This Year’s NAB Show Features Extensive Focus on Drones

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says its annual conference and expo, held April 16-21 in Las Vegas, is featuring a broad slate of sessions and exhibits dedicated to trends in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

On Wednesday, April 20, NAB Show will host the a session entitled “Drones: Opening New Vistas to Content.” Produced in partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG), the program will focus on how drone-based production differs from traditional methods; how drones can be used safely and reliably in light of federal regulations; and key factors that need to be considered when arranging and executing drone shots.

The Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion, which includes an enclosed flying cage, will offer several sessions: “Heavy Lifter Drones” will feature commercial network television directors of photography who will describe what type of drone technology they are currently using; “Drones in Live Broadcast” will discuss how best to use UAS to augment live broadcasts; and “Drones on the Big Screen” will host aerial producers who will share behind-the-scenes stories of drone cinematography and the gear they use.

From Monday, April 18, through Thursday, April 21, “ASL Battle Drones/Drone Racing Demo” will feature demonstrations of remote-controlled drone racing.

In addition, NAB Show’s “FAA Section 333 for Commercial Drones” will explain the ins-and-outs of recent FAA regulations concerning the commercial use of drones.

On Monday, April 18, a Broadcast Engineering Conference session, “Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka “Drones”) for Management, News and Engineering” will focus on the safe use of drones in broadcasting as it pertains to newsgathering and tower maintenance.

Post|Production World will feature “In-Depth: Best Practices for Producing Video from UAV/Drones” on Tuesday, April 19, where attendees will learn how to best set up UAS. On Wednesday, April 20, “Innovations in Aerial Videography” will take a look into how drones can best be deployed in network television production, commercial cinematography, nature and landscape video, and surveying.

UAS-related exhibitors at NAB Show will include as follows: 3D Robotics; Amimon; Autel Robotics; DJI; Eclipse Rover LLC; EHang; Freefly Systems; Intuitive Aerial Inc.; Multicopter Warehouse; Prodrone Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd; Roxy Drones; Shenzhen Wingsland Technology Co. Ltd; Stampede; UAB My Research; Yuneec USA; and ZEROTECH.

“As drone technology evolves from a nascent, hobby-driven vertical into a full-fledged production must-have, we’re pleased to provide a comprehensive overview to what the marketplace offers,” says Chris Brown, NAB’s executive vice president for conventions and business operations.


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