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COMMENT by Beth Zarkosh F or those of us lucky enough to visit this year’s annual NAB Show in Las Vegas, we know how amazing and mesmerising it was, but for those who didn’t get the chance to make it, then here’s a lowdown on what we thought was the highlights of the biggest post production and broadcast conventions in town! NAB 2015 Highlights Las Vegas is a place for those who like to work hard and play hard and there was definitely a lot of that but the most important part of the show were the big revelations that the post production giants like Avid and Adobe were making. Fortunately we were there to witness and speak to the professionals about it! Adobe Systems is always going to be a game changer at the NAB and as usual it never ceases to amaze. Having guest speakers on the hour, it was jam packed continuously. This year they had many new features to talk about, from the Character Animator which originated from Project Animal to the Lumetri Colour which is the new panel which funnily enough is very similar to that of Adobe’s design software; Lightroom. The Character Animator, which we spent a good few hours playing with, brings static image artwork from either Photoshop or Illustrator to life by capturing your performances using a camera and microphone. Your facial expressions are reproduced whilst the feature allows synchronisation with your mouth movements and also giving you total control over all elements of a character’s movement through the keyboard, mouse and programmable behaviours. Whilst Adobe was releasing new updates, Avid made sure they kept up by announcing their free stripped down version of Avid Media Composer, this version will be Media Composer First. This come after they announced earlier on in the year the free version of Pro Tools First, again an easy to use beginners guide to the audio editing system used by thousands across the world. Speaking with Director of Solutions Development at Avid; Kevin Usher, he explained the reason behind the free version of Media Composer is to bring in a new pool of talent that seems to be lacking in the industry, and by having a free version it is much more accessible to those wanting to learn more. As to when the new version will be released, there is rumours that it could be around 4 to 6 months until users can get their hands on it. So keep your eyes peeled for those all important announcements at www.avid.com Other show highlights included Blackmagic’s tiny RAW cinema camera. he miniature 16mm professional digital film camera with the brand new port that lets users use PWM and S.Bus Model airplane remote controls to work the camera wirelessly for capturing action anywhere and everywhere!The beauty of this camera is that it can 46 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 101 MAY 2015