New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts recently added 18 AJ-PX270 AVC-ULTRA P2 HD handheld camcorders as the standard instructional tool in the Film and Television department's Sight and Sound Documentary classes. NYU Tisch's acquisition of the PX270s was made possible through a donation by a parent of a Tisch student. More than 75 second- year students have just completed a semester of work with the PX270s, each student tasked with making up to five films in the space of fourteen weeks. "Our Sight and Sound classes are a fundamental element of the NYU Tisch Film and Television education, originated by acclaimed director Haig Manoogian after World War II and still enormously relevant today," said Joe Pichirallo, chair of the Undergraduate Program in Film & Television at NYU Tisch.
With some stories happening so quickly they need to be covered before a team gets there, or happening at a time when few resources are available, turning to mobile journalism is becoming the increasingly common response. Harriet Hadfield, a reporter at Sky News, spoke to news:rewired about using a mobile phone for live broadcasts. Sky prides itself in being able to "go live" in only 90 seconds, so equipped with her toolkit on stage, she talked us through her essentials.
Even under the FAA's highly restrictive "333 exemption" rules governing the commercial use of drones--especially the requirement to file flight plans 24 hours before launch--pioneering broadcasters such as ABC News, Cox Media Group, and Media General have managed to capture exciting, meaningful TV coverage using these unmanned, camera-equipped platforms. Media General station KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., uses both drones and its helicopter for ENG. "The damage caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and earthquakes becomes very clear from 100 feet in the air," said Maria Stefanopoulos, production manager for "Good Morning America." "This is a hard message to convey by using an ENG crew on the ground."
Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that simplify the transport of live video and real-time data across remote or mobile IP networks, will showcase the latest developments in its IP connectivity solutions for electronic newsgathering (ENG) and remote broadcasting at the IBC2016 Exhibition (Amsterdam, 9-13 September, booth 12.C56). At IBC2016, Dejero will be showcasing the latest enhancements to its LIVE+ Control management system that simplifies the task of broadcasting live from remote locations and transporting recorded content to broadcast facilities over bonded IP networks including cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet or satellite. The latest updates enhance monitoring, station administration, and reporting capabilities, displaying real-time analytics of network connection performance, and overall transmission quality for each Dejero transmitter.
TimeWarner Cable Sportsnet is using the Comrex LiveShot, an IP-based camera-mounted or handheld bonded cellular transmitter, to cover games live for a number of Los Angeles-based teams. This includes the LA Sparks, LA Galaxy, local high school sports, and other L.A. teams. LiveShot helps the Sportsnet crew send signals back from the field or in the stadiums during production of the more than 350 games that TWC Sportsnet covers each year. It's compact size makes it extremely portable, allowing the crew to set up virtually anywhere they need a unique POV shot. "We try to keep satellite to a minimum, and one of the things I was looking for at NAB this year was a way to efficiently get return video over IP," said Tony Sonnanstine, Senior Broadcast Engineer for TWC Sportsnet. "When I found the Comrex LiveShot, I was really excited. It's a simple product: you press one button, and you're transmitting. The return video and return audio are amazing."
In 2000 I got my first photos published in a magazine. Fourteen years later I won a Webby Award for my film exposing the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup. Along the way I've learned a few things about what it takes to succeed (or at least survive) as a freelance video journalist. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I hope one or two of these tips may be helpful to some of you trying to break in to this most competitive of fields. The type of work I do sometimes involves breaking news, but more often consists of in-depth investigations, which can take months to film.
TVU Networks, a provider of live IP video solutions, markets a wide range of products for live video acquisition, delivery and streamlining workflow. The company also provides a full portfolio of video-over-IP solutions designed to give video journalists innovative, flexible and reliable tools to acquire live video content from anywhere and distribute it anywhere. TVU solutions include: the TVU Grid, an IP-based switching, routing and distribution video solution; the award-winning lightweight and portable TVU One cellular live video transmitter; the fixed-mounted TVU MLink for ENG vans; the TVUMe online video content marketplace; and the TVU Anywhere app that turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter.
Comrex has unveiled version 4.0 of its ACCESS software, which includes CrossLock, a new feature included that provides video journalists with an added capability for cellular service bonding, allowing multiple networks to be used simultaneously. In addition to network bonding, the user can configure multiple networks for redundancy mode, which is a better choice for reliability on higher bandwidth links. Additionally, forward error correction (FEC) and other ACCESS reliability tools are included with the firmware. With ACCESS's portable user interface and wide variety of encoders that set the standard for innovative remote broadcasting equipment, ACCESS 4.0 enables higher quality, lower latency, and improved stability from even more locations.
Dejero, a provider of cloud-managed solutions for the transport of live video across challenging IP networks, has developed a full portfolio IP connectivity solutions for electronic newsgathering (ENG) and independent video journalism. Dejero's LIVE+ platform simplifies the adoption of IP and cloud technology for video transport between remote or mobile locations. The unique Dejero approach bonds all available networks, including 3G/4G/LTE cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or BGAN or Ka-band satellite, to deliver high-quality, low-latency video.
Sony has unveiled its latest 4K camcorder, the compact and highly affordable PXW-Z150, which combines enhanced low-light performance and a number of fast file transfer options for professionals who need to quickly and easily shoot, edit and deliver broadcast-quality content. The PXW-Z150 will ship in April at a suggested list price of $3,595. The company said the new PXW-Z150, Sony's third professional 1-inch camcorder, features a stacked 1.0-type Exmor sensor, highly unique in a professional camcorder. It features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, allowing shooters to capture sharp pictures in low-light conditions. A high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion.