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NAB 2014 video: Edelkrone show new pocket range and innovative sliders

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter at NAB 2014: Edelkrone show new pocket range and innovative sliders from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Newsshooter’s Clinton Harn checks out all the latest offerings from Edelkrone at NAB. Most eye-catching were the new pocket range of rigs that includes a super small slider. There was also a new prototype arm based slider for smaller cameras that resembles a robotic arm from a car assembly line.

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Posted on April 19th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems, NAB show, SIiders, Timelapse | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2014 video: Switronix $35 D-tap power solution for GoPro

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter at NAB 2014: Switronix external power solution for GoPro from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

On the last day of the NAB show I was wondering the hall and stumbled upon a great little piece of kit from battery specialist Switronix. They make a power supply cable that allows GoPro 3 and 3+ cameras to be run from any broadcast battery with a D-tap power socket. The cable has an in line voltage regulator which means a broadcast battery can be used to power a GoPro for days.

The best thing about this adapter is the price – a bargain at $35 US. Given the relatively short run time of regular GoPro batteries I can see this adapter being extremely popular with news shooters.

They also make a USB power version that can run off a wall charger for $25 US and a cigarette lighter version for car use. For more info check out the Switronix website.

This video in on our last batch of NAB videos that is currently being edited. Sorry for the delay but with the team dispersing to the four corners of the globe things have gotten a little complicated.

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Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Batteries, GoPro | Permalink | Comments (0)

Litepanels post 1×1 light kit training video: A handy primer on three point lighting

By site editor Dan Chung:

Doug Jensen of Vortex media has worked with Litepanels to create a handy primer on using their 1×1 panels for simple interview lighting. None of this information will be new to TV folk as Litepanels 1x1s are commonly found at most TV stations, but if you are new to lighting then this tutorial should be useful whichever brand of LED light panel you choose to use. Just be aware that not all LED lights are created equal and the colour of your images may not look as nice as Doug’s if you are using inferior gear.

If you an novice or intermediate level shooter and want to know more about interview lighting technique I can also recommend Den Lennie’s lighting tutorials over on F-Stop Academy.

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Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: LED lights, Lighting | Permalink | Comments (4)

Newsshooter interview: The state of online news video with Duy Linh Tu of Columbia J-School

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter Skype interview: The state of online news video with Professor Duy Linh Tu of Columbia J-School from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

US Newspapers and other online publications are currently in the midst of another wave of investment in video. But does this all makes sense? are they making any money from video? how large are the teams working on these videos? how do you define news video? and why the emphasis by many on the longer form?

Professor Duy Linh Tu from the TOW Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School recently published a landmark report on the state of video journalism in the US today (which Chuck Fadely reported earlier). We caught up on Skype yesterday.

Duy is a long time friend of this blog and he talks with me at length about his findings and what they mean for those of us working in the field of online video news.

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Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: DSLR video news, Journalism | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2014 panel discussion replay: Newsshooter team talk Video Journalism

By site editor Dan Chung:

NAB 2014: News Shooter – Video Journalism Panel from Teradek on Vimeo.

One of my favourite panels from last week at NAB was this one on the state of video journalism. I spoke to four members of our Newsshooter volunteer team – Slavik Boyechko of PBS, Guardian freelance multimedia shooter Felix Clay, Chuck Fadely of Newsday and Japan based freelancer Adrian Storey. They talk about their work and offer insights into what makes them tick.

I’d recommend watching this panel in combination with the TOW Center at Columbia J-School report by Duy Linh Tu which we posted earlier today.

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Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: DSLR video news, Journalism, NAB show | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2014 live show replay: Pelican cases get a trendy new look

By site editor Dan Chung:

NAB 2014: NewsShooter-Pelican Case from Teradek on Vimeo.

Every TV shooter I know has a rack full of Pelican cases. Instantly recognisable, they are well known for their rugged construction and I use them to protect all my gear when I travel by air. They are however not exactly stylish – this is something Pelican are trying to change. Their soon to be launched new range looks much more like high end consumer luggage and is also incredibly lightweight. Watch the video to find out more.

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Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera bags, NAB show | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2014 video: Dedo show V-lock battery with in-built charger

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter at NAB 2014: Dedo V-lock battery with in-built charger from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

These batteries may not be brand new but this NAB was the first time I’ve seen Dedo’s V-lock batteries that have in-built charging. The idea is so simple it is surprising there aren’t more batteries like this. The idea of not having to carry a charger is certainly very appealing to overburdened news cameraman. The only thing that isn’t clear is how fast or slow this system charges compared to branded chargers.

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Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Batteries, NAB show | Permalink | Comments (0)

Video Now: The state of video journalism today – a report by the TOW Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School

By Chuck Fadely:

What’s the status of non-broadcast video journalism in 2014?

The TOW Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School released a report today on the state of video journalism. Professor Duy Linh Tu and his crew put together a multimedia report by visiting newspapers, digital media properties, and shows like Frontline and VICE.

From their description of the project: “From October 2013 until February 2014, Tow Fellow Duy Linh Tu and the Video Now film crew visited newsrooms across the United States to interview and observe reporters and editors producing video journalism. Video is an important editorial tool and a potentially large revenue source for newsrooms, but there seemed to be no consensus on how to produce or profit from it. With that in mind, Video Now, set out to answer three main questions: 1) How do news organizations define video 2) How do they produce video? 3) What is their return on investment?”

They introduced the report with a live panel discussion, archived on the video above.

There’s more on Chuck Fadely’s Newspapervideo blog.

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Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Chuck Fadely | Category: Journalism | Permalink | Comments (0)

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