LAS VEGAS - Editors looking to brush up on their skill or learn additional applications might want to attend this year's NAB Post|Production World Conference (www.nabshow.com), which returns to Las Vegas on April 21-27 for the third year. The event is the result of a collaboration between Future Media Concepts and the National Association of Broadcasters, and offers attendees the opportunity to sit in on any of 200 technical and business session, many of which focus on editing applications.
According to Future Media Concepts president Ben Kozuch, the conference is designed for intermediate and advanced software users working in television, advertising, corporate, government and freelance positions. The show will offer a number of different tracks focusing on tools such as Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Media Composer Avid Adrenaline, Avid DS Nitris, Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, DVD Studio Pro, and Adobe tools such as After Effects, Photoshop and Premiere Pro.
The Friday leading up to NAB will serve as a boot camp, allowing attendees to brush up on their beginner skills. From Saturday through Wednesday, 10 rooms will run non-stop, with sessions starting every hour and 15 minutes. None of the classes will be repeated.
Certification programs will also be offered at the show. Attendees can become certified on Final Cut Pro level I and level II, Motion, DVD Studio Pro, Xpress Pro, Photoshop, After Effects or Premiere Pro with courses taking one to two days, concluding with an online exam. Kozuch says that while each manufacturer is different, typical benefits of becoming certified go beyond just marketing advantages, as users are often user listed on manufacturer Web sites and offered discounts on software.
The show will also feature two keynote addresses. On Saturday, Brokeback Mountain editor Dylan Tichenor will speak and on Sunday, Post's own Ken McGorry will host a Q&A with the Academy Award-nominated editor of Crash, Hughes Winborne.
PDF downloads are available on the show's site, further detailing course tracks, schedules and event pricing.