Government Video Expo Preview

The 11th annual Government Video Technology Expo is coming up fast. The trade show runs Dec. 2-4, 2008, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

There will be more than 150 exhibitors on the floor, including Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Sony and many more. The hall opens Dec. 3. Access is free for all registered attendees, as is the Information Showcase, a series of free educational seminars presented by exhibitors at the Presentation and Keynote Theater.

Keynoters this year include FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, who will offer his insight on the federally mandated DTV transition, while project manager Elizabeth Musteen will share the A/V secrets of the new Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History.
Admission to both keynotes is free for all registered attendees, but seating is limited. Adelstein will speak Dec. 3, Musteen on Dec. 4. Both keynotes begin at 10:30 a.m.

Education opportunities include DigitalMediaDC for post-production instruction. Three days of sessions cover the latest advances in Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop, as well as creative techniques with Apple Final Cut Studio. Plus, DigitalMediaDC goes beyond the edit suite with training for podcasting, new media, and HD production.
DigitalMediaDC conference sessions begin Dec. 2.

Several organizations will also be on site, including TIVA-DC and Women in Film & Video. The Communications Media Management Association will host a member and guest networking session Dec. 3 starting at 2 p.m. in Room 205. At 5 p.m., when the show floor closes, the D.C. Avid User Group will meet in Room 204C. And the D.C. Final Cut Pro User Group and the D.C. Podcaster Alliance will hold their own meetings in Rooms 204B and 204A, respectively.

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