The Patriot League, a Division 1 conference with sponsored championship competition in 24 sports, has purchased 30 JVC GY\0x2011HM600 ProHD cameras as part of 10 portable video production systems to stream live coverage of sporting events from its member schools to its digital network, in partnership with Campus Insiders. Established in 1986, the Patriot League includes 10 full members and three associate members. It has been streaming sports coverage for seven years, but had limited digital rights and only produced about 150 events per year. The Patriot League, a Division 1 conference with sponsored championship competition in 24 sports, has purchased 30 JVC GY\0x2011HM600 ProHD cameras as part of 10 portable video production systems to stream live coverage of sporting events from its member schools to its digital network, in partnership with Campus Insiders. This year, armed with a more consolidated rights package and custom-built, multi-camera HD production systems for each full member school, the league will stream nearly 250 live home games in the fall from a variety of men and women's sports, including football, basketball, field hockey, volleyball and soccer.
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), (www.imt-broadcast.com) a provider of advanced digital microwave systems serving the broadcast, sports and entertainment markets, has shown its Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live camera-mounted transmitter sending video over cellular, microwave, Wi-Fi and satellite connections. The IMT system enables video crews a highly flexible and powerful alternative to traditional satellite and microwave links. The Connect Live transmitter is a combination of Nucomm's coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) technology and Dejero's patent-pending adaptive bitrate cellular bonding technologies and portal management system. "This is a big win for those broadcast outlets looking for a cost-effective and reliable newsgathering solution that gives them greater range, mobility and flexibility," said Stephen Shpock, IMT Divisional chief executive.
Sony has four new models in its Video Journalist Backpack series of all-in-one portable field production kits. The new backpacks offer a choice of Sony's XDCAM HD 4:2:2 camcorder technology (models PMW-100 or PMW-200), bringing new workflow options to mobile production applications. Sony's Video Journalist Backpacks, first introduced in 2011, are now in use at news stations and schools across the country. Designed to give single-person production crews end-to-end HD acquisition and editing capabilities, the original kits included a range of Sony professional and consumer technology: an HD camcorder, an optional laptop, wireless microphone system, tablet for playback or teleprompter use, video editing software, memory cards and more.
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a leader in advanced digital microwave systems, is showcasing its Nucomm Compact Portable Tx-II (CPTx-II), a lightweight RF video transmitter that delivers HD/SD output at up to eight watts in 2k DVB-T COFDM mode. The CPTx-II--a compact, portable transmitter--is ideal for covering motorcycle and bicycle races, marathons, triathlons and other fast-paced, high-speed ENG/OB events using such smaller on-course vehicles as cars, motorcycles and bicycles. "The CPTx-II was designed to offer exceptional RF performance and ease of operation," said Stephen Shpock, IMT's Divisional Chief Executive. "Instead of 'run and shoot,' motorcycles and other smaller ENG/OB and production vehicles now are 'run and transmit.' The CPTx-II is another example of IMT's commitment to providing innovative products to the broadcast industry worldwide."
NBC News has bet on the future of TV newsgathering as coming from ordinary citizens who just happen to be at the scene of a breaking news story with a smartphone. The network news operation has purchased Stringwire, a start-up by recent New York University masters graduate Phil Groman. As a student in the Interactive Telecommunications Program, Gorman developed the software concept at the school. NBC News has bet on the future of TV newsgathering as coming from ordinary citizens who just happen to be at the scene of a breaking news story with a smartphone.Stringwire uses the emerging WebRTC standard for transmitting real-time voice and video data over the web, the Verge reported. It's currently in private beta, the technology website reported. The software allows news organizations to request video from a group of verified contributors with mobile devices capable of streaming video.
A director of photography for the past two decades, David Klein, ASC, has shot movies and television shows using numerous film and digital formats. "Every motion-picture film stock has its own look," he noted, "and that's true of every digital cinema camera as well." A firm believer that the needs of the production should always dictate its capture medium, Klein shot the 2011 feature Red State using a combination of digital camera systems, including Canon's EOS 7D Digital SLR. More recently he tested the Canon EOS C300 Digital cinema camera. Both models pleased him. "I have been a Canon shooter my entire life," Klein said. "I shot one of my first student films on a Canon Scoopic, which was a great 16mm camera. I used mostly film for the first part of my career, but have been half film/half digital for the past eight years or so."
Associated Press journalists on every continent can now stream real-time video content back to its London production hub in full, broadcast-quality high definition. The international news agency has announced an expanded deal with portable live video-over-cellular specialists LiveU to deploy a range of professional broadcast technology devices globally. The agreement builds on AP's strategy to meet the increasing demand for live news from broadcasters and high-end digital publishers. AP also recently announced it had taken a stake in Swedish technology startup firm, Bambuser, which specializes in streaming live video over smartphones. The LiveU deal includes a backpack uplink unit with full high-definition capability, a smaller unit which can be clipped to a belt and technology to convert a laptop computer into a live video transmission unit. The small, lightweight devices allow a single professional camera operator to film and stream live footage.
Nik Wallenda, a resident of Sarasota, Florida, gained national attention last month when he completed a 1,400-foot-long tightrope walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The event was shown live on the Discovery Channel on June 23, but WWSB, an ABC affiliate based in Sarasota, used the built-in streaming capabilities of the JVC GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news camera to provide live coverage of press conferences and other events from Arizona for Wallenda's hometown fans. With only a two-person team, anchor Lauren Dorsett and creative service producer Charlie Yeagley, who handled shooting duties, the station provided live coverage of Wallenda's arrival and press conferences, as well as stand-ups from the event.
Canon has introduced the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera, a new model featuring a Dual Pixel CMOS auto focus system for instant and precise focusing of video and still images. The EOS 70D, priced at $1199 and due in September, provides outstanding image quality and performance due to its new 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. The newly-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection autofocus (AF) technology on the camera's image sensor plane, enables users to shoot video with the new EOS 70D close to the quality of a video shot with a camcorder.
Peter Norton, founder and director of photography at RumJungle Media, an award-winning ENG/field production company, has depended on Anton/Bauer batteries for the past 21 years. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Norton came to the United States in 1990. He founded RumJungle Media in 1992 and grew it over the years from a one-man Sony BVP70is Betacam operation into a highly successful ENG/field production company with a specialized emphasis on visual storytelling. RumJungle is based in Mound, Minnesota. Now providing everything from HD/SD camera crews, producers and PAs to live HD/SD broadcasts with the company's DSNG satellite truck, RumJungle Media crews can be found traveling to the extremes, including the frigid North Pole and searing heat of Australia's Outback.