2017 #NABShow – Day 1 Wrap-up

NAB 2017 READYTODAY is the FIRST day of The 2017 NAB Show – and the EXCITEMENT LEVEL is OFF THE SCALE!!! The doors have opened officially – but me and my crews have been here for HOURS already, setting-up and gathering ALL of the NAB news we can!

I can’t tell you how much the NAB Show means to me!  I’ve been coming here forever, and it truly seems like a second home to me!  So much to do… Stay blogged-in!

It’s a beautiful day here in Las Vegas Nevada and I can’t believe how many people are crowding NABNAB 2017 Outside already! Can you believe our sign???  🙂  It’s so nice – I wonder how I’ll get THAT home???  LOL

We are streaming LIVE right now from the MET 360 LIVE Studio, in the heart of NABShow!  Debra Kaufman is KILLING IT!  She’s talking about sound and audio and the S22 theater!

George Lucas says that sound is 50% of the production!

When you think about it, that is so true.  Content IS king, and they’re right – with services such as NetFlix and Amazon, delivery is becoming more and more available at the times and places people want to see them!

 Pixel Power & Ciaran Doran, Exec. VP Global Sales & MarketingRyan at the Pixel Power booth with Ciaran Doran, Executive VP Global Sales & Marketing.  Their product, Clarity Graphics, exemplifies their creed – that graphics is their heritage, and the core of their product range.  Clarity is the complete graphics system that addresses live production and graphics playout requirements from a single, tightly integrated system. It delivers everything needed to create stunning graphics for any live or automated production setting– CG, Still Store, Video Clips, Audio, 2D and 3D DVE and downstream keyer.  Clarity is ideally suited to News, Sports, Studio, Mobile, Stadium and Religious applications.

 Jaimi & Tom Lithgow, Product Manager- Bluefish444 KRONOS HDSDIOIJaimi with Tom Lithgow, Product Manager at Bluefish444.  They’re talking about KRONOS range of HD & SDI video and audio I/O cards.   The new line extends the feature set of Bluefish444’s Epoch video cards, which support up to 4K 60 frame per second workflows. KRONOS is developed for additional workflows requiring Ultra HD up to 8K, high frame rates up to 120fps, high dynamic range and video over IP.  KRONOS adds video processing technologies including resolution scaling, video interlace and de-interlace; hardware CODEC support, SDI to IP and IP to SDI conversion, and continues to offer the 12-bit colour space conversion and low-latency capabilities of Epoch.  Truly amazing product!


 Ryan & Harry Glazer, Founder and CEO, SprockitRyan talking with Harry Glazer, Founder and CEO, SPROCKIT.  Currently enjoying its fifth year, SPROCKIT is showcasing market-ready companies – the Best-of-the-Best, market-ready game-changing media and entertainment companies ready to rock it!  They have been judged by industry and peers to have the potential for stardom. Being invited to participate in SPROCKIT is recognition and access to the industry’s elite. In all accounts, a startup chosen by SPROCKIT has reached a certain level of status – they are ready. Nearly 100 emerging companies have participated in SPROCKIT, many of which have experienced successful funding rounds, partnerships and acquisitions.  WHAT an opportunity – ONLY at NAB!  Rock-on, Harry!

 Ryan live with Andrew Cross, CTO of NewTekRyan on with Andrew Cross, CTO of NewTek.  Dr. Cross is known within the industry as “The Father of NDI” – although he is very modest about the industry-imposed recognition. NDI allows the production of shows in a completely new way—using sources from all over the network, not just what’s physically patched into the SDI video router. NewTek NDI is a royalty-free standard anyone can implement to connect video equipment across a network. The production switcher, capture system, media server—any NDI-enabled device on the network—can see and access content from all other devices, allowing more sources than ever before to be used for live production. Technology that’s AMAZING!!!

Tim Feistead, Head of Marketing of Sam.Tim Felstead, Head of Marketing of Sam. Tim plays a key role in ensuring that the Quantel and Snell product range is positioned and aligned with market requirements. Described as “The fastest live sports production system in the world,” SAM (Snell Advanced Media) is demonstrating the first applications of its brand new next generation control, configuration and monitoring solution, Orbit.  Orbit applications include IP routing configuration and control, the Multiviewer MV-800-DT application and configuration tools and the Orbit Map View status reporting application.  SAM will be migrating all of its remaining control and monitoring solutions – such as Workbench and Live Runner – into Orbit in the months ahead.

Randy Reck, director of development at MTIfilms & Cortex

 Nikki speaks with Randy Reck, director of development at MTIfilms and discusses CORTEX Dailies – a complete workflow solution with tools for every step in post. The core dailies features of Color, Sync, Edit and background Transcoding are easy to learn and tuned for maximum efficiency on even the tightest schedules. The CORTEX Manifest ensures complete fidelity across workstations and locations. Media is tracked and verified from initial offload all the way through pulls for VFX and assemblies, making every step along the way simple and secure. CORTEX’s powerful and flexible transcoding engine can go beyond dailies to generate outputs for review, promo, VFX, and formats for delivery to multiple platforms.

Studio Control Room

David MowreyDavid Mowrey, Watson Media head of product development, tells us how IBM is making video more intelligent.  IBM has figured out a way to use their Watson AI platform in many different ways – Watson Discovery can help to rapidly build a cognitive search and content analytics engine. Watson Discovery helps developers quickly ingest data to find hidden patterns and answers, enabling better decisions across teams and Watson Conversation allows engineers to quickly build, test and deploy bots or virtual agents across mobile devices, messaging platforms, or even on a physical robot to create natural conversations between your apps and users. Watson Virtual Agent, Watson Knowledge Studio – too many facets to discuss!  The future is here with Watson!

 Jaimi talking with Simon Westland, BlackmagicJaimi talking with Simon Westland, Director of Sales EMEA, about the evolution of audio and video and what Blackmagic Design has to offer its customers. For example, originally designed for Hollywood’s elite colorists, DaVinci Resolve has been used on more feature films and TV shows than anything else because it lets you create images that are simply impossible with other tools.  DaVinci Resolve 14 has hundreds of new features for editors, colorists and now, for the first time, audio professionals. Colorists will find amazing new filters that include automatic facial recognition and tracking for quickly smoothing skin tones, brightening eyes, changing lip color and more! DaVinci Resolve includes virtually every imaginable editing and trimming tool available, making it perfect for both creative and online editing!

 Maxon President and CEO Paul BabbMaxon President and CEO Paul Babb talks Cinema 4D the professional 3D package for your creative needs. If your goal is to create advanced 3D graphics but need a professional polish to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then Cinema 4D is what you need.  Not only is it easy to learn and a powerful graphics tool, the wide-range of features and add-ons turns this into an artist’s dream.  new functions work intuitively and are exactly where users will expect to find them – the 4D layout can also be easily customized to precisely fit a user’s needs and saved for later use.  The best part – cinema 4D is not limited to the studio industry – it’s also the professional solution for architects & designers, too!  Anything that requires stunning realism on any level – Cinema 4D can pull it off!

 Bill Thompson, Storage Product Manager at EditShare, talks to Ryan about numerous things Bill Thompson, Storage Product Manager at EditSharesuch as being the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare‘s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application. It has been announced that an exclusive and binding agreement to purchase QC specialist QUALES, with the closing of the transaction containing the final details occurring during the NAB 2017 event in Las Vegas. This will enhance their Flow PAM platform.

Jaimi talking with the Vice President of Dielectric in their 75th year

It’s Dielectric’s 75th Anniversary!  As you know, they are the fine folks who bring us antennas, RF systems and transmission lines! Dr. Charles “Doc” Brown’s Dielectric Products Corporation started developing transmission lines for early wartime radar systems in 1942. After the war, Doc Brown’s team applied their innovative technology to inventions for the emerging field of television broadcasting, and Dielectric was soon supplying equipment for all three major television networks. Dielectric has long been known for complete high-power systems, from transmitter output to tower top, and has developed long-term relationships with virtually all major broadcasters. Congratulations!!!

Well, that’s it for day one. It’s a wrap! Our film crews, all the interviews, all the products, we had a lot of fun today! But there’s so much more to see… And tomorrow is another day. I want to thank all of the Broadcast Beat staff for their tireless efforts today (especially you, Erica!), and I’d also like to thank ALL of The Show visitors, as well!  Now – let’s hit them parties!!! And, until tomorrow, remember to stay blogged-in!

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Ryan started working in the broadcast and post production industry at the young age of twelve! He has produced television programs, built large post production facilities, written for some of the industry's leading publications and was an audio engineer for about ten years. Ryan previously wrote for Broadcast Engineering Magazine, Creative COW and his projects have been featured in dozens of publications.
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