—I’m a television photojournalist
who has been in the business for
some time now, and I’ve certainly seen my
share of changes and advancements in the
tools available to those in my profession.
One of the most exciting and innovative
has been the recent introduction of new
technology for getting live video back to
the studio. Broadcasting live from the field
has always involved cumbersome, expensive,
and time-consuming methodology, and
to a journalist who wants to get a story on
the air ahead of the competition, time is everything.
That all changed with the introduction of
the Teradek Bond, which has now become
a fundamental part of our live field production.
Speed and ease of use are what sets the
Bond apart from other cellular video transport
systems. No longer is time spent “tuning
in” or “acquiring a signal.” Now, as soon
as I arrive on the scene of a breaking news
story, I’m immediately streaming video back
to the station in crystal clear high definition.
NO VIDEO QUALITY COMPROMISE
Before the Teradek Bond, the quick solution
for getting audio and video feeds back
to the studio usually involved downgrading
the video into a format that provided poorer
video quality for the viewer. Now, I can
share the clips I capture with the audience
in full HD, taking advantage of my camera’s
capabilities and eliminating another time
consuming step of video downgrading.
In addition to its time saving appeal, the
power saving appeal of this technology is
really great. Other wireless devices we’ve
tried were bulky, heavy, and had a battery
life that left something to be desired. The
Teradek Bond is lightweight and sports low
power consumption, allowing me to easily
attach it to my ENG camera. It’s this “plug
and play” aspect that makes it easy to forget
that it’s even there at all. There are few
things that get a photojournalist as excited
as the words “set it and forget it,” and the
Teradek Bond allows us to do just that.
As ENG operations leans more toward a
one-man-band tasking, the Teradek Bond is
proving to be a must-have device. Its speed,
ease of use, compact design, and durability
all add up to make it a multimedia journalist’s
A perfect example of the Bond’s
strength in news coverage was my
experience with it last April. A Navy
jet had crashed into an apartment
complex in Virginia and navigating
a live truck to the scene was impossible
with the sea of emergency vehicles
that had gathered around the
buildings. Other wireless transmitting
devices would not have lasted all day
without a tether to an external power
supply. With the Teradek Bond, I became
the first news person to beam
back live video from the scene—
hours before our competition. And
we remained live late into the night,
providing critical updates to our viewers.
At one point, CNN broke into their coverage
of the event and began airing our
Bond feed. They went live with what the
station I was with then (WTKR in Norfolk,
Va.) was capturing and it looked fantastic.
This was a proud moment for me, and
one that would become an important part
of my development in this industry. The
Bond was a rock solid platform for us then,
and remains a key component in our news-gathering
operation now. It has truly revolutionized
the way we think about live television
and breaking news coverage.
Van Applegate is an Emmy Award-winning
photojournalist who has worked at
various stations in the Mid-Atlantic region
including, WTKR in Norfolk, Va., and is
now with WJLA-TV in Washington, DC. He
may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact
Teradek at 855-837-2335 or visit www.teradek.com.