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Mouseboy332,776 posts since 10 Feb 2014
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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elmarko1,086 posts since 27 Jul 2010
STV 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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Mouseboy332,776 posts since 10 Feb 2014
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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Rkolsen3,034 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC 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.
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davidhorman2,279 posts since 8 Mar 2005
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.