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NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day One

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Dennis Kutchera heads out to NAB 2013 on the Post Production Trail. He has a mind to see what's new for the post world - here are a few of his first impressions.



A little Pre-NAB
This is the second time I've come to NAB with my son Byron Kutchera, who turned 21 last year. He was crazy enough to follow in his Dad's footsteps and get into the TV an Film business, For the first time ever, I came to NAB two days early to take in a little Vegas culture; and what better way to do that than to see The Vegas Show at the Saxe Theater, a stage show celebrating the golden era of Las Vegas with reenactments of classic performers doing their signature stage shows. It was a very entertaining Saturday evening with thanks to Ty Reveen.

Sunday was off to one of the Premium Outlet Malls that we lack in Canada (save for Niagara Falls) for some good walking shoes for Byron, who learned last year that skateboard shoes and NAB are a bad combination.

NAB Show 2013 Day 1
Monday, we were at the Convention Center by 9 and the crowds were light. One the way in I spotted some signage announcing DaVinci Resolve 10 as an online editor. As someone who loves spending his day coloring pictures and unraveling tech issues, I made a beeline straight to the Blackmagic Design booth and got a ringside seat for the first demo. There is a lot new new added functionality that is taking Resolve 10 into the realm of becoming a finishing tool where you can complete the online as well as grade color. Resolve 10 supports Open FX plugins with unlimited piugins applied per clip. There are a few plugins that I often can't finish a show without, so this is great news. Blackmagic has also added a Static Text Generator; Bars, Tone and Slate Generator; Multitrack Audio Editing; Optical Flow Slo Mo, Compound Clip support, transform, Multi-Track Audio Ediitng, Stereoscopic 3D Editing as well as grading, and Crop Transform @ Opacity Effects. Resolve 9 already has the best stabilizer I have ever seem and combined with probably the best picture scaling out there, so Resolve 10 is becoming serious competition for other finishing tools like Autodesk Smoke 2013.

The big news over at Avid is Media Composer 7 now priced at $999 with Symphony becoming a $1499 option that you can move from one seat to another of MC 7. Avid's already robust media management just got better with AMA clips now fully managed as if they were native Avid clips. AMA is no longer a read only feature, but is also writable. Frameflex is a new feature that lets editors pan and scan or reframe 2K and 4K files (including stills) into HD in real time (dependent on your computer's horsepower). Avid has also added a master audio channel that is as full featured as the individual track, a revamped mixer that only shows the channels you are using and a fantastic right click audio clip fader, so you don't have to open the mixer to adjust a clip's audio level. Love it! Adjusting individual audio clip levels via a mixer has been an Avid feature for 20 years; something Adobe only learned in the upcoming release of Premiere.

More on Premiere in another post. Byron and I are off to day to at NAB. Oh, my poor aching feet.


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