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NAB 2019: A Whirlwind Week in Pictures

NAB 2019 A Whirlwind Week in Pictures

NAB 2019 has come and gone and with it, there was a lot of product announcements, parties, and stimuli! I’m sure you’ve already heard about the big announcements from Maxon, Autodesk, Blackmagic, and others, and I’ll link to them below. With NAB, each year it seems like there’s some sort of a theme happening.

The Show Floor

Maxon Booth

Andrew Kramer’s presentation was jam-packed with people, not surprisingly. We first learned that Cinema 4D was the 2019 NAB Product of the Year. We also learned about Redshift joining the Maxon Family as soon as we arrived at the booth. Exciting news!

Maxon acquires Redshift NAB 2019Maxon Acquires Redshift Rendering Technologies

This is one that surprised me the most. I didn’t see that one coming! Maxon announced the acquisition of Redshift Rendering Technologies, Inc., developers of the Redshift rendering engine.

Read the Press Release

Andrew showed some interesting techniques in Cinema 4D, but the highlight of his presentation was a quick demo of his upcoming plug-in called Nebula 3D. His demo will certainly be on the archives of the livestream from C4DLive.com, which we will likely have up in the next week or so.

Andrew Kramer at the Maxon Booth, NAB 2019

Andrew Kramer presented at the Maxon Booth

Andrew Kramer at the Maxon Booth, NAB 2019

Andrew Kramer had the crowd enthralled at the Maxon Booth

Andrew Kramer at the Maxon Booth, NAB 2019

There was a massive crowd at the Maxon Booth

Nick from Greyscalegorilla at the Maxon booth.

Nick Campbell from Greyscalegorilla at the Maxon booth.

Mathias Omotola and Casey Hupke at the Maxon booth.

Mathias Omotola introduces Casey Hupke at the Maxon booth.

Chris Schmidt presents at the MediaMotion Ball 2019.

Chris Schmidt also presented some cool Cinema 4D tricks.

Nebula 3D is a plug-in for creating volumetric clouds in After Effects. Yes, I first saw the presentation at the Maxon booth, where Andrew mentioned to not mention too much about it because it isn’t ready, but then it was on the live stream, and he showed it at the Adobe booth later, so the word is out! Below, there is a video of Andrew from the Adobe booth.

The Adobe Booth

I didn’t catch many presentations at Adobe this year but here’s Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot’s presentation.

Random Photos from the Show Floor, NAB 2019

Michele and Dan, arriving at the convention center at NAB 2019.

Michele and Dan, arriving at the convention center at NAB 2019.

The Blackmagic Design booth was packed!

The Blackmagic Design booth was packed!

Jim Tierney of Digital Anarchy and Michele Terpstra of Toolfarm

Jim Tierney of Digital Anarchy and Michele Terpstra of Toolfarm.

The Autodesk Suite showing Flame 2020 at NAB 2019.

The Autodesk Suite showing Flame 2020.

Boris FX at NAB 2019

Boris FX was showing Sapphire, Continuum, and Mocha.

The Atomos booth had stunt bikers and skateboarders.

The Atomos booth had stunt bikers and skateboarders.

Kiki Stockhammer presenting for NewTek at NAB 2019.

Kiki Stockhammer presenting for NewTek at NAB 2019. If you didn’t hear the news, Vizrt acquired NewTek earlier this month. Read the press release.

The Avid Booth featured several artists who worked on Bohemian Rhapsody. NAB 2019.

The Avid Booth featured several artists who worked on Bohemian Rhapsody. These are the audio artists, but there’s a new version of Media Composer coming out.

Paul Babb and David McGavran of Maxon, being interviewed by Randi Altman at Post Perspective, NAB 2019.

Paul Babb and David McGavran of Maxon, being interviewed by Randi Altman at Post Perspective, NAB 2019. Watch the full interview here.

Dan samples a lens at the ProductionHub Happy Hour at NAB 2019.

Dan samples a lens from Yasuhara USA at the ProductionHub Happy Hour at NAB 2019.

This is what the test lens' image looks like.

This is what the image from the test Yasuhara lens in the previous image looks like.

Robotic arm at NAB 2019

Robotic arm at NAB 2019. This was one of about 20 that I saw.

AI/Machine Learning/Deep Learning is Everywhere at NAB 2019

In the past decade, it has been topics like 8K, VR, drones, and stereoscopic video that dominate the news. This year it was robot and AI….. AI, Deep learning, and Machine Learning and robotic arms for cameras, that is. They had an AI educational area, which didn’t seem to have anything of interest to me when I was available, but talking to vendors on the floor, AI and Machine Learning is everywhere and included in products that we use every day. This AI is not flashy or sexy. It’s all under the hood and improves the workflow and usability of products. A few products jump to mind:

  • Adobe Sensei is AI and is used in Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • iZotope RX used machine learning for pulling out the human voice to reduce noise. They also use it in other products.
  • Digital Anarchy Transcriptive uses AI to turn speech in your video into text
  • Autodesk Flame 2020 uses AI to extract Z-depth and create 3D normals, useful in relighting.
  • Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve 16 includes AI-powered editing with their Blackmagic Neural Engine.

And, the number of robotic arms with cameras was just crazy. I’ll bet I saw twenty of them! Stay tuned to Toolfarm for a deep dive into AI and Machine Learning over the next few months.

Here’s an example of a robot arm.

NAB 2019 Events

Mograph Meetup at Beerhaus

We arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday and our first event was the Mograph Meetup at Beerhaus. Early on, we saw a lot of people at the event, including folks from Boris FX and Maxon. We ended up having a great conversation with Alejandro Brubaker, who is Co-Founder of Sugar Skull Creative. He was presenting at the Boris FX booth all week, so Google him. We met some really cool artists from Miami too (pictured). We handed out some Toolfarm lip balms.

We met these two Miami-based artists at the Mograph Meetup.

Our new friends are Miami-based artists. This was taken at the Mograph Meetup.

The Mograph Meetup at Beerhaus on Sunday evening at NAB 2019.

The Mograph Meetup at Beerhaus on Sunday evening at NAB 2019.

Toolfarm gave away lip balm at NAB 2019, something everyone needs in the desert!

Toolfarm gave away lip balm at NAB 2019, something everyone needs in the desert!

MediaMotion Ball Volunteer Breakfast

Monday is always the busiest day for me during NAB week. On Monday morning at 7 AM, we first had the volunteer breakfast for the MediaMotion Ball at The Peppermill. The Peppermill is known for massive breakfasts and fun, kitschy decor. It was great to see old friends and there were a few new faces this year too. We had a meeting afterward in the parking lot and took a fun group shot in front of The Peppermill.

The MediaMotion Ball volunteer breakfast at the Peppermill.

The MediaMotion Ball volunteer breakfast at the Peppermill.

The MediaMotion Ball volunteer breakfast at the Peppermill.

The MediaMotion Ball volunteer breakfast at the Peppermill.

MediaMotion Ball Volunteer Breakfast, NAB 2019

After breakfast, we always take a fun photo of the crew in the parking lot of the Peppermill.

OFX Meeting

After breakfast, at 10:00, I lead the Open Effects (OFX) meeting with an overview of what hosts and plug-ins are available currently for OFX. I showed reels of OFX hosts FXhome HitFilm Pro and SilhouetteFX, as well as reels about OFX, supported plug-ins from Digital Film Tools, NewBlueFX, Kognat, and Red Giant. After I presented, Brian Fox of Boris FX and Pierre Jasmin of RE:Vision Effects presented. Brian announced that Autodesk Flame 2020 will support OFX plug-ins, including Boris Sapphire, which is pretty exciting. Dennis Adams of Sony and Peter Huisma of Assimilate also gave followups about OFX.

sapphire for flame 2020 Boris FX’s Sapphire VFX Plug-ins Add OFX Support for Flame

Good news coming out of NAB this week for Autodesk users. Boris FX Sapphire will soon have OFX support for Autodesk Flame 2020.

Read more

Pierre Jasmin of RE:Vision Effects runs the annual OFX Meeting.

Pierre Jasmin of RE:Vision Effects at the Annual OFX Meeting

Michele Terpstra from Toolfarm at the Annual OFX Meeting

Michele Terpstra from Toolfarm at the Annual OFX Meeting

If you’d like to learn more about OFX, take a look at my article Burning Questions: What in the heck is OFX? They finished with the Annual General Meeting.

The 22nd Annual MediaMotion Ball

The big event of the week to us is the MediaMotion Ball. The core team that puts the event on each year really puts their hearts and souls into it. This year it was held again at the SLS Ballroom. Toolfarm sponsors the event and also volunteers with photos and social media. My husband, Dan Terpstra, is a photographer and he came along once again, and he handles the red carpet photos as well as candid shots. Talon Rudel, an alum from my university who is now working for FX Network, came to help with photography once again.

Dan and Talon took thousands of photos from the event. You can see them all on the MediaMotion Ball 2019 Gallery on Facebook. Below is just a taste.

The MediaMotion Ball Volunteers for 2019.

The MediaMotion Ball Volunteers for 2019.

Steve Griffiths, Robbie Coblentz, and Carey Dissmore put on the MediaMotion Ball each year. NAB 2019

Steve Griffiths, Robbie Coblentz, and Carey Dissmore put on the MediaMotion Ball each year.

FXhome and Magix are in the house.

FXhome and Magix are in the house. They had some big news: Hitfilm Partnerships with Foundry & VEGAS

Michele photobombs Lori and Lauren from RE:Vision Effects.

Michele photobombs Lori and Lauren from RE:Vision Effects.

Nils Schneider of CycoreFX came all the way from Sweden for the MediaMotion Ball.

Nils Schneider of CycoreFX came from Sweden for the MediaMotion Ball.

Hideki Takemura and Hiroki Ikeda, getting silly on the red carpet!

Hideki Takemura and Hiroki Ikeda, getting silly on the red carpet!

Hideki Takemura of Toolfarm Japan and Michele Terpstra of Toolfarm

Hideki Takemura of Toolfarm Japan and Michele Terpstra of Toolfarm.

Mike Duckworth, center, won our MediaMotion Ball ticket giveaway at Toolfarm for MMB 2019.

Mike Duckworth, center, won our MediaMotion Ball ticket giveaway at Toolfarm for MMB 2019.

Nick Campbell, Chad Bechert, and Stu Maschwitz.

Nick Campbell, Chad Bechert, and Stu Maschwitz.

Adobe and friends at the 2019 MediaMotion Ball.

Adobe and friends at the 2019 MediaMotion Ball.

Maxon presenters on the Red Carpet at MediaMotion Ball 2019.

Maxon presenters on the Red Carpet at MediaMotion Ball 2019.

Michele and her husband Dan, who took MediaMotion Ball photos.

Michele and her husband Dan, who took MediaMotion Ball photos.

Maxon supplied the wine for the MediaMotion Ball, and it's always a wonderful selection made by Paul Babb.

Maxon supplied the wine for the MediaMotion Ball, and it’s always a wonderful selection made by Paul Babb.

Steve Holyhead of AJA, a major sponsor of the MediaMotion Ball 2019.

Steve Holyhead of AJA, a major sponsor of the MediaMotion Ball 2019.

EJ Hassenfratz and David Brodeur at the 2019 MediaMotion Ball.

EJ Hassenfratz and David Brodeur at the 2019 MediaMotion Ball.

Matt Kramer from Video Copilot pulls a name out of the prize barrel.

Matt Kramer from Video Copilot pulls a name out of the prize barrel.

The amazing prize table. I walked home with a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud!

The amazing prize table. I walked home with a year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud!

The attendees enjoy the cube races at the 2019 MediaMotion Ball.

The attendees enjoy the cube races at the 2019 MediaMotion Ball. That’s Harry Frank of Red Giant in the center.

Aaron Rabinowitz of Red Giant pulls a ticket from the bin.

Aaron Rabinowitz of Red Giant pulls a ticket from the bin.

Victoria Nece from Adobe at the MediaMotion Ball 2019.

Victoria Nece, Product Manager for motion graphics and visual effects at Adobe, at the MediaMotion Ball 2019.

Posted by Michele Yamazaki