Drones offer new angles on video shoots

By on March 21, 2013, in Blogs, video

Many journalists are interested in the idea of experimenting with drones (a.k.a., unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs). Here’s an example of how a bit of UAV videography can add to the quality of a video project. >>>

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An intriguing new video technique (with 15 GoPro cameras)

By on March 20, 2013, in Blogs, video

Formerly expensive video effects now can be coaxed out of low-cost cameras like those from GoPro. Marc Donahue of Permagrin Films has been experimenting with using an array of GoPro Hero2 cameras ($200 each) to create new effects, such as “Matrix”-like bullet-time action sequences. >>>

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Live news video from smartphones: What could possibly go wrong?

By on December 22, 2012, in Blogs, video

What if a photojournalist — or a bystander — had shot video of the harrowing subway death in New York City using a smartphone? Or broadcast the horrific smartphone video live? “Disruptive” media tools currently being used by news professionals and amateurs alike make those scenarios possible. >>>

Swivl ‘robot’: Good-bye to the cameraman?

By on January 10, 2012, in Blogs, video

The Swivl is a new device that may not send all camera operators and videographers looking for new careers, but it probably will eliminate the need for journalists in some instances to have a cameraman/woman tag along to shoot video reports. This robotic “personal cameraman” is a small electronic “tripod” for smartphones and small, lightweight video cameras which automatically follows a person who is holding a matched remote control, eliminating the need for a camera operator. >>>

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Eyewitness-news potential: Smartphone video tracking plus maps

By on April 28, 2011, in Blogs, Mobile, video

Today we have Twitter posts from protest eyewitnesses in trouble spots like the Middle East, providing an immediate glimpse of what’s really happening. Next up, eyewitness video with timestamps and exact geo-located tracks of a witness’ or reporter’s movements during a news event. We tried out a new iPhone app that looks to have some serious applications for news reporting. >>>

SJMC faculty, staff, student editors dive into on-demand video answers

By on February 14, 2011, in Blogs, video

Got a question for a faculty or staff member of CU-Boulder’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication? Answers are now available as personal video, part of an experiment in new forms of audience interaction with beta website VYou.com. >>>

What can reporters do with always-on video? Share your ideas!

By on November 28, 2010, in Blogs, Mobile, video

What could journalists do with a tiny, ear-held video camera that can record up to five hours of video, send clips to the newsroom in seconds, and soon will be able to live-stream video? SHARE YOUR IDEAS! >>>

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