Every year, the media and entertainment industry becomes unleashed at the NAB Show® — the best place to break free from conventional thinking and open your mind.
Attendees representing every sector of the industry including Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Academia, Advertising, and Live Events and more converge in Las Vegas for six days to embrace the immersive experiences reshaping the new reality of media.
For more than 25 years, MIG has made a special point of attending this unique event — and exploring the dynamic innovation and cutting-edge technologies shattering the boundaries of content and opening up limitless opportunities. NAB Show 2016 was no exception. So what did our MIG Team see? MIG Owner Robert Sclafani; Director of Video Production, John Zeran; Production Manager, Sophia Duffy; and Sr. Designer Reimagine & Design, Gabe Rojas report back their findings…
Inspiring and innovative attractions served up in 2016 included the new Virtual and Augmented Reality Pavilion, showcasing this new medium and how it impacts all aspects of the industry, Connected Media|IP, focusing on the consumer experience; the Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion, featuring a fully enclosed “flying cage” for demonstrations; SPROCKIT, where market-ready startups present their new ideas; and StudioXperience, a live studio using all the latest tools.
Here to give you more detail … John Zeran.
“NAB was packed with surprises. Virtual Reality continues to grow with 360 cameras, giving users the ability to output 4k and 6k videos. The big winner was Kodak’s PIXPRO 4k; not only is it easy to use but it’s quick to synch and render files. In fact, we liked it so much we brought one home with us (see pictured right)! Another innovation we happily discovered was a bracket designed by SOLO that holds the 360 Kodak cameras to allow aerial VR photography and video. I can’t wait to take flight and have clients experience the thrill of aerial VR. We realized while exploring the use of virtual reality that even the sky is not the limit.
Many of the programs MIG uses require a lot of monitor space. These new monitors (pictured right) allow you to have a workspace as big as 3440 x 1440. And their built-in speakers and extra USB3 ports is an added bonus! Makers include HP, Samsung and Dell, to name a few.
Most of the VR cameras we saw were still in development and ranged from 4K-quality to as high as 8K plus. What we’re looking forward to the most however, is high quality live streaming 360-video. Lots of promises were made for their future release — and we’re keeping an eye out for it. 8k monitors were also available from almost all manufacturers. But the one that caught our eye was from Planar/Leyard. This 32′ x 18′ monitor comes in at a cool $1.9 million. Up close or at a distance this monitor is clean, sharp and beautiful to watch. Don’t worry about the cost, as they always say, ‘prices will come down!’ Another item we were impressed with was a set of LED panels that can handle as much weight as a pick-up truck. I stood on top of them and was impressed. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!”
Neither can we John, neither can we!
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