I graduated debt-free from journalism school in 1968 at a time when there were plenty of jobs and some great opportunities in the news business. I was lucky enough to work at some prestigious news organizations, including United Press International, Post-Newsweek, Gannett and the Miami Herald. In every one of those news jobs, accuracy in reporting was priority number one. At UPI, it was very simple. Make a major error in a story that's released nationally and you were fired. There were no ifs, ands or buts. Rules like that kept you on your toes.
Since the mid 1970s, video cameras have been a state of nearly constant change. Not only do camera prices keep falling, but the latest models are hybrid multimedia cameras that simultaneously record both full-motion video and high-resolution still images. "At TV stations, the old news model is pretty much dead. The producer, the cameraman and the editor have all merged into one person. Stations are now ditching their Betacams," said Dirck Halstead, a veteran photographer who, for 29 years, covered the White House for Time Magazine. The next generation of cameras will work for anyone who records both video and still images--whether television stations, newspapers, radio networks or documentary makers. The new designs stem from the latest generation of 35mm SLRs that now incorporate the ability to record high-definition video.
Adorama is offering the Flashpoint 500 LED Video 2-Light Kit for $399. The package features two Flashpoint 500C LED dimmable lights, two Flashpoint 7.1-foot air-cushioned three-section light stands and an Adorama 30-inch Deluxe padded tripod case. The Flashpoint 500C LED Dimmable Light is a flexible tool perfect for all video and still photography needs. Designed to run on AC and battery, the 500 daylight-balanced LEDs are controlled in two groups, allowing users to fine-tune the light output to their specific needs. Photographers can further modify their lighting setup by adjusting the built-in barn doors, which enable users to spill or flag light wherever needed.
NewTek has announced the next-generation of its entry-level TriCaster 40, a complete HD multi-camera video production studio that enables anyone to create professional streaming television on a small budget. Version 2 of TriCaster 40 gives students, schools, corporate video departments, small organizations and communities, video bloggers and independent producers unprecedented access to the same production capabilities used by major networks--including customizable animated transitions, network-style titles and graphics and improved file interoperability. "At NewTek, we are constantly striving to help people with ideas use video in new ways, so that they can tell stories and make a big impact when sharing them with the world," said Dr. Andrew Cross.
Datavideo has introduced two new prompting systems: the TP-500 and TP-600. These units will join the existing TP-300, Datavideo's original tablet-based model for medium sized camcorders, such as Panasonic's AG-HPX250 or Sony's PMW-200. All three teleprompting units are designed for use with iPad or Android tablets and Datavideo's free DV Prompter App, delivering a teleprompting solution that is cost-effective and versatile. The TP-500 is streamlined for DSLR and small handheld camcorders--ideal for webcasts, low-cost documentary makers and student productions that need instant prompting services in the field or on-set. The larger TP-600 unit is ideal for news and studio environments and assembles quickly to deliver through-the-lens prompting using shoulder-mount cameras either in the field or in the television studio.
Bose has long been the leader in noise-cancelling headphones, and this week the company introduced its best model yet--the new QuietComfort 20 Headphones. Though these headphones are designed primarily as a consumer product, they have clear professional applications, such as monitoring professional sound recording in noisy environments. The new QuietComfort 20 headphones are the first in-ear noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. They are clearly the best in-ear models ever offered and Bose has more combined patents on them than any other product it has ever produced. The performance is stunning.
JVC's new GY-HM600 is ideally suited to run-and-gun style video journalism, with its array of manual controls, wide selection of useful formats, extensive zoom range, and compact size. While larger camcorders with interchangeable lenses have their place, the JVC GY-HM600 comes with various quick access controls, can record in multiple formats, offers a fixed 23x zoom lens, and at a price that is affordable (under $5,000) for most video journalists.
The official launch of Oregon-based LED light manufacturer Fill-Lite will take place at the upcoming Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles on May 31, 2013. Band Pro Film & Digital has partnered with Fill-Light as a premiere North American reseller of the entire Fill-Lite line. Cinematographer, inventor and Fill-Lite president Owen Stephens, SOC created Fill-Lite as an answer to the short-comings of existing LED lighting technology.
Panasonic has partnered with Dejero of Kitchener, Ontario to offer a bonded cellular video uplink solution utilizing Panasonic's ruggedized Toughbook laptop computers and Dejero LIVE+ NewsBook software. Running on the Toughbook laptops, LIVE+ NewsBook offers a newsgathering solution that enables news crews to transmit live video feeds as well as recorded/edited files back to the station.
Shure introduced the VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone and the VP83F with integrated flash recording at NAB. The ultra-compact condenser shotgun microphones, with an isolation suspension system developed exclusively with Rycote, are engineered to provide broadcast professionals, videographers, filmmakers, video journalists, field reporters, and others with an all-in-one solution for capturing audio with DSLR cameras and portable video/audio recorders. The VP83 and VP83F feature all-metal construction, are designed to provide RF immunity and include directional supercardioid/lobar polar patterns to reject unwanted off-axis audio.
Birds+Tweets = "TWITTER". Your beautiful face+online biographies = "FACEBOOK"? Okay maybe that one wasn't as good. The world of social media has taken over and needless to say people are making a career out of it. I'm one of those people, although I never thought that I would be taking this route. Well I'm not exactly making a career out of it, but freelancing "kind of" pays the bills.
The students in the Cinema & Television Arts Department at California State University Northridge (CSUN) recently unpacked the newest addition to their lighting package, Litepanels Sola 6 Fresnel units. "They are a great addition to the lighting equipment we offer our students," said cinematography department head Richard R. Ollis. Ollis has put the new LED lights to work, demonstrating various lighting set-ups. "We used the Sola 6's with 1/4 CTO gels for key and fill lights and with 1/4 CTB as backlight to emulate moonlight," he said. "We also set up a practical candle light dinner scene to demo how they could emulate candle light on subjects sitting opposite each other at a table. The Solas 6's provided a back cross key pattern and low front fill.
Georgia IMG Sports Marketing has contracted with LiveU (www.liveu.tv) to deploy its cellular bonding technology for live transmission for coverage of UGA Athletics this Fall, 2013. UGA will utilize LiveU's LU70 cellular transmission backpack to send live video from pre and post-game activities, locker room, live Olympic competitions, and more, directly to its official site at www.georgiadogs.com as well as to their in-stadium video boards.
Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EIJ13) is the journalism conference designed to help dedicated journalists thrive. Come to Southern California from Aug. 24 to 26 to learn, connect and grow as a media professional.
Here's a taste of the EIJ13 programs feast: • Claiming Your Power in the New Media Newsroom • Effective Use of Social Tools for Breaking and Big-Issue Reporting • Facebook Usage Survey • Drones: The New Airborne Reporter in Your Future
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