NABShow 2015 – and that’s a wrap

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NAB: an event where content creation, management, commerce, consumption, distribution and delivery rule; large social arena to meet friends (new and vintage); a site to buy and sell content; a venue where one can acquire valuable tools and techniques from industry experts.

While touted as a must-attend event, it’s not always possible to drop by one of the largest trade shows in our industry. From launching a new site, keeping busy with jobs (that’s a good excuse to have!), clients, and a myriad of other obligations, you sometimes have to forego where you want to be for where you need to be. With that in mind, we wanted to give you a little insight into what this year’s NAB was all about so we spoke with a few attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

 

Larry Jordan: Producer, Director, Editor, Consultant and Trainer (larryjordan.com)
Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. The rush to higher resolutions is continuing, even for situations that don’t need it. Storage needs are increasing exponentially. Read all Larry’s comments:

 

 

 

Alex Dow

Alex Dow

 

Alex Dow: Marketing Director (zaxwerks.com/products/proanimator)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. I found that as far as software goes the newest innovation is an AE plug-in called Paint and Stick. It’s created by the AE Scripts guys and will be released soon. It’s really crazy that you can paint on your 3D scene in real-time directly inside of After Effects. Read all Alex’s comments:

 

 

 

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster

 

Jeff Foster: Author, Producer, VFX Artist/Compositor and Trainer (Pixelpainter.com)
Q. When asked various questions about the show, here’s what Jeff had to say.
A. LOL – I might be biased, but my answer to all those questions would be: Drones, drones, new drones, drones.

 

 

 

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Eran Stern

Eran Stern

 

Eran Stern: Commercial artist, TV Post-Production designer and trainer (sternfx.com)
Q. What was the biggest surprise of the show?
A. I guess it’s hard to ignore what ‘Blackmagic Design’ is doing to the industry. Each year coming up with dozens of new gear and improvements, some of it for free, is something quite unique even in this industry. I’m not sure what their higher purpose goal is, but the development speed of those guys is very impressive, and it looks like their tools are working as advertised. Read all Eran’s comments:

 

 

 

Ben Balser

Ben Balser

 

Ben Balser: Apple Certified Trainer (finalcutprox.guru/)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Blackmagic tiny cameras and their new 5″ monitor. 4K seems to be getting everyone’s attention, although questions about its reality abound.

DRONES AND ROBOTICS! Tops here, and not just because I’m a drone specialist. This is the new tool for shooting creatively, and I know we’ll see it more and more as time goes on. What makes this different from “aerial shots” that came before, from helicopters and planes? “Intimacy!!!!!” My drones can get up close and personal with things from the air better than any manned aircraft is ever capable of. That makes the shots valuable creatively. Read all Ben’s comments:

 

Peter McAuley

Peter McAuley

 

Peter McAuley: Senior Product Manager (borisfx.com)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. For us, the newest innovation at the show was the first public presentation of BCC 10, which is currently in beta. Included in the beta is integration of Mocha planar tracking and roto masking … this is being made available in every filter in the BCC 10 package. Very exciting news for our customers. That along with the first public showing of Mocha AVX … for the first time, the roto and tracking toolset of Mocha will be available as a plug-in for Avid Media Composer. Read all Peter’s comments:

 

 

Paul Babb: President/CEO (maxon.net)
Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. As you can probably imagine, I never got away from my booth or meetings to see anything around the show.
For us, the news was our outstanding group of motion graphics, vfx and viz artists sharing their creative approaches and production techniques streaming live from the show. You can see the list of guest artist presenters we hosted on C4DLive.com. Among our group were two Emmy Award and one Oscar winners, recent SXSW Award Winners, etc. We’ll be posting their recorded presentations there and on Cineversity.com in the next few weeks.

I’m a little jaded as far as what was hot and future trends. For me, what artists are producing with the tools is far more interesting than the “potential” new industry-changing tool or new number of pixels (4K, 8K, 16K, etc.). That’s why we feature artists in our booth rather than C4D itself.

 

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

 

Gary Adcock CEO/CTO
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Arri and Dolby Showing High Dynamic Range content, more color, longer tonal ranges allow for better filmmaking and consistent delivery. Read all Gary’s comments:

 

 

 


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Mark Spencer: Author, Trainer (rippletraining.com)
The show was great. On Tuesday, Steve Martin and I presented in front of a packed house of over 1,000 people, interviewing the editor of Focus and demonstrating new features of , and showing off some of our products. I don’t think I can be of much help on your questions because the only time I spent on the show floor was to walk to and from one of my presentations that I made on the floor on Wednesday. Most of my time was spent teaching or giving presentations or preparing and I had very little time to explore the show.

 

Amos Rafaeli Talks about Shooting Stock Footage

Q:     How long have you been shooting stock footage?

I’ve been a Cameraman/Cinematographer since 2001, but started shooting Stock Footage in 2009. I love shooting stock, because you are your own boss and it is also a combination between my hobby and profession.

Amos Rafaeli

Amos Rafaeli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q:     What is your favorite subject to shoot?

The thing I like to shoot the most is nature and wildlife. Unfortunately, there is not much wildlife to shoot in Israel where I’m based. But I also love shooting time-lapse photography. Two years ago I added a time-lapse slider and motorized head to my gear.

Hobbled camel on a hilltop in Israel

AR-FH101-29 – Tethered camel on a hilltop

I like two major things in time-lapse photography: 1) that it forces you to have quiet time with yourself and 2) today in the digital age it remain almost the last ability that like in film you don’t really know the result until you process the shot.

I’m also a scuba diver, and recently got a new housing to my camera, and hopefully will shoot new great underwater footage.

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AR-FH103-20 – Parrotfish swimming through coral

 

Q:     Which camera(s) do you prefer for shooting stock footage?

Since DSLR has video I prefer them as my camera. I know that in a technical matter they don’t have the best video, but they are lightweight, and have great optics. I use Panasonic and have had GH2 and GH3 but now GH4, which also provides me with 4K capabilities.

When I shoot time-lapse, I also use the Panasonic GH but shoot raw stills and then render them out as high quality 4K 4:2:2 10 bit video.

 

Q:         What’s your favorite clip that you currently have represented in the Artbeats FootageHub?

Sea of Galilee sunrise

AR-FH101-90 – Sunrise: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Israel

This is one of my first time-lapse. It is a sunrise, and I had a great combination of sun and clouds, which combined into a great sunrise shot.

 

Q:         What advice can you give to shooters who are just getting started in the stock footage industry?

The best advice is to create new footage, not more of the same. You, as a stock shooter, can try but never really predict what will be a success. Try to create new stuff; show new faces.

Time-lapse clouds passing over snowy Golan Heights

AR-FH107-09 – Clouds over snow, Golan Heights, Israel

 

Q:         What’s the best or worst thing that happened to you on a shoot?

The worst thing was not such a big deal. I once went and set up a time-lapse shot with the slider and then when the time to start came, I discovered I’d forgotten all my SD cards at home.

I’ve had a lot of great things happen to me while shooting. I had the chance to watch wild animals in nature.

 

Q:     What is the one thing you wished you’d been able to capture?

A whale during an underwater shoot.

 

About Amos Rafaeli:

Amos Rafaeli on location

Amos Rafaeli on location

Amos Rafaeli is 40 years old and lives in Kibbutz Hulda in Israel. He works as a Freelance Cameraman, mostly in Israel. He has worked on a few TV series, the most famous is “Arab Labor”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Labor
https://www.linktv.org/series/arab-labor
And he has shot a lot of TV and corporate work.

 

CSC award recipient Pasha Patriki talks with Artbeats

Q: When did you begin shooting?

A: My career in film began in 1999 and since 2003 I have been professionally shooting stock footage.

 

Q: What is your favorite subject to shoot?

A: Actually, dramatic scenes with actors are my favorite.

Firemen walking on a street

FF-FH100-15 – Firemen walking on a street

 

Q: Which camera(s) do you prefer for shooting stock footage?

A: My camera of choice is Red Epic, for it’s versatility and quality.

 

Q: What’s your favorite clip that you currently have represented in the Artbeats FootageHub?

A: It’s unfair to ask a parent which one of his babies is his/her favorite. 🙂

Woman dancing on an urban rooftop

FF-FH101-07 – Woman dancing on an urban rooftop

 

Q: What advice can you give to shooters who are just getting started in the stock footage industry?

A: Shoot as much as you can, the best you can. Learn the rules. And then break them.

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FF-FH101-29 – Fans at an outdoor concert

 

Q: What’s the best or worst thing that happened to you on a shoot?

A: Best – Having a world-known icon unexpectedly sign your release form.

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FF-FH101-34 – DJ at a disco

 

Worst – dropping camera into radioactive pool of water.

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FF-FH103-31 – Teacup and saucer fall in slow-motion

 

Q: What is the one thing you wished you’d been able to capture?

A: There is not ONE thing I wish I could capture. This is an ongoing list that transforms together with our world.

 

About Pasha Patriki:

Pasha Patriki

Pasha Patriki

Since he was 4 year old, Pasha was determined to become a filmmaker. Growing up in Moscow, Russia, he started learning the craft by playing with his grandfather’s Super9 camera. Already then Pasha was striving to create narrative pieces, not just home movies.

After moving to Toronto in 1996, he started working on various film sets as a lighting technician, simultaneously studying in the Film & Video production program at York University. Today – 15 years professionally in the business – Pasha’s work as Director of Photography has been recognized in Canada as well internationally

Almost every year music videos lensed by Pasha receive nominations at Much Music Video Awards. Pasha has shot videos for notable Canadian artists like Hedley, Billy Talent, Down With Webster, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mariana’s Trench, Finger Eleven, Anjulie, and many others.

In 2014 – second year in a row – Pasha is nominated for the Best Cinematography at the CSC awards. Last year it was two nominations – one of them landing as an award for Music Video category. Pasha Patriki is a full member of CSC (Canadian Society of Cinematographers) as well as an IATSE 667 Union member in the DOP category.

Review Pasha Patriki’s footage here.