NAB Show Tips from Lisa Wood, owner of ComputerWise Computers Inc by Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, Recruiter, Career Coach, and Broadcast Beat writer

Lisa Wood, owner of ComputerWise Computers Inc based in Logan, Utah, shares tips for the NAB Show with Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, Recruiter, Career Coach, and Broadcast Beat writer

Lisa and Curtis Wood of ComputerWise Computers Inc

Lisa Wood co-owns the company, ComputerWise Computers Inc with her husband Curtis, to whom she’s been married since high school (38 years). Based in Logan, Utah, since 1981, they have been NewTek Elite Partners for 30 years.

What advice do you have for someone who has never been to the NAB Show before?

NAB can be quite overwhelming , especially the first year. Take the time to review the Exhibitors list and note what halls they are in. Then schedule a “game plan”. Note that each hall has a theme, ie: Lighting, Cameras, Electronics, Software, etc. Write down the items you are interested in and map out the vendors you want to visit. Tackle it on a hall by hall basis.

What is the most significant trend in your industry this year?

Probably the interest in 4K Video resolution

Why do you attend the NAB Show?

NAB is the number one show of the year where all the vendors announce and showcase new products. It is the only way to stay on top of the current trends and keep our business on top.

What did you learn at the NAB Show that helped you?

In the past we have learned about upcoming trends, for example, we were there when the Go Pro camera was first announced and showcased. We were one of the few that were actually able to purchase a Go Pro at that show. We also have learned about 3D Video the last two years. We come every year to hear the new announcements for NewTek, they are always the industry leaders in new Video technology.

What was the best thing about the NAB Show last year? What were the highlights for you? Any sessions?

We were the most excited about the NewTek announcements for the new 3Play 440. A multi-channel instant replay system with tons of bells and whistles. Also the announcement of the NewTek TriCaster Mini. We weren’t able to attend any sessions but we did attend several Vendor meetings

What are you looking forward to in 2015?

Again we are looking for NewTek announcements and for where the industry is planning on going with the whole 4K Video standard.

Where is the best place to meet people at NAB?

Many Vendors also have “suites” in addition to there booths on the exhibit floor. Meet with them first at their booth then connect with someon if you are interestd and schedule a one on one discussion in their suite.

What is the don’t miss event, session or gathering or aspect of NAB for you ?

Its’ always good to attend the “Best Of” announcements for the awards that NAB has awarded. Also there are some fun and entertaining sessions like, Broadcast Minds. we like to attend every year.

What do you like most about the NAB Show?

The excitement of announcements of new products and new industry standards, also meeting with vendors in person to discuss their thoughts as well.

What else would you want readers of Broadcast Beat to know about you or your company?

We are a fine example of someone who is following their passion. We have been totally loyal to NewTek since their first emergence on the Commodore Amiga platform 30 years ago, and we have been excited to watch and be part of their growth. It has been an exciting ride and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it all.

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Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is an internationally-acclaimed recruiter, career coach and animation veteran (production manager on The Simpsons, ink and paint supervisor on Paramount's animated feature Bebe's Kids.) Pamela is a popular speaker at colleges, film festivals and entertainment industry conferences around the world.She has presented courses at SIGGRAPH in San Diego, Boston, and Los Angeles; was the commencement speaker at Art Institute of Tampa, and taught the Career Realities course at Gnomon School of Visual Effects.Pamela was named one of the Top Ten Recruiters by Animation Magazine and has worked with clients around the world such as Disney Feature Animation, Technicolor in Beijing, Framestore in London, and Lucas Animation in Singapore.She has written for over 80 publications including Computer Graphics, Animation Magazine, U.S. Art, Media History Digest, Apple Directions, Art Business News, Idaho Arts Quarterly, and Animation World Network.
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