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KATC Multimedia Journalists Transmit Live HD Reports with Mobile News Camera

ImageKATC, the ABC affiliate in Lafayette, La. (DMA #122), is using JVC's GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news camera as part of a multimedia journalist (MMJ) kit to provide live HD reports from the field. The camera has typically been coupled with a Verizon 4G LTE mobile hotspot for live shots two or three times per week. "It's just easier than some of the other systems out there," explained Don Mouton, Jr., chief engineer, KATC Communications, Inc. "I don't need the hassle or added expense of five modems in a backpack system to get a signal back to the station. I can get the same results in the field with our JVC camera and a hotspot shoved in a shirt pocket. It's more affordable and so convenient."

Your Local TV News Station Would Like to Buy a Drone

ImageEvery reporter knows the feeling of wanting to get closer to the action. There are a lot of traditional ways to achieve this – inside sources, telephoto lenses, news helicopters, just to name a few. But now that ever-cheaper drones can be outfitted with cameras, journalists have a whole new way to get a better angle on a story. And they want to use it.  The problem is that in the United States, despite the increasing use of drones for things like photographing real estate, there are no real rules to control their commercial operation. The FAA is in charge of regulating “unmanned aircraft systems,” but they have been slow to formulate guidelines, and have admitted they won’t meet the 2015 deadline for doing so. In the meantime, it's technically illegal to operate a UAS for commercial use, and can result in a $10,000 fine, though that law is only enforced on occasion.

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