The economy is bouncing back, stimulus dollars are flowing and the technology just keeps getting better and better. Whether you need to check out the latest gear, get trained on the top tools or find your next production gig, the 12th annual Government Video Expo, Dec. 1-3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, offers so much learning its just about impossible to take advantage of it all.
There are more than 140 exhibitors with the latest in production, AV and law enforcement video technology, ranging from the industry’s top players to makers of highly specialized gear. But that’s just the start.
This year, GV Expo brings the first-ever Broadcast Symposium East. Sponsored by TV Technology and Television Broadcast, the symposium tackles four current issues: mobile DTV, 3Gbps facilities, asset management and archiving and managing loudness.
The symposium is under the direction of James O’Neal, a 30-year federal video technology veteran and the technology editor of TV Technology.
For folks wanting to improve their skills and marketability, Future Media Concepts brings an expanded Digital Media DC conference. It the capitol’s leading training event for TV, video, film, motion graphics and new media professionals.
Now in its sixth year, DMDC offers three full days of sessions in five parallel tracks and includes over 50 unique sessions focusing on the latest techniques and practices, conducted by top-flight professionals. Topics range from lighting to color correction to 3D to chromakeying to using the latest Internet and animation tools and more.
This year, with one Full Pass, attendees may move freely between all the tracks and attend sessions of their choice.
In addition to the technical conference, Future Media Concepts also offers two-day, end-user certification courses in Apple Final Cut Pro 6 Level II and Apple Color, plus a three-day intensive training for Mac OS X Leopard Support Essentials Certification.
Everyone’s Tweeting and podcasting and Facebooking nowadays. But how can these technologies actually help an agency with its mission?
James Snyder Two keynote presentations will get to the core of the new tools. Leonard Sipes of the D.C. Office of Court Services and Offender Supervision will discuss his agency’s use of the Web. Sipes’ and Producer Timothy Barnes’ use of new media has gone beyond public relations and is actually helping them accomplish what they need to do in the world of offender supervision. They’ll take a look at their own Safe Surrender program, which gets fugitives to turn themselves in.
From across the Potomac, Brian Natwick, general manager of The Pentagon Channel will discuss what that hugely popular outlet is doing with social media.
Sipes and Barnes will speak in the Presentation Theater on the Expo floor at 11:30 a.m. on Weds., Dec. 2. Natwick takes the stage at 3:45 p.m.
FREE TRAINING ON THE SHOW FLOOR A series of industry leaders will provide some valuable training that‚ free to all GV Expo attendees.
Experts from Panasonic, Apple, VBrick and ADC2 (Advanced Digital Compression Technologies) will give the lowdown at the Presentation Theater in the Exhibit Hall.
On Weds., Dec. 2, from 12:45-1:15 p.m., it’s “What’s New in AVCCAM: Dual-Use AG-HMC40 Handheld Camcorder, AG-HMR10 Recorder and AG-HCK10 Camera Head.”
From 1:30-2 p.m. Apple presents “Post Production Workflow in the new Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Server.”
From 2:15-2:45 p.m. ADC2 offers “Breakthrough Video Compression Technology.”
From 3-3:30 p.m., VBrick shows some of its advances with “We Three Kings—Integrating Streaming, VTC (video tele-conferencing) and Collaboration.”
At noon on Thurs., Dec. 3, is one of the best: Jan Crittenden Livingston, Panasonic Broadcast business manager for the DVCPRO/DVCPRO50 and P2 HD handheld camcorders and workflow tools.
She’s presenting “Panasonic: Solid State, From Acquisition to Archive,” discussing file-based workflow and how it impacts your bottom line.
Artesia (aka the Open Text Digital Media Group) discusses digital asset management solutions from 12:45-1:15 p.m. Attendees will want to return Thursday for a fresh slate of offerings. James Snyder is the senior systems administrator of the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Va. He going to talk about video archive storage and conservation on Thurs., Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m.
When it gets dark in Washington, GV Expo rolls on. The DC Podcaster Alliance Meets Weds., Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. The DC Avid Users Group meets then also.
And, the International Digital Media Alliance/DVD Association meets Wednesday night as well for a special event focused on how to create digital media and how to make money with it once you have done so.
It will include presentations from noted trainers Larry Jordan and Bruce Nazarian, “The Digital Guy,” along with a presentation on how to author Blu-ray cost-effectively by John Harrington, CEO of Netblender. There are other presenters invited, plus some surprise guests in store. Plus, this event even includes prizes.
And speaking of prizes, just before closing time of the Exhibit Hall on both Wednesday (Dec. 2) and Thursday (Dec. 3), the Expo annual prize drawing returns. Each afternoon, five prizes worth winning will be given away, sponsored by five exhibiting companies. Attendees have to be present to win and have to fill out a ballot to get in on the drawing.
Registration is now: www.gvexpo.com