The Times Are Changing for News Gathering

October 6, 2016


I recently spoke with my big brother, (who I consider a guru of all things audio/video) Michael Creamer of Favnet, LLC, about what was new with video and audio.  A lot, to put it simply!  Since I don't sell or work in the arena that he works in (Commercial) I always find it fun to see what has stayed the same and what has changed and what the future holds.  In the past, our industries were pretty separate but in the last four to five years we are seeing a crossover between IT computer nerds like me and commercial broadcast guys like my brother.  Hardware that he works with  now uses the internet and servers, stuff that I know, and I often have clients who want broadcast video for their boardrooms or internet based telephone systems which he knows well. 


Today I learned about ENG (Electronic News Gathering).  These are the people that you see reporting on storms, sporting events or any type of live news.  In the past they had to haul around a huge satellite trailer for broadcasting, have a camera operator, sound operator and a host of other gadgets and widgets that allowed them to broadcast the news live.  It was cumbersome and extremely expensive.  It instantly eliminated anyone who wasn't very wealthy or wasn't affiliated with a network.  Today, the exact type of news gathering can happen using one piece of technology!  The JVC GY HM650 4GLTE camera is a high definition, 4K commercial broadcast camera that uses 4G networks (same thing your smartphone uses) to broadcast it's video in real time!  News reporters ranging from the amateur hobbyist to network reporters are now using this type of technology in the field.  It requires only a camera and microphone.  The live feed is sent to a broadcast server by utilizing 4G networks and you see the video and hear the audio as it unfolds in real time. 

To me, it simply baffles my mind at how fast technology is changing.  What used to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars can now be purchased off the shelf ranging in price from $5,000-$10,000 and doesn't require a team of engineers to follow you around. 


To see a real news event that used one of these cameras - take a look at this video below:


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