Our April MCA-I “NAB Wrap-Up” meeting, hosted by TV Magic, allowed us to check out many of the new toys and tools that may make our jobs easier and more fun in the coming year. We heard from attendees and equipment manufactures about trends in tools and technology, and a few people won some cool prizes!
Attendees Martin Banks, Luke Jungers, and Eric Addison addressed the audience starting with an over-view video compiled by Luke that ran about 2 minutes and highlighted some of the coolest pieces of equipment displayed at the show. The video was quick, but did a good job of showing what all was available in this supermarket of equipment.
Martin and Eric spoke for a few minutes each about production and postproduction equipment respectively. On the production side, the proliferation of solid-state recording media caused quite a bit of discussion during the meeting. AJA, Black Magic Design, and Ninja drew the most attention while representing less than half of the available products from manufactures. Postproduction companies offered up a host of exciting news from Adobe, Avid, and Apple with an announcement from Avid for special pricing on Media Composer for users transitioning from FCP to MC. Apple teased everyone with an announcement about the yet-to-be-released version of Final Cut Pro and how much the software will change. And Adobe announced CS5.5 that contains a number of upgrades from CS5.
Tommy James and Alicia Reed from camera and monitor manufactures Panasonic and JVC talked about new products and trends in our industry. Tommy led off with an overview of the offerings from Panasonic and a glimpse of products we will be available in the marketplace this summer and into the fall. Alicia followed up with some of the developments from JVC in the realm of 3D cameras and changes in their shoulder mount camera line up.
The meeting wrapped up with Marty Glickman From Cinevate and Scott Clark from Delkin devices. Marty is introducing the Canadian company Cinevate to the US market with their line of camera sliders and shoulder mounts for Prosumer cameras and HD-DSLRs.
Also, as usual, our good friend Brenden Wood, owner and engineer of Empire State Filters in New York, donated several “hand-made in the USA” audio and video hum eliminators, that were raffled off as door prizes!