There’s nothing that fills our hearts more than talking videos with our community, and that’s why we invite — nay, we insist! — you swing by our NAB booth this year if you’ll be in Vegas, as we’ll be talking with leading experts, gear gurus, and video aficionados from all over.
And if you can’t make it to Vegas, that’s no sweat: we’re also equally excited about all of the gear, software, and production announcements that’ll be happening — and we’ll be covering it all with the tag #vimeonab so you can follow along. But why wait ’til next week? Here’s a look at our top five will-they-or-won’t-they potential announcements from the show floor:
DJI Phantom 5
With a history of consistent releases and upgrades around NAB, speculation is high that DJI will announce a follow-up to the Phantom 4. That said, having just announced a Phantom 4 Advanced model, this might be the year they focus on one of their other popular product lines. We’d love to see an affordable OSMO + Zenmuse X5 combo made for higher-end indie film production, or even something new from DJI in the stabilization game. DJI rarely fails to deliver when it comes to NAB and new products, so we’ll be following their news closely.
Sony 8K Pro Camcorder
We’ve grown accustomed to manufacturers releasing 4K cameras at increasingly lower prices, but the folks behind Sonyalpha Rumors seem pretty convinced that Sony will announce an accessible 8K (!!!) camcorder, ‘similar to the F5 and F55’ with global shutter at this year’s NAB. This makes sense for a number of reasons, including the fact that Sony (which is partnering with NHK to bring the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo to the world in 8K) is expected to release its own 8K television in 2020. 8K fever, anyone?
Mettle 360 Software for After Effects and Premiere Pro
Mettle essentially runs the game when it comes to elegant, effects-oriented solutions for 360 post-production. If they can crack the code on making motion tracking easier in 360, or further automate 360 post-production, it’ll be hard to see anyone catching up anytime soon.
After the recent release of the upgrade to Blackmagic’s popular URSA Mini Pro, it’s tough to predict what’s next. Blackmagic has a history of rolling out a wave of releases all at once. So, while it may be something broadcast or software-related, a swanky new camera is never out of the question.
Samsung / 360Fly / Ricoh 360
Each of these companies released an affordable 360 camera in the last year or so, so it’ll be interesting to see who jumps out first with a higher quality option at a similar price point. As the industry continues to boom, 360-related products will surely play a big role at NAB 2017, but it’s still unclear which manufacturers are going to dominate this space over the long term.
We’ll be welcoming friends from DJI, GoPro, Zeiss, Leica, and Lionsgate (among others!) to our stage for a series of discussions around production, gear, and distribution. And we’ll have the amazingly immersive Vimeo 360 experience, powered by Zeiss and Jabra, open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dig into the full schedule below, and join us in person or on the nets at #vimeonab!