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Old January 18th, 2006, 12:45 PM   #16
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Southwest has some good round trip fares out of Baltimore/Washington International also. Internet fares with a single stop each way..round trip for at or under 300.00
this would be my first NAB, so any help on tickets would be appreciated. I'd even wear a Tshirt, I have enough girth to get plenty of words on it, hehehe.

Also, any advice on non smoker friendly hotels would be nice. Last August when I stayed at the hilton, it was so bad I almost lit up again.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:03 PM   #17
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Vegas is the smoker's mecca. It can be very difficult to escape that aspect. Try to avoid hanging out on the casino floor if you can help it.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:16 PM   #18
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Jack, you said that Moday is a free day for you. Exhibits start Monday, April 24th and run through Thursday, April 27th. You lucky Vegas residents - you get to just drive home from NAB every night.

Joe, as I understand it the newer hotels have much improved air-handling equipment, making it a much more pleasant experience for non-smokers. Hard for me to be objective while I'm puffing away like a fiend. The Hilton is pretty old, but you can't beat the location. Also, as Chris said, you should never have to pay to attend NAB (exhibits only, not the seminars) NAB lists the exhibits-only pass at $200, but nobody ever pays that. Any major video-industry vendor can give you a code you use at the NAB website to register for free.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 02:34 PM   #19
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As soon as I can manage, I'll gather all the free exhibits pass codes from our sponsors. Listen to Scott (and me): nobody should ever have to pay to get access to the NAB show floor.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 12:12 AM   #20
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if possible i want to attend too....my folks attended NAB about 2 years ago, they got in for free....i dunno how...but i want to go this year......how can i get in?
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Old January 20th, 2006, 10:57 AM   #21
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Darns yous! Darns yous all! I already paid for NAB =P. Oh well! =)

Really? Exhibits start on Monday? I could have sworn that I read something on the websites about exhibits not starting until Tuesday, well I can always go and see, not like I have anything else better to do on Mondays except sleep and watch TV! =)

I guess I can get there early and take some pictures and get info, but I'm only one guy, I can't attend every show floor seminar and press announcements and my brother isn't going to be much help since this will be his first NAB trip and he isn't a tech-head like me, I'm taking him so I can finally show him the difference between 24p and 60i and SD versus HD.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 03:55 PM   #22
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Hi Chris, my brother and I are also planning to attend this years NAB, neither of us has ever been, but we are making the pilgrimage to see the RED booth (hopefully with a working prototype). Is there a specific day that they will be showing? I also would be very interested in getting a pass so as to avoid paying the high price of the show floor.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 04:29 PM   #23
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Right now we are scrambling for a venue for our big FCPUG bask April 26. We lost the Stardust so are now in the throngs of being pummeled by the high prices of all the rest of the Hotels. We hated the Stardust staff and will not miss them in the least and glad the place is being burned down, but it was the only affordable place left in Vegas.

If any of you folks who live in Vegas got any ideas where we can go and fit 800-1000 people into without losing our shirts financially, give me a holler. Would not be the same with out the FCPUG SuperMeet

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Old January 23rd, 2006, 10:56 PM   #24
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Holy cow, Michael! That's a lot of people!

What kind of pricing are you looking for? I've stayed in nearly all of the hotels in Vegas at one time or another, is there any space at the Hilton that's available? If you want to save money, you should aim for a hotel that's not on the Las Vegas strip. The Orleans hotel seems to be a nice hotel for conventioneers to stay in and it's the only hotel I know of that has a videogame arcade, bowling alley, movie theatre, convention arena, and Nathan's Hot Dogs all in one place! =)

Other than that, you can try looking for smaller hotels that pepper the surrounding Vegas strip area, maybe you can break your group up into four or five groups of 200?

For hotels on the strip, when my mother comes to visit, she usually stays in the Aladdin hotel, nice rooms and all-around good hotel to stay in, I'm not too sure if that's too pricey for your group, but that's where my mom finds the cheapest deals for her. She's visiting right now actually and is staying in the Monte Carlo, Lance Burton is my cousin, so she likes to stay there sometimes. I remember her telling me about how she found some pretty good deals at the Monte Carlo for around this time, but since NAB is a few months off, I don't know how things will be. The MGM Grand is another frequent haunt of hers, but I'm pretty sure that there wouldn't be space enough for that many people.

I wish I could think of more hotels off the top of my head for that kind of group size, but I can't at the moment. So, good luck with that man and hopefully we'll see ya at NAB.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 01:34 AM   #25
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Thanks for the reply Jack. Good suggestions. Been looking off the strip today and made about 10 phone calls and no human being answered th ephone. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some luck.

Yeah, these shows are big and do attract a lot of people. Can't really break them up. No logistical way.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 10:26 AM   #26
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The monorail opens lots of possibilities, so staying at the Hilton isn't a requirement. I guess I better get off my butt and make a reservation while I can. btw, Airwest flies out of both Reagan and Dulles and has great non stop roundtrip fares to Vegas.

Any Vegas users going?

Also, the dining facilities at the Hilton are easily overwhelmed during a convention. Any advice on good/affordable restaurants that can be accessed via
the monorail and a short walk would be appreciated.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 11:17 AM   #27
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hello!

Iwish i could go to NAB 2006 so i can talk to the RED camera guys about getting a job, any job!(grasscutter, dishwasher whatever it takes)
I just think being part of the RED team would be the coolest job ever.
Jimi :)
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Old January 30th, 2006, 11:29 AM   #28
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Any advice on good/affordable restaurants that can be accessed via the monorail and a short walk would be appreciated.
One rail stop from the LVCC is Harrah's / Imperial Palace. Plenty of good restaurants to be found right there in that area, including Ming's, one of my favorite places for Chinese not costing a lot of money.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 12:27 PM   #29
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I'll be at NAB this year. I'll be on the RED booth - stop by and say hello, and the SiliconColor booth with my new plugins for FinalTouch. I'm getting Nattress shirts made up this year, so you can spot me easily.

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Old February 5th, 2006, 11:14 PM   #30
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Free tix?

So Chris -- what about the VIP Code for the free tix? Anything on that yet? Thanks.
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