The 2015 NAB Show in Vegas introduces a new dimension for content creation – UP! It’s time to open the vault of the heavens and explore the skies in search of those perfect aerial shots. New for the upcoming NAB show: the Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion! A bevy of virtual aeronauts has descended on the NAB show this year. Over a dozen experts and speakers on the subject of aerial image acquisition stands ready to inform attendees and share their insights into this recent trend. The pavilion features a flying cage (to help keep the fun contained?)
Among the seminars available in this particular venue are two all-day seminars (11th and 12th) with a dozen experts each session. These all-day instructional sessions do require an additional fee (Only these two all day seminars have any extra fees) but the entire group goes on an all-day field trip (via air conditioned bus) to a nearby scenic ghost town in Nelson Nevada near the notorious Techatticup Mine to learn proper drone camera usage (the mine has a bloody history so don’t stay after dark, unless you are actually looking for, or don’t believe in – ghosts). The bus trip takes about an hour each way.
The first seminar is for beginners or intermediate flyers and the second seminar is for intermediate to advanced flyers and features instruction in specific advanced techniques and tricks of the trade. The bus keeps a tight schedule so don’t be late! Lunch and bus trip snacks are provided. If taking the advanced class you are encouraged to bring your own drone (if you have one). Both days feature the same dozen instructors except for the addition of Kerry Garrison (Photographer and Pilot from Multicopter Warehouse) at the beginner’s class, bringing the first day’s instructor total up to a baker’s dozen.
The seminar entitled “Capture Incredible Aerial Images” lasts two and a half
hours (Tuesday from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM) and features four of the same instructors/speakers from the two full day seminars; Mannie Frances (Managing director of VASST, Drone Media Group), Jeff Foster (Author, Adobe Community Professional Sound Visions Media), TJ Diaz (XFLY Systems), and Ziv Marom (Aerial Cinematographer ZMinteractive.com). This session takes an in depth look at the aerial videography industry. Attendees will learn about applicable laws and a few possible legal issues relating to aerial photography. Best practices will be examined and applicable workflows discussed. Upcoming tech will also be discussed, and the session review samples of recent aerial footage of the highest quality.
The rest of the seminars last half of an hour each; there are nine other Seminars relating to drones, six of which are only given once; the other three repeat from two to five times during the NAB show. All the repeating classes are taught in the Aerial Robotics and Drone Theater. “News Drones – Broadcast and Journalism” is taught twice. “Drones on the Big (and small) Screen” is taught three times, this seminar explores which movies and TV shows are utilizing drones today, and some very effective aerial footage will be reviewed. “Decked out Drones and Know Before you Fly” is taught five times and deals with the subject of drone enhancement, you’ll get to see a fully decked out drone in action. Imaging sensors, Range extension, and monitoring options are just a few of the subjects that will be touched upon. Total payload will also be touched upon as well as safety issues and awareness. If you haven’t really considered the implications of drones and what
they can do for you this seminar is a must see event.
A few single session classes are; “Blade Camera Drones: Choosing Your First Platform” is a presentation by Blade and Horizon Hobby designed to help you select a drone as this rapidly expanding area of technology begins to offer the consumer a dizzying array of choices. Spektrum radio systems for drones are also explored. “Extracting Actionable Intelligence from Battlefield Video” is presentation aimed at the military application of drone technology. Dr. Varah the presenter of this, discusses the military application of information gathered from military drones, satellites and other video recording devices.
The use of advanced video analytic tools for the assessment of real-world conditions will also be explored. Wide Area
Motion Imagery (WAMI), as well as satellite imagery and their use for extrapolating metadata will also be explored. The implications of drone-based intelligence gathering and its implications on U.S. military commander’s decision making process will also be examined. “From Kites to Drones (to Kites Again): A Perspective on Aerial Photography” explores the growing popularity and accessibility of camera wielding drones. As prices drop on these items, more and more people and corporations are acquiring drones. This session will explore the ethical, legal and social implications of drone use and misuse. One of the classes “Multimedia Acquisition Overview of NASA Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1)” might be cancelled by NASA pending on the results of an in depth review of certain testing anomalies and NASA technology restrictions.
Classes and seminars are certainly not the only thing in the Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion though. There are also well over a dozen companies exhibiting their drones and drone related tech as well. The absolute latest in cutting-edge aerial innovation brings us the pinnacle of modern drone technology. Give your studio a new dimension, kick things UP a notch.
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