NAB 2018: The Official Toolfarm Guide #NABShow #NAB2018

NAB 2018: The Official Toolfarm Guide #NABShow #NAB2018
News, Events Apr 06, 2018 at 09:26 AM

We’ve got some big news updates today! The new info is marked with a “New” tag so you can easily find it.

Updated 6 April 2018 -  News about Avid, Maxon, Insydium, The Post Production Campus, Stranger Things 2 Panel, The Supermeet, Pomfort, FilmLight, and more!

It's that time of year again! Here's your definitive guide to post-production events and NAB Survival info for NAB 2018!

NAB Sales

Sales info will be posted on our blog as it is announced. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for sales announcements. 

Contact Michele Terpstra with any information you would like posted about your booth or event, or to correct any errors.


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The Expo

NAB takes place every year at:
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
Phone: (702) 892-0711

Exhibit Hours

Monday, April 9, 2016, 10 am - 6 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday, April 10 and April 11, 9 am - 6 pm
Thursday, April 12, 9 am- 2 pm.

Registration and Free Exhibits-Only Codes

Register for NAB here. Register by mid-March to receive your badge in the mail! U.S. media registering after Friday and international press will need to pick up badges onsite at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Free Expo Codes 

Vendors at the show each have their own free code. There's a competition put on by the show for exhibitors to get at least 300 sign ups. See below in the vendor grid for some free codes. I would recommend that you register for a free one, even if you aren't sure that you can make it to the show. The code will save you about $150 on a pass. Let us know if your booth has a code and we'll add it to the list.

There are loads of free guest passcodes for a Free Exhibits Pass on Twitter now, but here are a few of our vendors. Note: Free Expo codes are good until March 2, after that, they're $25 (or more? Not sure if there has been a price increase).

  • Bluefish:  LV4538
  • BorisFX/GenArts/Imagineer Systems: LV7434
  • Digital Anarchy: LV7334
  • Digital Production Buzz: LV5269
  • Maxon: LV3297
  • Pomfort: LV5776
  • Telestream: LV6452

Expo Maps and App

Map My Show - NAB Floor plan

First Time to NAB?

Get some tips on how to make it through the convention at your best!

NAB Survival Video

Last year we put together a fun survival video for attendees. It's as relevant this year as it was for last!

Toolfarm NAB Survival guide from Toolfarm on Vimeo.

Read Michele's NAB Survival Guide

Also, check out:

Booths not to Miss

It's early so we haven't heard if everyone who had booths last year will be participating again. We'll edit the list below as we get information and add notes as needed. If you have information that we should add, please contact Michele.

Booth Abbreviations

SL = South Lower
SU = South Upper
C = Central

Company Booth Notes

Adobe Systems




Ren Deluxe G & K




Avid Connect 2018

New Avid will have guest speakers at their booth who are some of the talent behind Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Planet of the Apes and more. Check their speaker list and schedule

Avid is also raffling copies of Media Composer and Pro Tools at their booth and on their social channels!

Blackmagic Design

SL216 and SL5816





Boris FX
Imagineer Systems


News: Boris FX Previews New 2018 Product Lineup at NAB 2018

Digital Anarchy

Ren Exhibitor - D

Digital Anarchy will have a suite at the Renaissance, not at South Hall. Showing Beauty Box 4.2/



Come and see CoreMelt at the Supermeet.

Digital Production Buzz


Tune in for a liveBuZZ from the show! Michele from Toolfarm will be on the Live show April 11 at 4pm doing a special report from NAB!

See the full live broadcast schedule

Divergent Media








The full range of FilmLight systems will be demonstrated on booth SL4310, including Daylight dailies and media management, Prelight on-set pre-visualisation, Baselight Editions and a number of Baselight configurations.

Baselight 5 evolves with unrivalled features for HDR, VFX and 360 VR

FilmLight celebrates success by adding even more functionality for future-proof workflows.

The full range of FilmLight systems will be demonstrated on booth SL4310 at NAB2018, including Daylight dailies and media management, Prelight pre-visualisation, Baselight Editions and a number of Baselight configurations.

Grass Valley





Last year, Greyscalegorilla had booth directly behind the Maxon Booth. Assuming that they'll have the same set up, we'll update it when it is confirmed.












Kiki will likely be presenting Tricaster non-stop for 4 days! I don't know how she does it.









New Pomfort is showing brand new LiveGrade Pro v4, plus new features and enhancements for Silverstack and Silverstack Lab. Also see their new iOS app PocketControl.

RE:Vision Effects








Information on what Telestream will be showing is here.



Come and see a live demo of their Tiffen Dfx software as well as their Steadicam rigs and all that fun stuff.

Video Copilot









*Plug-in Pavilion Booths. Multiple companies in one big section. Plugin Pavilion companies this year: Digital Anarchy, RE:Vision Effects, and more.

After Hours Events

If you know of event details that have been released, let us know! See also, Broadcast NAB Show Party List.

Sunday, April 8

The Colorist Mixer

What: The Colorist Mixer an industry Meet & Greet. Colorists, Editors, DPs, Directors and DITs (plus their assistants) and the Vendors who serve them are all invited for an evening of great conversation, food and drink.
When: 7:00 pm-10:00pm PDT
Where: Virgil's BBQ (Linq Promenade), 3545 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
More info/Tickets: The Colorist Mixer Eventbrite

Blue Collar Post Collective Meet-Up

What: BCPC is dedicated to supporting emerging talent in post production and making the industry more inclusive, and we do this through regular meet-ups where "everybody knows your name" and free events. Whether you're emerging talent, an established pro, or somewhere in between, come hang out with people from ALL areas of post production and have some fun.
Where: The Linq outside O'Shea’s Casino, 3535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
When: 6pm

Mograph Meetup

What: Join Greyscalegorilla, School of Motion, Video Copilot, The Futur, MoGraph Mentor, and aescripts + aeplugins for drinks at the NAB MoGraph Meetup. This event has quickly become the must-attend party for all motion designers.
When: 7:00 – 9:00 PM PDT
Where: Beerhaus, 3784 S Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tickets: Space is limited. Register here.

Monday, April 9

Breakfast with Avid Editors?

If they're doing it again this year, we'll have the info here.

Final Cut Pro X — Post Without Limits — NAB 2018

What: Don't miss this special 90-minute edition of FCP Exchange at NAB 2018. This will be the epicenter of Final Cut Pro X at NAB. Join us at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Room S219. You'll learn all about the latest Final Cut Pro X products, workflows, opinions, and opinion makers in a series of curated presentations.
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center • Room S219
When: Monday, April 9, 5:00-6:30pm.
More info: Register here

IMUG Media Motion Ball 2018 - 21st Annual Event!!

What: The premier event for post-production, motion graphics, 3D and anyone in the production field attending NAB. The MediaMotion Ball (MMB) is from 5:30pm on Monday April 9th at NAB. The subsidized 'end user' ticket price gets you a great sit down dinner, dessert and entry into prize draw. There is also a cash bar. 

Ticket price will rise to $65 after March 19th.

Where: SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

When: 5:30-10:00pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Dinner from approx 7 pm. 
Tickets: Now available on Eventbrite

New ARRI & FilmLight exclusive event at NAB

What: Get insight on how looks are automatically transferred from set to post with ARRI and FilmLight tools. We will also unveil new features from the soon-to-be-released updates to Baselight v5. With ARRI’s Christian ‘Geoffrey’ Grafwallner, and FilmLight’s Daniele Siragusano and Andy Minuth.

When: Monday April 9, 3pm
Where: Westgate Las Vegas Hotel (Next to North Hall)
More Info: Register

NAB Show Opening Party

Where: ?
When: 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Complimentary admission for Attendees and Exhibitors with your badge

FCPX Guru Gathering

What: Come join the fourth-annual FCP X Guru Gathering taking place down the street from the Convention Center. Enjoy a tasty dinner courtesy of our generous sponsors. It's the only afterparty by and for Final Cut Pro X users.
Where: Embassy Suites Convention Center
When: April 9th, 7pm-10pm 
Tickets: Get Tickets, $25
Note: It says "by invitation only" but on Twitter it says, "open to the public". You can get tickets online so it must be open to anyone who buys a ticket 

Tuesday, April 10

4K 4Charity Fun Run

Where: Sunset Park
When: 7:30 AM
Technically a "before hours" event, if you haven't put enough mileage on your shoes, join the 4K 4Charity fun run. 4K is not actually that far and I could probably even handle that distance!
More info: 4K 4Charity Fun Run


What: #GalsNGear host a pop-up event and live-streamed show during NAB, kicking off at 8:30 am with a NETWORKING COFFEE followed by a lively PANEL DISCUSSION and gear demos on the NABSHOW Live! stage with women from across the spectrum of technical jobs in production and post.  
When: April 10, 8:30am 
Where: NABSHOW Live! stage
Learn more: #GalsNGear
Note: Kylee Peña tells us that this event is free to anyone with a badge

The Seventeenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet

What: Mingle, network, enjoy adult beverages with your industry peers while learning about the latest trends in collaborative editing workflows! Oscar® and BAFTA nominated film editor Dylan Tichenor ACE will appear at the 17th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet. The #SuperMeet World Famous Raffle now totals over $34,000.00 in value and climbing every day. Want to win? Got to be there. April 10. Oscar® Nominated film editor Dylan Tichenor will be the special guest.
Where: RIO Hotel - Brasilia Ballroom, 3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
When: Tuesday, April 10, 2016 - 7 PM - 11 PM (doors open at 4:30 PM for SuperMeet Digital Showcase. SuperMeet begins at 7:00 PM)
Earlybird Tickets- Earlybird tickets to the SuperMeet will expire on Friday, March 9 at 11:30PM PST. Save money and buy your tickets now.

Wednesday, April 11

Thursday, April 12

IMUG Post-NAB Meetup 

Things usually get going around 6-ish. We'll get you the details of the location when we hear about it.

Official NAB Show Closing Party

Where: ?
When: We'll let you know
Complimentary admission for Attendees and Exhibitors

Other Things to Check Out at NAB 2018

It's still early but we know we'll have stuff to post here in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. Bookmark this page. It will be updated.

NAB Show Opening
April 9, 9am-10am
North Hall Main Stage

New Stranger Things 2 VFX Masters
Sunday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m
Learn more

AR/MR/VR - Immersive Storytelling Pavilion
North Hall & Grand Lobby - N2034FP
Learn more

Post Production Campus
This is all-badge access. Check out seminars on topics from cinema cameras to mograph artists, drone piloting to modern musical composition. 
Learn more

NAB Foodies Guide
from Broadcast Beat
Learn more

Avid Connect 
April 6-8, 2017 | Wynn Las Vegas
Learn more

NewFCP X TV Live
They have a schedule of speakers and location maps of FCPX events at NAB, and much more.
Learn more

Posted by Michele Yamazaki