P|PW Offers a Smorgasbord of Learning Opportunities

Post|Production World made its conference debut at NAB Show 15 years ago. Produced in partnership with Future Media Concepts, NAB Show will present more than 240 individual sessions for content creators and designers.

One of the industry’s largest training events, the conference features 12 parallel tracks that began Saturday and run through Thursday. The tracks cover a smorgasbord of interests such as digital editing, motion graphics design, color correction and grading, social media strategies, business sessions for creatives, live production workshops, UAVs and more.

“Full conference registrants can move around from one track to another, as fits their needs and interests,” said Ben Kozuch, president and cofounder of Future Media Concepts.

Certified trainers and experts will present sessions designed to keep users up to date on the latest features, best practices and tips and tricks in post-production applications.

Also popular are cross-training sessions on cooperation between applications.

“In addition to post-production training, there are sessions and workshops about leading cameras in the industry,” said Kozuch, “sessions about lighting, how to work with creative talent, all the challenges that producers are encountering.”

There is also a business track called Creative Business that offers sessions by experts in the industry addressing the business aspect of being in a creative industry.

For freelancers, there are a host of issues addressed on how to run their business; how to get medical insurance; how to protect their intellectual property; how to write contracts; how to budget; and how to gain knowledge and to stay relevant in the industry.

Virtual reality, augmented reality and 360-degree video have become hot topics, and the conference has a track devoted entirely to the subject. Topics covered include editing a spherical panorama (360 degrees) with Photoshop, stabilizing and tracking VR footage and recreating lost footage with VR.

Last year’s conference saw the introduction of sessions on mobile journalism.

“It was such a success that we are extending it this year,” said Kozuch. “Companies are streamlining their operations, and now they want their people to produce and edit, and do everything with one person out in the field. You can shoot with the iPhone, in HD quality and edit on the plane. We had many stations and individuals who attended sessions about this last year, and so we’ve repeated and expanded it this year.”

Several years ago, when Post|Production World added sessions on drones to the topic list, UAVs were new to the motion picture and television industry. Kozuch described the topic as having matured, with many of the sessions addressing much higher-level subjects.

“We are focusing more on how to achieve the best visual results; how to get the best flight crew or shots; and how to effectively use UAVs in various industries,” said Kozuch. Also offered is a primer to help prospective drone pilots cram for their FAA test.

Another growing market for video is social media, and the Social Media Makeover track will help attendees understand subjects such as video compression for social media, strategies to improve Facebook live events and producing professional webinars.