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TVU Networks Upgrades ENG Software For Better Transmission

ImageTVU 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.

Salt Lake City VideoJournalists Report Live With JVC Cameras

ImageKTVX, the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, is using six JVC GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount camcorders from JVC Professional Video in conjunction with the JVC BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server (powered by Zixi technology) to produce live ENG reports from the field. The JVC cameras complement the station's four microwave trucks and two satellite trucks, allowing an enhanced ability to excel in local coverage. According to George Severson, news director, photogs in the field have been trained to use the GY-HM890's built-in HD streaming capabilities first, a move that has "dramatically" reduced operating costs. "It's an awesome tool to have in our tool box," Severson said. "We can respond to news as it's happening."

FAA Proposes New Rules for Drone Use

ImageThe Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today's aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. News organizations and independent Video Journalists have been experimenting with the technology for about a year and have been eagerly awaiting these proposed rules because UAS 'drones' can provide unique overheard viewing of breaking news stories. The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule.

Arizona State University Journalism School Adopts Dejero Mobile Newsgathering Solutions

ImageThe Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University (ASU) has adopted mobile newsgathering technology from Dejero as a core component of its curriculum for broadcast journalism students. The Cronkite School has deployed Dejero LIVE+ transmitters for use by students to provide live, remote coverage of breaking news and feature stories for the on-campus public television station, Eight, Arizona PBS (KAET). In addition, more than 30 students have installed the Dejero LIVE+ Mobile App for the iPhone in order to go live with broadcast-quality video whenever and wherever they encounter breaking news, including Cronkite News bureaus in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. "The Walter Cronkite School is committed to embracing the most leading-edge newsgathering technologies available in order to provide our students with the broadcast journalism skillset they'll need for successful careers," said Mark Lodato, assistant dean and news director.

Dejero's New Transmitter in a Box

ImageDejero, makers of bonded cellular and other types of portable transmission solutions, has unveiled a portable video transmitter package called LIVE+ GoBox. It combines the company's LIVE+ professional-grade mobile transmitter, used by video journalists around the world who are transmitting content from around the world. LIVE+ GoBox is Dejero's newest portable transmitter that allows video journalists to broadcast live from virtually anywhere with bonded cellular, Wi-Fi, and portable satellite connections. Or, they can record up to 40 hours of HD video to the GoBox for later broadcast.