The Government Video Exposition is the premier annual event organized by
magazine, and it looked for a while that a much-reviled partial
shutdown of the federal government would steal the Expo’s thunder.
those storm clouds have passed and the Expo will happen as scheduled,
on Dec. 3–5, at the Walter E. Washington convention center in
Washington. That will be good for all of us, as the Expo is bigger and
better than ever for 2013.
One of the reasons is
its association with GovComm, an audiovisual exposition that targets AV
users in government. The natural synergy of television combined with
audiovisual makes the GV Expo the largest video and audiovisual
exposition in the eastern U.S.
co-locate GovComm with Government Video Expo for a second year has been
an easy decision for Infocomm,” said Infocomm senior vice president
expositions Jason McGraw. “It has allowed us to deliver a more
comprehensive technology marketplace to the government audience. It is a
true win-win scenario.”
’s management is on
the same wavelength.
and the GV Expo are a natural fit, providing a one-stop opportunity to
see, touch and learn about all aspects of technology used for government
visual communications,” said Carmel King, executive vice president
NewBay Media, Government Video
parent. “We’re happy to once again team with Infocomm to
share the show with our GovComm colleagues and attendees.”
GV Expo can be roughly divided in two: The exposition floor and
educational sessions. The sessions fall under two tracks, called the
ProMedia conference and the DC Post | Production conference. As I write
this, the number and content of these sessions are being finalized, but
there will be dozens of sessions and programs.
for the exposition floor, more than 175 companies are signed up to
exhibit their products and services, including most of the best-known
names in the industry. also on the expo floor is the main stage, where
there will be keynote talks, vendor presentations and ... drum roll,
please ... raffles where the lucky few will score some pretty cool gear
Of course, at the heart of the
Expo floor are the exhibitors, which will run the gamut of companies in
the industry from big to small. anchored by such popular manufacturers
as Panasonic, Canon, Blackmagic Design and JVC, companies on the Expo
floor support everything from video production and editing to
surveillance, teleconferencing and audio systems.
|Panasonic AG-AC90 Camcorder
makes it interesting is the way that each of the larger companies meets
the needs of government video producers. For example, Panasonic makes
an exceptionally wide range of video products from entry-level
professional to full-blown production, including cameras, monitors and
JVC is known for its
run-and-gun cameras, lightweight and reasonably priced high-quality
units that always have interesting extras — including an affordable
camera model. The company also has monitors and audiovisual products.
its longstanding background in photography, Canon has a line of dSLR
cameras that excel both at taking still images and digital
cinematography. In addition to cameras targeted at digital cinema, Canon
also has a popular line of affordable HD cameras that are small but
pack a lot of punch.
Blackmagic Design has grown
quickly to become a significant supplier of transcoders, interfaces,
routing switchers, production switchers and, recently, test equipment
and high-spec cameras. The company has been making waves in the industry
with its low-cost/high-performance model, and will have its wide range
of products at the GV Expo.
|Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio
course, the show floor will buzz with attendees checking out the
products from these and other exhibitors. It helps that vendors come to
the show knowing they need to address the special needs of government
employees who are responsible for video and audiovisual operations.
will help government agencies and the military boost collaboration,
enhance security, improve reliability and cut costs as leading AV
manufacturers and solutions providers showcase audio/video,
conferencing, collaboration, control systems, digital signage and visual
display solutions,” McGraw said.
At the GV Expo,
Evertz will feature its line of interfaces, transcoders, switchers and
transport products. Company representatives will also be on hand to
answer questions about Evertz’s media asset management systems.
|Vaddio HuddleStation Videoconferencing
will be at the show to demonstrate its easy-to-use videoconferencing
solutions, which are increasingly important in a world of sequestration
and tight budgets. Vaddio has products that cover the range of
user-created ad-hoc conference networks to large operator-controlled
Roland Systems, long known for its
audio products that are popular in the music industry, will be at the GV
Expo with its line of audio and video mixer/switchers. Roland also has
video playback and still-image systems.
Digital has been growing its line of BlueBox sig- nal conversion
devices, which are increasingly necessary in the rapidly evolving world
of video gear. The company has an array of signal processing and
distribution products, many of which fit into industry-standard rack
With the growing curiosity about 4K video,
DVI Gear will be in the thick of things with its 4K distribution and
transport systems. The company also has matrix switchers and cable
extenders that can get signals to the end of long runs without a loss of
|DVIGear DVI-5514b HDMI
walls and digital signage systems are everywhere, which will makes
Planar’s booth at the GV Expo an appropriate stop. The company has a
range of monitors that excel at video wall and signage applications, and
can even make custom monitors for handheld devices and in-car
monitoring systems—including touchscreen monitors.
is going wireless, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Teradek will be
the show. Teradek has an array of wireless solutions for transporting
high-quality HD video and full-bandwidth audio.
Electronics specializes in image switching, with solutions for HDMI,
DVI and VGA signals. In addition to switching the display signals, Rose
will be on hand to discuss its KVM switches that let you control several
computers/displays with a single keyboard and mouse.
|Rose Electronics QuadraVista HDMI KVM
are just a handful of the many interesting exhibitors that will be at
the 2013 Government Video Expo. Although operating television and
audiovisual facilities for the government is a serious enterprise, we
also hope that you’ll take a moment to have some fun and enjoy the
keynote speeches, raffle and other activities. After all, this is your
show and your chance to see the latest gear and learn about new skills
“No other trade show focuses on
the needs of government video operations to the extent that we do at the
GV Expo,” King said. “During this time of exceptionally
GV Expo provides a sizable television and audiovisual exposition and
conference within easy driving and public transportation reach of
thousands of federal, state and local government workers, plus thousands
more commercial and private sector TV and video professionals.”