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We're reinventing the wheel

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It's getting down to the wire. The Winnipeg Free Press News Café is days from opening. From inside those floor to ceiling glass walls our video team (of two) will be producing live streaming content on winnipegfreepress.com. We will have a setup in place that will allow us to go live any time that news breaks. We'll be able to do live hits from the field, over the phone interviews and Skype calls. We'll eventually be doing full fledged, multi-camera live programming.

Let me remind you, everything I've stated above isn't new. It's called TV. But our version comes with a twist. This is a full scale live streaming operation, but without the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gear to make it happen.

Let me elaborate: The studio cameras have been replaced by prosumer video cameras. The control room is now neatly packaged in a little piece of software called Wirecast and (this is my favourite) those expensive teleprompters? No need when you have an iPhone, an iPad and a fancy little App called ProPrompter. Check it out:

 

 

 

 

 

In the grand scheme of things these technologies are pretty new and do have their quirks. But in our testing, I've been extremely happy with how they've performed.

We've already posted some videos we've put together using Wirecast and ProPrompter. I'm pretty happy with the results and things will only get better as we become more comfortable with the programs and technologies:

 

 

 

 

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About Tyler Walsh

After a short but successful stint on CKND-TV's The Great Spelling Bee in 1993, Tyler Walsh knew the bright lights of television were in his future. That was before the World Wide Web came along. He lived the dream for five years, working as a news producer at Global Television in Winnipeg. Never one to back away from a challenge, Tyler left the TV business behind and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 2008 as the company's first Multimedia Editor. He's worked with the online team and photo department to shape and grow the video product at winnipegfreepress.com, which now includes live streaming video, documentary features and live and interactive events from Canada's first News Café, which is where you'll find Tyler and other members of the online team. Feel free to drop by 237 McDermot Avenue and engage Tyler in conversation about one of three topics: Video editing, curling or Star Trek.

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