The Days of Lithium-Ion Batteries are Numbered May 28th 2019 - 09:00 AM

The portable video industry began in the mid-1970s using nickel-cadmium batteries with primitive charging circuits. Enough Ni-Cad batteries for one-day’s use often weighed more than the heavy first-generation portable broadcast camera itself. Today, lithium-ion batteries have improved life dramatically. But on the horizon is a new battery technology — s…

A Guide to Flying with Video Batteries July 24th 2018 - 09:00 AM

Since the recent series of fires caused by lithium ion batteries, video crews need to be aware of what types of batteries they can and cannot fly with. The Federal Aviation Administration has published some guidelines on the legality of batteries. Here is a quick update.

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RIST vs NDI – Taming The Unmanaged Network October 18th 2019 - 09:00 AM

Now that we have resolved the professional media over managed networks aka JT-NM aka SMPTE ST2110 + NMOS challenge – What about all the field production, i.e. News, UGC, etc. that is beginning to use the wild and unruly Open Internet to send it back to the home office? Sending files b…

The Modern Moving Camera October 14th 2019 - 09:00 AM

One of the classic examples of great motion picture photography is Orson Welles’s breathtaking tracking shot at the opening of his film, Touch of Evil. The camera, mounted on a Chapman crane, begins on a close-up of a ticking time bomb and ends a tense three-plus minutes later with…

Trust The Story October 4th 2019 - 09:00 AM

Back in the mid 1970s, when I was starting out in the video business, television engineers told me the U-Matic tape format was not good enough for broadcast. Within a few years the 3/4-inch cassette transformed TV, creating the ENG revolution. Not much has changed since in attitudes.