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NAB Show 2016 Recap

Ten students from the University of Northern Iowa had the opportunity to participate in the 3rd Annual Expedition to the NAB Show in Las Vegas this spring. They studied everything from post production editing and media distribution to the latest trends in virtual reality. Check out their videos on the UNI Digital Media Leadership YouTube channel and like our Facebook Page for more post-show updates!

NAB Show 2016 Overview

Here is an overview of the NAB Show 2016. This will give you look and the size and scope of the convention and a taste of the fun these students had.


Post Production Overview

Check out the latest in post production software and equipment. These students got a firsthand look at the latest products from companies like Black Magic, Adobe, and GoPro.


Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality was a hot topic this year at the NAB Show. Media producers are experimenting with new ways of storytelling and incorporating VR into new media work flows.

Media Distribution

The world of media distribution is constantly changing and the sources of revenue for content has shifted a lot in the last few years. See how come companies are staying ahead of the curve.


Special thanks to the IBA for making this trip possible! We’re looking forward to next year’s trip and planning to bring you more great content straight from the NAB Show floor.

NAB Show 2016 UNI Digital Media Leadership

2016 NAB Show Welcomes Young Professionals

In a large convention center in the magical city of Las Vegas, Nevada, media professionals, CEO’s, managers, owners, innovators, programmers and several high profile players in the media industry gather to meet, speak, and discover new technologies in the media industry. This convention center is the home of the NAB Show. Even though there are a lot of “suits” at the NAB Show, they also allow young professionals and students to come and explore the media industry and meet some of the amazing people who have built this industry to the prestigious level it is at. These young professionals not only have the privilege to learn from such incredible people who have built this industry, but the people who built it have the opportunity to teach the future leaders and innovators of this crazy and extravagant world of the media industry.

Welcome to Las VegasWith unique opportunities to talk with such distinguished media professionals, listen in on valuable information sessions on a wide variety of topics, and attend a career fair allowing us to hand our resume to potential employers in the industry, the NAB Show is, in several ways, catering to young professionals in the media field. Attendees can tour the exhibit floor, decked out with all of the biggest companies’ newest gadgets and equipment. With so much to do, there is never a dull moment, and certainly no moment we would want to miss taking advantage of. As up and coming media professionals, there is no better place for us to gain insight into the industry and the career opportunities available at the NAB Show. Therefore, bring on the exhibits, sessions, and interviews; the UNI Media Leaders are ready to take on LAs Vegas and work some media!

NAB Show Panel

Even though we are small group from UNI, there are still several other young professionals attending the NAB Show. This allows us to compete for the attention of the media professionals in the media industry and shows us the competition we will face when applying for jobs in the future. This also allows us to meet young professionals from around the country and hopefully network with them. It obviously is important to network with the current media professionals but networking with other young media professionals can hopefully lead to future employment or collaboration in the media industry.

As students in the Digital Media Program at UNI, we are looking to take away a wealth of newfound knowledge and firsthand experiences, such as networking with all of the professionals at the show. These opportunities will help us to advance our education and future careers. Real world exposure and experience can deem our resumes more impressive than other candidates competing for the job. After taking advantage of this invaluable opportunity to attend the NAB Show, we will be very competitive in the job market once we graduate, one of the most beneficial aspects of the trip overall. With such an amazing experience and endless opportunities, how could we not be excited for this trip to begin?! Stay connected with us via social media!

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-Ali, Austin, Connor, & Sam

2016 NAB PREVIEW: Very Real Virtual Reality

With the 2016 installment of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show looming on the horizon, filmmakers, photographers, journalists and scores of other media professionals (approximately 100,000 of them) will converge to the Las Vegas Convention Center for five days to discuss and showcase all things media.

One reason in particular why those that are “in-the-know” in the media industry pay close attention to NAB is because it will give them a good idea of what the future of the media landscape will look like. For example, remember when drones came into the public spotlight two years ago? They were the buzz and hum of NAB the year before.

So that begs the question, where will the attention be directed this year? What is the hot new thing?

Two words: Virtual Reality.

While VR isn’t a completely new concept in the media world, the steadily declining price tag and commercial availability of VR software and hardware is. While companies like Samsung and Oculus paved the way for commercially available VR headsets, HTC will quickly be making waves with their recent release of their own VR setup, dubbed the “Vive”. Vive works with your computer and Valve’s online gaming community hub known as Steam to bring endless VR possibilities right into your home.

HTC Virtual RealityAs expected, there will be several sessions at NAB 2016 covering Virtual Reality, ranging from “Establishing Your Brand Presence in Virtual Reality” presented by Selvz to “Being There – Virtual Reality News and Documentaries”. The “Virtual and Augmented Reality Pavilion” will be an entire section of the NAB show floor dedicated to all things VR and its current industry leaders.

My group of NAB’ers consisting of myself, Daniel Hampe and Devin Harschnek are all quite eager to get hands-on with this material. Kaleidoscope, a large online community of VR content creators, will be hosting a Virtual Reality Showcase featuring “…groundbreaking virtual reality films and immersive experiences which hail from North America, Europe, South America and beyond.” Sphericam, a camera company from Dover, DE, will be featuring a 360-degree video camera tailor made for VR that is capable of recording 4k resolution at 60fps. These are only two of the many Virtual Reality exhibits and sessions we will be attending this year at NAB.

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-Cal Gruening, Devin Harschnek, Daniel Hampe

From Small Town to Tinsel Town: How Does the NAB Show Help Students Achieve Their Career Goals?

As part of the Digital Media Leadership program at the University of Northern Iowa, some of us are fortunate enough to be able to attend the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) in Las Vegas. The addition of a set of sessions called “Post Production World University”, the 2016 NAB Show has placed a special emphasis on young professionals and the association’s desire to help them succeed. But does attending the NAB Show actually help students succeed in their careers? We think it does.

NAB Show PanelThe media industry is constantly evolving and upgrading. At the University of Northern Iowa we have access to multiple editing platforms and HD cameras. This practical experience is incredibly valuable, but having the opportunity to talk and meet with current media professionals and get advice for college students and recent graduates about the media world is something far beyond what we can expect from our day to day work in the traditional classroom setting. The ability to learn from masters of their craft and other currently successful members of the industry-this is what students gain at the NAB Show.

Whether a student plans on pursuing production, distribution, marketing, or any other career in the media industry, they will be able to find useful information at the NAB Show. While the sessions aimed at young professionals are designated as part of a “Post Production” conference, topics like “10 Rookie Portfolio Mistakes to Avoid” and “Understanding Intellectual Property” are vital to success in the media industry. The NAB Show is also a tremendous source of inspiration for those of us who are just breaking into the industry. Seeing successful creatives tell their stories, share their techniques, and give advice offers students who attend a leg up on other young professionals by learning certain tricks and tools of the trade at the conference rather than picking them up on the job.

NAB GoPro Booth   Canon Exhibit NAB Show

Personally, we are very excited to talk with individuals who work on large Hollywood films and ask them their advice for young professionals. Coming from a small state with few ties to Hollywood, other than being the birthplace of John Wayne, we plan to ask the speakers at these sessions what specific steps they took on their career path that led them to where they are and if they would recommend we try to follow a similar path. We hope to learn not only tips on how to be successful in the world of big-budget filmmaking, but also advice on what not to do or mistakes to avoid making.

It’s plain to see that students have a lot to gain from attending the NAB Show, especially students with ambitious career goals. Giving us the opportunity to attend the conference is just one of the ways that UNI is making our personal goals achievable.

Carly Beisel, Mackenzi Brophy, Olivia Guns