GV Expo Salutes Innovators

More than 150 companies are exhibiting at GV Expo.

The Government Video Technology Expo will give a "Government Video Salute" award to recognize the most innovative new products being unveiled at the Expo, running this week (Dec. 2-4) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

More than 150 companies are exhibiting at GV Expo, produced by NewBay Media. The show floor opens Weds., Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.

During the expo, the editorial team of Government Video magazine will search the show floor for the technologies and services most worthy of the "Government Video Salute."

"For a decade, exhibitors have been using GV Expo as a platform to showcase their latest products," said Government Video editor Mark J. Pescatore. "Our editorial team will award the 'Salute' to a select group of standout products at the show, and these exhibitors will have a special honor to bring home with their purchase orders."

To be eligible for a 'Salute,' products must be new and on display at GV Expo for the first time. Awards will be distributed during the second day of the show, and the winning products will be featured in the January 2009 issue of Government Video. The Salute focuses on products that are particularly appealing to the government video marketplace.

"Don't underestimate the government sector," said Eric Trabb, vice president of sales and publisher of the NewBay Media Video/Broadcast Group, which publishes Government Video. "It's a very valuable part of our industry. I'm

proud that our Salute award highlights great products as well as an important segment of the professional video market."

FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will give a keynote address Weds., Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Elizabeth Musteen, Project Manager at the (Smithsonian) National Museum

of Natural History, will keynote Thursday of the Institution’s latest major addition, Ocean Hall.

Other speakers include Damon Moritz, video program manager at Navy Visual News Service, on “Digital Asset Management: Easy. Powerful. Secure.” (Weds. 12 p.m.) and John Szakach, vice president of new product development for TASER International (Weds. 3 p.m.)

In addition GV Expo will present three days of seminars, panels, and hands-on training sessions.

Two conference programs are offering in-depth education and training. The DigitalMediaDC Conference features certification workshops in Apple Final Cut Pro and Apple Color; Avid Editing; High Definition Technology; Motion Graphics and Visual FX; Podcasting, Flash Video and New Media; and Adobe Production Premium Workflow.

The Government Video Conference includes Lighting Problems and Solutions; Working in D.C.: Tips from the Trenches; AVCCAM Training from Panasonic; Streaming Media Technical Issues; Challenges in AV Installations; Choosing the Correct HD Camera Package; HD Finishing and Workflow Output; and more.

GV Expo is also offering programs free to all attendees, including Information Showcase (a series of educational seminars presented on the show floor) and the GV Film Festival, screening projects from the 48 Hour Film Project, DC Shorts Festival, and more.

For registration and more information, check the GV Expo Web Site.