What happened after NAB 2010.....


What happened next..........
On Wednesday the 14th April, evening time in Las Vegas, a text message came through from home reporting a Volcano in Iceland was affecting flights back to the UK, a wind up surely...did they not want us back.........?
With NAB about to close for another year and 1000’s of Brit visitors and exhibitors at the show it became an interesting few days... so just what did they do next?
Let’s start by looking at routes in and out of Las Vegas. There are two regular flights, one from BA out of Heathrow and the other with Virgin from Gatwick. It’s a popular nonstop route but when the ash rose its head it was one of the first airports that announced cancellations for at least 5 or 6 days.
This led to some people wandering further afield to escape the bright lights and others staying put waiting to rebook on the first flight home...but when would it be?
tv-bay we were on a non-direct flight home via San Francisco, all was going to plan until we landed for the connecting flight on Thursday morning and then the uncertainty became apparent with everyone more or less in the dark, including the airlines. The airport display boards were awash with CANCELLED on all transatlantic flights, all except VS020 which simply said DELAYED.
As it happened “our” plane had landed earlier that day so was ready to go when it could. When, in the first few days, it was obvious no one was going anywhere we ventured into downtown San Francisco, a lot worse places to be stuck I am sure, and hired a few bikes with fellow NABer Peter Savage (Azule Finance) and cycled over the Golden Gate Bridge.
It’s a 10 mile pedal taking in some great sights and a ferry back via Alcatraz to Fishermans Wharf ending in a mad dash along tram lines and dodging traffic to get the bikes back in time!
6 nights in total delay with the last few days setting up office in the hotel lobby. Highs? A great NAB show in all, Skype, free wifi, friendly Virgin staff, the Brit community and getting to Heathrow. At the other end of the scale was the unknown evolving situation, unhelpful rumours, mounting costs and the less than helpful Virgin website displaying “your booking does not exist”!
Sue Sillitoe – White Noise PR
We (hubby-to-be Pete and I) didn't learn until Thursday that our Friday Vegas/Gatwick flight with Virgin was cancelled. After seven hours of trying, we finally got through to Virgin and rebooked for Wednesday 21st April. Caesar's Palace said we could stay for as long as we needed on a 'distress' rate of $120 a night, so that's what we did. We hooked up with fellow stuckee's from DK-Technologies and Prism Sound and kept each other company. There was a trip to Hoover Dam one day (courtesy or DK's Richard Kelley's hire car), a couple of days by the pool, a few nice dinners and a lot of worrying. We watched flight after flight being cancelled and people being re-booked for later and later in the month - then into May! Panic! Pete is a GP and his surgery had to get locums in to cover. Our nine year old son was stuck with his grandparents in Bristol and couldn't go to school. We were lucky that ours was the first flight out of Vegas - the ban was lifted the day before we were due to leave and we got home on Thursday 22nd.
Neil Maycock – Snell
Snell ended up with staff scattered across several cities, from those of us who waited it out in Las Vegas, to the famous “Dallas 5” with their own Facebook page and coverage on BBC Radio 2.
Our ultimate routes home were just as diverse from a simple direct Las Vegas to Heathrow flight, to our prize winning journeys of “Las Vegas - San Francisco - Miami - Puerto Rico - Madrid – London” or “Las Vegas - New York - Lisbon - Madrid - Paris – London”.
There were many voyages of discovery during our extended stays from learning how completely useless Blackberrys are for looking at airline websites, or indeed how complete useless some airline websites are in an emergency (yes we mean you Virgin!). How many people also had the icing on the cake of McAfee performing an automatic virus update that disabled the operating system on their computer preventing them making a booking just when flights started to become available again?
Possibly the biggest benefit of the whole event was it stopped us all talking about 3D, well at least for a little while!
DIVERTED TO ICELAND!!!
John Mulcahy Vislink’s Managing Director of Technologies.
John took off from Las Vegas and had one of the more unusual diversions when the Icelandic volcano shut down the European airspace, he was diverted to Iceland and spent a cold but pleasant few days in Reykjavik. John eventually managed to get one of the first few flights back into the UK when the airspace opened for a few hours the following Tuesday and landed at Glasgow airport a little further north than originally planned but at least into the UK.
Note to self: must add warm winter coat to 2011 NAB contingency bag!
Jennie Evans – Manor Marketing
I was one of the people who flew on Wednesday 14th April for three hours and then came back (on BA). At first, they took responsibility for us. We were put up at The South Point for Thursday and Friday, but chucked out Saturday because they were full. For those NAB people, we just went back into town, found accommodation and persistently, but determinedly, focused on getting home. But for those more sensible who took BA at their word and held them responsible, they were put up with vouchers and BA rep’s until we eventually took off at 2.15 am on Tuesday morning.
Living day-by-day as to whether or not you’re going to fly home isn’t good. Going to the airport every day isn’t good. It’s stressful and you live on your nerves and your draining resources. My phone bill is going to be in the region of £1,500. I was away from my six year old daughter and never, ever have I been away from her for two weeks. We were meant to go to Centre Parcs together for a long weekend and I had to cancel it. She and I were both in tears – not good on the phone, thousands of miles away..................
For the most part, it brought out the best in people. I’ve never had so many boarding passes in my life – one of them was actually hand written – and when I finally got on the plane, very early Tuesday morning, I really didn’t believe I was going home. BA had forced the issue and it was a little unnerving, being one of the first through the clouds. Everything was going really well until about 300 miles outside of London when the plane made a serious right hand turn and we turned South. We were all so worried that we were going to Madrid.
But instead, we landed in Shannon, along with another four (at least) BA planes, and waited there for a couple of hours until we got the all clear to LHR. I was awake very early the next day because two of our clients (Latens and Strategy & Technology – S&T) had won Queens Awards and that was all happening on that day. Thank heavens I survive on adrenalin..................
Ciaran Doran – Harris
Stranded in Las Vegas due to an unpronounceable volcano in Iceland I decided our Denver office best to work from as delays will be another week. So I embarked on a road trip alone and I had a whale of a time – it certainly has kept my mind off the depressing thought of when I may get home taking in the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Alburquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Pueblo, then to Denver.
I set up a blog for fun and got some other colleagues to contribute their stories as well.
www.harrisstranded.wordpress.com
1,200 miles in 3 days
Memories for a lifetime
Bill Drummond - Sony
My international flight was supposed to leave from Los Angeles, so with some colleagues, we hired a car and hit the highway on a road trip to LA via Death Valley. Leaving Las Vegas, with its constant noise, flashing lights and eternal twilight, was a welcome pleasure and very soon the Vegas suburbs melted away into nothing but all-encompassing barren desert. This was the landscape of the Western, of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, and fantastically awe-inspiring! Whilst in Death Valley we happened upon some colleagues who had been on a sponsored cycle after NAB. A group of 30 had taken part in this cycle and had just finished so were recovering by the pool, unaware of the mayhem caused by Eyjafjallajokull; they too were soon to join the stranded.
More stories developed and recounted like scenes from a ‘survivor’ movie. We had made LA, met up with some colleagues and found other colleagues, customers, press contacts and other vendors were all stuck all around America, all hoping to return to their respective destinations. We made it home eventually but NAB 2010 was like no other and one we surely won’t forget!
Rolf Howarth Square Box Systems Ltd
Do I win the wooden spoon for being the last one to get back to the UK??

After a few extra days in Las Vegas my second flight last Monday was
cancelled as well, and the next one they offered me wasn't until
yesterday.

I couldn't face another week in Las Vegas so I took an internal flight to stay with some friends in Canada. Originally Delta told me they couldn't change my departure airport and the first person I spoke to seemed to be seriously suggesting I should fly Halifax - Detroit - JFK - Las Vegas - Detroit - Amsterdam - Birmingham to get
home, and to change my ticket would cost $1500! After spending 40 minutes at the checkin desk they were eventually able to reissue my tickets, however, so I saved myself a pointless 24 hours flying in a circle from Detroit to Detroit via New York and Las Vegas.
Quite a few empty seats on the transatlantic leg, so I assume most people are back now.



By the way if you ever wondered...
Here is the BBC Pronunciation Unit's guide on how to saw the glacier's name. Eyjafjallajkull (or Eyafallajkull) is pronounced AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl (-uh) , that is -ay as in day, -fy as in few, -oe as in French coeur, -uu as in boot, the -tl as in atlas. The (-uh) is "a" as in ago.
So now you know!

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How to shoot the perfect lighting mix
Alan Ipakchian Advances in high-quality LED lighting over the past couple of decades might be one of the best things that’s ever happened to broadcast and cinema production. Compared to traditional tungsten fixtures, LED lights offer powerful operational and financial benefits from longer life and lower energy bills to brighter, more consistent light and greater control over color temperature. LEDs generate much lower heat and are relatively cool to the touch, meaning they can be used in much smaller rooms and studios without sweating out the talent and crew or damaging property. Plus, compared to traditional tungsten bulbs, LED lights are virtually maintenance-free and can deliver tens of thousands of hours of lamp life.
Tags: iss131 | litepanels | led | lighting | 2 person interview lighting | Alan Ipakchian
Contributing Author Alan Ipakchian Click to read or download PDF
Tips and Tricks to Giving Sci-Fi a New Look
Mathieu Marano From Terminator to Blade Runner, Alien, and even E.T., science fiction is a genre that will never fail to capture an audience’s imagination. It’s also a genre that encompasses so much more than just space crafts or time travel: frequently providing filmmakers with a platform from which to not only highlight social and political issues, but also explore innovations in the world of filmmaking itself.
Tags: iss131 | sci-fi | blackmagic design | vfx | resolve | 4k | cinemadng | davinci | ursa mini | Mathieu Marano
Contributing Author Mathieu Marano Click to read or download PDF
TV Futures, Tales on Location
Georgia Thirtle If I think back to last May, I was just finishing my second year at the University of Portsmouth, studying Television and Broadcasting, and winding down for the summer. Then out of the blue I got a message from my course leader, saying I might be getting a call from someone who was a location manager working for Raider productions, you know, the production company behind the upcoming Tomb Raider film, I mean, what!?
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Contributing Author Georgia Thirtle Click to read or download PDF
Transforming asset management and monetization
Chad Hamilton FremantleMedia is one of the largest global television-production companies in the world — with one of the biggest and most valuable catalogs. We operate in 36 markets, creating, producing, and distributing content across traditional TV and digital platforms at a rate of more than 10,000 hours of programming per year.
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Contributing Author Chad Hamilton Click to read or download PDF
Tried and tested: DPA d:vice
KitPlus KitPlus recently took delivery of an interesting piece of equipment for review. We like our iPhone gadgets here. For us, useful iPhone gadgets started when the Olloclip lens gave us a wide angle adaptor. This was a good start, finally evolving into a proper tool when Ziess produced the Exolens system for the 5,6 & 7 series iPhones. Around the same time as the Olloclip came out we were testing the Fostex AR4i which was a very exciting development at the time. You have a portable device, that you carry everywhere with you, connected to the world but with very limited audio capabilities. A stereo interface with decent microphones was a real boon!
Tags: iss130 | dpa | dvice | iphone | journalist mic | filmic | ios | microdot | KitPlus
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The shining star of Dancing On Ice
Rod Aaron Gammons Lighting is an incredibly important part of any TV production, and it can make a huge difference to what is seen on-screen. If the right lights are used in the right way, it can create a mood, set a tone and convey a certain atmosphere.
Tags: iss130 | rotolight | led lighting | anova pro 2 | chris yacoubian | Rod Aaron Gammons
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Reliable back-up at the Music City Bowl
Sam Gordon WLEX – LEX18 – is the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky, and part of the Cordillera Communications Group. As a very popular local station with a broadcast area that covers 40 counties across central Kentucky we have a big commitment to news, broadcasting more than seven hours of live programming on a typical day.
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NAB is all about people
John Smith -new The relative success of NAB is down to people. The individuals we meet, the relationships we make and renew with customers and the desire to work together to develop a technology solution to any given challenge.
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Grand slam IPTV and digital signage platform
Joe Walsh Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to major league baseball’s Kansas City Royals. Built in 1973, “The K” has a proud baseball legacy, and goes down in history for winning two World Series championship titles; one in 1985 and another in 2015 — exactly 20 years apart. The most recent win brought a resurgence of baseball fever to the stadium, hosting more than 2.7 million fans during its 2015 winning season.
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Contributing Author Joe Walsh Click to read or download PDF
VR and the importance of tracking
KitPlus I would like to begin this article by clarifying what we at Shotoku mean when we talk about VR in live production. It’s not the production of immersive, 360 content where you need to wear a headset; we are talking about virtual studio (VS) and augmented reality (AR) work, such as placing graphics into a green screen environment or physical set. The technology used for this work is entirely different, though equally specialist – therefore it is important to understand the challenges of this kind of production in order to make informed kit choices.
Tags: iss130 | shotoku | vr | live production | KitPlus
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Technological advances in the broadcast industry
Alan Wheable Since it is Omnitek’s 20th anniversary this year, I thought it would be interesting to look back over the technological advances in the broadcast industry over the last few decades and look at the similarities between then and now.
Tags: iss130 | omnitek | test and measurement | smpte 2110 | untra tq | 2022 | sdi 2022-6 | Alan Wheable
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Six steps for award winning sound design with Jungle Studios
Chris Turner Few can argue that great sound design is one of the most important elements to any moving picture. Mute most horrors, and the difference in fear factor will be enormous. Visualize Jaws or Star Wars, and John Williams’s iconic score will instantly come to mind.
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Contributing Author Chris Turner Click to read or download PDF
How IP-based KVM can improve workflow in broadcast control rooms
John Halksworth One of the most significant shifts the broadcast industry has seen over recent years is the adoption of IP technology as a standard infrastructure across the entire broadcast workflow. IP provides a network suitable for routing audio, video and control around a broadcast facility and is providing the answers to many industry challenges.
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Contributing Author John Halksworth Click to read or download PDF
Out of the box: Sennheiser Ambeo VR microphone
Jon Pratchett 2 The use of 360 video, especially on platforms like Facebook and YouTube is really starting to take off. Gone are the days when you needed to buy multiple GoPros and rigs in order to get something decent looking. Now players like Insta360 and even GoPro with their fusion 360 camera are providing single camera, high quality solutions, enabling the masses to put out reasonable quality, certainly watchable, 360 video.
Tags: iss130 | vr | virtual reality | audio | ambiosonic | Jon Pratchett 2
Contributing Author Jon Pratchett 2 Click to read or download PDF
Why OTT needs multicast ABR
Damien Lucas Last year, Netflix’s global revenue reached $11 billion, with 24 million new names added to its subscribers’ list. Viewers are certainly making their preferences heard – and voting with their remote controls to show that over-the-top (OTT) content is here to stay.
Tags: iss130 | ott | abr | adaptive bit rate | cdn | dsl | lte | Damien Lucas
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State of the Nation
Dick Hobbs - new

On the most recent occasion I was trimmed, my hairdresser had just returned from a holiday in Hawaii.

Where she thought she was going to die. She thought this because the state’s emergency alert system was triggered, sending messages across all available platforms, for 38 minutes, that a ballistic missile was about to strike. That, I suspect, is the sort of thing that casts a pall across your holiday.

Why did it happen? Essentially it happened because an operator selected the wrong menu item. “I feel very badly from what’s happened,” he is quoted as saying, in a somewhat mangled version of English which may at least in part explain his difficulties with menu items.

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Contributing Author Dick Hobbs - new Click to read or download PDF
Interview with Peter Rowsell, Polar Graphics
Polar If you don’t recognise the name Peter Rowsell instantly you no doubt would recognise him in person, from the famous ‘Pink Coconut’ parties during IBC (Brighton) in the 80s or the name ‘Polar Video or Polar Graphics’ both companies which he’s built up over the years.
Tags: iss130 | polar graphics | apantac | bluefish | cinedeck | focalpoint | mediaproxy | stardom | storagedna | Polar
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Somewhere down the latency river
Ben Hawker Some people have been, understandably, getting fairly excited over the prospect of being able to deploy wireless cameras to capture and transmit 4K UHD. Manufacturers and developers are closing in on the ability to deliver systems that will offer up almost endless creative options at the highest – to date – possible picture quality.
Tags: iss129 | latency | 4k | wireless | rf | presteigne | Ben Hawker
Contributing Author Ben Hawker Click to read