2019 NAB Show Emphasize's its Broadcaster Roots

According to many names at NAB Show 2019, this years convention focused heavily on Broadcasting.

Recurring attendees would have noticed the absence of Quantel, RED, Apple and Autodesk from the showroom floor- all of whom either joined with other companies or felt that smaller product centric shows better fit their brand.

However, in the place of these vendors were many exhibits showcasing new products and infrastructure in the broadcast field. One common thread across all of NAB this year was evidence of the industry moving closer to IP-Base infrastructure for better signal routing, control and transmission. This means a potential to move away from the copper and fiber wiring of the past.


Avid kicked off the entire convention week before NAB started with their Avid Connect event. This event was an opportunity for Avid users to view new avid announcements, take part in meet and greets, workshops and presentations. Avid rolled out their first major surprise at Connect, with it's newest version of Media Composer- which will be released at the end of May.

Blackmagic Design

Experienced NAB attendees have come to expect an announcement from Black Magic Design every year. This year that included new IP video infrastructures, 8K production and post and much more. However, the biggest announcement from BMD was Davinci Resolve 16. The new versions of Resolve (free) and Resolve Studio (paid) promise users untouchable combined processing power.


the newest industry standard is 8K quality. 8K resolution (7680 X 4320) has so far been heavily driven by Japanese broadcasters and manufacturers, however NAB had many samples of 8K production tool sets showcasing it's capabilities.


HDR, or High Dynamic Range is vying to become the definitive standard in all production, post and display systems. NAB featured a number of HDR displays throughout the week, however few of them featured HDR simulation.


One of the biggest features at NAB was the many camera developments, which can be considered nothing short of evolutionary. From new Large Format Sensor cameras to 4K camcorders, the entire week was jam packed with major brands rolling out their latest.

For those of us who like to use the NAB Show exhibit floor as a miniature yardstick for the industry, one of the trends to watch is what type of gear is used in the booths and press areas. Specifically, one NLE over another, or one hardware platform versus the other.

Oliver Peters-Digitalfilms

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