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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NAB 2012 Preview



Bright lights in the desert illuminate the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NAB 2012 gathers the best of the television and radio industry and crams them in one enormous Las Vegas Convention Center facility. 84,000 attendees and the latest electronics from hundreds of companies under one roof make heaven on earth for my HD DSLR gear pursuits.



My first stop at NAB 2012 was obviously the giant Canon Exhibit with everything focused on their Canon Cinema campaign. I just had to get my hands on the new Canon 1D X. Only seen in pictures, the Canon EOS 1D X was finally a reality. Of course, I had to add the monster white L Canon superzoom.



Canon just announced their new line of 4K capable C500 and 4K DSLR 1D Cinema or 1D C to the delight of filmmakers. I thought the Canon C300 and Canon 1DX were impressive, but new 4K cameras were more impressive.



After the blinding and mind numbing Canon booth, I just had to see the infamous Sony FS700. A Super 35mm sensor video camera with 4K capability along with a crazy frame rate for super slow motion video capture. The buzz about this camera is the 1080p 60fps capability for an incredible value around $8000.



It has been almost two years since the Philip Bloom Florida Meetup in St. Petersburg, FL. Filmmaker and HD DSLR guru, Philip Bloom, was doing a little Q&A with the audience at the Manfrotto booth on my way to the Sony Exhibit. I am looking forward to his Las Vegas Meetup in the near future.



Former Television Photojournalists think alike. I sensed the news gathering in Dan Chung's blood from a mile away. Shooting television news with HD DSLR's is Dan Chung's expertise. His DSLR News Shooter website gathers the experiences and all the gear associated with DSLR news gathering. News shooters are we, born to be free!



It is a small world after all. I bumped into DVinfo.net creator, Chris Hurd at the Las Vegas Supermeet at the Tropicana. I finally put a face to his great technical forum for everything in the image industry. Last year, I posted a Canon Rebel T3i/600D .plist fix for Final Cut Pro on his website. The Canon E-1 plugin was only made for the professional and semi professional HD DSLR's and not the Rebel series. I adjusted the Canon E-1 Movie plugin for FCP and posted the fix on his forum to share with everybody. I love to share the knowledge!



My first day at NAB 2012 is complete. You can view more in my NAB 2012 Preview Gallery shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.



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