I’ve been in broadcast television for more than 25 years. I am simply agog at what can be done with today’s technology. In the past, I did live events that required separate trucks for lighting and engineer- ing, big-box cameras, heavy-duty fiber cable, and hours of set-up just
to produce a 1-hour morning show on location.
Last year, I built my own studio based on the Newtek TriCaster and
HDMI cameras. The TriCaster gives me the ability to switch multiple
cameras, and gives me two playback decks, two different still stores, lower-thirds, green screen, and a whole lot more—in one compact box.
Looking to be able to do professional-level work for my clients on location without having to disassemble my TriCaster studio (or purchasing a
second TriCaster to take on the road), I found apps for iPad and iPhones
that let me connect everything together wirelessly and stream it to the
web via my cell phone’s LTE connection.
In the end, I was able to get about 80% of everything I wanted into
my new mobile production studio. The last hurdle was being able to integrate a real zoom camcorder—which, ultimately, I was able to do too.
This article will focus on iPhones, iPads, and iOS. Not because of any
Apple-centric bias I have—my phone is a rugged Samsung Galaxy S6
Active. But the apps available for multicamera, live-switched production
are currently available only for iOS. Likewise, this is not because iOS
and Apple products are inherently better, but because the uniformity of
hardware and software across numerous devices makes it far easier for
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By Anthony Burokas