2014 Government Video Expo

Free classes now at GV Expo!
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Bob Kovacs

This year’s Government Video Expo is nearly upon us (Dec. 2–4) and I hope you are making plans to attend.

There are some powerful reasons why you should plan for the GV Expo, including the fact that it presents a terrific opportunity to look at the gear you are going to put in your budget for next year. This is especially true for the many thousands of media-related government employees within easy travel range of the Washington Convention Center. Where else can you go in an easy day’s drive to look at one piece of gear, then compare it to similar equipment from a couple other manufacturers?

Just so you know, entry to the GV Expo show floor is free. I’ve heard some confusion about that, with some people thinking that there must be a fee for general attendance. However, attendance is free and you are welcome to attend.

What do you get for free attendance? You can walk the expo floor, browse the exhibitors’ booths and get information about the latest industry products. You can also attend the featured talks, which include the keynote talk titled “Is Your Data Safer in the Cloud?” by Loren Hudziak, a Google Solutions architect. There are other free talks, as well.

Exciting news was announced after the November 2014 issue of Government Video went to press: All the courses offered as part of the Next|Video education package are now free. These are some seriously good courses that cover a lot of ground, but attendance may be limited to the number of seats in the room. You can take a look at these free courses by clicking here.

In addition to the free expo floor and free featured presentations, you are welcome to try your luck with the GV Expo’s popular raffle. Each year, we draw names from a barrel and give away thousands of dollars worth of valuable prizes. At GV Expo 2014, we will have some excellent and desirable raffle prizes from companies such as Blackmagic Design, Panasonic, Fostex and Grass Valley.

Of course, if you are interested in industry-specific training, that is also available at the GV Expo. There is a fee for that, so take a look at the offerings and see if there is a good fit for your training needs.

However, attending the show, browsing the floor, listening to the featured talks and crossing your fingers for raffle prizes are all free. If you live somewhere between New York and Richmond, where else can you do that within an easy commute of your home? And those who live farther away are just as welcome.

I will be all over the floor at the GV Expo, but I’d enjoy meeting you. If you see a blur wearing an unusual tie, please stop me and say hello.


I’ve been a strong proponent of 4K video, especially since there are many 4K tools that are just marginally more expensive than HD gear. That’s still my take on 4K video, although it is now tempered slightly due to the 4K camera that I am evaluating for a review.

Don’t get me wrong—it’s a fine camera. Playing back and editing the files it makes is a different story, however. Windows will not play the files, and two industry-standard editing packages can’t even open the 4K video files from the camera. I can edit it using something I never expected to use for video editing: Adobe Photoshop. Yes, my wife has a subscription to Adobe Photoshop CC and it will open, play and edit these 4K files, albeit very slowly.

If you'd like to see something that I shot and edited in 4K, take a look at this video on Eagle Day 2014 at the Conowingo Dam in Maryland.

So I still think there is a 4K future but there are plenty of bugs to get worked out first.