What’s happening at NAB 2012?

Just trying to compile a list of what’s going on at NAB 2012. Do you have anything to add?


The big National Association of Broadcasters convention is just over a month away. It’s a week of fun, fellowship, education, parties and more gear than your brain can handle. There’s a ton of both official and unofficial events that happen during the day and in the evening. There’s not really an official list anywhere and as I’ve been trying to compile a list of my own I thought I’d post that list of events here on the Editblog. I’ll continue updating this list as the show draws near. If you have anything to add to the list please put them in the comments below or email them to editblog [at]

Education, conferences and events that run all week or specific days during the week

Many of the events and conferences below require you to register for SMART Pass, Conference Flex Pass, Post|Production World Pass or something extra so please check the links carefully so you know what you can attend and when. We’re not responsible for errors, omissions or someone’s arrival only to find out they can’t get in to something they were wanting to attend.


Post|Production World: SATURDAY, APRIL 14 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

I’m a bit biased toward the Post|Production World conference since I’m teaching 5 classes this year (and here’s a link to those 5 sessions).

Give this video a play for more information on the Post|Production World conference.

Broadcast Engineering Conference: Saturday, April 14 – Thursday, April 19

Broadcast Management Conference: Sunday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 18

Cloud Computing Conference: Monday, April 16

Creative Master Series: Sunday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 18

Disruptive Media Conference: Tuesday, April 17 – Wednesday, April 18

Military and Government Summit: Tuesday, April 17 – Thursday, April 19

Technology Summit on Cinema: Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 15

Info Sessions: Monday, April 16 – Thursday, April 19

Post|Production World Certification Prep Classes and Exams; Saturday, April 14 – Tuesday, April 17

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The International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) NAB Advance Party: Saturday April 14th 9pm – midnight; Gordon Biersch Brewery, Paradise Road in Las Vegas; IABM member companies receive two free tickets, more information on the IABM website.

Official NAB Afterparty: Saturday, April 14, 10 p.m.; TAO; Complimentary access with badge

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REDUSER Party powered by Light Iron: RPM Nightclub, Tropicana; Sunday April 15, 2012, 6:00 – 11:00pm; All attendees must pre-register so keep an eye on this page for a link.

Tentative Schedule for the event:

  • 6:00 – 8:00pm: Community building, drinks, appetizers, viewing of Reduser 4K Portrait Competition nominees in the 4K gallery (monitors & projectors), 4K product demonstrations
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm: Formal presentation
  • 9:00 – 11:00pm: Community building
  • Formal presentation agenda:
  • Keynote address by Light Iron CEO Michael Cioni
  • 4K Portrait Competition winner announcement
  • Screening of winner’s submission
  • RED presentation

Sports Video Group NAB Pre-Game Party 2012: Wet Republic, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino; Sunday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; This is intended to be a private event for sports broadcast professionals and our SVG sponsors, more information here.

The Independent Filmmakers of the Inland Empire NAB 2012 KISS by Monster Mini Golf Tournament; Sunday, April 15, 10 PM – 12 AM. That’s a mini-golf party at a new KISS themed, indoor, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course. Here’s some details on how it came to be. And keep on eye on this link for more information as well as signup info.

Official NAB Afterparty: Sunday, April 15, 11 p.m.; LAVO; Complimentary access with badge

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NAB Exhibit Hall Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Word has it that MaxxDigital has a gathering in the Hard Rock lobby starting around 6:30 p.m.


MediaMotion Ball 2012: Monte Carlo; Monday, April 16, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PT); $49, buy tickets here.

First held in 1998 the MediaMotion Ball is now the premier event for post production, motion graphics, 3D and anyone in the production field attending NAB. Everyone is welcome. We have attendees from various email groups and online forums.The IMUG and After Effects email lists form the basis of the MediaMotion Ball. We also have attendees from DMN Forums, FCP User groups from around the world, Pixelcorps, Digital Media Artists LA, MoPictive, The Compression List, DLF, The Vidpro list and many, many more.

The All in Film benefit poker tournament is usually held on Monday evening and while it hasn’t been formally announced yet it is still in the works for 8 p.m. Monday night. Keep an eye on their website for an announcement this week. UPDATE: NO ALL-IN FILM this year.

Official NAB Afterparty: Monday, April 16; 10 p.m.; Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub; NAB Show Opening Party, Complimentary access with badge, One hour open well bar

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NAB Exhibit Hall Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Creative Pro User Group Networks Las Vegas SuperMeet: TROPICANA LAS VEGAS; Tuesday, April 17, 4:00PM – 11:00PM (Doors open 3:30PM); $10 Earlybird rate, buy tickets here.

Mingle, Network, Enjoy a few cocktails and party with industry peers while learning latest trends in collaborative editing workflows! Be a Part of the Eleventh Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet Community at the NEW TROPICANA LAS VEGAS!

Join the Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network), including BOSCPUG, LAFCPUG, SF Cutters and digital video user groups around the Globe in Las Vegas for the largest gathering of creative and collaborative editors, Adobe, Final Cut Pro, Avid and Autodesk gurus, Visual Storytellers and collaborative Digital Filmmakers in Las Vegas in 2012!

Official NAB Afterparty: Tuesday, April 17, 11 p.m.; LAVO; Complimentary access with badge, One hour open well bar.

The big, loud AJA party is on Tuesday nights but it is invite only.

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NAB Exhibit Hall Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Official NAB Afterparty: Wednesday, April 18; 11 p.m.; LAVO; Complimentary access with badge

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NAB Exhibit Hall Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday night, April 19: A lot of people have been meeting up at the Monte Carlo Brew Pub on NAB’s closing evening for food, friendship and beers.

UPDATED: Thursday night, April 19 8 PM: A Twitter #postchat meetup at Oshea’s Pub.

Official NAB Afterparty: Official NAB Afterparty: Thursday, April 19, 10 p.m.; TAO; NAB Show Closing Party, Complimentary access with badge, one hour open well bar

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If you’ve got anything more to add please comment below or email the details to me at editblog [at] See ya in Vegas!


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Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn't really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production…

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