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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. 

Nexstar Selects TVU Networks For Cellular Video Acquisition and Distribution

ImageNexstar Broadcasting Group has signed a deal to deploy TVU Networks' TVUPack IP newsgathering solutions and TVU Grid IP video switching, routing and distribution solutions across many of its broadcast stations. The independent broadcaster chose TVU due to the solution's resiliency, ease of use and ability to transmit over multiple cellular, satellite and microwave connections. With 105 television stations and 34 related digital multicast signals serving 56 markets across the United States, Nexstar stations reach approximately 15.6 percent of all U.S. television households. Nexstar plans to deploy TVUPack TM8200 mobile IP video transmitters to its various stations in order to easily distribute and share live IP video streams across the group.

LiveU Camera-Mounted Transmitter A Hit With Video Journalists

ImageThe LU200 bonded cellular transmitter from LiveU is gaining momentum with video journalists looking for a compact and affordable way to send video back to the news van or station newsroom directly from the camera. The LU200 opens new live coverage opportunities, enabling every field camera to be equipped with a bonding uplink unit. Weighing just over 1 pound and available in a pouch or camera-mount configuration, the LU200 features two built-in 4G LTE/3G modems with integrated antennas that can take advantage of any hotspot or data carrier. The LU200 can also serve as a standalone H.264 AVC video encoder with integrated satellite functionality, or be used as a LiveU DataBridge mobile hotspot for all IP applications in the field.

CNN Teams Up With the FAA for Reporter Drones

ImageConsumers may still be waiting for their toilet paper to arrive by drone, but unmanned aerial vehicles will soon help deliver their cable news. CNN announced Monday that it has entered a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration to integrate drones into its newsgathering and reporting. "Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high-quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups," said CNN senior vp David Vigilante. "Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace."

Syracuse University Unveils Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center

ImageSyracuse University is making a big statement in media education, with the recent unveiling of its brand new Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center. An expansive $18 million facility, it is designed to teach the next generation of media professionals with a full complement of professional production equipment that includes four Ikegami HDK-95C camera systems, as well as four new HDL-57 one-piece multi-format HD cameras, both with 2.5 mega-pixel CMOS sensors. The Ikegami cameras will be in use across two soundstages and three control rooms, and will see extensive use by students across three departments: traditional radio/TV/film, broadcast journalism, and online journalism.

Boston University Trains Video Journalists With Canon Technology

ImageThe Film & Television Department of Boston University (BU)'s College of Communication offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for approximately 350 students annually. Students begin their training on entry-level gear, and gradually work their way up to using high-end equipment, which includes a large complement of digital cinema cameras, digital SLR cameras, and lenses made by Canon. "Graduate programs are focused, and include a thesis film," said Charles Merzbacher, Associate Professor and Director of Production at BU. "The undergraduate degree, however, does not differentiate between film, television, writing, or production studies. Undergrads choose from various 'ladders' of courses, and they can either be generalists or specialists - that's really a matter of their own individual needs."