2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

MojoCon launches on Monday 15th December. Limited early bird tickets available at 12:00 noon GMT

What a whirlwind it has been..back in August I wrote about the idea of organising a conference on mobile journalism and I’ve been busy trying to pull the event together ever since. On Friday last RTE (Irelands National Public service Broadcaster and my employer) gave the green light to proceed. The idea behind MoJoCon is simple…Connect with and gather some of the leading global network of Mojo users. Create an event where a selection of these leading innovators, practitioners, teachers and advocates, who are pushing the boundaries of mobile: journalism, filmmaking, photography and storytelling,  can share their knowledge and experience and debate the future of this form of content production. For the delegates I want to create a holistic experience, one where you can come to hear these pioneers and experts share their trials and achievements and in doing so form your own opinion on the merits and strategy that might work for you or your organisation. Explore the exhibition space beside the main plenary hall which will host a selection of some of the leading mojo hardware and accessory manufacturers demoing their gear. This is a chance to test out for yourself some of the main/leading accessories for mobile journalism. If you like what you see you can buy on the spot or order online using a special mojocon delegate discount code. Also in the exhibition space will be a select group of App developers demoing their Apps – you can network with journalists, trainers, media students, NGO’s and learn about other case studies too. Then on Saturday there will be a selection of half day workshops with some of the speakers from day one on their specific areas. As of writing the sessions planned include: 1. Mobile journalism workshop which will split into strands for iOS, Android and Windows. 2. workshop on smartphone filmmaking with some of the panel from day one. 3. session on social media curation and verification 4. workshop on mojo in radio, recording, edit, send and live stream. 5. More workshops to be announced. I think it is important to explain that RTE are supporting this event and helping with the initial funding to get it off the ground. However the event is being run an a not-for-profit | break even basis. As a result the core costs (Venue, flights and accommodation for speakers etc) will be covered through a mixture of sponsorship and ticket sales. I have tried to make the event as comprehensive as possible without making it too expensive to attend yet small and intimate enough to make it a worthwhile networking event. The best deal is the two day ticket which includes the workshops. If you were to buy a place on a similar independent training course you could easily spend the entire ticket cost on the course alone! The speaker list is still growing and the session may change slightly but the lineup for the launch tomorrow is one I’m already thrilled with. Plus if you’ve never been to Dublin then you are in for a treat. Our venue is the National Convention Centre (www.theccd.ie ) right in the heart of the Dublin Docklands and beside the Luas – Dublin’s tram network giving you easy access to the rest of the city. You can take a virtual tour of the CCD Via Google street view: Click here for an Interactive Google Map of the Venue 06-march-14_1 If you have any questions about the event you can contact me directly via twitter: @mojoconirl | @glenbmulcahy Tomorrow the contact form, and all related pages come online so you can subscribe to the mojocon mailing list for weekly updates and stay tuned for a couple of great competitions. I’m so looking forward to meeting you. Best Wishes, Glen

Mojo in Action Behind the Scenes of RTE’s Philip Bromwell on a MojoShoot

Last Wednesday I joined Philip Bromwell as he went on a mojo shoot in Dublin. I brought three iPhone 5’s with me and some extra kit so I could shoot a behind the scenes Timelapse/Hyperlapse-mainly to convey the amount of movement and shots/angled required to create a good visual story.

Pictured is the Hahnel Triad Compact C5 Tripod, 2 x Shoulderpod Tripod Mounts, DiffCase CinemaRig, and Moment Lenses on both iPhones.

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Not all journalists I know will go this extra mile to get “the shot”

Afterwards Philip edited his story for broadcast and uploaded the finished edit to Vimeo in HD…

Philip Also used Steller App to create a multimedia longer form of the story:

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Guest Post: RTE’s Ivor Carroll @tiir shares his experience of using the new iPad Air for Mojo


I had the opportunity to go and shoot a short RVO and an audio clip for our Nuacht bulletin. It was a favour so I used my own camera and edited on my iPad using Pinnacle for iPad. What surprised me the most was the speed in which I was able to ingest, edit, compress and FTP using the iPad. There is a lot of talk about small devices for shooting mojo and attachments for smart phones and lenses but if the post production method is not fast, the footage can languish unused on the camera device. I was using my trusty “boot and shoot” entry level DSLR Sony A37 and shooting mpeg4 HD 1440 1020. I shot around 12 minutes of footage that took up around 2.8 GB of space on the memory card. I had purchased an Apple usb lightning connector which enables very simple connection straight to the camera. I have had problems in the past with unsupported iPad connectors that would not be recognized by the iPad but when you purchase from the Apple shop those problems disappear.

Now for the interesting part. The 12 minutes of footage copied onto the iPad from my camera in around 1 minute. I was now ready to edit. Pinnacle studio for iPad is very simple and user friendly. It is an app the does exactly what is says on the tin. I edited a one minute RVO in approx 5 minutes, this could of been a lot faster if required. The size of the iPad is also very comfortable for carrying around and the battery life is perfect for ENG field editing. The export from pinnacle again took only 1 minute. I then used a free compressor app that turned my 150 MB file into a 40 MB file in less than a minute and now I was ready to FTP. In total the duration for capture, editing and exporting the file was now less than ten minutes. This is the marvel of using this method. In news gathering time is everything, the quick turn around of ready to broadcast media is critical and this form of ENG news edit delivered.

The next step involved having a coffee where there was good wifi and both the the RVO and clip were delivered in 20 minutes. (Network coverage and speed in Ireland, especially outside of Dublin is still poor but getting better. I did not have a 4G sim or dongle so I was at the mercy of free coffee shop wifi.)

This type of turn around is second to none. The iPad and pinnacle for iPad are a force to be recognized. The alternative is a very expensive and powerful laptop running FCP or Avid media composer. Hardware and software costs for these are greatly more expensive than the iPad option. Also the learning curve required for using these methods are steep and the variety of formats and compression settings can be a mine field. I can imagine in the future that the decision on what camera should be used for VJs and Mojos will be decided more on the ability for them to shoot mpeg4 for quick access and ingest to the ipad. In all my years I do not think that I have ever used a method of edit that was as fast, as reliable and as robust. This truly was a revelation for me.

Ivor Carroll
Production supervisor for Nuacht RTE.
BTW I don’t work for Apple  ; )

You can follow Ivor on Twitter @tiir

I was a little early, looks like 2015 will be the year of 360º Immersive Video Revolution.

In January I wrote a blog post expressing my hopes that 2014 would be the year that 360º immersive video would shift into the mainstream. Then in July I followed it up with a post about Google Cardboard and all the other Immersive headsets that were flooding onto the market and how the combination of 360º Video and High Resolution VR Headsets which track your head movement were effectively two sides of the Immersive Experience. In October I posted about the Kogeto Joey 360º camera and today I follow it up with a 360º Camera I somehow missed during the year but that looks like it will be the first I will get my hands on: V.360º from VSN Mobil. I’m super excited to try this out over Christmas- my Giroptic should arrive early in the new year so expect a “shoot out” blog post between them in the New Year.

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Heres the Specs on the camera which is on special offer $399 (exc sales tax)


In case you are not bothered to follow the links to previous posts above, these are some of the other 360 cameras I’ve been following, and in some cases have supported on crowd funding platforms


and these are some of the Immersive VR/AR headsets I’ve been following (or bought), I must add the Samsung Galaxy VR Headset and there are several others also.


If you have no idea of what I’m taking about or why I’m excited about 360º Video then I would ask you to visit

http://polarsea360.arte.tv documentary series from ARTE France.


This is an excellent demonstration of the potential of this 360º platform.

To experience just a flavour of its potential on mobile download their App for iOS. Or on your MC/PC visit their website

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Credit to Florian Reichart (@smartfilming) for highlighting The Polar Sea project.

Guest Post: RTE’s Cian McCormack takes the Zoom H6 out for a real world Radio Reporter’s trial.


The Zoom H6 Field Recorder is a great, flexible all round radio recorder.

Recording quality is superb.

The additional interchangeable microphones (H6 Shotgun mic, mid-side mic, XY mic) offer fantastic flexibility for a wide range of recording situations.

For example, in the package attached, I was able to get interaction between Tubridy and Photographers with the Shotgun Mic without the ambient noise drowning out what I needed. Then I was able to switch microphone to do interviews with my interviewees. This was truly excellent.

The manual gain controls are a fantastic addition. It means quicker control – and less clicking noise  (as was the problem with the H4n, H4 AND H2)  – if levels need adjusting in an interview situation.

Multi channel functionality offers the ability to record ‘as-live segments’ without bringing a desk. That’s kinda handy. It’s always good to have a studio in your pocket.

Lines in are good.

For news feature  or feature packaging this offers good recording options. It is too much for doorstep reporter grabbing clips – they could use their iPhone. However, there is one MAJOR drawback.

Maybe it’s something I don’t understand, but I did search on line as to how I could import all my WAV files in one grab when I was bringing the raw material in to my PC to edit. Instead of being able to do this easily – as was with the case with the H4n and H2  – I was faced with the laborious task of opening a folder for every track I recorded.

In most cases, I could record up to 40 tracks (or more) for a package. Therefore, this adds an enormous amount of clicking and dragging. On the H4n, I just needed to open the folder in which my tracks were recorded on the Zoom and then drag the 40 recorded tracks simultaneously on to my PC.

With the H6, I faced 120 click and 40 drags. This is not workable for any reporter. If there is a solution I’d love to know. If Zoom resolved the H6 click and drag issue I’d be ordering this unit for myself and recommending it for high-end users in the newsroom.

Here is the report:

Using the Zoom H5 as external mixer for iOS and some other Zoom gear with potential for Mojo: iQ6, iQ7


I recently posted a blog about using the Roland Duo Capture EX (and some other mixers) as a Dual Microphone/Stereo Audio I/O device and mixer for iPad and iPhone. Ie use the Duo Capture EX to plug TWO microphones into your iPhone / iPad via Lightning. Read it here

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I recently bought a Zoom H5 to use with my DSLR as a discreet audio capture device but I was interested to see if I could use it as a Dual Microphone I/O device via lightning also and sure enough it works! There is a mode in the menu on the Zoom  to activate it for USB use with iOS.


Go to MENU > USB > AUDIO INTERFACE > STEREO > iPAD and voila the STEREO output from the Zoom appears as the External Microphone input in FilMicPro.

Note it is important to connect the device to the iPhone/iPad via the lightning to USB adapter and to ACTIVATE the mode outlined above BEFORE you launch FilMiCPro.



This is great news for Radio Journos in particular as they probably already use something like the Zoom H4n for Radio Packaging. To the best of my knowledge the H4N DOES NOT support this function so an upgrade to the H5 or H6 will be required. However it means you can connect two mics to your iPhone or iPad  via the Zoom and record within Apps like FilMic Pro (which support Stereo in via lightning) the only surprise to me was that you CANNOT record locally to the SD card in the Zoom when this mode is enabled, which seems kinda nuts!.

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Zoom have also recently(ish) launched TWO new Stereo iOS Lightning mics called the iQ6  (RRP €100) and iQ7 and also an interesting Dual Microphone mixer TAC-2R (RRP €400) which uses Thunderbolt i/o for Macs. Strange they didn’t put USB in too! For more info click the images.



Google Hangout with the students of @ACJIndia on Mojo

Last year I watched with interest as a project from ACJIndia (Asian College of Journalism) in collaboration with other journalism Universities in the UK and US created a “Pop Up” Newsroom where the students used a diverse range of multimedia tools and storytelling techniques to share stories that explored topics in their communities.

The newsroom effectively migrated across the globe as it followed daylight hours. I thought the idea was brilliant and I had a number of conversations with Priya Rajsekar, one of the course leads on the course at AJC. So when Priya approached me a few weeks ago to know would I be willing to do a Google Hangout with the students in advance of this years Pop Up newsroom project – I couldn’t possibly say no.

So here it is in all its gory details!

Here are some of the references I made during the session

@philipbromwell “King of Coffee” Mojo Story: https://vimeo.com/95273884

Here is the CheatSheet for the Story: https://tvvj.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/the-ultimate-mojo-cheatsheet-sequences-deconstructed-examples-apps-everything-you-need-except-the-gear/

Mojo Interactive Apps List via Thinglink: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/544193485876494338

Mojo Gear Interactive images via Thinglink:


Android Fragmentation Report from OpenSignal.com http://opensignal.com/reports/2014/android-fragmentation/

Heres the Storehouse Story I demoed with the iMovie Timeline: https://tvvj.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/experiments-in-storytelling-with-the-iphone-using-filmicpro-storehousehq-steller-and-imovie-featuring-fotopunctuation/

Heres an article about the development of Mobile for Livestreaming from Broadcast Now: Broadcast Now (PDF)

A recent post I did about Google Glass and Immersive Stories: Google Cardboard may be the catalyst 3D Immersive Video + Gaming needs to go mainstream.

The “discreet” Lens I demoed is called HiLo. More info here: http://shop.hilolens.com/products/hilo-lens?menu

Finally, here’s the “Social media Experiment” from Jack Vale I referenced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P_0s1TYpJU

Kogeto, makers of DOT 360º Adapter for iPhone have just successfully funded “Joey” a pro grade 360º Immersive Video camera

I’ve written several times this year about the fast growing development pace of 360º Immersive video devices and platforms. You can read the previous posts here and here

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I picked up a story today on Twitter from PetaPixel about Kogeto, makers of DOT 360º Adapter for iPhone


who have successfully crowd funded a new “professional” grade 360º camera – the Joey via Kickstarter.


Its full price RRP is expected to be $1400 placing it at the top of the range of 360º Cameras I’ve been watching. You’ll note it uses just one camera with a special panoramic sphere lens to capture the image, unlike many of the others who use multiple cameras and “stitch” the image together either within the device or after upload to a server running 360º stitching software.


Interestingly Kogeto founder Jeff Glasse makes a point of saying the Joey is designed with immersive consumption in mind using devices like the Oculus Rift.


Check out the Kickstarter campaign and video here:

Joey has already reached its funding goal so you can expect to see it available early to mid 2015.

Follow Koegto on Twitter for updates. @kogeto

A few weeks on the road and I’m relieved to say, Mojo is moving into the mainstream media-finally!

I’m just back home from an intense three weeks which have left me feeling both excited and exhausted at the same time. If you are reading this I’m going to assume you have read at least one previous article on the blog and know roughly the sort of mobile journalism and UAV projects I’m involved in.


The first part of my trip was in London contributing as a trainer to the Thomson Foundation Summer Convergence course with 10 journalists drawn from Lebanon, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, USA, Oman and Ghana. The course covered everything from the core principles of journalism and balanced reporting through social media, multi-media, radio packaging, reporting for tv and mobile journalism. I was blown away by the energy and enthusiasm of the group and I was also very impressed with the results, particularly of the journalists who chose to use Mojo to produce their TV report.

It was a pleasure to work again with Dan Mason who is an absolute fountain of knowledge about social media and online/video journalism, but also one of the best trainers I’ve worked with.


After London, I went to Paris to join Mark Egan, VJ & Mojo Trainer PurpleBridgemedia, to co-present a session on Mojo at the EBU News Technology Conference. Mark compiled a great showreel looking at all the diverse use cases for Mojo across the active users in Broadcast News.


Mark was one of the very first Video Journalists in BBC and spent a substantial period training VJs as part of Michael Rosenblums courses. Our many chats made it clear that he and I are 100% on the same wavelength and have a shared vision for the future of mobile news gathering. After the presentation we took our “gadget bags” out to the atrium to give the attendees some hands on time. The feedback was really positive with lots of queries about how other news orgs could get started in Mojo.


After a few hectics days in Paris I then headed to Amsterdam to join an IBC panel discussion on “Mobile and Social Innovations (in News). Moving from the marginal to the mainstream” With me on the panel were Bogdan Frusina, CTO of Dejero, Ronen Artman, VP Marketing, LiveU and Sergei Lupashin, Founder Fotokite. The session was chaired by David Lowen, Director, International TV and Media Consulting Ltd and produced by Steve Bennedik, Head of Technology, SkyNews.


Then to wrap the week up the legend that is: Dan Chung of NewsShooter.com invited me on to his IBCLive talkshow with Elliot Smith to discuss Mobile Newsgathering and the Future of TV News.

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The common thread throughout these events is that News organisations, (tv, radio, online and print) are now starting to take mobile news gathering seriously.

I had some great (heated) debates about the future of linear TV news, what should new journalists do to kick off their career and how much more potential does Mojo really have. All I can say is, even though I was disappointed by the 8Mp Camera in the iPhone6/6+ the advent of greater manual camera control, “dslr like” optical focus and stabilisation and “Extensions” in iOS8 Mojo mean iOS Mojo has just taken another leap forward. Speaking of leaping, I’m still amazed when I meet someone at a senior management level in news who greet my Mojo presentation with gasps of “I had no idea you could do so much with mobile” makes me wonder if the metaphor about the BOILING FROG is alive and well. If so the temperature has just been turned up a notch.


PS: I will detail the gadgets and gear that caught my eye at IBC in a separate post a little later.


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