EventDV, The Authority for Event Videographers, has announced the winners of its fourth annual "Best of NAB" awards. Chosen each year by contributing editor and leading L.A.-area videographer and filmmaker Marc Franklin, the awards recognize products in four categories: cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions.
"Even though NAB is a broadcast-oriented show and we're not a broadcast-oriented magazine," said EventDV editor-in-chief Stephen Nathans-Kelly, "it's still the biggest show of the year for our industry in terms of new product announcements and new developments in video technology. Even though much of what we see at NAB scales higher than we do, there's always lots of new gear on display-even if it's still under glass-that's right in the event videographer's wheelhouse," he continued. "I like to think of EventDV's ‘best of NAB' as ‘The Best of for the rest of us.'"
Now, on to the winners' circle.
In the Camera category, Franklin selected four new models as worthy of inclusion on this year's list, including 2 shouldermount models and two handhelds:
• JVC GY-HM700
• JVC GY-HM100
• Panasonic AG-HPX300
• Panasonic AG-HMC40
Next up were the production gear and camera support products. No fewer than 6 products made the cut in this category:
• Petrol Inflatable Airline Bag
• KATA One Man Band (OMB) Bag
• Litepanels Micro Pro
• Shining Technology CitiDISK CFR
• Focus Enhancements FS-5 2.0
• Bodelin Technologies ProPrompter iPhone/iPod Touch Teleprompter
Rounding out this year's list is the Postproduction category, which ranged widely, including a workstation, two NLEs, two hardware acceleration cards, and three timely plug-ins.
• HP Z Series Workstations
• Sony Vegas Pro 9
• Sony Vegas Pro Production Assistant
• Matrox MXO2 Mini
• Matrox Compress HD
• Grass Valley EDIUS 5.1
• Boris Continuum Complete 6
• SmartSound Sonicfire Pro FCP Plug-in
For more information on the winning products and the EventDV Best of NAB 2009 selection process, see the June issue of EventDV. Also, for more of EventDV's take on NAB 2009, see Marc Franklin's EventDV-TV series, Almost Live from NAB (EventDV-TV.com > Almost Live from NAB tab).