As the upcoming elections continue to heat up, it's becoming more important for video journalists to keep up with the candidates. How else are we supposed to catch what Donald Trump will say or do next? LiveU, a provider of IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions, recently collaborated with Fox 5 News in New York to train reporters and cameramen on how to deliver 360-degree coverage of the elections on a budget.
On September 19th, TVU Networks, a company that has supported the emergence of bonded cellular transmission devices, helped stream a key part of the Excellence in Journalism conference, the Paul White and John F. Hogan Awards ceremony, held this year in Orlando Florida. It was the first time the awards ceremony had been streamed live. The prestigious event is jointly hosted by the Radio Television Digital News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
New Zealand-based production company Kinetic Media used Dejero's LIVE+ bonded cellular mobile transmitters to stream live HD video from field locations to outside broadcast (OB) trucks during televised coverage of the inaugural Challenge Dubai triathlon. Mounted on motorcycles, the rugged and portable LIVE+ transmitters allowed Kinetic Media to transmit live video directly from the men's and women's swimming, running, and cycling courses. "Once again, Dejero's LIVE+ transmitters gave us a first-rate alternative to traditional satellite and microwave trucks for capturing the excitement of a triathlon," said Richard Sutcliffe, producer, Kinetic Media.
TVU Networks, a provider of live mobile IP newsgathering solutions for video journalists, has been traveling around the country demonstrating its range of technology, including its TVU One IP newsgathering video transmitter; MLink cellular 3G/4G LTE, satellite and microwave live video uplink transmitter; TVUPack TM8200 mobile uplink backpack transmitter; and the TVU Anywhere application that turns laptops and smart devices into transmitters.
Dejero, a provider of remote acquisition, cloud management, and multiscreen distribution technology for the acquisition of live video over IP, has joined with Aeryon Labs, a Waterloo, Ontario, Canada-based manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS, a.k.a. drones) to offer secure, real-time distribution of HD video captured by Aeryon sUAS through the Dejero LIVE+ platform. This will enable video journalists to integrate live video captured with drone technology into their newsgathering productions. Dejero is also headquartered in Waterloo. "There is significant and growing interest from broadcasters--especially newsgathering organizations--in drone technology because it brings a unique perspective and closer, more intimate live content, while providing greater context to news stories," said Brian Cram, CEO of Dejero.
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.
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.