Video has quickly become an essential way for companies, artists, news orgs, entertainers, politicians, weird looking cats, pretty much everybody, to reach their audiences.
That brings a lot of professional and hobbyist interest to our medium — and, fortunately, there are thousands of professionals out there who are happy to offer tips, make introductions and collaborate on upcoming projects.
Here are 20 video production conferences coming up in 2016 that any professional should know about.
Video Production for Online Teaching and Engagement: Beginning March, Orlando
This video training course is a combination of online and in-person training. Attendees will learn to shoot, edit and distribute their videos online. It’s a good fit for anyone interested in learning how to produce videos or who wants to start teaching by using film. Course attendees will get hands-on training to storyboard, shoot, edit and export and upload their video.
The course will span over several weeks. Here is the breakdown:
- Tuesday, March 1: Live online training
- Tuesday, March 8: Live online training
- Sunday, March 13: In-person training at Learning Solutions 2016 Conference & Expo in Orlando
- Monday, March 14: In-person training at Learning Solutions 2016 Conference & Expo
- Tuesday, April 12: Video review practicum
Boulder Digital Arts Video Production Certificate Program: March 7–11, Boulder, Colorado
This one-week certificate program is designed to give students the hands-on training needed to light and shoot professional-quality video. Attendees will get experience using high-definition cameras, DSLRs, lighting equipment and audio gear.
Lessons include composition, depth of field, white balance, understanding color temperature and camera menus. The business side of video will also be covered along with shooting B-roll with the edit in mind, conducting interviews and how to do a site survey.
Students who have their own video camera and tripod should bring them to get comfortable using their own equipment. Each day will run from 9 AM to 5 PM with a one-hour lunch break.
CABSAT: March 8–10, Dubai
CABSAT — the largest trade show in the Middle East and North Africa region for broadcasting, satellite and connected digital media — will help attendees meet the growing demand among Middle East viewers for online video content.
The show will cover four different industry sectors:
- Broadcast. This will touch on covering technologies, trends and apps that include acquisition and production, management systems and mobile media.
- Satellite. This conference is the only one in the area that specializes in the satellite sector in regards to the communication and distribution of filmed and audio content.
- Content Delivery. CABSAT has expanded this sector, which focuses on Over The Top (OTT) technologies that facilitate how video or digital content is delivered through internet protocol and platforms for videos to be viewed anytime, anywhere.
- Content Marketplace. Anyone looking to purchase content in TV, serial dramas, sports, children’s television, movies or documentaries to fill their Ramadan programming schedules will want to check this out. Download this brochure for more information.
NPPA News Video Workshop: March 13–18, Norman, Oklahoma
The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) holds a week-long workshop to help video journalists build fundamental skills to broadcast strong, clear and cohesive news stories. Students will get lessons on how to gather information, edit, write and present their work, and receive strong critiques.
This year’s session will add a 21st Century perspective on news gathering. Along with the workshop’s core assignments and critiques, there will be lessons on data-driven journalism, mobile reporting and news writing for photojournalists.
USITT Annual Conference & State Expo: March 16–19, Salt Lake City
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s (USITT) annual conference provides the entertainment and theater industry with a variety of education and networking opportunities and the resourcing of products and services.
It’s the only event where a whole production team gets to collaborate with manufacturers from a variety of production avenues can networks with other industry pros and get insight from the experts. Attendees can kick around ideas, examine new products, build or strengthen connections, and get tips on how to make their next productions even more successful.
This year’s event will feature education and training, hands-on experience in the sound lab, the USITT Tech Olympics, professional development workshops and more.
Sports Video Group Event Chairman’s Forum: April 15–17, Las Vegas
The invitation-only event will bring together sports production leaders who are also attending the NAB convention below. SVG Platinum sponsors, mobile/integrator sponsors and SVG sponsors who sponsor an event at the Chairman’s Forum may attend.
The objective of the Chairman’s Forum is to provide an off-the-record environment through general sessions and workshops and give attendees a preview of the new technology they’ll come across on the NAB exhibition floor. This event also doubles as a prime networking opportunity.
Discussions will cover the future of sports production and the use of Ultra High Definition to produce a program.
Post|Production World, NAB Show: April 16–20, Las Vegas
Post|Production World is one of the top training events on the planet. The five-day conference is geared toward digital media professionals such as editors, producers, directors, graphic artists, new media specialists and motion graphics designers.
Topics covered will include the New Virtual Augmented Reality Pavilion (how this medium affects the industry), Connected Media IP (consumer experience) and Studio Xperience (live studio showcasing all of the latest tools).
There will be more than 150 sessions along with four-multi-day training classes.
CHI 2016 Video Showcase: May 7–12, San Jose, California
Watch as video developers put their work on display in front of a large audience with an interest in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Submissions will include vision videos, studies, novel interfaces, humor, reflective pieces and more.
The CHI organization will review submissions before the showcase. Videos will fall into two categories, short (up to 75 seconds) and full (up to five minutes). Full video authors will vie for the Golden Mouse award. Videos will be presented theater-style in front of a large CHI audience.
Streaming Media East: May 10–11, New York
Streaming Media is the lone conference dedicated solely to the business, technology and content of online video. More than 100 speakers in more than 40 sessions will be involved with in-depth workshops, how-to tech sessions, case studies, panel discussions and more.
Attendees can learn from online video experts, give new products a test run on the expo floor, and will have an opportunity to network with others in the online video industry in a fun environment.
Here is a list of the exhibitors that will be demonstrating their technologies.
BroadcastAsia2016: May 31–June 3, Singapore
If you get the chance, check out BroadcastAsia, one of the premier international event for anyone in the pro-audio and film and broadcasting industry. Attendees will get an opportunity to meet, network with and gain insights from industry leaders and professionals from broadcast, production, digital media, system integrators, rental houses, education and more.
Film technologies covered will include NextGen Broadcasting, multi-platform streaming, video content delivery networks, content security, live production systems and more.
Cine Gear Expo: June 2–5, Los Angeles
As one of the premier events for the technology, entertainment and media industry for almost two decades, Cine Gear Expo targets the needs of the community. It brings in specialists from major industries such digital media, film entertainment, post-production, virtual, augmented reality, live events and more.
Artists and technicians will get to see demonstrations of the newest technology and procedures. Attendees will also pick up hands-on training and learn from the top technology experts in the world, and get to network with peers in the industry in a professional studio atmosphere.
InfoComm 2016: June 4-10, Las Vegas
With 950 exhibitors and more than 39,000 attendees from more than 108 countries, InfoComm is the many professionals’ best chance to see the latest audiovisual technology, pick up skills that will help advance their career and expand their professional networks.
InfoComm 2016 will feature organized floor layouts where you’ll find the audio, digital signage, unified communications, and collaboration and live events that you need. Attendees can also visit InfoComm University to get training with hands-on workshops that will give you skills you’ll use in a real-work work environment. You can also take behind-the-scenes technology tour of AV installations at local sports and entertainment venues.
Write2Users Video Production Workshop: June 7 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and June 8 in Gothenburg, Sweden
The Write2Users one-day workshops will help attendees create perfect “How-To” videos to help people understand how to use software and hardware products. You’ll learn how to plan out a video, craft a storyboard, add narration and use call-outs. The workshop is perfect for anyone who’s ever been asked by his or her documentation, development or marketing manager to produce a video.
Previous experience is not required. You will produce a three-minute video based off your storyboard as well as do the narration. Afterward, you’ll get to present your work and receive feedback from your instructor and fellow attendees.
VidCon: June 23-25, Anaheim, California
The VidCon team will excitedly put on its seventh annual event because it believes online video is the most important cultural force since the motion picture, and that one year’s attendee “is the next year’s superstar.”
VidCon looks to put as many video creators and talent on display as possible; the convention will be held at Anaheim Convention Center, with additional stages at the adjacent Anaheim Marriott, where there will be panels, Q&A sessions and other activities. This year, VidCon will also dedicate space on its main floor to the gaming industry.
University Film & Video Association Conference: August 1–4, Henderson, Nevada
University Film & Video Association members will get an opportunity to showcase finished video projects and receive feedback on works in progress. Projects and proposals that are in line with this year’s conference theme, “Content Creation in the Twenty-First Century,” are encouraged, but all submissions are welcome.
The UFVA comprises professors, scholars and filmmakers. The organization holds an annual conference and produces the Journal of Film and Video, a publication that features articles on film and video production.
Note: There will also be a pre-conference Digital Innovation Day on Sunday, July 31.
Texas Association of Broadcasters: August 10–11, Austin, Texas
The Texas Association of Broadcasters brings together radio and television staff members from within the state and from all over the country. This includes account executives, chief engineers, general managers, general sales managers and owners.
The show is a great opportunity to see new broadcast technology, network with industry experts and clients, and learn about the what’s going on in the industry, including regulatory changes. You don’t have to be a TAB member to attend, but you could earn a better rate by being one.
SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition: October 24–28, Hollywood
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) will hold its 100th annual conference to explore media and entertainment technology covering the present and future developments in media technology, content creation, image and sound and the allied arts and sciences.
Conference delegates comprise industry thought leaders and decision makers that are head of the class when it comes to the evolving motion-imaging industry. Some of the topics that will be covered include
- ultimate high definition,
- the future of media distributions,
- image acquisition and processing,
- and content management and storage.
The SMPTE is also seeking proposals for technical papers for the conference. All proposed papers must be informational and be relevant to technical theory, research innovation, application or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry.
Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo: October 26-27, Denver
The Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo is designed with the knowledged that the audio and video industry is constantly evolving. Attendees will see manufacturers, attend workshops and hear speakers who will discuss ways to stay ahead of curve.
The expo will feature 150 exhibits, workshops and presentations, each with a focus on how to keep moving forward with the industry’s state-of-the-art technology.
New York Post|Production Conference: November 9–10, New York
For two days, production and post professionals will receive world-class training at the New York Post|Production Conference. With four different disciplines being taught, there is something for everyone, regardless of your focus in the industry.
Editing Workflow, Motion Graphic and Video Effects, and Production Technologies will be covered on Day One. Color Motioning, Motion Graphic and Video Effects and Production Technologies are the focus of Day Two. Each category will have three to four different courses offered throughout the day.
To attend, you’ll have to add the NYP|PC package to the All-Industry Core package registration. If your time is limited, one-day packages are available. You can find more information here.
Government Video Expo: December 6-8, Washington, DC
As one of the country’s leading events in the video industry, the Government Video Expo gives visitors a look at all of the new technologies and applications in the safety engineering field. International exhibitors will present video and multimedia technologies, applications, products and services. The Government Video Expo is still in development, but you can sign up or get more information here.