NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) closed its doors on another huge convention Thursday in Las Vegas. NAB is the largest trade show Sin City sees every year. Everyone involved in the broadcast industry, throughout the world, descends upon Las Vegas every April. Whether it is the smallest post-production company or the President of one of the major networks, all sorts of languages are spoken and many people searching for the best A/V solution scour all four halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Booths stretch as far as the eye can see. Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Hitachi are among the different camera companies offering a solution. Within the booths these same companies put on "display" their monitors, projectors as well as presentation videos touting all of their products. Not only camera companies, but also on display are tri-pods, lighting, batteries, archive media solutions, field capture media options as well as the accessories that make the process work.
Above is a portion of the Panasonic booth. Cameras are on display with live models and a set for those in the industry to see what is the best camera for them. The biggest news to those in my line of work came from Panasonic. They are offering a small hand-held camera which shoots directly to small SD cards in an HD format conducive to sports editing systems. This HD format takes up a smaller amount of storage than Standard Definition video while being able to network to our coaching staff and players with the ease they are accustomed to.