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NAB 2014: See You on the Show Floor

I’m writing this while waiting in the check-in line at my hotel in Las Vegas for the 2014 NAB Show. This line is pretty long and, well, I shouldn’t be surprised after the cab driver from the airport said NAB will bring an estimated 96,000 people into the city of sin. It turns out that number isn’t so crazy – last year NAB had 93,602 registrants come to Vegas for the yearly Mecca of filmmaking gear.

I’m normally not a gear-junkie, but NAB offers me a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the new cameras and equipment I can expect to see popping up on sets and in rental houses. Plus, it’s a trip to Vegas, right? But NAB is also about connecting with others in the filmmaking community. One of the things I’m most excited for this week is to shake the hands of people I’ve only known through this site and put faces to their virtual counterparts.

So while I don’t have any set schedule or specific plans for the convention, if you see me walking around please don’t hesitate to stop and say hello! You’ll know it’s me if I’m wearing black and/or blue. And if you’re still unsure, my badge has my name listed along with this website.

I hope to see you on the floor of the convention center! Now, excuse me while I have a few beers to try and mentally prepare myself for the explosion of gear and equipment I’ll be subjected to tomorrow.

- Evan

RIP Steve Jobs: A Creative Legend for Filmmakers

RIP Steve Jobs: A Creative Legend for Filmmakers

When Steve bought and ran a small computer graphics company, now Pixar, he began to change animation. When Steve shephered Apple back from the ghostly depths of bankruptcy, he began to change entertainment. And then when Steve Jobs died last night, he took with him all of the intangible assets he embodied, including his imagination and inventiveness.

Oscar Odds for Best Cinematography

Oscar Odds for Best Cinematography

The 83rd Academy Awards will be taking place this Sunday and it’s going to be a tight race for Best Cinematography. True Grit might be the favorite, but the Oscars are never a “sure thing.” Luckily, the money-grubbers in Vegas have removed some of the guess work with odds they’ve set. So, who does Vegas have listed as the favorite to win and by how much?

ARRI Alexa During Camera Prep

Arri Alexa Software 3.0 Loses Its Beta Tag

ARRI has stripped the “beta” tag off the 3.0 Software Update Packet (SUP) for it’s flagship digital cinema camera, the Alexa. The update was originally released early because it enabled so many features that Alexa owners had been dying for such as in-camera playback, audio recording, and a false color exposure check.

RED Epic Footage Roundup: Pics, Video, R3D

RED Epic Footage Roundup: Pics, Video, R3D

RED has been quietly shipping out RED Epic models to its first buyers. In turn, Epic footage, stills and R3D files have begun popping up on the REDuser forums from a variety of posters. I wanted to collect all of those recent forum posts as a chance to see what kind of images we can expect Epic to churn out once it goes into mass production, hopefully later this year.