NAB is all about the world’s best audio and video tech. Here are the must-see events if you are headed to Las Vegas.

Cover image via The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Going to NAB for the first time can be very overwhelming. The conference takes place in the Las Vegas Convention center, which is like finding your way through a labyrinth. So, whether you’re an NAB newbie or a seasoned veteran, we’ve compiled some of the must-see events and booths to check out during your visit.


1. The VFX Wizardry Behind Stranger Things 2

NAB 2018: 11 Essential Events for Motion Graphic Artists — Stranger Things 2
Image via Netflix. 

Have you ever wondered how the crew behind Stranger Things 2 created some of their goliath-sized creatures and brought The Upside Down to the screen? Well, drop in on this panel hosted by Adobe and listen to the VFX squad behind the hit show, including the Senior VFX Supervisor Paul Graff and Senior VFX Producer Christina Graff.

“Learn how the VFX wizards behind Stranger Things 2 used tools such as Adobe After Effects for core compositing and design in the making of the hit Netflix series. See and hear how key members of the Stranger Things 2 VFX team worked together to create movie magic on hundreds of difficult shots under tight deadlines.

Date and Time: Sunday, April 8, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Location: S222-S223

(Looking to create your own Stranger Things-inspired effects without going all the way to NAB? Check out our Upside Down tutorial and do it from the comfort of your own home.)


2. P|P Campus Spotlight: Real-time Volumetric Painting With Light VFX For Broadcast & Features

The next-generation, award-winning VFX for Broadcast/Feature uses real-time software standards, plugins, engines, and hardware augmentations for a Volumetric Painting VFX pipeline.

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Location: Post|Production Campus SL13911DN


3. Automating Motion Graphics

Have you heard that robots will soon take over your job? Well, why not make them work for you? Join Joey Korenman from School of Motion to learn how to automate and improve your workflow.

“Let the robots do it! There are some exciting new tools that will allow you to create Motion Graphics automatically. Learn about some of these tools and see a demo of how powerful they can be for you and your clients.”

Concrete skills and takeaways:

• Learn to set up basic After Effects automation.

• Learn basic templating through the Essential Graphics Panel.

• See the insane power of automating MoGraph using the DataClay tool.

Date and Time: Monday, April 9, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Location: South Hall Meeting Rooms – S228


4. Blackmagic Resolve Track: DaVinci Resolve VFX & Motion Graphics (with Damian Allen)

NAB 2018: 11 Essential Events for Motion Graphic Artists — Blackmagic Resolve
Image via BlackMagic

Looking to learn more about DaVinci Resolve’s VFX and motion graphics capabilities? Then join Damian Allen as he walks you through some of the features of this NLE.

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 10, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Location: South Hall Meeting Rooms – S224


5. Hands-On Training (BYOD): Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve — Certification Prep Training

Looking to get certified in DaVinci Resolve in only 2 days? Then this extremely comprehensive course is for you. Tibor Spiegel, a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer, will walk you through everything you need to know about Resolve to pass the certification test. This is not for Resolve novices, but if you are a fast learner, give it your best shot. (This class is open for Hands-On Training pass holders.)

Date and Time (2-Day Event): Mon. April 9, 9:30 AM – 4:45 PM / Tue. Apr. 10, 9:30 am – 4:45 pm

Location: N231


6. Creating After Effects Motion Graphics Templates (MOGRTS)

Rod Harlan, the president of Ready On Demand, Inc., will show you how to create motion graphics templates in After Effects to speed up your post-production and get a quicker render and export.

Date and Time: Tue. April 10, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 Location: South Hall Meeting Rooms – S228


7. Advanced Photoshop Skills for Motion Graphic Artists

NAB 2018: 11 Essential Events for Motion Graphic Artists — Photoshop
Image via Alexander Kirch.

If you’re a motion graphics artist looking to hone your Photoshop skills, this is the event for you. The CEO and Founder of RHED Pixel, Richard Harrington, will show you how to expand your graphics tool kit.

Date and Time: Sun. April 8,2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Location: S226, S227


8. Post|Production World Keynote: Production & Post, Resolved!

This is one of the biggest post-production events at NAB this year. The Founder and CEO of Digitalfilm Tree Ramy Katrib will show you how Resolve is becoming an essential tools for any post worker.

“Resolve has grown mightily over the past few years and is the foundation of Digitalfilm Tree’s post finishing efforts. In this session, Ramy Katrib will discuss how Resolve is becoming the essential post production tool, and with version 14, folks who are coloring, editing, conforming, doing VFX and audio work, are now collaborating on the same timeline, and that is a huge development for TV, film and every media industry creative and technician the world over. Ramy will provide an overview on how Resolve is now part of our color, VFX, editorial, conform and deliverables effort, while having artists provide micro demos on stage.”

Date and Time: Sun. April 8, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Location: S222-S223


9. Advanced Greenscreen Techniques for Post Production

NAB 2018: 11 Essential Events for Motion Graphic Artists — Greenscreen
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Have you been greenscreening your compositions but just can’t seem to get it right? Well Eran Stern from SternFX.com is here to show you a trick or two to elevate your greenscreening techniques to a professional level.

Date and Time: Tue. April 10, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Location: South Hall Meeting Rooms – S219


10. Post|Production World: Apple Keynote

Apple Product Marketing brings you one of the keynotes from the NAB Post Production programming that’s all about the newest post-production techniques — and how to use them. This keynote is hosted by Carlos Pérez, the director of the “Despacito” music video.

“Apple Product Marketing will host a discussion of modern post production techniques featuring Carlos Perez – the Director of the Despacito music video — the most viewed video ever on YouTube with 4.9 billion views and counting.

Date and Time: Wed. April 11, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: South Hall Meeting Rooms – S219


11. The Future of Virtual Production: From Video Games to Feature Films, and Beyond

NAB 2018: 11 Essential Events for Motion Graphic Artists — Virtual Production

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Interested in the crazy world of motion capture? Come check out Brett Ineson’s event, where he will show you how mo-cap acting translates to some of the industry’s biggest blockbusters.

“Brett Ineson, President of North America’s largest motion capture stage, discusses the future of virtual production and real-time performance. Brett will talk through translating actors into entirely different species for Justice League and Warcraft – plus showcase superheroic action from the Marvel movie sets.”

Date and Time: Tue. April 10, 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

 Location: Post|Production Campus SL13911DN


While you’re at NAB, stop by the Shutterstock booth (#C3333). You might even get some free swag!