April 9, 2011


by Chris Randall

I'm heading to the NAB convention in Vegas on Sunday. The best way I can describe it is that it's like NAMM if there were no drummers or guitar players, and a fuck of a lot of video post editors. It has a fairly extensive pro audio section, with the caveat that the cool little boutique companies don't show up. Think "yes" to Eventide and Lexicon, "no" to Elektron, essentially.

Its main purpose, though, is video, and all the industries that revolve around same. My question is thus: I'll be more than happy to post any interesting audio stuff I come across, but the vast majority of this vast convention (it is larger than NAMM by quite a bit) is broadcast and post-related, and I was wondering what percentage of the readership of AI was interested in cool post and video production stuff, and if I should add coverage of that to my purview, at least for the two days I'm there.

So, it's up to you. Should I cover interesting post and video things I find? Or should I just stick to the pro audio side of things? There aren't going to be any audio announcements that we didn't see at NAMM. This isn't the convention where those things are done. I'll say that much. So it'll be the usual up-close-personal-hands-on touchy-feely shit I normally spout, no matter what the subject.


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Apr.09.2011 @ 11:36 PM
Hey Chris,

would appreciate any info on any cool video stuff!

...but care more about audio ;-)

Apr.10.2011 @ 12:27 AM
Apple continues to make it hard enough to make still, printed images look right. The idea of trying to make approx. 30 images per second look good fills me with Tolkien-esque dread.
Stick to the audio stuff please.

Apr.10.2011 @ 1:39 AM
Interested in the video stuff, the audio stuff, and how they interact. Not so interested that I have ever checked out the news feeds from NAB before. So I figure if you posted some stuff, it would be interesting. You can always put some swear words in there.

Apr.10.2011 @ 1:59 AM
go for it. i appreciate video/post stuff and any new fancy broadcast things.

curious to hear if there are any new 3D TV's that give you a headache and make you throw up.

Apr.10.2011 @ 2:11 AM
Interested in any products relating to potential creation of live Micronaut concert videos; HWMDI?

Apr.10.2011 @ 2:39 AM
I'm with boobs.

Apr.10.2011 @ 2:44 AM
My day job is video editing and animation... So would be great to see what's comin down the pipes.

Apr.10.2011 @ 4:52 AM
any pro video companies reaching out to the condumer/home editor market, a la black box and matrox. and any mention of somebody making a vga/dvi/hdmi vision mixer.

Apr.10.2011 @ 7:31 AM

Apr.10.2011 @ 9:44 AM
@lazenbleep -- 'condumer' is probably a typo but it's awesome.

I'm interested in cool video stuff, so if it's worth mentioning it I'm interested in your reactions.

Personally I'm sticking with music because it means there's only one medium for all-consuming gear lust I have to worry about.

I've noticed something over the past several years -- production values of local TV things -- commercials, local news, etc -- has gone way up, but the stink of awkward and amateurish is the same as it ever was. I'm always shocked when a local TV ad isn't heinous.

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