I graduated debt-free from journalism school in 1968 at a time when there were plenty of jobs and some great opportunities in the news business. I was lucky enough to work at some prestigious news organizations, including United Press International, Post-Newsweek, Gannett and the Miami Herald. In every one of those news jobs, accuracy in reporting was priority number one. At UPI, it was very simple. Make a major error in a story that's released nationally and you were fired. There were no ifs, ands or buts. Rules like that kept you on your toes.
Since the mid 1970s, video cameras have been a state of nearly constant change. Not only do camera prices keep falling, but the latest models are hybrid multimedia cameras that simultaneously record both full-motion video and high-resolution still images. "At TV stations, the old news model is pretty much dead. The producer, the cameraman and the editor have all merged into one person. Stations are now ditching their Betacams," said Dirck Halstead, a veteran photographer who, for 29 years, covered the White House for Time Magazine. The next generation of cameras will work for anyone who records both video and still images--whether television stations, newspapers, radio networks or documentary makers. The new designs stem from the latest generation of 35mm SLRs that now incorporate the ability to record high-definition video.
Shure introduced the VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone and the VP83F with integrated flash recording at NAB. The ultra-compact condenser shotgun microphones, with an isolation suspension system developed exclusively with Rycote, are engineered to provide broadcast professionals, videographers, filmmakers, video journalists, field reporters, and others with an all-in-one solution for capturing audio with DSLR cameras and portable video/audio recorders. The VP83 and VP83F feature all-metal construction, are designed to provide RF immunity and include directional supercardioid/lobar polar patterns to reject unwanted off-axis audio.
Black Magic Design has announced at NAB a pocket-sized 1080p movie camera capable of 422 ProRes capture with promises of lossless CinemaDNG to be added via firmware. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses a Super 16 crop (around 12.5 x 7.4mm), of the sensor used in its existing camera, and an "active" Micro Four Thirds lens mount, giving full aperture control of native lenses. The shipping camera can capture footage in Apple's 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes format. It will $995 and be available in July.
Tascam has introduced anew audio recording solution for on-set filmmakers and videographers using DSLR cameras. Until now, filmmakers have been using bulky audio recorders designed for music, and also trying to transform the inferior audio technology built-into DSLR Cameras. The DR-60D is a 4-track solid-state recorder utilizing Tascam's decades of experience. The recorder employs high-grade pre-amps, legendary D/A converters and a durable but lightweight structure and shape. This device will fit snuggly under any camera or into any rig, and record up to 96kHz/24-bit high quality audio straight to SD/SDHC media.
Unveiling a new camcorder for video enthusiasts and advanced amateurs, Canon has announced a new flagship model--the VIXIA HF G30 camcorder. The camcorder features a 20x Canon HD video lens, MP4 recording and built-in Wi-Fi capability with dual band wireless support. It is currently scheduled to ship in June with an estimated retail price of $1,699.99. "The new VIXIA HF G30 camcorder opens up new possibilities for advanced amateurs looking to explore their creative potential with professional-level performance and wireless capabilities in a consumer camcorder," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group at Canon.
Zylight, a manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will showcase its new F8 LED Fresnel at the 2013 NAB Show next month in Las Vegas. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the compact lighting instrument collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage. "When we showed our F8 concept at NAB last year, we received an overwhelmingly positive response," said Charlie Collias, senior vice president, worldwide sales. "We've taken the traditionally hot and bulky Fresnel technology and replaced it with compact LED technology. The F8 delivers all the performance of a traditional Fresnel lighting instrument in a much more portable and energy efficient design."
In the coming world of 4 and 8K video cameras, a tried and true technology — the three-sensor camera — may fall to the wayside in favor of more cost-effective single-sensor image-making tools. In the Executive HDTV Report, Tore B. Nordahl writes that three-sensor CCD and CMOS cameras are impractical and too expensive for producing ultra high-definition television. The market, he predicts, will shift to a single-sensor Bayer color filter array configuration.
Anton/Bauer, a provider of batteries, chargers lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will introduce its newest lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, the DIONIC HD, for broadcast and digital media professionals at the 2013 NAB Show next month. Part of the company's Logic Series of batteries, the DIONIC HD powers high-current applications in a lightweight and robust package, making it ideal for digital cinema cameras such as the Sony F65, RED cameras, ARRI Alexa, the Vision Research Phantom series and more.
Birds+Tweets = "TWITTER". Your beautiful face+online biographies = "FACEBOOK"? Okay maybe that one wasn't as good. The world of social media has taken over and needless to say people are making a career out of it. I'm one of those people, although I never thought that I would be taking this route. Well I'm not exactly making a career out of it, but freelancing "kind of" pays the bills.
Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EIJ13) is the journalism conference designed to help dedicated journalists thrive. Come to Southern California from Aug. 24 to 26 to learn, connect and grow as a media professional.
Here's a taste of the EIJ13 programs feast: • Claiming Your Power in the New Media Newsroom • Effective Use of Social Tools for Breaking and Big-Issue Reporting • Facebook Usage Survey • Drones: The New Airborne Reporter in Your Future
A journalism conference should have outstanding training, hundreds of well-connected professionals and an exciting, entertaining atmosphere. You'll experience that and more at Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EJ13). Make your travel plans to attend EIJ13 Aug. 24 to 26 in Southern California -- registration is open and, gosh, these programs look inviting: • 15 Social Media Ideas Newsroom Leaders Can't Live Without • Digging Deeper with Social Media • Making the Right Call: The Ethics Challenge • Write This Workshop on digital writing and design • Diversity Data-Mining: Finding Important Demographic Trends in Census Data
The students of the Communications Studies program at Plattsburgh State University of New York recently unpacked new high-end lighting destined for their upgraded production studio. The state-of-the-art lighting included the same Litepanels LED fixtures that are used in professional broadcast and television studios worldwide. The lighting, which included the Sola 6 focusable Fresnels and 1x1 panel lights, were donated to the university by Litepanels. "The lighting will be installed in Studio A of the Albert R. Montararo Television Studios," said Dr. Shakuntala Rao, chairperson of the Communications Studies Program at SUNY Plattsburgh. "This studio is used extensively by our students to produce a variety of shows for PSTV. Good lighting is the foundation of good television.
I am a working studio producer and audio engineering teacher and I always need to record. Whether it be in the studio teaching or quickly composing a song on the go, my life is full of miniature musical mementos that I need to capture. The Mikey Digital iPhone microphone by Blue Microphones does everything I need and more... But the setup is beautifully simple, with snap in and record functionality.