I spent my weekend at IBC in Amsterdam, poor me I hear you cry!
For those that do not know, the first IBC was held in 1967, in the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Because of how the exhibition grew over the years, and the lack of space, it was moved out of London and eventually to the RAI in Amsterdam in 1992. The first IBC had only 60 delegates - in 2009 there were 45,000!
It's primarily a broadcast show where you'll see every single piece of broadcast kit available to mankind: green screens, auto-cue, cameras, outside broadcast unit transport and some really cool TV's! Up in the 'very cool' realms was the Tron Legacy Light Cycle (above) that was featured on the DOLBY booth. It was hard not to want to jump on! The other image, well not so high tech!
Most of my time was spent in meetings but I managed to 'escape' and take a look at some of the software on show.
The Foundry's stand was the fullest I have ever seen a stand in 20 years of going to events. It was rammed! Presentations of NUKE, MARI and STORM blew everyone away - especially Mr RED, Ted Schilowitz's presentation on RED/STORM. Well done to all the guys at the Foundry - take some time off, you deserve it.
The Pixel Farm were showing and releasing their new tracking product PFMatchit, whilst Autodesk had a whole pipeline of tools presenting up on the big screen. There were too many vendors to mention - especially when you consider that in 2009 there were 1,300 technology suppliers. It's hard to take it all in! Get yourselves along next year.