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Kathlyn Lindeboom
COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 14, 2008 at 8:09:58 pm

Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008

Following Avid's November 13, 2007 lead, Apple officially opted out of NAB 2008 on February 7, 2008. What are the ramifications of this laterst news on the future of NAB and what does it likely portend for the industry's largest gathering? In this editorial, the COW's Ron Lindeboom explores some of the trends and factors that are affecting decisionmakers and the growing move away from expensive trade shows.



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Randall Raymond
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 14, 2008 at 9:58:22 pm

"The argument that this stuff requires hands-on facetime is simply becoming increasingly irrelevant in the Day of the Internet."

I disagree. There have been a number of studies of trade shows and the Number One thing people remember even months after a show is: A Person.

That was over and above presentations, pitches, displays, etc.

There are some things trade shows do better than the internet. Do not count out the human factor.

As to the need of 'hands-on' tactile experience - I can think of dozens of product categories in this business that do require that experience: camera support, lighting, grip, cases, remote anything, monitors, etc, etc. Having them all under one roof is more than convenient.



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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 14, 2008 at 10:54:42 pm

I couldn't agree more, Raymond. And if you are willing to pay a few hundred thousand each for influencing prospects this way, have at it.

I just found out today that Apple's direct costs for attending NAB is over $15 million. I know that small companies I know are close to a half million per, and so the cost per new sale -- let's be real, most old customers will keep buying if you do not betray their trust -- and so the cost PER NEW SALE is the yardstick that many of these companies are now looking at.

You are free to disagree but you are not the one spending the money. And if you use Final Cut and are willing to have $15 million put against it just so you can feel good for a bit, then you are basing your decisions on unsound business opinions, not principles.

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Randall Raymond
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 14, 2008 at 11:41:22 pm

'You are free to disagree but you are not the one spending the money.'

In the end, I am the one spending the money as a new customer. Your argument against trade shows is not a new one. I've heard them before when I was in the industry.

Trade shows can do many things that the internet cannot, and never will, be able to do. I tried to point those things out in my previous post.

And lest we forget, many exhibitors are there for the benefit of their dealers and to get new dealers. They are not counting on sales AT the show. For them, it's money well spent.





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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 12:01:39 am

[Randall Raymond] "In the end, I am the one spending the money as a new customer."

Wow, I had no idea that you were going to say that.

:o)

But you are in fact NOT the one spending a dime for any of it, as you aren't using Final Cut last I looked. You also do not use Macs from reading your posts around the COW. So I highly doubt that Apple press events and Apple user gatherings have much genuine interest for you.

And arguing that you are a prospect that Apple is losing access to is stretching reality a bit much, as you come here everyday and I have little doubt that you can learn far more here about Final Cut (were you really interested), than you could at one of Apple's highly scripted and rehearsed demos at NAB.

Considering that Apple tech support itself refers users with difficult issues that they can't solve, here to the COW in hopes of getting an answer, I have to smile that NAB is so "indespensible."

As I said in my article, most of the dealers I talk to -- and I talk to many all the time -- tell me that they go to NAB because they use co-op advertising money (a rebate sum based on a percentage of the product bought by the dealer) to attend and so if they carry enough products, the money isn't coming out of their pocket.

But these same dealers tell me that if it all came out of their pocket, they couldn't afford to be there.

$15 million is a lot of money and would mean that Apple would have to do a LOT of new business to justify that kind of expense.

Apple has little left to prove to anyone with Final Cut Studio. You are either going to buy it or you aren't -- and likely most of those attending already own it. (It isn't "prospects" that were the ones running down the aisles at show open last year, it was the true believers. And they'd buy the Next Big Thing whether or not Apple was at NAB.)

As I said, having $15 million slammed against a product to have to recoup could mean radical changes in the way that a product grows and is supported -- especially when the massive sales growth curve starts to fall off.

Business is business. Fan clubs are fan clubs. There is a time when the two shall meet. Other times, they no longer share goals and objectives that are as mutually synergistic.

But as I said elsewhere, Avid and Apple may be the first two companies to abandon this highly overpriced and overrated shindig, but they surely will not be the last. Mark my words, in a few years NAB will be back to its single building size and the halcyon days of the multimedia revolution will be a chapter from its past.

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Steve Wargo
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:22:10 am

[Randall Raymond] " Your argument against trade shows is not a new one."

It's not Trade Sows in general but NAB in particular. After 15 straight years of attending, I didn't go the last two years and I realized then that I didn't really miss anything. To go to NAB, I leave on Saturday, fly in, stay in an overpriced hotel, rent a car and spend money. I like to see the latest gadgets and usually have a $5k budget for little crap. In '05, we bought Ultra for $1100 and have never opened the box.

There are some things that you need to see in person: Cameras, lighting and grip, sound gear, and all the gadgets that I just spoke about.

Panasonic has local shows at their Phoenix dealers and as for Sony, I can jet to BandPro and back in the same day for $120. While I'm there, it's Matthews Grip, FilmTools, and others in the same day. I lose one day of work and if I have any type of brain matter at all, I'll find a job to do while I'm there, make it a 2 day trip and bring home a couple grand to boot.

As for software companies, almost everyone has a trial version and with the COW at our fingertips, we have an unbiased panel to keep us from making foolish, uneducated decisions. The level headed members far out weigh the silly fanboys. And a bunch of them have dropped out of sight, haven't they?

I do disagree with Ron in one area. NAB will lose the South Hall but they will keep the North and Central Halls. NAB is much like SONY, in that, if they think that you need them, they will take every dime they can. Remember when we had to pay $30 for a 30 minute BetaSP tape and we also had to pay to attend NAB? And the guys from JVC would buy you lunch.

I think that the Avid and Apple folks should court the buyers by offering them trips to their place to demo gear based on a sale. Discreet used to have people come to Santa Monica to make the "Final" decision. And when we sold Discreet products at NAB, we had an *Edit Suite downstairs at the Sands for private demos. We had people from several film production companies including Lucas Films, (and Danny Devito) sit in quiet, secluded, comfortable suites while we wowed them with the latest. And it could have been any software show, not necessarily NAB. Apple would be better served at DV Expo, WEVA, and the Gov't Video events.

And, when we went to NAB '05, we missed on a simple job that would have net about $6k and a long term client. OUCH!





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Randall Raymond
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 6:10:28 am

[Steve Wargo] "After 15 straight years of attending, I didn't go the last two years and I realized then that I didn't really miss anything."

You went for all those years because the digital video revolution was exciting beyond your fondest dreams. Million dollar suites down to Yugo prices and doing more. That's why you went. So the dust has settled - maybe the revolution is over, maybe not - but I hope you are not blaming the NAB for providing the venue, are you?



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Steve Wargo
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on Feb 16, 2008 at 8:03:38 am

[Randall Raymond] "Million dollar suites down to Yugo prices and doing more. That's why you went. So the dust has settled - maybe the revolution is over, maybe not - but I hope you are not blaming the NAB for providing the venue, are you?"

Back then, there was only one way to see everything in one place and that was NAB. Now, with high speed Internet, you can do everything but actually touch the goods. And remember, we're men (at least some of us are) and we need to touch things. A few years ago, when we were remodeling our kitchen, we went shopping for the usual stuff, cabinets, a big honkin' sink and granite countertops. Afterward, when showing off the new kitchen, the wife told someone that I had to fondle everything. I couldn't buy a nail (or get married) without touching it first Well, she's right. Men are touchers and women can window shop.

I love to feel finished, processed aluminum, the protein coating on lenses, the rough, black paint on barndoors, cables and connectors, steadicams, monitors, switcher levers, everything! Except lightbulbs, that is.

Touch, touch, touch.
Feel, feel ,feel.
Buy, buy, buy.

Touch me, feel me. Buy me.

And they know it.




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Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 14, 2008 at 11:43:50 pm

I'll add that millions of buying decisions by pros in our industry have been made without going to tradeshows. They're made in the much closer contact provided by road shows, and in the MUCH closer contact provided by VARs, many of whom will provide eval units for the asking.

There's absolutely not one single thing about a purchasing decision at a tradeshow that can't happen more efficiently and effectively somewhere else.

Not in theory. In reality.

Somebody is going to argue that I'm wrong, that shows are essential, etc. etc. But I see that as theory only, not verified in anything beyond individual experience. I went to all my NABs AFTER I spent more on my equipment than I did on my house, and I lived to tell the tale...as, again, millions of others have.

I'll go farther than Ron did...as I usually do...which is why his are the bylines on such articles. I believe that it's the responsibility of every customer to demand that their favorite vendors NOT have booths at tradeshows.

Sure, go to make deals as Avid and Apple will, but which is better for you as an FCP customer -- better for the entire FCP community today and its future growth: the development team creating artificial deadlines and demos, or spending those million person hours actually working on the product?

A no-brainer. Staying home is best for the product. Best for the company. Best for its customers, all of whom have a multitude of better ways -- ALL of them are better -- to find out the details of a product.

Besides, that $15 million to go to NAB comes out of YOUR POCKET. Why on earth would you want Apple to spend your money like that? Or the proportionally MUCH larger expenditures that smaller companies incur? It's a colossal waste that's not doing you any good, and not doing the company nearly as much good as it might have around the turn of the century.

I'll go further (again) and say that tradeshows are the least reliable ways to find out if a product will work for YOU in the real world, because the people in the booth are the least qualified to tell you anything about how it works in the real world.

Yes, information from actual people is important for making decisions. And there are thousands of people here in the Cow who can tell you EXACTLY how something works -- IF it works -- in far more detail than a product person in a booth will ever experience.

So I go back to my starting point. For every person who makes a decision based on a tradeshow, there are thousands who make their decisions in other venues. HUNDREDS of thousands of those decisions are made outside of NAB every month. It's not going to be any different in April than it is today.



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Randall Raymond
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 12:40:44 am

[Tim Wilson] "So I go back to my starting point. For every person who makes a decision based on a tradeshow, there are thousands who make their decisions in other venues. HUNDREDS of thousands of those decisions are made outside of NAB every month."

Decisions influenced by dealers and their salesmen who worked the shows of their manufacturers. It's a much bigger dynamic than you are painting.





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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 1:21:11 am

[Randall Raymond] "Decisions influenced by dealers and their salesmen who worked the shows of their manufacturers. It's a much bigger dynamic than you are painting."

When I spent $75,000 for my first Media 100 back in 1994, I had never been to NAB nor had the salesperson I worked with at the dealer in San Francisco.

I have bought many times the number of things over the years from dealers than I have from NAB. The truth is, I hate carrying around anything on the floor and would much rather buy outside NAB.

There is no one-size-fits-all except in a world where the majority of people dress funny.

I have no doubt that many people like NAB. I love going to see my friends but little else really excites me as I know that all I have to do is pick up the phone and call one of my friends (if I can't find the answer online), and I can find the answer I need.

I put WAY more credence on the value of user feedback and commentary than I do on a salesperson. (Even though I know many good ones and work with a number directly on my own purchases.) But when it comes to knowledge, I don't know any salesperson that can rival the aggregate knowledge of a huge body of users kicking on a tool from a wide variety of usages and focus.

Last I looked, NAB wasn't hiring genies in the bottle and while I have HUGE respect for platform artists like Tim Kolb (who has worked at NAB for years with companies like Adobe and Canopus and others), I think that even Tim Kolb would admit that there's something to be said for an aggregate body of knowledge like that found at the COW. Just as there is indeed value to be had in talking face to face with someone like Tim at NAB. It's just that it's gotten increasingly hard to justify the escalating expenses that are associated with presenting at their show.

The real issue is that NAB just keeps raising the rates and they are the ones who themselves are killing their very own goose that lays the golden eggs.

I just got a PDF sent to me about a week ago to renew our contract from last year in which we bought a full page ad in the NAB Show Daily magazine. It was $3,800 last year and the price was around $7200 for the same ad this year. Ridiculous, I told them. "Are you smoking crack?" was actually closer to what I said.

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Tim Kolb
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:05:02 am

[Tim Wilson] "I'll go further (again) and say that tradeshows are the least reliable ways to find out if a product will work for YOU in the real world, because the people in the booth are the least qualified to tell you anything about how it works in the real world."



I think it might be best if you guys back this down a touch...this statement was frankly, absurd.

I work NAB... I have had people follow me from manufacturer to manufacturer's booth to find me because they think I have valuable information. A LOT of respected Cow contributors work at NAB to add exactly that 'real world' perspective that you say is missing. You guys can make the case that the event is expensive without any problem at all...I've had opportunities to see the rental costs of a non-descript bar-height chair in the LVCC...it's larceny quite honestly.

However, saying we're all just talking heads is such a ridiculous generalization that I think it's below you.


The body of knowledge at the Cow is certainly formidable (responding now to Ron) and Ron's article certainly spells out his thinking very clearly...

...but while I think that the cost/benefit of tradeshows is certainly in question, I think asserting that the people in the booths have no useful information is over the top.

Methinks you guys doth protest too much...the economics make sense...I'd leave the rest alone for now until the fallout or lack of it demonstrates how effective the options are for these companies.









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Timothy J. Allen
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:48:10 am

Tim K.,
I went to NAB for seven years in a row precisely to get a chance to talk with people who knew what they were talking about. Along the way I met a lot of people who knew a lot about a lot of things. I'll include many of the Creative Cow forum leaders including you and Tim Wilson in that group of knowledgeable people.

I also met some people demoing products that were just there for the free plane ticket and hotel room.

I just don't believe you or Tim Wilson can paint the level of expertise in the booths with such a broad brush.

I could go to one booth and talk with the owner of a company who wrote the original code for a product, but find myself a few minutes later at another booth watching a demo from a "demo artist" who never actually used the product before the show - and wasn't planning to ever use it after the show.

You guys both spent a lot of time at NAB. Can you see that you are both right?



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Tim Kolb
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:59:34 am

[Timothy J. Allen] "I just don't believe you or Tim Wilson can paint the level of expertise in the booths with such a broad brush."

One difference between us...I said that the statement was an over-generalization. I didn't over-generalize in the other direction and say that everyone there was helpful or knowledgeable...my issue was that you simply can't say that nobody is...

I don't speak in ultimatums. I'm in the middle. I'm not saying that NAB is indispensible or perfect, I'm simply saying that i think it's over the top to say that it's staffed solely with the 'hired gun' demo artists who know nothing. There are a lot of us here who are apparently not very useful if one is to believe that statement.

I didn't have much of an issue with Ron's article...just that one statement inside of Tim's (W) post.




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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 3:05:59 am

[Tim Kolb] "I think it might be best if you guys back this down a touch...this statement was frankly, absurd."

Tim was speaking for Tim in his own opinion, me I happen not to agree with him on this one.

My point is that people say that NAB is critical to users getting the best feedback and experience and so on and so forth. That too is absurd.

There are MANY TIMES the number of people that own, use and are VERY good with these tools that have never been to NAB.

My point is that the market is changing and these companies are pulling because NAB just keeps raising the rates through the ceiling and they themselves are killing their own goose that has laid them golden eggs.

As I said earlier, when NAB does this and their own partnering companies keep raising their rates (as in the TV Technology printed Daily Show magazine whose rates nearly doubled for this year -- even though without Apple and Avid the show is almost guaranteed to have fewer, not more, attendees) this too is absurd.

But that's just my opinion.

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Christopher Wright
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:24:46 am

I'll add my vote to Randall's for exactly the same reasons he mentioned, and the ones I mentioned in a thread below this one. Following your logic, Apple is wasting all its money on all the trade mags advertising as well. Care to guess how much that sends them back?? We can much better explore any buying info needed on the web. Forget MacWorld, IBC, Siggraph, etc. Just stay home and be further disconnected from the world, your professional peers, the people who actually make and sell the products you buy, and any tactile sensation of a tripod, camera etc.

I'll second Walter on his earlier observation as well:

"Not sure why we have yet another thread started on this topic when there's a very good discussion going on down below. I can never understand that."


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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:55:07 am

[Christopher Wright] "Following your logic, Apple is wasting all its money on all the trade mags advertising as well."

Christopher,

No they are not. (Bet you knew I'd say that -- but I bet you didn't know why I'd say that...)

There has been NO print advertising from Apple for over three years now, when it comes to Final Cut Studio. The last Apple print ad for Final Cut was long before Studio came out.

They advertise the consumer stuff but feel NO NEED to advertise the pro tools. (With the exception of a few small ads for Logic and Aperture. Newer products that have yet to find their markets.)

They learned that, for them, they didn't change their sales figures 10% by spending all that money on advertising Final Cut or the other Studio tools. So they stopped. Long ago.

Things change.

There was a time they needed to advertise. That changed. They sell the same amount with or without it as they have attained their own brand "critical mass" and in doing so, they are FAR MORE in control of their destiny than arguably any other tech company.

Lastly, Christopher, if Kathlyn adding a post to inform users of a new article (and to which a reader responds and starts another thread going) offends you, then please don't open them and read them. The solution is quite simple.

Personally, some of the smartest people I know in this industry haven't been to a tradeshow in years. It is NOT a one-size-fits-all world.

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David Roth Weiss
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 3:15:03 am

[Ron Lindeboom] "Personally, some of the smartest people I know in this industry haven't been to a tradeshow in years."

Let's see now...

You definitely know me.

Oh, and I haven't been to NAB in over three years.

Do I qualify???

Probably not, huh?

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 3:27:24 am

You are so smart David that you named your dog Augie Doggie. That makes you freakin' brilliant in my book.

Now if you could get another dog and name it Clutch Cargo -- or better still, get two dogs and name them Clutch Cargo and his pal Paddlefoot -- you could attain genius status (or maybe even sainthood!).

Ever a lover of classic Hanna Barbera cartoons and the one rotating backing plate they all shared,

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Christopher Wright
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 5:53:25 am

Ron,

I of course am talking about all of Apple's advertising budget and Apple's company presence period. I don't know why you keep referring to just FCP in your posts on NAB as well. Using Tim's argument, they are spending a LOT of YOUR dollars advertising I-junk that could be used better for R&D and "one on ones." NAB isn't just about one software app!

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 6:38:23 am

[Christopher Wright] "I don't know why you keep referring to just FCP in your posts on NAB as well. Using Tim's argument, they are spending a LOT of YOUR dollars advertising I-junk that could be used better for R&D and "one on ones." NAB isn't just about one software app!"

I am speaking in the context of NAB, not Macworld expo. NAB, for Apple, is about MOSTLY Final Cut. That is why I address it from that point of view.

Perhaps I am misunderstanding your point but I thought that that was what we were discussing, NAB and Apple. In that context, Final Cut seems far more appropriate than iPods, Garageband and iLife software.

By saving $15 million from NAB, that throws a lot more money (and time) back into the kitty that can be used for FCP and the high end suite of tools.

Lastly, the iJunk (as you call it) is quite profitable and is taking absolutely nothing away from the Final Cut and related apps. They have different engineers, different budgets and different marketing teams even. One is courting a wide reaching consumer base and the money spent there wins new and mostly previous PC customers. The other, needs little marketing as the users themselves market it in a much more focused environment. In this environment the reputation alone of the Final Cut Studio has helped Apple market it without the need for things like NAB, so says Apple and they are the ones who will write the check -- not you or me.

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Steve Wargo
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 17, 2008 at 8:07:04 pm

Many years ago, I couldn't leave for school until Clutch Cargo was over. It make me about 5 minutes late for school and it started a tradition that extends into today, five minutes late.

thanks for the memory, Ron.




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Tim Wilson
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 17, 2008 at 8:32:49 pm

So any, Wargo says: it started a tradition that extends into today...

MY Clutch Cargo tradition is that I'm barely animated except for my mouth.








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Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 17, 2008 at 9:14:54 pm

[Tim Wilson] "MY Clutch Cargo tradition is that I'm barely animated except for my mouth. "

At the time, we all thought that effect was the most incredible thing. And now, we do it daily without even thinking about it.



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Randall Raymond
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 5:54:58 am

[Ron Lindeboom] "Personally, some of the smartest people I know in this industry haven't been to a tradeshow in years. It is NOT a one-size-fits-all world."

No, it's not. But in the marketing mix, trade shows are invaluable. Trade shows can establish a product, and once established, the very medium that helped them - can become superfluous. I speak from experience.

It was the DV revolution that took the NAB from a la-dee-da exclusive audience to something much broader and popular. The NAB has been riding the wave - and, certainly, much of that wave has nothing to do with traditional broadcasting. It's the revolution that opened up the industry to guys working out of their home.

So the NAB continues to give their quaint non-internet dinners for 'Life-Time Achievement' awards to radio people and TV people - locally and nationally - it's not like they have forgotten their roots - God bless them it and for honoring those people who have paved the way.

What does the internet offer? A click-through to a photo? Oh, what an honor! Ron, you cannot offer that here, no matter how successful the Cow gets.









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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 6:44:53 am

[Randall Raymond] "What does the internet offer? A click-through to a photo? Oh, what an honor! Ron, you cannot offer that here, no matter how successful the Cow gets."

Wow, all you get from the net is a click-through to a photo. Then you clearly don't have the eyes to see or the ears to hear the truly remarkable minds around here that give so much of their time freely helping sort out issues and problems that Apple tech support -- and Adobe and Sony's, as well -- can't sort out many times.

If that's all you can see just why do you bother to come here anyway, Randall???

In most cases that I have seen, trophies age and become pretty meaningless but the great people go on and on. I have been doing this over 12 years now and many of the leaders on this forum I have known and interacted with and have come to know very well over the years. You don't seem to get that but that's okay, you clearly have little real comprehension of what this community really is and has done for many people.

Sorry that you really can't seem to grasp that.

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Randall Raymond
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 7:47:08 am

[Ron Lindeboom] "You don't seem to get that but that's okay, you clearly have little real comprehension of what this community really is and has done for many people."

That's a cheap shot. You owe me an apology.

You take your shots at the NAB, but when was the last time you honored a 'contributor' with a dinner and a banquet hall full of guests applauding their contribution to the industry? When has the Cow done that? The NAB was founded in 1922. What's twelve years of the Cow? A new tradition? A break with history?

You point at the NAB as an example of hubris. Why? So now what? We all have to agree with you or be insulted. Screw you!



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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:11:23 pm

Randall:

Over the last three months or more, I have to say that I don't think that I have seen anyone on this forum toss out insults as freely as you, mon ami. It's why I feel no need to handle you with "kid gloves." You have proven over your time here that you don't feel the need to restrain oneself or extend the that type of courtesy to others.

As to screw me, my pompous friend, I have spent myself into the poor house to help and honor people. Of the 12 years I have been doing this, only about three of them has the COW carried its own weight. At one point, we were literally close to $250,000 in debt and we are not rich. In fact, over the years there have been three times when we simply couldn't juggle enough balls in the air that three different people stepped up and paid the costs for the month. God bless 'em, we say. But we were too stubborn to quit because we love this community and most of the people in it.

When we did start making money, we poured it right back into this, adding more free services as fast as we could and hiring more people to make this site more useful to people. When we start a publishing company, instead of the obligatory 8% to 13% that most people pay their authors, we cut 2/3s of the gross to our authors, with all of the expenses coming out of our third. ALL the expenses, no chargebacks whatsoever. Unprecedented in the history of this industry. I will put my honors where they should be, in investing in the people. I will leave NAB to collect the checks and give out the tinsel. You can see the value wherever you wish, mon ami.

I don't give a rat's patootey that NAB gives some trophy or a dinner to honor someone. They charge so much freaking money that they should be giving the honorees money -- real money. After all, they make millions off each show.

The greatest honor we have probably ever received is when we've had people call us or walk up to us at a tradeshow and tell us that "Ron and Kathlyn, man my family loves you." (We have really had it happen more than once.) We ask why. "Because back when you started all this I was flailing around at my job trying to get all this new digital stuff figured out so I didn't get laid off and lose the job I've had for a long time. I found your site and I have been coming ever since."

Hearing stuff like that is a real honor. But you don't get it and I will tell you that again. If that offends you, oh well, it's true and there's no way around it. If NAB was doing the kinds of things that they should be doing, there would be no room for the COW -- thankfully they don't have that much vision, and their honors equate more to the "high seats at the feast" variety than those honors found digging trenches with the common folk.

Rather than trophies, we do things like help people in the COW to stay in business when they are in real trouble. We have boxed up studio gear and sent it to leaders here when they've been burglarized. We have written checks to people when we noticed that their phone got shut off or their power was turned off because business was rough. We have negotiated deals to keep leaders in business when they lost their businesses in partnership break-ups and bankruptcies.

We'll leave the trophies to someone else, thank you.

So, Randall, when you have done more than demand respect while throwing insults, I may listen to you, until then your voice is not one of the ones here that I place a lot of stock in. And I will say it again, you really don't get much about the COW and your ignorance of what this really is is quite apparent to me.

Lastly, I don't ask ANYONE to agree with me, agreement here is NOT mandatory. You seem to be the one that somehow feels people have to agree with you or else. I have MANY leaders here who don't agree with me at all, I never choose leaders because they mimic my beliefs. In fact, I joke that if everyone around here reflected my opinions it'd be a pretty boring place.

In closing, the ONLY thing I like about NAB is the people that attend it. Over the years, I have NEVER had NAB not try to pull a fast one on my contract and just last year, they tried to give me a booth assignment with a booth number that didn't exist. Good thing I caught it, or we'd have shown up thinking we were getting a booth near Adobe and Sony, only to be told based on my experience of working with them that there was an unfortunate mistake and that the only booth available is this one here in the back. It wasn't the first time that that has happened. More than once they've pulled that kind of crap on us. I personally don't trust them at all.

But hey, apparently they give really nice trophies, I hear.

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Randall Raymond
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:18:11 pm

[Ron Lindeboom] "So, Randall, when you have done more than demand respect while throwing insults"

Where did I throw insults in this thread? Show me.





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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:54:37 pm

I wasn't referring to this thread, Randall. Why I said three months is due to your general manner in our forums. You are especially tepid in this thread, probably due to the way that some of your recent insults with people got you slapped down by me and others.

But I must commend you most sincerely, and I do mean that, as you have become much more balanced and respectful -- especially in this thread.

I will be quite up front with you, Randall. I hate NAB. As I said somewhere else in this thread, I have repeatedly had them screw around with my contracts, leave important things off of them that were clearly agreed to, had wrong booth number assignments made (after negotiating specific booths and then seeing them not end up on the contract), ad nauseum.

To be even more brutally honest with you, I like them so little that I refused their advertising this year in Creative COW Magazine and told them that we would not accept it. We wanted to send them a message as they can't treat people the way they do. They are bullies in my opinion and they think that they can do whatever they wish. Me, I disagree and I am one stubborn man that you don't want to screw with -- especially in a war of principle.

I applaud both Apple and Avid and I will cheer the next round of defectors, as well.

As I said, the only thing I am sorry about in any of this is that I won't get to see my friends this year. That was the part of NAB that I loved. The technology I can learn about in a myriad of places and I hardly think that I can only get accurate answers from those manning the booths at NAB.

Just as in life in general, you learn who to listen to and which voices you won't. I choose my friends with care and my counselors with even more care.

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walter biscardi
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 11:49:35 am

[Tim Wilson] "I'll go further (again) and say that tradeshows are the least reliable ways to find out if a product will work for YOU in the real world, because the people in the booth are the least qualified to tell you anything about how it works in the real world."

I'm going to agree with Tim Kolb here and say this is way too much of a generalization. Like Tim, I have worked in several booths over the years and I think I'm pretty well qualified to tell folks how the gear I'm demoing does work in the real world.


[Tim Wilson] "And there are thousands of people here in the Cow who can tell you EXACTLY how something works -- IF it works -- in far more detail than a product person in a booth will ever experience."

And there are thousands of people who will give you the absolutely wrong information on the Cow as well. Many people on these forums speculate as to what a product will do or they simply "assume" the product will do what they are claiming. I have found just as much mis-information and flat out inaccuracies on these forums as there is good information.

No one answer is perfect, but to broadly say the information at a trade show is inferior to the information on the Cow is definitely skewing the information. There's equal bad information to go around.

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:35:24 pm

[walter biscardi] "No one answer is perfect, but to broadly say the information at a trade show is inferior to the information on the Cow is definitely skewing the information. There's equal bad information to go around."

I hate to disagree with my esteemed friend, Walter, but when bad information is given at the COW, there is nearly always another voice that will correct it.

When bad advice is given by someone at a booth at a trade show, there is almost never anyone there that can correct it.

Equal, I think not. At least not to me.

But then, maybe I am just overprotective of something that I see as being quite self-correcting and speedily self-balancing. The old adage that there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors is still quite correct today.

Over the years, I have heard many false claims bandied about at trade shows; claims that I knew were patently incorrect, but that I did not feel the liberty to correct under the circumstances.

I think that getting great people like Walter, Tim Kolb, Bob Zelin, Mike Downey and others definitely helps in this regard, but there are many others that I could name by name that I have stood there rolling my eyes while thinking to myself that this is, well...bull.

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walter biscardi
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:10:35 pm

[Ron Lindeboom] "I hate to disagree with my esteemed friend, Walter, but when bad information is given at the COW, there is nearly always another voice that will correct it."

And three more voices to go back the other way. I've seen way too many threads in the Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Color, AJA Kona, BlackMagic that have completely false or inaccurate information. Someone corrects that information only to have it shot down again by someone else or the original person.

You hope enough people with the correct information are the ones that are listened to.


[Ron Lindeboom] "When bad advice is given by someone at a booth at a trade show, there is almost never anyone there that can correct it."

That's why you visit all of the booths of the people who make the same gear and make your own intelligent decision. When a "Road Show" comes to town, you only get one side of the story.

Sure you can research anything on the internet, but I like to see the stuff before I purchase. That's why I have four companies all asking me to come to NAB to demonstrate the products. They see the value in someone who uses the material every day demonstrating to someone else why the product is valuable and worth their money.

But as NAB just isn't important anymore according to both you and Tim Wilson, I haven't made any decisions on whether to accept their offers or not. I mean folks can just get the same information on the internet, no need for me to show up in person and meet the folks. Seeing my words on the internet and watching my videos is basically the same as meeting me.

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Mike Cohen
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:19:16 pm

You hope enough people with the correct information are the ones that are listened to.

Not to get too political, but the above wish does not always happen in government, so it is bound to be a problem for the rest of the world!




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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:24:20 pm

[walter biscardi] "And three more voices to go back the other way. I've seen way too many threads in the Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Color, AJA Kona, BlackMagic that have completely false or inaccurate information. Someone corrects that information only to have it shot down again by someone else or the original person."

Wow, I think it may be time for me and Kathlyn to just pull the plug on this turd and not bother with this anymore. If the COW is just noise, then I for one think it's outlived its usefulness and it is clearly time to put my energy into something more useful.

Nothing lasts forever.

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Randall Raymond
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:56:10 pm

[Ron Lindeboom] "Wow, I think it may be time for me and Kathlyn to just pull the plug on this turd and not bother with this anymore. If the COW is just noise, then I for one think it's outlived its usefulness and it is clearly time to put my energy into something more useful."

Oh, don't talk like that! You've done a great thing. What's gotten into you?



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walter biscardi
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 7:38:57 pm

[Ron Lindeboom] "Wow, I think it may be time for me and Kathlyn to just pull the plug on this turd and not bother with this anymore. If the COW is just noise, then I for one think it's outlived its usefulness and it is clearly time to put my energy into something more useful.

Nothing lasts forever."


Never implied that. In my opinion there's no better place on the internet for professionals to get information and share ideas. This is proven week in and week out.

There is also no better place to market yourself on a week to week basis either. I can trace the majority of the growth of my company to my association with the Cow. As a networking source there is no better place than the Creative Cow.

I'm just saying there is a wonderful thing about that face to face communication with folks that we do miss even on this website. Now if NAB is simply not worth the money that folks are having to pour in to the show, well that's another story. There was recently an article in MSNBC.com about CES looking to pull out of las vegas due to the high costs for both the attendees and the exhibitors. Now THAT is a something that I would totally understand and support.

Obviously we all understand that getting and supporting a booth at a show like NAB is going to be an expensive proposition. Perhaps the show has just gotten too expensive these days even for large companies like Avid and Apple to justify. Perhaps you're right, maybe NAB just need to shrink back to it's original intent of the heavy iron companies. I attended NAB back in 1990 when it was right here in Atlanta. Just one show floor and all heavy iron to work in broadcast.

I just really took offense to Tim lumping all folks on the Show Floor as not knowing what they are talking about and not being able to get any useful information on the show floor. Especially when I work alongside other Cow leaders like Shane Ross, Jerry Hofmann to name a few.

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 9:17:21 pm

[walter biscardi] "I just really took offense to Tim lumping all folks on the Show Floor as not knowing what they are talking about and not being able to get any useful information on the show floor. Especially when I work alongside other Cow leaders like Shane Ross, Jerry Hofmann to name a few."

As you may have noted from my earlier comment, Walter, I have my opinions just as Tim Wilson has his. While we most times agree with each others opinions, we do not always do so and each of us is a different individual.

Tim is mellower than me on most occasions, but sometimes he's not.

:o)

Thanks for the heads up on the CES story at MSNBC, I was unaware of that aspect of the issue. Thanks for giving me a new drum to add to the set. ;o)

Have fun, Walter.

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Tim Wilson
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 18, 2008 at 1:12:51 am

[walter biscardi] "I just really took offense to Tim lumping all folks on the Show Floor as not knowing what they are talking about and not being able to get any useful information on the show floor. Especially when I work alongside other Cow leaders like Shane Ross, Jerry Hofmann to name a few."

My point precisely. The only people who provide reliable, real-world information at trade shows are people like the folks you mention, Tim Kolb, and a multitude of others...

...none of whom work full time for vendors, and all of whom are available in the Cow.

To refine my target...without otherwise backing down one whit... corporate reps, including the smart and well-intentioned (which is almost all of them, btw), are not qualified to talk about the real world.

To get that, people need to talk to YOU.

Vendors know this. That's why they invite you to speak on their behalf. YOU know how products work in the real world because you live there, and they don't.

Which is why contact here in the Cow is more valuable than a trade show for finding how things really work.

You mentioned in another post, Walter, that people can get bad information from the Cow every bit as easily from a trade show, but I don't exactly agree.

The benefit of the Cow is that it's self-correcting. Bad advice is never the last word. Not when you guys are on the thread anyway.

The people here aren't getting PAID BY anyone to say nice things about their own stuff. Cows have PAID FOR their stuff, often risking their businesses on their choices.

Or in my case, my business AND my house. I bought my first pro editing set-up by taking out TWO mortgages, because the editing gear cost MORE than my house.(This was the early 90s, so the numbers for either wouldn't be nearly the same today.)

And I gambled the roof over my family's head without going to a single video trade show. I asked the people I trusted in the Cow's ancestral forum. After years online, it was easy to see who knew what they were talking about. I ignored everyone else. No way I was going to get that kind of reliability at a show, where I had no idea who to trust and who to ignore.

Which is why vendors have people like you, Shane, Jerry, Tim and others in their booths. No company, not even The Big Three, have as much credibility as you guys. Small companies may have NO credibility besides you guys.

My advice to anyone is to save time and money by going direct. Eliminate the middle man. Skip shows and get the information you need to protect your business at Cow.

The first thing you should do with the money you save is buy something nice for your Most Significant Other. Then take the rest of it, plus the time you've saved, and have a VACATION.

Note that this, like all but one of my posts on this thread, is my own opinion, and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of anyone anywhere.

I'm RIGHT, I'm just not speaking officially. :-)

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walter biscardi
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 18, 2008 at 1:36:27 am

[Tim Wilson] "My point precisely. The only people who provide reliable, real-world information at trade shows are people like the folks you mention, Tim Kolb, and a multitude of others...

...none of whom work full time for vendors, and all of whom are available in the Cow."


This makes no sense. Here's your statement:

I'll go further (again) and say that tradeshows are the least reliable ways to find out if a product will work for YOU in the real world, because the people in the booth are the least qualified to tell you anything about how it works in the real world.

You do not make any differentiations between anybody. "Because the people in the booth are the least qualified to tell you anything about how it works in the real world."

You can't change your statement now and try to re-qualify it. You were clearly saying that anyone who works in the booth is not qualified which includes Shane Ross, Jerry Hofmann, myself and quite a few others.

Please don't try to say "oh this is what I really meant" because you found out you offended me and some others who put a lot of effort and time in meeting folks at NAB and sharing what knowledge we have.

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Ken Summerall
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:49:30 pm

[walter biscardi] " I attended NAB back in 1990 when it was right here in Atlanta. Just one show floor and all heavy iron to work in broadcast. "

Hey Walter that was the last time I went to NAB. I'm going this year after a looong time off. I kinda hate that Apple won't be there, but for me it is not a real big deal. I'll get to see them at the Supermeet.

What do I hope to see at NAB? Well, I hope that I will get to meet some of the great leaders on the Cow, and see just what innovative new stuff is out there in my field. This is the one place that I will get to see a whole bunch of stuff in one place. I guess I could do that on the internet but it's just not as fun. There's something about the energy of being around a bunch of people, seeing some really innovative stuff and racking your brains trying to figure out if it's what you really need.

I also agree with many folks that NAB needs to make this show more affordable for both exhibitors and attendees. I hope that they will shrink a little so that they can move the event around the country again. If it's true that LV is the only place big enough to hold them then it will never get more affordable. It's supply and demand baby! Maybe a few years down the road it will back in Atlanta. At least I can drive there!

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David Roth Weiss
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 5:48:44 pm

[walter biscardi] "I've seen way too many threads in the Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Color, AJA Kona, BlackMagic that have completely false or inaccurate information. Someone corrects that information only to have it shot down again by someone else or the original person."

Walter,

Sure that does happen from time to time, there's no doubt about it, and no one is immune, even Cow leaders give out bad info every once in while. However, I'd have to agree with Ron and say that NAB can be even more of a minefield of misinformation.

All too often the booths at NAB are manned by people only newly acquainted with the latest versions of the products they are demonstrating. The odds of a "power user" actually landing someone with useful knowledge is often marginal at best. Sure, that can be minimized by seeking out the top guns and by prudent appointment setting, but that can be more difficult at NAB than anywhere else on the planet.

My uptake is much greater than what NAB can typically provide. Plus, the noise factor alone makes the transfer of any real information incredibly difficult. To me, NAB is more frustrating than anything else, and between the Cow and other channels of communication, I feel I can get better information and more of it in a much shorter time than I ever could doing at NAB, and isn't that really the point?

Yes, I do miss meeting people there, but...

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Michael Belanger
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:10:06 pm

Thanks Ron

I think most of us were aghast when Apple pulled out. The theory of "face Time" certainly applies but really for me it is keeping a birds eye view of the marketplace and certainly NAB is a good place for that. I have not read the entire length of this thread but I am sure most people who have already booked their hotels and flight are pretty P.O.ed indeed.
As I mentioned in another posting I guess now I will have plenty of time to line up at the RED Camera exhibit unless they have imposed even stricter rules to see the device

Is there a chance Apple may do an about face? In your article Ron you mentioned not much flack from users. Any place we can go and tell them that we are not pleased??

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 4:37:38 pm

[Michael Belanger] "Is there a chance Apple may do an about face? In your article Ron you mentioned not much flack from users. Any place we can go and tell them that we are not pleased??"

I doubt that they'll be back. The Pro Apps Team really did lobby hard for the company not to pull from the show and they really wanted to go but in the end, NAB's never-ending parade of price increases came back to bite them this year -- hard. Apple's $15 million will not be showing up and that has to hurt NAB and the Las Vegas businesses who also can't seem to resist raising rates every year, even though businesses and Average Joes are being especially hard pressed this year. Avid likely spends equally as much and so with the two of them gone, that has to put a big crunch on NAB's wallet. It will also easily translate into fewer people going to NAB in 2008. Still, they are demanding healthy rate increases and things that sold for far less last year, have much higher costs for the same thing this year.

This year, I think is going to be a pivotal year for NAB and I think that 2009 is going to find a humbler NAB with hat in hand, trying hard to win back their lost love. Who knows if either of the Two Big As will be back. I doubt they will. And from there, I think that the event is doomed to decline in size and scope and eventually return to its pre-multimedia persona as an event for broadcasters -- after all, that is what it is supposed to be, isn't it?

But as I said somewhere else in this thread, someone has to pay for those trophies they give at the dinners they hold, and so maybe their rate increases and endless fees are not really all that out of line after all.

;o)

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Michael Belanger
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 5:58:33 pm

I guess the big question I have is the lead time issue. Wouldn't Avid and Apple have put the space on hold and paid up last year. It should take about 6 months for them to create booths and staging not to mention training. For them to cancel 90 days out is pretty strange ... they basically already made the financial committment and probably already spent money. Not sure how much they could save. They must have put down some sort of deposit to hold a space that big. This all doesn't make that much sense for them to pull out this late. Now if they don't book for next year that's another thing all together.
Anyways... it will be a much calmer and less exciting NAB. As for NAB being for broadcasters only... not sure I have seen that .... maybe it will return to the more standard players

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 6:32:20 pm

[Michael Belanger] "Wouldn't Avid and Apple have put the space on hold and paid up last year."

They can cancel within a certain time period and do so with specified penalties based on when they cancel. So yes, they likely paid penalties but far less than the cost of attending the show. At a certain point, they decided that the returns just weren't there.

These are not stupid companies and they have incredible marketing departments and outside trend analysis and user survey organizations that they each work with, so they did not base their decisions on whim and caprice. These were hwithout a doubt deliberated financial decisions.

But with the staggering yearly increases in costs to attend NAB as an exhibitor, these companies decided it just didn't make sense any longer.

Me, I hope that NAB is getting the message that they can't keep doing this to companies anymore -- especially when they tout their pre-show sign-up numbers and I can't recall ever seeing the actual floor attendance "they really showed up" numbers.


[Michael Belanger] "Not sure how much they could save. They must have put down some sort of deposit to hold a space that big."

Quite enough that they thought that it was worth it. The deposit, fees and penalties were likely a small part of the real costs involved with really showing up.

Avid got off lighter, I am sure, as they canceled far enough out that their penalties would likely be less than Apple's. But in both cases I doubt that their penalties were anywhere near the total costs of actually being at the show.


[Michael Belanger] "...it will be a much calmer and less exciting NAB."

This is one of the inherent things that NAB has to get hold of: the companies make NAB what it is, not NAB itself. It is but a handful of attendees that attend the NAB functions. The conferences are done by contract with other outside training companies, they are just "in association" with NAB. The floor traffic is there to see the products and the vendors. There are few who hang out at the NAB entry booths.

Without the companies and products, NAB will not only be less exciting but will likely attract far fewer people.

With far fewer people, fewer companies will want to attend next year's gathering.

And the spiral becomes an increasingly repetitive pattern as the years go on.

That's how I see it, and others are free to disagree with that prediction.



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Michael Belanger
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 15, 2008 at 8:08:55 pm

Having been a long time attendee I can honestly say that Apple has made a huge impact on the "NAB feel", once was stiff and sterile and with the likes of Apple alot more geeky but fun geeky folks. I guess the folks at Adobe will have to fill in the gap... assuming of course they show up this year.
I can honestly say the events and buzz at the events has never been better than the past two years . Last year apple sponsored alot of the FCP user group meeting from the L.A. folks and even solicited ideas on what we, the users, would like to be enhanced on the program. In some way, their absence is saying they no longer value those insights or at least don't feel that is an important take away as we were lead to believe.

I was aware that NAB folks were doing some price "adjustments" ie huge increases but I am very shocked they were far more than Apple and Avid fealt was beyond their ouch point.

Well... as I indicated earlier... I guess my lineup at the Red won't be as bad... well... maybe worse... assuming they show up this year.

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 16, 2008 at 2:56:56 pm

[Michael Belanger] "I guess the folks at Adobe will have to fill in the gap... assuming of course they show up this year."

So far, Adobe has no plans (that I know of, anyway) to forgo NAB 2008. But they will have a smaller booth than they had last year, which as many of you know, was markedly smaller than the year before.

Walter Biscardi pointed out an article to me over at MSNBC.com stating that the Consumer Electronics Show is looking for a new home. Seems that they have had enough of Vegas and the endless price hikes.

The article states that "Some hotels charge more than five times what they normally charge during the four-day event, organizers said. They also require [during CES that] rooms be booked in three- or four-night blocks and add food and beverage guarantees on top.

Glenda Brungardt, trade show and event manager for HP Imaging & Printing Marketing, told the Las Vegas Sun that the company had cut 12 percent to 15 percent of its show personnel because of rising costs. Hotel costs, she said, are the top complaint."

It's not just NAB that is in trouble, although they exacerbate their own precarious situation by adding to the burden with their own NAB-side price hikes. The whole trade show industry is in trouble and when companies like Sony bow out of Comdex, while Avid and Apple bow out of NAB -- the message is clear and the handwriting's on the wall. Unfortunately, NAB can't seem to read and so they add their increases, secure in the feeling that they are the top dog in the field and can do what they want.

But I remember when DV Expo grew over the years to take almost every inch of the Los Angeles Convention Center and were in the two main hall complexes -- both upstairs and downstairs -- as well as the classrooms in the upper and lower walkways between the two huge halls. They have been shrinking over the years, and this year they occupied just a partitioned off subset of one floor of one hall. A small subset, at that. Last year I went and it was so small that I couldn't find it and had to ask security where it was as it was in a corner of the building and there wasn't even any signage to find the place anymore -- until you found the actual event. What a change.

There was a time when DV Expo was an important show and one that most companies went to. That day appears long past.

The same has been happening to SIGGRAPH. It continues to shrink and wane in prestige, scope and reach.

NAB may be the biggest but they are far from being unassailable in their ivory tower where they plan the year's price increases.

Companies are not willing to continue to write bigger and bigger checks to reach fewer and fewer people, especially if the percentage of those who are hobbyists continues to grow with each year -- which has indeed been the case with NAB.

So, even shows like CES have to consider change to save themselves. This, as their market -- both on the vendor and consumer side -- complain about price increases and express their unwillingness to keep shoveling money into the exhibit producer's trough.

Thanks, Walter, for the head's up on the CES story. I hadn't seen that one yet.



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walter biscardi
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 16, 2008 at 3:05:21 pm

[Ron Lindeboom] "Thanks, Walter, for the head's up on the CES story. I hadn't seen that one yet."

My pleasure. That article really opens up the eyes to the corporate side of things. I guess Apple and Avid can't directly insult NAB by saying "they're gouging us" so they have to say things like "we're redirecting our money to other efforts."

I'm going to NAB this year, but really only because I want to see some of the folks I chat with all year long and we're going to treat it like a mid-season break. But this just might be my final year going out there as our production schedule gets crazier and crazier with each passing year. We're giving up a lot of money to head out there, but for this year, it'll be good as we need to research some new mini-HD cameras and that's still a good place to see those.

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 16, 2008 at 3:14:13 pm

[walter biscardi] "I guess Apple and Avid can't directly insult NAB by saying "they're gouging us" so they have to say things like "we're redirecting our money to other efforts.""

Yes, I guess it takes a fool like me to say things like that.



One of these days when I grow up, I'll learn to keep my big mouth shut.

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walter biscardi
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 16, 2008 at 4:54:11 pm

[Ron Lindeboom] "One of these days when I grow up, I'll learn to keep my big mouth shut."

No offense, but that ain't never gonna happen! :-)

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Steve Wargo
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 18, 2008 at 6:41:10 am

[Ron Lindeboom] "One of these days when I grow up, I'll learn to keep my big mouth shut."

Let's hope that day never comes. Those of us that present the "other side" are critical to public awareness and knowledge.



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Scott Thomas
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 20, 2008 at 8:37:13 am

I haven't yet made plans for this year's NAB; but if I don't go, I'll miss my Ille espresso at the Sell and Wilcox booth. :(

I actually spent most of my time last year in booths other than Apple. I was looking mainly at production switchers. I also spent time looking at plugins. I've met up with family friends who are microphone manufactures, and I've also talked to people who I consider to pioneers in digital imaging and effects. Part of me wants to see them again and chat with them more.

NAB can be many things to many people, but things aren't looking good right now. I saw a similar thing happen to Promax/BDA. The show kept getting smaller and smaller; and that started eight or ten years ago. The decline in the Promax show was more about bad management. Perhaps NAB is going through the same thing. I both hate and love trade shows, and I suspect that someday they will make a comeback.


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Steve Wargo
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 18, 2008 at 6:36:50 am

[Michael Belanger] "Apple has made a huge impact on the "NAB feel"

Yeah Michael, the crowd at NAB has changed the feel of NAB. It used to be that the attendees were people who were technical in nature and were investigating the latest in gear for television production and broadcast.

With Apple coming in, the new crowd wants everything for nothing. The bulk of the Apple crowd are the ones who are asking where they can get a discount on $7 DV tapes or they're looking for a great tripod for under $200. This "cheapness" is very irritating. They crawl all over the B&H booth like ants. Having been majorly screwed by B&H, I will never spend a dime with them. They are some of the rudest, nastiest people in the business and anyone who does business with them just to save a buck has no ...! I'll stop there. We buy everything from local vendors. We get face to face service and if I buy something that doesn't live up to it's promises, my vendors take it back with no problems. Try getting a refund from B&H without being called an idiot. Been there and ain't going back. (Sorry about the B&H rant but all they care about is the money. They do not give a rat's a-- about you, the customer)

Those of us who have been around and have paid $40,000 for an edit system that had actual real time effects ten years ago (as in Discreet *Edit) have paid our dues and we expect a certain level of professionalism. When I had questions at the Apple booth, I got my answers from young people who were qualified to operate the software but knew nothing about our business. "A long time ago" to them means 8 or possibly 10 months ago. Ever see anybody over 30 at the Apple booth? Yuk! When I could, I attended the Apple event on Sunday and that was good but the room was filled with people who would cheer if someone on stage said that the sun would rise the following morning. If Apple really wanted to announce something, I would like to hear that they've fixed their media management failures and that files related to my current project would go where they're supposed to instead of landing where ever they want. Or, that the properties of a project stay with the project. Till then, the product is garbage. The fact that you can't operate the system without a mouse is absurd. And we own five of them.

As for the RED booth this year, I think they've lost a lot of their overly vocal fans. RED is a very technical piece of gear that is over the heads of a lot of the people who were standing in line last year. The buzz is gone. Very few people are standing on the corner screaming "Red Rules". I'm not saying one negative word about the product, just the fanboys. I personally know three people who admit to have have turned in their numbers and gotten their refund. Reality has set in. A lot of owners who thought that the world was going to beat a path to their door when they bought a Red have discovered that the world beats a path to the "person" not the "gear". They know all of the specs that they've read in a magazine but they don't know the difference between a "trucking" shot and a "dolly" shot. And, they think a "gearhead" is someone who is into cars.

The views and opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone and are the result of 25 years in this business and almost 40 years of being in business in general.













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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:55:58 pm

[Steve Wargo] "The views and opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone and are the result of 25 years in this business and almost 40 years of being in business in general."

And that's why you're always fun to read, Steve. (Except when you are wrong about me -- but you are right about everyone else though, so keep it up.)

:o)

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Michael Belanger
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 18, 2008 at 2:32:05 pm

Thanks Steve

Writing as a 45 year old plus editor I can understand how you would get annoyed at the youthful exuberance of the 30 somethings having been "editors" for but a handful of years.
And , yes I agree that many clients today want something for nothing. I ran into a guy from Australia last year at NAB, and he told me that we should be careful what we wish for because it just may come true. He was referring to the price of equipment and video cards, hard drives, software etc basically pulling the masses into the editing business. He was, of course, correct.. But I guess the question is , what can we do about it. I , too, have to deal with people working out of their basements offering decent services for next to nothing. With a handful of HD decks and over 25 years of post experience, offline and online, I hope I can keep the wolves at bay. I guess we could hope that Sony and other heavy weights just push prices up to a point where it stays professional. Not sure that's going to happen. Look what happened to the print industry when desktop took over. Basically killed the industry so that everyone could work out of their living room. Without getting took philisophical, I can see that as the level of standards people have for tv programming drops and the hourly programming budgets drop too, the industry in general will have a number of bad years until people decide that cheap programs need to be replaced with some higher end stuff. Let's hope that happens.

As for NAB, even if you are not a big Apple fan, you must admit the show will be alot duller than it has been for the past several years. As Ron pointed out, the price gouging has to get under control in order to stabilize the trade show industry. That may take some time for them to realize that they must not kill the golden goose.
I for one did not attend for almost 10 years as I found the show to be meaningless and I could find stuff out from local distributors just as readily and without the expense. Apple and Adobe certainly have made the event alot more palatable. Hell if I knew Apple was not going to be there I wouldn't have booked the trip at all this year.
Still , I think Apple should make a small presence just to handle their huge client base of FCP users.

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Todd at Fantastic Plastic
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 18, 2008 at 3:08:02 pm

[Michael Belanger] "Look what happened to the print industry when desktop took over. Basically killed the industry so that everyone could work out of their living room."

Yes, and no. Desktop publishing didn't kill the print industry, just changed it. The business became much less hardware-driven and much more talent-driven... which, if you ask me, is how it should be.

The same is happening and has happened in the video/film production business. Just as in print, now there are a lot of people out there who CAN shoot and edit, regardless of whether they SHOULD shoot and edit. Many shouldn't be doing it.

However, I think talent always rises to the top. There will always be a market for people who really really know what they are doing. Through the years we have had a couple of clients try to save a couple of bucks and go with the "kid working out of his basement" for a project. I secretly sort of like when they do that, because invariably they have always come back to us... vowing "never to do that again." And these are the clients that we want to keep. The ones that are satisfied with ultra low-end productions are probably not clients that we want anyway... they're the ones that want everything but pay nothing, and are not giving us jobs that we can make a living off of anyway.


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Steve Wargo
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 19, 2008 at 1:41:49 am

[Michael Belanger] "Still , I think Apple should make a small presence just to handle their huge client base of FCP users."


Agreed. But how would you like to be the team of ten who get buried by the onslaught of Applebys?


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Michael Horton
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:42:05 pm

[Steve Wargo] "[Michael Belanger] "Still , I think Apple should make a small presence just to handle their huge client base of FCP users."
"


They will. At the SuperMeet, April 16. Will be a bunch of them there. Possibly wearing armored suits.

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Bob Cole
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on Feb 19, 2008 at 1:32:18 am

[Michael Belanger] "I think most of us were aghast when Apple pulled out."

Not me. At the Apple booth area of NAB 2006, I tried repeatedly to get some answers to questions about how FCP handles rendering, and got only the company line ("no rendering required"). Good riddance to that.

But I agree with the people who cite the need for some hands-on experience with new gear.

And, the Fun Factor is important too -- if you only go once every 4-5 years, it is kind of wild to enter this wacky, over-stimulating hall, where your own mental world is shared by so many other people. Just the fact that several thousand people are also nerdy enough to get excited about some new video gear or software is, somehow, reassuring.

And when I get there, maybe in three years, it will be great to meet many of the people whom I only know from this forum.

If we are all really lucky, some day they won't hold it in Las Vegas. In fact, I'll make this pledge, which I will definitely, certainly, absolutely honor, if I feel like it: if they move NAB from LV, I'll go.

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Mike Cohen
Re: The Fun Factor
on Feb 19, 2008 at 2:47:11 am

I will chime in on the Fun Factor.
I have been to NAB twice.

1994 - As a college senior I went with some of my mentors at the time. Walking around the mammoth halls was a thrilling intro to the production world I was at the time trying to gain entry into. Plus the cool restaurants and topless showgirls were quite an eyeful for my 21 year old self!

2007 - While visiting Vegas for a medical convention at the Paris, I had a free day and my free exhibits pass. This time I went as a working pro with purchasing power (with approval of course!). I only wish I had a 2nd day, but the 6 hours I spent at NAB 2007 were the most fun I have had in ages. I learned about new products I would never have stumbled upon just browsing the web or reading my favorite production magazines. I evaluated firsthand DVD printers and HDV cameras, two purchases in 2007 which were a result of my NAB visit.

I also got many questions answered about HDV and HD editing and monitoring from Blackmagic, Media 100, AJA and others. And I found the sales folks more than willing to answer my questions. In fact while sitting at the Media 100 booth for about 30 minutes I even asked the product manager to import some SD footage into an HD project, just to see what it looked like, something he at first seemed unprepared to do, but he did it because I asked. No stock factory answer there.

Perhaps my experience is a bit skewed, since the purpose for the expense of my Vegas trip was not to attend NAB.

Anyway, i agree that if you go once every decade or so(kinbd of like Disneyworld), or you happen to be in the neighborhood, it is a hoot!

If you are in the market for some big ticket item, your best bet is to get an on-site demo by your local video reseller such as HB in Connecticut.

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The Pearl
Re: The Fun Factor
on Feb 19, 2008 at 6:57:40 pm

Hey gang, just my two cents after reading the initial Apple announcement on Thursday. As a general overview of what's been discussed, 3 things come to mind. 1st - Without the COW there would be even more uninformed creators. For sure there is some misformation, but the last time I checked this forum was created for discussion(no different than sitting down at a table and hammering a problem out with respected friends)
2nd - I agree with all of you it's about the people..Walter Tim, and the rest of you are honest hardworking guys that have chosen to share their education(which cannot have a price put to....unless you hire them directly as consultants)But that said, getting to meet people like this at NAB and touch equipment, for myself has been a great experience. I know for alot of people taking those 4 days off for NAB is a cost factor, but I also look at the same people and think "man you work so hard...take some back, go laugh with a few friends, a nurture a few friendships, it's well worth the time.
3rd On the other side of the coin, I totally agree that NAB is taking advantage of the industry...15 million!!! Come on, work with us, not against us! Maybe the companies are a victim of their own greed to be "Bigger than the Competition" thats another posting altogether.

In the end NAB to me is the COW packed into 4 days with the chance to touch some toys...call me wacked, but hopefully neither one goes away. Thanks Ron & Kathlyn for giving us the chance to speak our minds, other wise I'm sure there would be a lot more brain splatter in this industry.

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Steve Wargo
Re: The Fun Factor
on Feb 20, 2008 at 3:43:51 pm

I think that what we're saying here is that under certain circumstances, NAB is the only place to get your info and sometime it's the worst.

When we go, we have a specific agenda that we stick to and I try in advance to set up appointments to see certain people. I try to go on Saturday and leave on Tuesday night. I buy full fare tickets so I can be flexible on when I come and go.



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Michael Tauber
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:11:23 am

15 million? Never.

1.5 could be realistic.



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Ron Lindeboom
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:53:34 am

The booths cost more than that, much more.

Then you have to factor in the costs for hotel rooms, travel, food and many other incidental expenses that must be added for a couple of hundred people that work the boothsm, the hospitality suites, handle the press, etc., etc.

Then you have the make-ready time, the pulling them off their jobs to devote time to the preparation for the show, plan the marketing campaigns, the "pitch" and rehearsing it and the presentations, etc., which are indeed scripted, rehearsed and the list goes on.

Tim Wilson can give you a much longer list as he used to be the one who did it for Avid's NAB presence.

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walter biscardi
Re: COW Articles: NAB Apple Bows Out of NAB 2008
on Feb 20, 2008 at 12:22:00 pm

[Michael Tauber] "15 million? Never.

1.5 could be realistic."


1.5 is very unrealistic. That will get you a very very small booth in the back. The Apple booth alone was in the multi-million dollar range.

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