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NAB 2019 Details and Timelines: What to Know Before You Go

With NAB right around the corner, here’s everything you need to know, options you didn’t know you had, and where to find it all.

Are you going to Vegas this year? If so, it really helps to know your way around. At the very least, you need to know where your destinations are. With all your favorite brands announcing and showcasing their upcoming releases, it’s important to come prepared and know what to look for. So, we’ve rounded up some of the key panels, booths, and events you’ll want to attend. If you’re not going to NAB this year, make sure to stay tuned to our blog as we cover the event throughout the week.

Matthew Libatique

NAB 2019 Details and Timelines: What to Know Before You Go — Matthew Libatique

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Join director of photography Matthew Libatique, ASC, in a conversation about his exceptionally varied and inventive body of work, including: A Star is Born, Iron Man, and Black Swan. The two-time Oscar nominee will discuss his approach to lighting, color, and the musical feel to his camera movement, which simultaneously enhances and maintains narrative flow.

Date and Time: Monday, April 8 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Location: S222/S223

After Effects Essentials for Video Editors

Take your editing skills to the next step, using simple After Effects tools. Learn how to export your timeline from different NLEs while keeping your edits intact. Use After Effects’s wide array of tools to finish and upgrade your edit for a polished look. You’ll learn how to work with type, masks and keys, color techniques, tracking, and a handful of effects.

Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 12 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: S230

Editing Into The Spider-Verse

NAB 2019 Details and Timelines: What to Know Before You Go — Into the Spider-verse

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The editing team behind the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will talk with moderator Norman Hollyn about the mysterious art of animation editing, shining a light on editors’ (often invisible) contributions. Join award-winning editor Robert Fisher, Jr. and his first assistant Sarah Cole for a discussion on their roles in creating the Spider-Verse.

Date and Time: Monday, April 8 @ 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Location: S222/S223

In-Depth: Mastering Color in Adobe Premiere Pro

This in-depth session will cover basic and advanced color correction techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro. Attendees will learn how to use the Essential Color workspace — how to properly balance an image, correct problem media, color match clips in a sequence, and apply stylistic looks. This session digs deep into the power of the Lumetri color panel, not just showing what each control and slider does but also when, why, and how best to use them.

Date and Time: Monday, April 6 @ 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: S228

DP Track: Advanced Camera Techniques: Cameras, Crew, and On-Set Workflows

Expand your knowledge to successfully handle larger, more professional productions with bigger camera setups in this full-day immersive course. You’ll learn everything from setting up your camera (from studio to handheld rigs) to the roles of crew members on a professional set, troubleshooting in the field, and the technical terms necessary to work on any size project. In addition, the class discusses the best ways to tackle the most common questions about technical specs prior to your shoot.

Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 9:30AM – 7:15PM

Location: S227

Keynote Address: The Making of Apollo 11 by Todd Douglas Miller

NAB 2019 Details and Timelines: What to Know Before You Go — Apollo 11

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Filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller will deliver this year’s Future of Cinema Conference keynote address, offering his perspective on the making of Apollo 11. This documentary is made up of pristine, unprocessed, never-before-seen 65 mm footage, recently discovered in the National Archives. Not to mention, 11,000 hours of uncatalogued NASA audio recordings. Furthermore, Miller and his team went about digitizing the raw material, creating an 8K transfer that the director has deemed “the highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.”

Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 9:10 AM – 9:55 AM
Location: S222/S223

Cinematography at Scale: The Impact of Massively Multiplayer Games on Cinema and Entertainment

Gaming and eSports are starting to overtake traditional sports in viewership and revenue. Massive stadia. Millions of people viewing tournaments online. And, it’s growing year after year. How is gaming impacting entertainment? What lies ahead for this rapidly growing medium? What advances from the game world are feeding back into traditional channels? Where does eSports need improvement in order to raise the quality of broadcast? This session will discuss some major aspects of this space and what this means for cinema and entertainment.

Date and Time: Saturday, April 6 @ 2:15 PM – 3:05 PM
Location: S222/S223

ASC 100th Anniversary: Full Circle — Past, Present, and Future of Cinematography

There’s not much info on this event, but come on! This sounds awesome. Speakers and panelists include Bill Bennett, Sam Nicholson, and David Stump. Anybody interested in cinematography? Are you currently a working cinematographer? Either way, you will most likely enjoy this optimistic look at the past and future of film.

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 10 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: N4

Booths to Check Out

Blackmagic Design

Fresh off their recent announcement of Blackmagic RAW and the stellar URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, Blackmagic is something to keep your eye on. Although there probably won’t be any major announcements, it’ll still be worth attending to see what the future holds for their superior products. Last year, they unveiled their massive DaVinci Resolve update (15). We’ll see what they do this year. Check out our coverage on their recent releases below:

Location: SL5916 — South Hall (Lower)


This is it folks. The moment we’ve all been waiting for — literally — years. Will Sony finally announce the new Sony a7sIII? We will see. Regardless, if they announce the new camera or not, it’s always interesting to see what they have up their sleeve. This is what their website divulges about NAB this year:

Stop by our Exhibit C11001, April 8th — 11th, and discover how we’re driving efficiencies, streamlining workflows, and cutting capital expenses — all without sacrificing quality. Our portfolio of integrated Intelligent Media Services is designed to transform traditional media supply chains and unlock more value from your content. And, you’ll learn how our portfolio of products and services will transform the way you acquire, move, share, archive, manage, distribute, and monetize your content as never before, across an unprecedented range of platforms.

*insert shrug emoji

Location: C11001 — Central Hall


NAB 2019 Details and Timelines: What to Know Before You Go — Aputure

Image via Aputure.

Just in time for NAB, our favorite lighting company always seems to raise the bar. Last year it was the RGB panel light, a Light Dome upgrade, and an upgrade to their beloved 120D. This year will most likely continue their winning streak, after releasing consumer-friendly, pro-level quality, lighting equipment.

Location: C6513 — Central Hall

Check Us out and Win a Camera

Come see us! We’ll have a booth this year, and we would love for you to stop by. There will be a giveaway for a Sony a7II Mirrorless Camera!

Location: C3333 — Central Hall

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