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Video Journalist Uses Mobile Phone to Go Live in 90 Seconds

ImageWith some stories happening so quickly they need to be covered before a team gets there, or happening at a time when few resources are available, turning to mobile journalism is becoming the increasingly common response. Harriet Hadfield, a reporter at Sky News, spoke to news:rewired about using a mobile phone for live broadcasts. Sky prides itself in being able to "go live" in only 90 seconds, so equipped with her toolkit on stage, she talked us through her essentials.

Broadcasters Adding Drones to ENG Kits

ImageEven under the FAA's highly restrictive "333 exemption" rules governing the commercial use of drones--especially the requirement to file flight plans 24 hours before launch--pioneering broadcasters such as ABC News, Cox Media Group, and Media General have managed to capture exciting, meaningful TV coverage using these unmanned, camera-equipped platforms. Media General station KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., uses both drones and its helicopter for ENG. "The damage caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and earthquakes becomes very clear from 100 feet in the air," said Maria Stefanopoulos, production manager for "Good Morning America." "This is a hard message to convey by using an ENG crew on the ground."

How to get ahead in video journalism – 10 tips for starting out from Webby award winner Pete Pattisson

In 2000 I got my first photos published in a magazine. Fourteen years later I won a Webby Award for my film exposing the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup. Along the way I've learned a few things about what it takes to succeed (or at least survive) as a freelance video journalist. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I hope one or two of these tips may be helpful to some of you trying to break in to this most competitive of fields. The type of work I do sometimes involves breaking news, but more often consists of in-depth investigations, which can take months to film.

Comrex Provides ACCESS For Cellular Service Bonding

ImageComrex has unveiled version 4.0 of its ACCESS software, which includes CrossLock, a new feature included that provides video journalists with an added capability for cellular service bonding, allowing multiple networks to be used simultaneously. In addition to network bonding, the user can configure multiple networks for redundancy mode, which is a better choice for reliability on higher bandwidth links. Additionally, forward error correction (FEC) and other ACCESS reliability tools are included with the firmware. With ACCESS's portable user interface and wide variety of encoders that set the standard for innovative remote broadcasting equipment, ACCESS 4.0 enables higher quality, lower latency, and improved stability from even more locations.

Dejero Develops Cloud-Managed IP Connectivity and Workflow Interoperability Tools For Video Journalists

ImageDejero, a provider of cloud-managed solutions for the transport of live video across challenging IP networks, has developed a full portfolio IP connectivity solutions for electronic newsgathering (ENG) and independent video journalism. Dejero's LIVE+ platform simplifies the adoption of IP and cloud technology for video transport between remote or mobile locations. The unique Dejero approach bonds all available networks, including 3G/4G/LTE cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or BGAN or Ka-band satellite, to deliver high-quality, low-latency video.

Sony Offers New 4K Camcorder For Videojournalists On The Run

ImageSony has unveiled its latest 4K camcorder, the compact and highly affordable PXW-Z150, which combines enhanced low-light performance and a number of fast file transfer options for professionals who need to quickly and easily shoot, edit and deliver broadcast-quality content. The PXW-Z150 will ship in April at a suggested list price of $3,595. The company said the new PXW-Z150, Sony's third professional 1-inch camcorder, features a stacked 1.0-type Exmor sensor, highly unique in a professional camcorder. It features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, allowing shooters to capture sharp pictures in low-light conditions. A high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion.