For the third year in a row, Vinten and the Vitec Group have sponsored me at NAB. I have been using Vitec branded products in television for over ten years now. I am an end user and I pay close attention to things I like and don’t like when using gear everyday in the field to earn a living.
I have been having a lot of fun in Las Vegas working the Vinten stand chatting about the new Vector 75, Vision Blue and AS line of tripod heads. The Vinten Vision Blue has won two awards: Best in Show Black Diamond and the TV Technology Star.
I have spent most of my time at the Vinten booth meeting people from around the world and I can’t thank Vinten enough for sponsoring me again this year. It is always nice to see all the great people from across the globe who work for the Vitec Group. I think there are 21 group brands now under the Vitec unbrella!
I also managed to spend some time with Eric Kessler at the Zacuto/Kessler booth meeting people who use sliders, cranes and motorized Kessler products. I am very excited to announce that Eric has created an amazing computerized system that makes it very easy to control the movement of a 4 axis camera move, real time or for timelapsing. I will be field testing the kit soon!
My good friends from Fastec Imaging and Rule Boston Camera took the high speed market by storm with the new Fastec TS3. This camera is capable of shooting 720 frames per second at 720p HD in a portable, compact, DSLR like camera package! This is big news since shooting high speed has never been an all-in-one experience.
I always wish I had more time to wonder the floor at NAB, and this year, I only managed to get out to see about 20 percent of the show! I managed to put together this quick video blog showing off some of the stuff I was very excited about, like the new Sony PMW-F3 digital cinema camera. The F3, with the future possibility to have its dual-link HDSDI outputs activated, will give the ALEXA and RED cameras a run for their money. I have been blown away with how great the images look on the F3, especially when hooked up to the new uncompressed solid-state Sony HDCAM SR recording device.
It was nice meeting the many people from around the globe I talk to using social media and my website. The world is a very small place and we all have one thing in common, a great passion for television and film. Thank you Eric Kessler for setting up an excellent meet and greet at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. At the Kessler party, I really enjoyed seeing Paul “REV3” Reynolds, Hayes, TJ and mike my friends from Boston, Robert and Amber, Jem (who I called “Jam”), Steve and Jens from Zacuto, Phil Bloom, Nino, Mario, Zacuto Sue, Karen Abad, Vintent, Tyler, Carson, Tomscapes and “The Doctor”, Dan Chung, the JAG35 guys, Planet Mitch, Yosemite Steve, Paul I Need Creative, Khalid, Jonathan, Eddie, Clint from Brain Farm and many others whom I respect greatly. So many talented people in one spot to name, you know who you are!
Of course, I wish I had more time in Vegas. I handed out business cards and little key-chain tomguilmette.com caribiners. I partied with industry pros. I drank some REV3 energy drink in pure exhaustion on the event floor, thanks Paul. I Hung out with Amanda and TJ. We destroyed the roller coasters and I spent one night just editing in my Flamingo Vegas hotel room (without a Phantom Flex). This is the first NAB I wanted to spend more time in Sin City! Thanks everyone.
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