Why This Year's NAB is the Most 'Comforting' for Filmmakers Yet [PODCAST]

NAB is the world's largest film/video trade show, with a reporter 100,000 film and TV people traversing 2,000,000 square feet of the latest filmmaking gear in Las Vegas. In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, Micah Van Hove and I recap what we've seen.

We try to make sense of what many have labeled a largely underwhelming NAB 2016 (although almost immediately after recording this podcast I changed my tune... stay tuned for why). We move through the best products we've seen this week in cameras, rigs, drones, dollies, gimbals, lighting, VR and post production software.

While it may not have been as flashy of a year at NAB in terms of hardware, it's clear that companies are focusing more than ever on taking their existing products and making them as good as they can be for the filmmakers who own them. This, for those of us who can't afford to be dropping 10k+ a year on new equipment, is highly comforting.

After you've listened to the podcast be sure and take a closer look at some of the products we mention in the links below. We've produced close to fifty video interviews from the floor already and there are many, many more to come. 

Show Links & Mentions

Cameras and Lenses

Drones, Gimbals, Dollies and Rigs



Virtual Reality and 360


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This episode of Indie Film Weekly was recorded and edited in Las Vegas by Jon Fusco.

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I think it's great to see stuff getting better instead of being replaced with micro innovation just to sell stuff.

April 21, 2016 at 3:49PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer


April 21, 2016 at 5:47PM, Edited April 21, 5:47PM

Micah Van Hove

true true

April 21, 2016 at 8:23PM

Jon Fusco
Senior Producer

The word 'relief' feels relevant. Whenever these shows come around, despite checking sites like this I just don't want anybody to release something I want. A joy to realise that I still love the gear I already own. In fact my NInja Blade getting a free upgrade to the monitor is the only thing that interests me. Phew!

April 23, 2016 at 2:33AM

Liam Martin
DP, editor, part time director

"Comforting" was probably not a word existing Blackmagic Ursa owners would have used in regards to this years show. They had been promised a turret upgrade for their cameras for the last year or so that never materialized. In fact, I saw many videos where reps claimed they'd get the new sensor upgrade (4.6K) before the Ursa Mini's came out.

Many (including myself) were hoping there would be a surprise announcement (or at least an update on this) at this year's show. No reporters even asked about it (or the status of the 4.6k Ursa either for that matter)

Since the Ursa was widely marketed as a "sensor upgradeable" camera from it's introduction, BM could have at least offered some sort of status update on this or some reassurance that they were indeed still working on it. I think this was the most missed question for the folks at Blackmagic at NAB2016.

April 23, 2016 at 1:34PM, Edited April 23, 1:48PM