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NAB: Las Vegas SuperMeet adds VR/360 to event coverage

The Rio Hotel will be hopping on April 19 when it hosts this year’s Las Vegas SuperMeet. The annual Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network event draws Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during NAB.

The second half of this year’s event is focusing on VR and 360 video, the hot topics at this year’s show. We wanted to know what attendees can expect, so we threw some questions at Daniel Bérubé and Michael Horton, the architects of this event, to find out more.

Some compare VR and 360 video to stereo 3D. Why do you feel this is different?
VR/360 video is more accessible to the indie filmmaker than 3D ever was. The camera rigs can be inexpensive and still be professional, or you can rent the expensive ones. The feeling we are getting from everyone is one of revolution, and we have not seen that since the year 2000. This is a new way to tell stories. There are no rules yet, and we are making a lot of this stuff up as we go along, but that’s what is fun. We are actually seeing people giggle again. We never saw this level of excitement with 3D. All we really saw was skepticism.

In what ways are you going to be highlighting VR/360 video?
The second half of the SuperMeet will be devoted to VR and 360 video. We are titling it, “Can I Tell a Compelling Story in VR and 360 Video?” Futurist Ted Schilowitz is going to act as a sort of ringmaster and introduce us to what we need to know. He will then bring on Csillia Kozma Andersen from Nokia to show off the new Ozo camera and how to use it. Next will be John Hendicott of Aurelia Soundworks, who will explain how spatial audio works. And, finally, we will introduce Alex Gollner, who will show how we edit all this stuff.

So the idea here is to try and give you a bit of what you need to know, and then hope it will help you get started on your way to creating your own compelling VR masterpiece.

What can attendees expect?
Expect to have a crazy fun time. Even if you have zero interest in 360 video, SuperMeets are a place to hang out with each other and network. Honestly, you just might meet someone who will change your life. You also can hang out at one of the 25 sponsor tables, where folks will be showing off the latest and greatest software and hardware solutions. VR camera rigs will be running around this area as well. And there will be free food, cash bars and close to $100,000 worth of raffle prizes to give away. It’s going to be a great show and, more importantly, a great time.

To enjoy $5 off your ticket price for the Las Vegas SuperMeet, courtesy of postPerspective, click here.

Daniel Bérubé, of the Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG), is co-producer of these SuperMeets with Michael Horton, the founder of the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group (LACPUG).


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