Waterloo, Ontario-based Dejero has announced the LIVE+ GoBox, a professional-grade mobile transmitter for newsgathering professionals and video content contributors on the move. Dejero's newest portable transmitter is the company's most versatile and rugged to date, enabling mobile journalists to broadcast live from virtually anywhere with bonded cellular, Wi-Fi, and portable satellite connections, or record up to 40 hours of HD video for later broadcast. Built for demanding situations where the unit might get jostled, in the midst of a large crowd or a moving vehicle, the GoBox has undergone rigorous vibration testing to ensure it can withstand such environments.
StreamQuik, the Irvine, Calif. company that gave us StreamStik (basically a tablet mounted horizontally on a stick, with a built-in encoder and live streaming capability) and a number of other live streaming products, has now taken its wireless IP streaming technology and reduced it into a low-profile pouch that can be integrated onto a bicycle frame.
JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its "F.A.S.T. Track Tour," a series of presentations to promote the live HD streaming capabilities built into its camcorders and related products, as well as to provide information about streaming technology for video professionals. The multi-city tour launches in Boston on Aug. 26, 2014, at the Boston Marriott Newton, and continues to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 23. The free seminars run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include lunch. Short for "Fluent Adaptive Streaming Technology," F.A.S.T. represents streaming technology built into JVC's GY-HM650, GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 cameras that includes content-aware error correction to ensure reliable HD transmission over a variety of Internet connections.
LiveU, a provider of portable live video acquisition, contribution and management solutions, has signed a long-term agreement with Quincy Broadcast Print Interactive to provide its compact LU500 and LU400 uplink units, and LiveU Xtender external antenna solution for live newsgathering operations at its 14 local television stations. "Our local news operations are deeply rooted in their local communities, and LiveU's solutions allow us to deploy more news crews to help bring this local news home to our viewers," said Brady Dreasler, Quincy Broadcast Print Interactive. "The lightweight, small packaging of the LiveU devices ultimately outperformed above their competition, and provided high-quality video when we tested the gear in a handful of markets. The addition of the LiveU Xtender has assisted us in transmitting live video in a tough geographic area or when cellular congestion arises at a popular event."
Dejero, a provider of bonded cellular and hybrid microwave/IP/satellite transmission technologies for mobile newsgathering, has developed a rugged and modular carrier system for the company's portable transmitters, called Dejero LIVE+. Roughly the size of a small briefcase, the LIVE+ Carrier is designed to increase a news crew's mobility and comfort by making it easy to secure and carry a mobile transmitter, such as the LIVE+ 20/20 Transmitter, to the scene of breaking news.
JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., is offering a free three-year extended warranty on parts and labor for a select group of ProHD cameras, including some new 800 Series shoulder-mount models, as well as the SR-HD2500US professional Blu-ray/hard disc drive combo deck and select studio components. Products must be purchased from authorized U.S.-based JVC Professional Products dealers after July 1, 2014, to qualify for the extended warranty.
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..
When Sebastian Lindstrom, co-founder of What Took You So Long, and his team journeyed to Liberia for their latest documentary, they avoided using large, heavy equipment in favor of an iPhone 5s equipped with the iPro Lens System by Schneider Optics. "We are a small documentary production company that specializes in supporting non-profits and development entities around the world," explains Lindstrom. "Our method of filmmaking depends on high-quality, lightweight equipment."
Glen Kantziper, owner/operator of production company KPSR, Inc. (Greensboro, NC) and a video journalist in the purest sense, has adopted the AJ-PX270 camcorder, Panasonic's first P2 HD handheld with AVC-ULTRA recording. He has used the PX270 for a variety of corporate and broadcast assignments. Kantziper has provided professional field production support to broadcast clients such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and ESPN, as well as to corporate giants such as Hanesbrands and the VF Corporation. Over the past several weeks, the DP has utilized the PX270 to shoot extensive green screen work for HanesBrands (Maidenform, Champion); an interview for the U.S. Army's web series, "Starting Strong"; a segment for Al Jazeera America's investigative show, "The System"; and a workplace violence awareness video for Piedmont Natural Gas.
For video Journalists working in heavily cellular congested areas, Dejero now offers its LIVE+ Booster, a high-reach connection and signal booster for bonded uplink transmissions. The LIVE+ Booster is a member of Dejero's LIVE+ family of news vehicle solutions. It is a vehicle-mounted device that uses an array of up to 10 high-gain antennas, enabling mobile news crews to extend their connection reception during difficult transmission scenarios, such as transmitting from crowded areas where cellular networks are overloaded or in low-coverage areas. "A newsroom's ability to cover live, breaking news as it happens can be a key differentiator in competitive markets," said Brian Cram, CEO, Dejero. "Our new Dejero LIVE+ Booster helps news crews get the live shot, even in poor cell coverage conditions.