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Las Vegas, NV (April 2014) The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB Show®) brought together broadcasters covering entertainment, technology, digital media, and post production. The annual show covers delivery of content across all mediums and transcends traditional broadcasting.
Hundreds of exhibitors showcased new technologies with more than 90,000 attending from more than 150 countries. The NAB Show® is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. Driving the future of digital media, the NAB Show® is centered on technology and high resolution. Japanese broadcaster NHK demonstrated 8K Super-High Vision in their booth at the NAB Labs Futures Park. A highly realistic video of a sports game was projected on a 350 inch screen bringing the thrill of the stadium into the room. 8K Super Hi-Vision in museums and galleries will enhance collections by using the advanced level of detail available with Super Hi-Vision images. Visitors can examine precious works of art bringing them closer to the genius of the works, and in schools the excellent quality of the images will engage young minds and open new horizons and possibilities.
Audio and video is used by all industries to entertain and educate. Exhibited by TSL Products, the “Egg”, “A cracking good idea”, has been designed as a QC suite to monitor 5.1 surround and HD video from within a single isolated environment. Features include a comfortable seat, and five full-range loudspeakers, and a sub. The virtual control panel can be customized to suit your needs and controlled from a single touchscreen display. The top end model includes precision audio monitoring, with the option of Dolby decoding, and with 5.1 becoming the broadcast standard for audio delivery, the Egg has addressed the serious issue of how to monitor 5.1 in MCR environments with a single and compact solution.
Brent Tremblay, Sales Associate representing Pointmaker® by Boeckeler Instruments, Inc. showed the latest in video annotation (a.k.a. telestrator) products, including the new iPad annotation and video switching apps for the presentation, education, and collaboration markets. Video markers have come a long way since their use as a telestrator on TV’s “Monday Night Football” in the late 1990s. Like many technical devices, the product evolved in a variety of ways, from bulky beginnings that required drawing with a light pen pressed against a monitor screen, to using today’s more streamlined wireless tablets and touchscreens. In a single decade, the functions and resolutions of the Pointmaker® line have continually advanced to serve a wider presentation market that had moved from analog to digital to today’s mobile community, becoming one of today’s leading hardware-based annotation devices. Higher Education applications for the Pointmaker® include installations in many teaching auditoriums across the country, including those at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Illinois at Chicago and Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. The Pointmaker® goal is to remain a leader in hardware-based annotation systems, while exploring new horizons such as apps for the new mobile age. Demonstrations on the showroom floor included products like “The Spreading Wings S1000”, DJI’s first octocopter. It features a fully integrated design, and was created especially for DSLR aerial cinematography and photography. The A2 flight controller is the most advanced flight controller, and ensures total ease of flight, reliability, and stability in any situation.
Luncheons honoring those who have provided exceptional service to the industry included the hit comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond”. The show was recognized for quality broadcast programming and inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Accepting the award were cast members; Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan, along with Phil Rosenthal, the show’s creator. National radio personality, television host, and best-selling author Steve Harvey was honored as the Radio Inductee to the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Several companies hosted after parties. ShowStoppers®, global leader in producing press and business events spanning the US, Europe and Asia, hosted a press reception at the Wynn Hotel & Casino. Exhibitors met with the media one on one, allowing them to discuss and demonstrate their products outside the showroom floor. GiganetTV™ hosted an evening party at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, with cocktails, food, and prizes. GiganetTV™ is available on phones, tablets, computers, and TVs. Imagine Communications and GatesAir hosted a party at the Wynn Hotel & Casino. (Harris Broadcast became Imagine Communications and GatesAir on March 17, 2014”.
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory, and public affairs. Next year’s NAB Show® will be held in Las Vegas, NV, April 11-16, 2015. For more information go to: www.nab.org
Brenda Hyatt, Journalist/Chief Editor
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