to 75fps in a scope (2.40:1) frame format, The 8K version arrives at the end of the year.

Sara and Sarah over at voices can help you out with any voiceover project at their booth!Sara and Sarah are ready with a voice – over at the Voices Booth. is the industry-leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talent. Radio and television stations, advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies rely upon the marketplace to search for, audition and hire voice talents with the assistance of our innovative SurePay™ escrow service and our award-winning Web application.  Business clients span the spectrum from SMEs to Fortune 500 companies, including NBC, ESPN, PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, Reader’s Digest, Comcast, Bell Canada, Microsoft, Cisco, ING, Western Union, Ford, GM, Jaguar, US Army, the US Government and thousands more. See more at:

Nikon LensesYou know them as “Nikon,” but that’s just the name of their first camera… Want to know how it all started?  Well… in 1917, the optics department of Tokyo Keiki’s factory, the Iwaki Glass Factory, and the Fuji Lens Factory combined to found “Nippon Kogaku K.K.” and began manufacturing binoculars for consumer use. Then, in 1932“NIKKOR”, a combination of “NIKKO”, the abbreviation of “Nippon Kogaku”, and an“R”added at the end, appeared as the trademark of a line of photography lenses.  After the Second World War, Nippon Kogaku began to manufacture consumer cameras, and in 1946 decided to name their 35mm camera “Nikon”. This means that the Nikon brand name is actually younger than NIKKOR.  See more at their website:

(Nikki and I being silly at #SuperMeet!)

MoleRichardson LightingMole-Richardson Co. is the industry leader in the engineering and manufacturing of lighting and power distribution equipment for the film, television and broadcast industries. Founded in 1927, the company remains dedicated to interpreting technology and designing solutions for cinematographers and lighting professionals worldwide. The first Mole-Richardson lights were built in a small machine shop at the rear of a garage on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, California. It was just eight short years later that the company won an Academy Award for its creation of the first Fresnel Spotlight. This would be the first of four Academy Award Certificates.  See more at:


CanonUSA has their C500 studio camera on display, with a PL mounted lens@CanonUSA has their C500 #studio #camera on display, with a PL mounted #lens … The Cinema EOS C500 PL 4K Digital Cinema Camera capitalizes on the groundbreaking ergonomic design of the EOS C300 camera, and offers a Super 35mm, 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and an expansive range of recording and output options specifically for 4K and 2K image acquisition. Addressing the discrete needs of cinema and TV, the EOS C500 offers two forms of 4K origination – productions can dynamically select DCI (SMPTE 2048-12011 standard) or the alternative television-centric Quad-HD (SMPTE 2036-12009 and ITU-R BT.1769 standards) source image formats. The EOS C500 PL features uncompressed Canon RAW output for both 4K and 2K recording. The Cinema EOS C500 PL provides flexibility in 4K and 2K recording to allow production teams to maximize the efficiency in their production and post-production workflows. See more at:

There are twoChimera Ring Light versions of the RingMAXX. One for still photography allowing four strobes to be placed in the RingMAXX. The other is a high heat version for video which also accommodates four lights. The RingMAXX has an optional custom designed yoke for optimal support or two c-stands can be used. The rear of the RingMAXX has zippered openings allowing an ideal fit for a variety of lights. We recommend the Chimera Triolet with 500 or 1000 watt bulbs or your 200 watt HMI of choice for daylight shooting. The RingMAXX will find usage in high end portrait studios and on sets for beauty commercials.For more information, see:


AtomosShooting in HD and UHD #formats has never been #easier, thanks to @Atomos_news and their new Shogun 4K recorder at #NABshow… Atomos exists to help creative professionals cut through technology barriers by creating easy to use, cutting edge products including 4K and HD Monitor-recorders, a pocket size ProRes recorder, signal converters and power management solutions. Each product serves a different need but all share the common benefit of enabling a faster, higher quality and more affordable production schedule for video professionals. Atomos is based in Australia with offices in the USA, Japan, China and Germany and has a worldwide distribution partner network. Further product information can be found at with the Atomos community active on Facebook (/atomosglobal), Twitter (@Atomos_News), Vimeo (/atomosvideo), YouTube (/AtomosVideo) and Videogram (

Here are some things you may have missed:






NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith opened the convention with his annual State of the Broadcast Industry Address and, following his keynote, Smith presented Jerry Lewis, humanitarian and one of the most successful entertainers in history, with the NAB Distinguished Service Award.

Day Two of 2015 NAB Show Featured ‘The Walking Dead,’ Mel Karmazin, and ‘American Sniper’ Cinematographer Tom Stern

Radio Legends Kevin Ryder & Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter, who host the longest-running a.m. drive show in Southern California, where they’ve been entertaining listeners for 25 years were inducted into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, John McAfee, Sandra Adair, and numerous events providing insight on video monetization, dynamics between brands and influencers, and the Internet of Things at the Online Video Conference and Super Session

The Technology Luncheon also included the presentation of NAB Engineering Achievement Awards. Richard Friedel was honored for television, Tom King for radio, and Ray Conover was awarded the Service to Broadcast Engineering Award. James F. Goodmon, Jr. received the first-annual Digital Leadership Award

The Super Session, “Broadband and the Internet of Things: Realities and Myths,” hosted discussions to dispel the myths of bandwidth scarcity, while “How to Leverage Online Video’s New Influencers for Winning Brand Extensions” at the Online Video Conference focused on new ways that brands can better work with talent to create more engaging advertNAB Drone Pavilionising campaigns

NAB celebrated its 25th year in Las Vegas, and this year featured their first ever Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion – with dozens of companies represented. Drones are coming into their own as the preferred tool for newsgathering. Most broadcasters feel that these unmanned cameras respect public safety and privacy concerns and so you’ll be hearing more about them!

The latest and ultra-high definition television, HD radio, interactive TV and radio applications, and cutting-edge production equipment were there aplenty

The 4th Annual IAWTV Awards were held last night (April 15, 2015) in Las Vegas at the Westgate Resort and Casino (Formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) – incidentally, one of the winners for Best Comedy Series was @ScreenJunkies “Honest Trailers” – if you’ve never seen them, they can be found HERE

…and some Interviews we did that you may not have seen
(Over 100 more on the way in a few days too!):


Ryan & Daniel Leaving Las Vegas 041515

So, that’s how it went at the 2015 #NABShow this year… We’re all headed home from an exhausting – but definitely exciting and pleasurable – adventure in Las Vegas. We’d like to thank everyone at NAB for all their help and cooperation, the staff and crew of Broadcast Beat Magazine – because without them, we would not have been able to present the amount of news and information that we did – and, most of all, we’d like to thank you – our readers – for giving us a reason to present all of this news and information! And I will say a special thanks to all the companies at NAB this year, for putting-up with us and our wacky zaniness… We look forward to seeing you all next year and, until then, check out for all the latest – and remember, as always, stay blogged-in!

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