Mojo solutions: Are we ready to make documentaries and longer form content with mobile?

Are we ready to make documentaries and longer form content with mobile? This is a question which was quietly bounded around at Mojocon. The various responses were quiet interesting. For many the consensus was that #mojo was best suited to short form content like 1minute 30 news reports or shorter form social video and multimedia content. However, I pointed out that there were a number of different solutions available which would allow you to back up your HD video while shooting on location. To begin with…


Back up to iPad via Camera Connection Kit or Via AirDrop

Backup to a Laptop via USB and move to an external hard drive via thunderbolt/usb

Backup to one of the variety of cloud services (iCloud/Dropbox/OneDrive/Google Drive etc)

All of these solutions are tried and tested and will provide you with the necessary off-device storage.

However none of them are a 100% failsafe solution. What you hear again and again is the essence of Mojo: “the camera you always have with you” You won’t always have your iPad/Laptop/HDD with you. You won’t always have access to 3G/4G/Wifi. So what are your options if you want to shoot discreetly – for extended periods of time, without resorting to slow and expensive cloud uploads or carting around more and more gear (making you less mobile).

When Sandisk came on board as sponsors for Mojocon and opted to sponsor a product rather than financial support I was really delighted. I had read about the iXpand as well as a number of other lightning based external storage devices but hadn’t had time to buy/try any of them.

Having got my hands on one at the conference I decided to do a quick unboxing of the iXpand to run through its features and to elaborate on its potential for Mojo-in particular for how it enables longer form content production with a discreet “pocketable” solution.

When you think about the recent audio solutions that have hit the market from Rode, Sennheiser/Apogee and Shure and look at the extremely high quality lenses now available from iPro (Schneider Optics), Moment, MoonDog Labs and Olloclip it really shows how far mobile journalism and content creation has come in the last 12 months.


The quality and potential of this method of production is growing exponentially. Just think what 5G mobile networks, better optics and camera sensors and even more mojo accessories will bring with them in a few years!

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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.

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