By Mike Dano
AMSTERDAM -- The IBC show this year was a feast for the eyes. Alongside useful information, exhibitors used all the tricks and gimmicks at their disposal to draw attendees' interest.
Check out the pictures of the IBC show floor below, and click here for our full coverage of the show.
As usual, IBC was held in beautiful Amsterdam at the RAI convention center. With plenty of fine food, canal trips, red light districts and "coffee shops," the city continues to stand as an excellent IBC host.
Inside the venue, TV production remained a major topic. A number of exhibitors showed off the newest and best ways for content creators to capture video -- up to and including this incredible mini helicopter from BeyondHD. Sadly, rides were not offered.
Helicopters weren't the only vehicles strapped with cameras. This traveling film platform, from Parallax, looked like it had just emerged from the set of Mad Max: Fury Road.
Innovative ways to get a new camera angle weren't just high-tech: this rig clearly takes its inspiration from the fishing world, though it had some showgoers ducking.
But drones kept a key position in the film-capture section of IBC. Drones were everywhere, including in a giant netted enclosure that made drone-watching feel like a visit to the zoo.
Inside the convention center itself, exhibitors showed off all kinds of new -- and old -- TV tech. This wall of Omni remotes reminded all convention goers why they prefer their smartphone to their TV remote control in all cases.
Samsung, in the meantime, continued to showcase its next-generation TV technology. "Super UHD" curved screens were in place around its booth space demonstrating their 4K picture quality.
Ooyala attempted to use magic (no, really!) to explain its corporate differentiators. Magic is awesome.
And Grass Valley used these dancers to show off its filming and editing tech.
Not to be outdone, Vislink offered attendees the chance to get a selfie with a souped up racecar.
But no exhibitor could outdo Cinegy, which brought Back to the Future's DeLorean back to the show. But what happens when it goes 88 mph???
Of course, no IBC trade show is complete without some big boxes. Here, Arris' Cornel Ciocirlan shows off the company's big DOCSIS computer box. Boxes!
Which leads these days to the trend of fewer boxes on premise: here, Imagine Communications demonstrates a virtual, customizable master control board paired with its VersioCloud broadcast workflow platform.
To be clear, the bulk of IBC was geared toward connection executives and sharing information. Thus, most discussions centered on this question: Is traditional broadcast threatened? The answer, unfortunately, remains unclear at best.
Samantha Bookman contributed to this feature.