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    Got a ticket to NAB, any tips on how long to go for, where to stay, etc.?
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    I went to a workshop and we got a free ticket to NAB included (a MonteZucker workshop for Alex Bueno's DP class). It's a "Free Exhibits Pass Offer". Never been to NAB but always wanted to. I know this is probably less exciting in the digital/internet age, but I was wondering how long it is worthwhile to go for?

    It says April 5-10 and exhibits April 7-10. Are there new events and announcements every day? Will I get bored being there by myself for 3 days? Are the general sessions worthwhile? Was thinking of arriving Vegas 11am on Monday the 7th which would get me into the exhibits by 3pm I'm thinking, plus Tues/Wed/Thurs. Would I miss much Monday morning?

    Any recommendations on good deals where to stay/where to eat/where to book hotel rooms? Trying to keep the price down, but want a better experience than Motel 6 and McDonald's of course
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    Free NAB passes are avail every year from most manufacturers exhibiting at the show. If you are looking for equip deals make an offer at the booth to pick up the gear on the last day. Mfg's don't like to ship the gear back and save freight. I usually stay at the Rio there is no shuttle but since I live in LA I drive to the show and park a few blocks from the Convention Hall. A few years ago I got a great deal from the Orleans and I believe there is a shuttle. IMHO as a gear head the show is well worth attending if only to see who hot and who's not. Wear super comfortable shoes & clothes with a small backpack and water bottle. You'll walk miles, the show is really that big.
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    Quote Originally Posted by filmguy123 View Post
    I went to a workshop and we got a free ticket to NAB included (a MonteZucker workshop for Alex Bueno's DP class). It's a "Free Exhibits Pass Offer". Never been to NAB but always wanted to. I know this is probably less exciting in the digital/internet age, but I was wondering how long it is worthwhile to go for?

    It says April 5-10 and exhibits April 7-10. Are there new events and announcements every day? Will I get bored being there by myself for 3 days? Are the general sessions worthwhile? Was thinking of arriving Vegas 11am on Monday the 7th which would get me into the exhibits by 3pm I'm thinking, plus Tues/Wed/Thurs. Would I miss much Monday morning?

    Any recommendations on good deals where to stay/where to eat/where to book hotel rooms? Trying to keep the price down, but want a better experience than Motel 6 and McDonald's of course
    You can always see the sights, like Fremont street. Go check out the Grand Canyon too.
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    I've been to Vegas 8 years ago and saw most everything on the strip so it'd really be more about the show.

    Was thinking of the Best Western on the strip, next to Harrah's. Pretty reasonable. NAB doesn't have a shuttle that stops there, but it's next door to Harrah's and the shuttle runs from there to the convention center. If I have a NAB pass can I still get on that shuttle or do I have to also be a guest (or have proof) that I'm a guest at that hotel?
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    Register for the show on the show site, then book a hotel through the housing office on the site. They really do have the best rates. Circus Circus is usually the best bang for the buck. (West Tower is best) at about $70/night after taxes/fees. Free shuttles, but go early because they fill up. Or you can walk (about 3/4 mile) to the convention.

    With that pass, best to go just for exhibit days.

    Also fun is the FCPUG supermeet Tuesday evening (whether you're an editor or not). Tickets are usually about $15. Food, people, raffles, guest speakers, usually some surprises. Much more intimate than the big show. http://supermeet.com/
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    Stay on the strip, might as well have fun at night while you're there. The hotels will have shuttles to NAB. Just avoid Circus, Circus. If you want a quick dinner, try the hotel buffets. And if you don't like the one at your hotel - *cough Circus Circus cough* - you can eat at other hotel restaurants.

    I usually give one day to see all the NAB exhibits. It doesn't sound like much time because of the scale of the convention, but you really won't need to see most of the exhibits. As an example, if you're looking for a camera, you won't need to spend time at all the monitor or edit system displays. Just plan accordingly, know what you're looking for. Maps of the NAB vendors are provided. Personally, I like the camera displays, so I put the major camera manufacturers on my must-see list. Everything after that is gravy. There's no other place in the world that will give you so much hands-on access to the tools of our trade.

    Do check out the B&H display. They have a whole lot of fun stuff, all in one location.

    Wear comfortable shoes, comfortable clothes. You'll do a lot of walking. The scale of the place is mind-boggling. As tempting as the restaurants are in Vegas, avoid foods that give you gastronomic distress, as you don't want to spend the day in the crowded bathrooms. Bring money for food, drinks, souvenirs. I suppose most take debit cards now. Try and be there at the opening, as you'll get a lanyard with a badge holder. Those are cool to have. Some of the exhibits will have carrying bags. Grab one, you'll need it for all the free stuff and brochures that are handed out (you can never have too many pens).
    Bring business cards, you never know who you'll meet.

    You'll have a great time, hanging out with a bunch of like minded people. Remember, the exhibitors are there to sell you their product. Ask lots of questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanvideo View Post
    Stay on the strip, might as well have fun at night while you're there. The hotels will have shuttles to NAB. Just avoid Circus, Circus.
    LOL. I'm curious as to why? I've stayed there in the past. Really convenient. Quiet too. (at least the West Tower). Oh, and parking (if you've got a car, which I typically do) is right by the elevator banks for the West Tower. Anyway....

    Quote Originally Posted by vanvideo View Post
    I usually give one day to see all the NAB exhibits. It doesn't sound like much time because of the scale of the convention, but you really won't need to see most of the exhibits. As an example, if you're looking for a camera, you won't need to spend time at all the monitor or edit system displays. Just plan accordingly, know what you're looking for. Maps of the NAB vendors are provided. Personally, I like the camera displays, so I put the major camera manufacturers on my must-see list. Everything after that is gravy. There's no other place in the world that will give you so much hands-on access to the tools of our trade.
    Great advice. You can also download the show App for your phone. It isn't great, but it does put it all in one place and you can mark places you want to visit and see all of those in one place, instead of flipping around pages.

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    Try and be there at the opening, as you'll get a lanyard with a badge holder.
    You'll get those on day two as well.

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    Some of the exhibits will have carrying bags. Grab one, you'll need it for all the free stuff and brochures that are handed out (you can never have too many pens).
    Or bring your own bag/backpack so you can carry your personal belongings (and know where they are) and all the little things you pick up. I tend to skip 99% of brochures now, unless I really need a hard copy. Just use your phone and scan in barcodes or snap photos of URLs. Then visit sites and download pdfs.

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    Bring business cards, you never know who you'll meet.
    More good advice. Good to have a barcode people can easily scan as well, either on the back of your card or as a separate card you can just show (or use your phone to show your contact info as a barcode).

    Oh, and at many booths, if you want more info they can scan the barcode on your badge and send you info to your registered email. So if you want that (and don't want a lot of junk) create an email specifically for the show. Or if you've got a gmail account you can add a "." in it when you register with NAB. That makes filtering email easy. For example, if your email address is johnsmith@gmail.com you can use johnsmit.h@gmail.com for the show when you register. Gmail ignores the "." in an email address so you'll get all the email without needing to create a new account, and you can then easily filter email that's sent to johnsmit.h@gmail.com into it's own folder/label. (Other email providers also work this way.)
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    Circus, Circus certainly is one of the cheapest hotels on the strip, but you get what you pay for. I stayed there for my first NAB trip. Never again.
    Loud, lots of little kids running about, the buffet looked like it was stocked with frozen food items. The decor and rooms weren't the best or the cleanest.

    I stayed at Treasure Island for my next trip out there, and it was way better. It costs more, but it was worth it to me.
    But if you must watch your budget, Circus, Circus is better than sleeping on the streets of Vegas.

    A backpack is good advice. Keeps your hands free while you molest all the new toys.

    And if young ladies show lots of friendly interest in you while you're walking the strip at night, they're probably professionals. Trust me on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanvideo View Post
    Circus, Circus certainly is one of the cheapest hotels on the strip, but you get what you pay for. I stayed there for my first NAB trip. Never again.
    Loud, lots of little kids running about, the buffet looked like it was stocked with frozen food items. The decor and rooms weren't the best or the cleanest.

    I stayed at Treasure Island for my next trip out there, and it was way better. It costs more, but it was worth it to me.
    But if you must watch your budget, Circus, Circus is better than sleeping on the streets of Vegas.

    A backpack is good advice. Keeps your hands free while you molest all the new toys.
    Interesting. I'm wondering how long ago that was. I stayed there last year it was actually really very good. Very new, modern rooms. Perhaps they recently renovated? Oh, I never eat buffets. Generally I prefer leaving the casinos and strip and like to head to local restaurants. Soooo much better food. I generally don't like Vegas and this gives me a bit of a break from the "Vegas Baby" aspect of Vegas.

    Quote Originally Posted by vanvideo View Post
    And if young ladies show lots of friendly interest in you while you're walking the strip at night, they're probably professionals. Trust me on this.
    +100
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