The Ultimate Way to Get Inspired: NAB SHOW 2016 Experience

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the numbers for its 2016 NAB Show, revealing a registration tally of 103,012. More than 26,000 attendees were international, representing 187 countries, and there were exhibits from 1,874 companies. 

No exaggeration there.  Last week for the first time, I experienced the NAB show in Las Vegas, and it was amaze-balls.

Drones, super intuitive 3-axis stabilizers, virtual reality, rigs, gorgeous cinema cameras (One even shooting up to 8K—Damn, Canon…You scary). So much gear, information, and companies-- that I couldn’t even compute. 

 Canon displays an 8K camera

Canon displays an 8K camera

When I flew back to Chicago, someone asked, “I bet you felt like a kid in a candy store.” But, it's more so like being in the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Yah—It’s that big. 

I decided to take some time off and travel to NAB for two reasons…

One, I wanted to educate myself on the latest video gear for my upcoming film Cubes (more info on that to come). And two, sometimes it’s necessary to step away from your own work and be inspired by other innovators, filmmakers, and influencers. I suggest you put some money aside every month to attend an annual conference or a workshop. You’ll be amazed at what other creators are doing in the industry. I promise—You’ll return to your work with a fresh perspective, and you’ll be revved up to get shit done. 

NAB 2016, no doubt got the job done for me. And it was well worth the expense. 

The only regret I have was  attending the event for only two days. That simply isn’t enough time to thoroughly absorb it all. 

When you factor in the amazing companies and people you’ll meet, chances to demo your favorite wishlist gadgets, and the time it takes to hop from building to building (Yep, there are MULTIPLE buildings—all full of booths and awesome gear to check out), you’ll quickly discover that you’ll want to come early, plan accordingly, and enjoy the entire experience.  

 Meeting Video Copilot's Andrew Kramer! Best moment of the trip!! 

Meeting Video Copilot's Andrew Kramer! Best moment of the trip!! 

Needless to say, My crew and I are already planning our trip for next year. 

Keep scrolling to see our recap video showing our highlights, Shout out to Freefly Systems for the hospitality.

P.S: I look like a total newb operating the mimic...You don't need to twist your entire body to frame your shot!!