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The New York DV Show 2002: Wow!

DV Revolution Well Underway, FCP vs. Xpress DV 3 Battle Brewing By Peter May
New York DV Show reportIt struck me just a moment ago how much I enjoy hearing the word "wow" and here at the New York DV show I've been hearing "wow" all week.

Just now I heard it from Rick Friedman, President of Mindshare Ventures and one of the organizers of the show. He was wowing about the attendance. "We've tapped into this huge pent-up interest for professionals seeking current and objective 'how to' information for Apple's Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Avid Xpress DV and Discreet." Rick and his crew had originally anticipated 2500 attendees. The count now stands well over 7000. "It's just exploded," said Friedman. "We have people from five countries and thirty-seven states. We're just the right show at the right time," he said.

NYDV Show floor
Quite a crowd gathered at the New York DV Show. Photo by Carole Edington.
Spend a little time shoulder to shoulder with other digital video professionals and you know Rick's right. I counted sixty some-odd booths crammed into an exhibition space that could have been three times as large. But it's not just a product showcase, there's a lot of information to be had in this old hotel and that's the biggest wow for me. In the five days of the New York DV show there have been 170 sessions including user group meetings, product demos and classes running from 9 in the morning until 9 at night and many have been standing room only. "I've got nothing else to do right now," offered Bob, a documentary editor waiting out this sluggish economy with the rest of us. But like the economists love to say, this time it's different. Rather than sewing our wallets shut and resting up from the 90s, we're energized by the new opportunities of the DV revolution.

"The future is not like the past," says Phil Hodgetts, a Final Cut Pro expert up here from down under. "I think we're seeing the beginning of the a video revolution equal to the desktop publishing revolution of the 80s. The tools will be in the hands of more people and DVD authoring and broadband will create new outlets for the products we create. In Final Cut Pro we have a video finishing tool that'll run on an average home computer."

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