Roger and I bought some gear to test. We used Dirck's credit card - hope that was okay.
Lots to report from the NAB exhibit floor this year. You'll get the full story over the next four days, if I survive. I walked at least 27 miles today with little time for food. Who says Vegas is a fun town.
The doors opened at exactly 9am and the high tech mosh pit stampede began.
The rumor of the day came from the Mac Daily NDayOneews website - the new Apple MacPro could be out sometime this month. The info came from "a source who has been correct about Apple product matters in the past." When I see it, I'll believe it - and I'll be delighted along with many long suffering Mac professionals.
One of the biggest news to come out of NAB is the new upgrades to the Adobe CS Suite which is slated to be available in a few weeks. I got several answers to the "when will it be available" question. It's a definite upgrade for Roger and I. From the crowded previews of it today at the Adobe booth, it's has generated a lot of interest and buzz. It incorporates many new user inspired features that we all can use. Wow, a big company that listens to it's user base to make better products that's a win-win for everyone. How unique.
Adobe's Karl Soule shows off the new features of Prelude, part of the Adobe Suite.
Intel announced the next-generation of Thunderbolt transfer technology. Data transfer speeds up to 20-gigabits per second, a doubling over existing Thunderbolt hardware, 4K support - but coming in 2014 - This is a very good thing, but a long wait. (I guess that won't be in the new MacPro this year.)
Blackmagic Design showed the latest Resolve 10 color grading software. Adobe's new SpeedGrade update took a lot from Resovle's playbook including the tracking of a color grade on a subject moving within a clip. I'll will be interesting how many people seek Resolve's seemlingly unlimited power to grade over Speed Grade which is included in the Adobe Suite.
Pocket Cinema Camera
Also much attention about the Pocket Cinema Camera which is a neat idea but has no viewfinder and not that much "pocket" once you rig it up with add-ons to help make it more useable. Like how about just a little electronic/optical finder on top? The viewfinder on back is impossible to use holding it away from your body like some tourist using a pocket digital camera. Obviously another camera design not made by photojournalists.
Just when you thought everything has been invented by Garret Brown and his team at Steadicam out come the Steadicam Curve for GoPro cameras. Small and under $100, available 3rd Quarter 2013, this compact easy to use device gives you smooth GoPro walking tracking footage. Ingenious design and comes in four colors.
SKB iSERIES CASES
Our friends at SKB, a California company that has been producing tough shelled travel cases for over three decades, comes the new iSeries of lighter than Pelican type hard case with either padded dividers or really nicely done custom cut PE foam. Included ate built-in TSA locks with padded lock rings for that extra protection. Easy open latches help make these very well designed. Pre-cut PE foam for most photo and video camera models.
CANON PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Again this year Canon had free clean and check for their Canon Professional Services members right off the exhibit floor. You could also see and handle their line-up of professional still and video cameras in a nice calm atmosphere sort of like an airline club lounge. It was a respite from chaos of the exhibit floor madness. I approve.
THE LEGEND ARRIVES?
Is this really him?
Finally late tonight, we received a grainy blurry image of what appears to be Dirck Halstead's plane anding in Las Vegas. Rumor has it he'll be arriving at NAB around 11:30am tomorrow morning. We see if at least this rumor holds to be true. I only hope he doesn't check his credit card charges until Roger and I leave town.