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BBC developing new iPhone app for news Reporters
July 31, 2011, 12:20 am
Filed under: General, Specialist Project

The BBC is developing an app that will allow its reporters in the field to file video, stills and audio directly into the BBC system from an iPhone or iPad.

Within the next month, the BBC is set to roll out an iOS app that will allow field reporters to broadcast live from their iPhone using nothing but the 3G service to carry the data transmission, an article from Journalism.co.uk states.

The app will also allow BBC field reporters to file still photos, video and audio directly into the BBC content management system from any iPhone or iPad.

As Journalism.co.uk points out, the ability to broadcast right from an iPhone would mean that reporters could no longer have to carry cumbersome satellite or codex equipment. Martin Turner, BBC’s head of operations for newsgathering, told Journalism.co.uk, “Reporters have been using smartphones for a while now, but it was never good quality. You might do it when there was a really important story. Now it is beginning to be a realistic possibility to use iPhones and other devices for live reporting, and in the end, if you’ve got someone on the scene then you want to be able to use them. That capability is a really important one.”



This video shows how mobile technology is changing the way we get news from and we’re able to see more stories/reports evolve as they happen.




DSLR Mount For iPhones
July 30, 2011, 11:53 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Video

I came across this video which is recorded using an iPhone 4 that is attached to a DSLR lens mount.


As you can see you are able to control the depth of field and focusing, without it affecting the quality of the iPhone 4’s HD video feature. This is definitely extending the possibilities of movie making with an iPhone 4 to a professional standard.

LOMO like pictures by iPhone 4

Condition ONE app combines iPad and photo journalism
July 20, 2011, 3:51 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Video

One of the main objectives to making a documentary is making it as realistic as possible. Documentaries are about getting to the truth of something through factual events, so it needs to be as realistic as possible. I have often thought about making a video in which you can control your perspective. With the Gyroscope built into the iPhone 4 and iPad, surely it’s a possible? Well, It turns out that a company is in fact in the middle of developing an application to allow filmmakers and photographers to do just that.

Condition ONE is a mobile media technology company developing the tools and platform to combine filmmaking, photojournalism and mobile devices to pioneer powerful immersive experiences.

Traditional photo journalism has always had a limited point of view. You could only see what was in front of the camera. Video photo journalism added a new dimension to reporting as the camera could pan around an area giving the user views from multiple vantage points. However, with both photo and video journalism, viewers have no control over what they see in the shot. War documentarian Danfung Dennis is on the brink of changing this thanks to a custom camera system and the iPad. The former is a new tool for the photo journalist to record events, and the latter is a tool for the viewer to immerse themselves in that event and control what they see.

Dennis created an app called Condition ONE, which allows viewers to use their iPads as fully interactive windows into photo journalist images. As you can see in the video below (warning, NSFW language), Condition ONE allows you to interact with a current scene in what is probably most easily comparable to a moving photograph from the world of Harry Potter. Users can pan up, down and rotate around to get a complete look at an event in a set moment in time as if they were actually there. Dennis told Time that the point of Condition ONE is to create a new form of storytelling that will “shake viewers out of their numbness to traditional media and provide them a powerful emotional experience.”

While there is no hard launch date or price, the Condition ONE app is set to debut in mid-2011 and is sure to change the way many see an event that has occurred halfway around the world. “Once viewers enter a video experience, they can move the tablet in any direction and see the corresponding field of view,” says Dennis. “The traditional two-dimensional, rectangular frame is shattered as viewers step inside the frame and experience the stories as the protagonists.”

SourceCondition ONE app combines iPad and photo journalism


This is definitely something that is relevant to what I’m going to do for my Specialist Project.

Life In A Day
July 16, 2011, 2:11 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Uncategorized, Video

Life in a Day is a documentary film project born out of a partnership between YouTube, Ridley Scott Associates and LG electronics, announced on July 6, 2010. Users sent in videos of themselves on July 24, 2010, and then Ridley Scott produced the film and edited the videos into a film with director Kevin MacDonald and film editor Joe Walker, consisting of footage from some of the contributors. All chosen footage authors are credited as co-directors.

The completed film is 94 minutes 57 seconds long and includes scenes from 4,500 hours of footage in 80,000 submissions from 140 nations. The completed film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2011 and the premiere was streamed live on YouTube. The film’s music was written by British composer and producer Harry Gregson-Williams, along with Matthew Herbert. The film’s opening song, written by Herbert, was performed by British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. On January 24, 2011, National Geographic Films announced that it had received the distribution rights for the film. The movie was released in theaters in June 2011.

I like the concept behind this. I’ve got to decide on the content of my body of work for this unit. I’m trying to avoid going down the conventional documentary route, which is why I’m drawn to this example. I don’t really want to follow someone around and document their lives. I feel it’s been done too many times, plus it all depends on how fascinating the individual is to make a success of a documentary.

Specialist Project: A look at Publishing & Digital Magazines
July 14, 2011, 11:41 pm
Filed under: Specialist Project

For my Specialist project for next year, I’ve got to produce a body of work that shows the industry or audience my vision of a future for some aspect of digital media. From the  PPRD lectures last year, I have already thought about what areas of media I’d like to get into, such as publishing and journalism. With that in mind I think it’s clear to say that my body of work for this unit will be to create some for of future digital media within the publishing/journalism field. Since the birth of the iPad and iPhone, publishing companies are having to move forward into making their content more accessible on these devices.

The print version of magazines are still going to be around for a as long as they can… well more specifically, until everyone owns an iPad! Publishing companies are now able to offer digital versions of their magazines, so people can download them straight onto their wireless devices. This is obviously going to change the way in which consumers engage with their magazines, because publishers are now able to integrate digital multimedia such as video, motion graphics, animation and sound into them. Consumers are now able to interact with their magazines, now that they’re viewed in an entirely new format.

Here’s a look at the digital version of Wired Magazine on the iPad

For my project, I’m still unsure what exactly I’m going to do. I need to take into consideration the future of publishing companies and how they’re moving into the digital world and how it can be developed. I’m going to focus more on the content of the digital magazines, such as video and photography and how it can be taken further in this new format.

Documentary: Shot on iPhone 4
July 14, 2011, 5:09 pm
Filed under: Specialist Project, Video

I’ve been ploughing through many videos on Vimeo today and I came across this really  nice short documentary shot on an, can you believe it, an iPhone 4. It follows photography David Olkarny and was filmed by Yassine Lens.

“My first video of a shoot with the talented photographer David OLKARNY,
a time of serious work and fun!! Filmed entirely with my iphone 4, picture quality unexpected!! And edited with iMovie.” Yassine Lens

It’s pretty evident we’re going to see a new revolution in film making and it’s all down to the iPhone. Although the iPhone 4 has a basic HD video mode, you can still make a very professional looking film/video.

“The very best HD films from the new iPhone are featured here, already over 110k views, please post a shout if you would like your film to be added here, thanks for watching the new revolution in film making!” (Vimeo)

It’s amazing how DLSR’s from the last couple of years were the next big tool in video production and now… a mobile phone is also proving successful as well. This is something I’m going to explore further for my third year project.

Music Video: Shot Entirely on an iPhone 4
July 6, 2011, 7:51 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Video

The world’s most advanced smart phone, the iPhone 4, is proving to be a nifty little device in the digital video sector. I came across this video on youtube, which is claiming to be the ‘First OFFICIAL iPhone 4 music video’. Whether it is the first official iPhone 4 music video or not, doesn’t really matter, the fact is, it’s a really well executed video. To me this is a realisation that anyone can make something inspiring, without having to have lots of technical equipment and money.

Flakjakt – ‘Cascades’ 

Director – Marty Martin

I maybe making a slight contradiction here but, I must admit that the editing is the main reason why the video is good. Just because we live in a world where pretty much everyone has open access to lots of technology, doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all definitely going to produce something good from it. I think a lot of planning went into this video because it’s really well shot and they’ve used really nice locations. I also think the colour grading is great, as it really gives it that professional look.

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