NewsCar – using the public to revolutionise news broadcasting – Newsshooter

Newsshooter (appropriately enough) has a story about the next logical evolution in ENG.  Essentially it is Uber for news video (and I can definitely see Uber drivers signing up).  You join up and allow a central database to know your GPS position through your phone.  When breaking news happens, member news stations can look at a map and find out if there is an “amateur” videographer nearby to go shoot the initial breaking video with their phone.  The theory is they will then send their full-time professional crews to follow up.

Being first is everything in TV news.  My old News Director used to have a sign on her door: the news business is like making love to an elephant.  You don’t make love when you want to, you make love when the elephant wants to.

It is the logical progression of ENG, but I am concerned that it will be abused.  I’ll be interested to know how it works for the shooters too.  Do you get paid once, or every time a station uses the footage?  Can competing stations access the same footage?  What if the shooter stumbles into milestone footage like the Hindenburg?  Do they lose title to their footage?  Do they get paid $200 while the company makes hundreds of thousands in licensing over the years?  If a shooter gets injured while covering the event, does NewsCar cover their health bills?  Who pays the wireless data charges?

Source: NewsCar – using the public to revolutionise news broadcasting – Newsshooter

iFootage Shark Slider Mini | Cinescopophilia

I have to admit, this is one of the ones I missed at NAB.  iFootage came out with a new small slider with some innovative ideas.

Likes:

-portability, included flywheel, track design rather than belt, angle adjustment of the platform

Concerns:

-smoothness of the connection between the pieces, both where the carriage rides and the teeth of the track

Source: iFootage Shark Slider Mini | Cinescopophilia

Michael Cioni: Do I Have Stockholm Syndrome with Apple?

It’s a fairly safe statement to say that few people know more about Apple and Post Production than Michael Cioni.  BTW, if you don’t know, his company Light Iron was acquired by Panavision a couple of years ago.

In a rather lengthy video posted by http://www.fcp.co, he puts forth that now is the time for the Apple Post community to come together and hold Apple’s feet to the fire over the new Mac Pros coming next year.  I totally agree, and gave Apple a little poke in the ribs earlier by comparing their statement on the current Mac Pro to Trump’s on health care.  Maybe a bit extreme, but while I am a huge Apple fan, I get a bit tired of sycophants genuflecting before the Great & Mighty Apple like they can do no wrong.

Give it a watch if you have the time.  At 25 minutes in he talks about a major change that’s happened recently that can help bring your older Mac into the modern age.

Source: Michael Cioni: Do I Have Stockholm Syndrome with Apple?

The Good Sports of Las Vegas

So initially, I was going to lead off my NAB reports with little snippets of life on the Vegas Strip.  I figured it would be a quirky way to set my videos apart from all the others with a bit of fun.  But a Youtube commenter (and my view statistics) pointed out that people would show up for the video, but quickly switch away when it didn’t immediately go into the gear from NAB.

So, I changed my plan of attack for the last 2/3rds of the videos, and headed pretty much straight in.  But I had told these people that went out of their way to help a stranger that they would be on Youtube at some point.  I just went up to these people cold, told them I could not pay them anything, and they were cool enough to give it a go.  Some were fun, some were goofy, some were a little risqué and some were….well, downright disturbing.  But they were all good sports and deserve their 15 seconds of fame.  So, I present to you, the good sports of Las Vegas.

P.S.  And yes, the Flaming Mantis at the end scared the hell out of me 😳

Sony NAB 2017: Professional Audio

Aside from the A9 still camera, no ground shaking announcements from Sony at NAB this year….or so I thought.  Just watched their own highlight reel of their pro audio devices.  They talk about their wirelesses (all of my videos this year used a UWP wireless, with not one problem in the polluted spectrum of the LVCC), a couple of their small audio recorders (including one that can be remotely controlled by a smartphone app after you place it), but the coolest item (pun intended) was their microphone featured at 9:52 into the video.  It’s a tube microphone called the C-800G.  Tube mics give the best sound, but they are affected by heat.  So, Sony built a cooling system, complete with radiator fins, out the back of the mic.  Pretty impressive technology, check out the video.

P.S.  Nice as it sounds, you won’t be using it on your podcast.  It costs $10,000 U.S.

Tilta Nucleus-M – A Complete Wireless Lens Control System for Only $1200? | cinema5D

This seems almost too good to be true.  Two motors, two hand grips with built in control wheels, and a traditional handheld unit with a larger focus knob as well as iris and zoom controls for $1200!  1 mile range!  Remarkable if they can pull it off.

I will say that their track record with FIZ units is suspect though.  For a number of NABs they were promising a traditional 3-channel FIZ system for $5000 called the TiltaMax.   ….and promising….and promising…and promising.  It appears to be a real product now, although at an increased price with a different name.  I say appears because AbelCine wants 2-3 months to get their hands on one still, and B&H is saying over 6 months until it’s available.  If you try to buy it from Tilta, they say “Our online payment system has not been launched yet, please contact our sales department for further information.”  Hmm.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t available, but it still seems exceedingly hard to produce one in the flesh.

Maybe its lengthy gestation gave them the expertise to design this Nucleus system.  If they can follow through, it could make a big dent in this area of the accessory market.

Source: Tilta Nucleus-M – A Complete Wireless Lens Control System for Only $1200? | cinema5D

A Feature Interview With Blackmagic Design’s Bob Caniglia

It may not be an accurate measure, but the size of a company’s booth at NAB is some indicator of their size and position in the video production industry.  Using that metric, I think it’s safe to say that Blackmagic Design’s influence now ranks up there with some of the biggest companies in the industry.

They launch interesting products every year, and their aggressive pricing has forced competitors to adapt (or fall by the wayside).  I didn’t cover this year’s releases.  There’s a hundred sites that are, and you can watch Blackmagic’s own press conference here.

Instead, I asked to sit down with a corporate representative to talk about their growth, how they view themselves, and possible future directions.

One reason for their success is their open corporate structure, openness that allowed a small blog access to a corporate officer.  I thank them.