Newsroom salary highlights: TV salaries gain ground, not radio; winners and losers and starting pay; who is under contract... The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found that local television news salaries rose by 1.9% in 2014. That's up by 0.3 from a year ago, and with inflation an extremely low 1.6%, that means that TV news salaries gained slightly in purchasing power last year. The spread of 0.3 this year at least beats the 0.1 difference a year ago.
Last month Chicago videographer Colin Hinkle was granted FAA approval to fly his drone commercially, opening the door for Hinkle to finally use the technology with local news channels where he has worked as a freelance shooter. And last week Hinkle got the call for his first live assignment, an aerial video of the Bloomingdale Trail, a $90 million project to turn part of the old Bloomingdale Rail Line into a 2.5 mile long park. It's a breathtaking view of the trail, and it marks a monumental moment in drone news coverage.
Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a thriving and diverse college located in Hays, Kansas, has implemented Avid's "Everywhere" platform to create an end-to-end media production workflow based upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform. FHSU is also an Avid Learning Partner school, offering Pro Tools and Media Composer certifications as part of their official curriculum. By partnering with Avid, FHSU is providing students with the hands-on training and certifications they need to compete for the industry's best jobs. "Fort Hays students are given every opportunity to develop their skills, make mistakes, and get their hands on equipment in their first or second semester..."
Rushworks, based in Flower Mound, Texas, offers an easy and highly cost-effective way to produce multi-camera video programs using a tablet or touchscreen interface. Using one of the company's VDESK or REMO systems, a single operator can control multiple PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) robotic cameras. Both systems support up to 12 HD or SD-SDI inputs, includes a dual player, PIP and chromakey, transitions and DVE effects, a multi-layer DSK and the ability to perform multi-format video streaming.
The SP series of portable tripods from Shotoku Broadcast Systems opens up a whole new range of applications from professional Video Journalism to broadcast. The SP 100 tripod system includes a 100mm ball pan-and-tilt fluid head, a single telescopic pan bar, a 100mm bowl two-stage aluminum tripod, and a floor spreader.
Zylight, a manufacturer of innovative, premium LED lighting solutions, has introduced a compact on-camera light designed for broadcast news, independent video journalists and other run-and-gun shooting applications, called "the Newz." The variable white light includes brightness settings from tungsten (3200K) to daylight (5600K), while a unique articulated arm design allows shooters to easily adjust the height and angle of the light. "The Newz is not your ordinary on-camera light. It produces a significantly higher quality of light that's comparable to the output of our larger, world-class lighting instruments," explained Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. "It is a soft but punchy light that complements skin tones, so reporters in the field and the people they interview will look their best."
LiveU, a provider of IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions for acquisition, management and distribution, has been gaining significant momentum among broadcasters and video journalists worldwide with its ultra-small, camera-mounted transmitter, the LU200. Introduced in late 2014, the LU200 offers an attractive price point for a bonded solution with its high performance, and mini form-factor for live video transmission. Hundreds of units have now been deployed by customers worldwide, enabling every field camera to be equipped with a bonding uplink unit, or serve as a stand-alone video encoder.
A company in Whittier, Calif. called Datavideo Corporation has developed a new highly portable device that allows video journalists to use its CG popular software connected to this special device to produce their own on-screen titles and other effects with a laptop computer in the field. They say expensive, high-end graphics cards are no longer necessary for assembling a fine quality CG system. At VideoJournalistToday.com, we couldn't agree more. It's done with a small title creator box called the TC-200, which is compatible with all of Datavideo's CG software. The box accepts an HDMI signal from a laptop computer and can either downstream or upstream key.
TVU Networks, a provider of live IP video transmission solutions, has released a new software update to its TVUPack bonded cellular mobile newsgathering system that makes it perform better in heavy data traffic environments. The company says its new version 5.0 release is now highly dependable for successfully transmitting video, using public cellular service, in practically any bandwidth environment. "We have regular dialogue with our customers to understand their needs, which allow us to develop robust IP video management and transmission solutions that meet those needs," said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.
Today's videographers want their gear packages light in weight and compact in size. This not only cuts travel costs, but allows videographers to work faster in high stress level video shoots. Late last year I traveled to the South to record some video interviews. As with many shoots these days, I was a one-man-band. After that trip — as I have done countless times before — I cursed the heavy weight of my video gear and slowly begin the process of lightening things up. I began by laying out the assortment of gear in an effort to see where all the unnecessary weight was. Much of it, I quickly determined, was in electrical cable and outlets, light stands, tripods and quartz light fixtures with their accessories. I knew it was cumulatively too heavy and I began to investigate how I could effectively replace the stuff with smaller, less bulky equipment for the road.
Vizrt Helps Video Journalism Students Learn Graphics Creation With New Starter Program Viz Artist designers are some of the most sought after broadcast designers in the world. Vizrt is offering a special program for all aspiring broadcast designers to give their careers a head start in the media industry.The Vizrt Student License Program is offered to both freelancers and students (enrolled to educational institutions). The program has been created to provide special pricing for Viz Artist, Vizrt’s real-time 3D modeling and animation application that is used to design scenes for all of Vizrt’s graphics products. Using specially licensed software and a series of tutorials, you will become an expert in what’s become the design standard for broadcast.
The National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and its partner, the National Scholastic Press Association. The associations partner to prepare hundreds of practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups.
A couple of months ago, I was intrigued by a new 360 spherical camera that I immediately realized would allow video journalists to enhance certain news stories, especially on station web sites and perhaps as huge images for projection on the background of news studio sets. Ricoh, the company making the new Theta camera, had the same idea for news acquisition and sponsored a contest called "Spherical Report 360" that asked journalists and wannabe journalists to post 360 degree images on a website controlled by CNN. The purpose of the project is to explore new expression methods and possibilities for news images by using the very simple, pocket-sized Ricoh Theta camera..