Off to visit NAB 2018

I’m writing this form a secret bunker in SEATAC airport as I head to the National Association of Broadcasters exhibition in Las Vegas, NV.  Back when I worked in the Post Production biz doing ROOT6 and ROOT6 Technology and, previously Avid, this was pretty much an annual pilgrimage to work the booth, demo and talk to customers (and in one extreme case pull an all nighter on the show floor to complete writing the product code for a stage demo).

These days it’s an opportunity to catch up with old friends and check out the latest guerilla film making gear.   My list this year consists of 

  •  Adobe: find out what’s new in Premiere, After Effects, check out Andrew Kramer’s doubtless awesome talk [SL4610]
  • Black Magic Design : New Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, Resolve 15, the usual overwhelming array of small black boxes [SL5816]
  • DJI : Always full of dope tech [C2207]
  • Fujifilm : Cinema lenses, X-H1 and GFX [C7225]
  • Sony : Check out the A7RIII and friends [C4325]
  • Canon: Tease them about failing to innovate in the pro SLR space [C4325]
  • CODEX Digital : See what’s going on with 8K production.. and rib Dando about his Shed Exectutive Producer credit on Black Panther [are you guys exhibiting?]
  • Freefly Systems : their new phone gimbal and the latest Movi Pro updates [are you guys exhibiting?]
  • Zhiyun : check out the crane v2
  • Atomos : Give ‘em crap about firmware updates for the Ninja Inferno [C9425]
  • Really Right Stuff love you guys [C8843]
  • B&H Would be rude not to visit, right? [C10916]
  • Red cameras [N201LMR]
  • Haivision [Renaissance]
  • SmallHD [OE5098]
  • Vision Research Phantom Flex [C10035]
  • Google [SU218]
  • Anything VR/AR
  • Whatever “the thing” is this year

Obviously it will be awesome to catch up with the ROOT6 guys and check out the latest improvements to “my baby” over at SL7613

I also want to use the trip as an opportunity to complete a blog post on SmartSLR’s, let’s see if I have time.

If you are at the show and would like to say hi or catchup, DM me on twitter @clarkezone

Post-PC Fail: Unable to renew Apple Developer Membership in Safari on iPad

Once again bitten by the iPad not having a “full” / “proper” browser.  I’m traveling with only an iPad (I don’t want to think about work at all whilst on sabbatical so no Surface / Windows for me), get an email from Apple saying my Developer subscription is running out in 13 days, attempt to renew, got in fine with two factor authentication,  click renew membership:


..and i get this: 


Another time I’ve soarly missed the Surface Pro 5 on this trip.   Not sure what to do next other than try and find an Internet cafe.  Oh well.  Dear Apple: 1) if you are serious about this “Post PC” thing, please ship a full no compromise browser on the iPad 2) failing that, at least make all your own web properties including the developer ones work with the mobile subset that Safari supports.  Thank you.

Flickr embed Test: SquareSpace #fail

Update.  Markdown based embedding doesn’t work.  This is a bit of a fail, starting to wish I’d brought the Surface Pro.   The fact that the iPad doesn’t have a desktop class browser is contributing here.  Post-PC err no, not really.

SquareSpace doesn’t seem to care about people who only travel with an iPad like me on this trip: their browser-based blog post editing tools don’t work on the iPad and the SquareSpace blogging iPad app itself is appallingly limited.  More on this in the future but, for now, does this embed correctly?  Doesn’t seem to be a way to specify image size so it may be huge or tiny.  Here goes:


Fiji: first week in paradise

I’m writing this at the end of our first week as we travel from Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, to the garden island of Taveuni where we’re spending our second week. As we sit in the car on the way to the airport, there is a protest march in Nadi, our destination and place of departure, traffic is stationary as a result, we are watching said march on our driver Rezwan’s iPad on a Facebook live stream (isn’t technology amazing?). We just said goodbye to the Namuka Bay Resort. About that...

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