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MMJ Kits (Multimedia Journalist)

The equipment is getting smaller and more compact. (January 2020)

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Mouseboy33
NexStar one of the largest station groups in the US has started kitting out their MMJ;s with this simple equipment. A LED light, Mobile phone, Mic and a stand. These are usually a single journalist send out to report simple shot stories and occasionally used for live stand up reports when needed. The days of big ENG trucks, masts, and heavy field cameras seems to be headed out the door for certain scenarios. I thought this setup was interesting. What have you seen?
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Rkolsen World News
This is relatively high end. ABC O&Os are training with just an iPhone and microphone.
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elmarko Central Reporting Scotland
I think they're interesting, and they have their uses for certain things. I hate how old-timers whine and moan about it. But also I can understand the argument about quality and about how everyone's roles should be properly defined and valued.

I don't think they're going away - better work to make those kits and the software better instead so people can get the best out of them.
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davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
Can someone buy one of these for Tom Brook on Talking Movies ? The sound and video quality has been consistently substandard for years so he's probably been using the same kit he had when he started in 1999...
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Mouseboy33
I think they're interesting, and they have their uses for certain things. I hate how old-timers whine and moan about it. But also I can understand the argument about quality and about how everyone's roles should be properly defined and valued.

I don't think they're going away - better work to make those kits and the software better instead so people can get the best out of them.

Well i dont see network or national news channels using them anytime soon. But the use on local news is fairly standard these days. (Maybe not this particular set up). I've seen them being used on BFM Paris and other local news channels. But i suspect as the quality improves on the phones. The use will become more and widespread. With network broadcasts possibly being the last to adopt their use.
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mapperuo North Reporting Scotland
They have their use for short lives I guess, but anything where you have the reporter giving live updates every hour from the scene on national news they won't be used really, I'd be worried about them overheating.
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Mouseboy33
Not sure exactly which equipment was used, but you are starting to see these MMJ shots being used all over the North America mostly in smaller markets.



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Rkolsen World News
Telemundo about three or four years ago did an all iPhone/iPad newscast (save for the studio cameras) as a test case. Every story that day was shot and edited on iPhones and iPads. It was quite successful and there wasn’t much difference quality wise. I don’t think they used it to go live though.

I will add I have seen these MMJ kits or just the phone and headphones used in breaking news live shots on the network. I remember when steam pipes exploded in NYC few years back trucks couldn’t get close to safety but the reporters could and used LiveU for special reports.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Related to this topic, sort of



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davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
Telemundo about three or four years ago did an all iPhone/iPad newscast (save for the studio cameras) as a test case. Every story that day was shot and edited on iPhones and iPads. It was quite successful and there wasn’t much difference quality wise. I don’t think they used it to go live though.


Click did an episode shot entirely on phones a few years ago, which was okay except that the framerate had to be converted so it was blurry and a bit juddery.

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