Video Journalist (multi-media journalist) models for news

Ive been working on a project to identify the key multi-media journalist models that are viable for news gathering at different levels…

At the very top of the production models is the conventional ENG crew with a full HD ENG kit, complete with Tripod, Rifle Mic, Radio Mic kits, Lighting kits, Sound mixer and any other amount of accessories…..for the purpose of this excercise Im excluding that kit as it is not generally the norm for VJs to shoot on “full size” ENG kits.

So at the top tier of this project is a SONY PMW-EX3 Camera with all peripherals required to deliver a fully finished package from the field. Typically this kit will cost in the region of E15,000.

Next is the still emerging HDSLR model in a “Run&Gun” configuration for news. Note the addition of the Zoom H4n for discreet audio recording. Even with the Juicepak to offer balanced XLR audio inputs into the camera – audio is still the weakest part of the chain in HDSLR so having a pro-quality recording on a H4n while having a guide track on the camera will allow you to use PluralEyes or similar audio synching software in the edit. Typically this kit will cost in the region of E5,000 – E7,500.


At the entry level is the MOJO – mobile journalist. This kit turns an iPhone4 into a more usable video/audio recorder. The OwleBubo gives you a place to mount the Sennheiser MKE400 mike (coldshoe) and the addition of the monpod adds stability. Using a USB to Apple dock adapter you can connect your iPhone straight into your iPad2 and now with iMovie software you will be able to edit and send the finished package. The jury is still out on whether this will make mainstream television broadcasting or will be limited to web-only production, in my opinion the pictures are brilliant in good light – Ive even pulled the iPhone video into Media Composer to edit it and it stands up well – so though the quality controllers may be having a panic-attack at the though of this – I think there is huge untapped potential here. Typically this kit will cost in the region of E1,500 – E2,000.

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About vjmentor
Innovation Lead, RTÉ | VJ & MoJo (Mobile Journalism) Trainer -Circom Regional | Photographer | HDSLR shooter| Views are strictly personal, not those of my employer.

6 Responses to Video Journalist (multi-media journalist) models for news

  1. Carlos says:

    Hello, 2 thinks why don´t consider canon 60D on hdslr pack, and the last one i prefer the kodak Zi10 for mojo pack, is not expensive, have a micro input, and have full HD, and you can edit direct in final cut, premiere or vegas.
    Saludos from Madrid

  2. vjmentor says:

    Hi Carlos, thanks for the comment.

    The 7D (in the photo) is only a sample of the type of camera suitable for this model, you can include the 5Dii, the 60D, the 550D and indeed the Nikon D7000 for example.

    In the case of the Mojo model, I was looking for a device that could stream live video as well as record locally. The Zi10 is a great piece of kit (I own a Zi8 and the pictures are great from it) so I agree there is lots of room to supplement.

  3. John Buckley says:

    Hi Glen.

    I’m really enjoying the site & think you’re doing a sterling job in inspiring mobile journalism. I’m basing many of my current purchase decisions on the work you’ve done here and (so far) am very happy indeed. 🙂

    One quick question – do you know if the Sennheiser MKE400 requires an adaptor to work with an iPhone 5s? I’m not entirely sure but it seems as if it’s listed that way on the KVConnection site.

    Thanks in advance.

    • vjmentor says:

      Hi John,

      Short answer: Yes.

      The MKE400 has a 3pole connector for dslrs-to work with iPhone5/5s you’ll need either the xlr adapter that Sennheiser offer with the optional xlr to 4pole 3.5mm jack which is a bit cumbersome OR the KVconnection 4pole to split heaphone /mic cable.

      PS-you don’t really need it for iPhone 5! Mic faces same way as camera (unlike 4/4s)

      • John Buckley says:

        Thanks Glen, much appreciated. I’m assuming this is the item you’re referring to?

        The postage cost to get it to the UK in time for me to actually use it is monstrous! Ah well, c’est la vie!

        Keep up the good work. 😉

      • vjmentor says:

        Yep that will do it alright. If using headphones make sure App supports audio monitoring. FilmicPro does.

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