Monday, April 21, 2014

Drones the Future of Gathering TV News Video?

Who needs a news chopper any more when you have drones!  Arkansas Business.com has an interesting article on how Little Rock TV stations have been taking advantage of a Little Rock business and using drones to get ariel video when needed. The article says  The Shot Above of Little Rock has shot video for KARK/KLRT, and KTHV.  Most recently The Shot Above shot video for KARK when the Majestic Hotel was burning in Hot Springs.  Just what do the news directors of the stations say about this technology.

“We’re not utilizing drones,” said Michael Caplan, general manager of KTHV.  Caplan said one reason the station isn’t using Trieschmann or other drone operators for breaking news is because of uncertain regulation surrounding the tech.

 In a manned helicopter, “sometimes the quality of video and perspective isn’t all that great. It can be almost distracting; depending on the setup, the camera might shake and the video would not necessarily be that clean,”KARK news director Austin Kellerman said.Kellerman said that KARK’s use of freelancers like Trieschmann helps the station avoid potentially losing an investment in its own drones — which can cost up to $100,000 or more — in case regulations are too strict.

KATV seems to have on staff their very own photographer who uses his own aircraft for news shots.  

Read the entire article HERE.



17 Comments:

At 8:16 PM, April 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh oh, if Emfinger reads this he's going to find out how much he should be asking for every time he sends his own gear up.

 
At 8:31 PM, April 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As he should.

 
At 9:29 PM, April 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He already brought it up. He has told people he recently started a business and doesn't want to damage it flying 'for free at work' if he doesn't have to. So he is picking the stories he uses it on wisely. He would like the station to pay him to use it or get a raise.

 
At 9:57 PM, April 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is very reasonable.

 
At 8:57 AM, April 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why I won't use my own gear. As a photog, there are many people who think they can tell me what to do, and will cross the line on this type of business. Once you start using your own stuff, some snot-nose reporter or producer will act they they can order you to use it. It's better just to let the station buy it, if they want it done.

 
At 9:04 AM, April 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or they will act like you are being a jerk for not using it.

"Why can't you just do me this favor?"

It's funny how they never offer favors to us in return.

 
At 11:19 AM, April 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not being a jerk to disagree when your personal property is treated as company-owned by the management. Back in the dark ages of my working career, I had to use my personal vehicle, in which the company installed a 2-way radio and scanners and expected me to go anywhere at anytime under whatever weather or road conditions. I had to buy my own photo gear and maintain insurance for it where the company would gladly pay for the repairs on it when it was damaged (as often happened).

So what would you feel about having thousands of dollars of your personal property being controlled by The Company?

 
At 1:00 PM, April 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I'm not sure how your point disagrees with the previous posters, but I would just ask why you would ever agree to such a thing in the first place.

 
At 1:15 PM, April 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happens more often than you think.

 
At 1:26 PM, April 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say sure to 11:19's management, and then send my freelance bill.

 
At 11:53 AM, April 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emfinger only said that stuff about charging the station after he was mad with KATV for taking the station vehicle away abruptly. More recently, he has said that he gets free promotion that is apparently delivering him paying gigs so he is content with the current situation. Personally, I think he is an idiot for letting KATV use the drone for free and probably only does it to get his name heard on air.

 
At 12:59 PM, April 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Brian Emfinger is happy with the way things are, good. He loves the meteorologist using his video+pictures and saying his name on air, he thrives on name recognition and getting more followers. It probably makes him work harder and more creative.

What is the problem? Is he using it on company time for other businesses or driving the station car for freelance projects or trying to pick stories he can use it on?

 
At 2:18 PM, April 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad just about everything he does is illegal. Just wait till he damages property or hurts somebody, then we'll see how KATV reacts. It's people doing stupid shit like he does that's going to get it all shut down for everybody.

 
At 3:10 PM, April 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did all KATV photogs get their vehicles taken away or just him?

 
At 3:48 PM, April 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@3:10 Brian lives in the Ozarks that is 2 hours away. He was hired with the understanding he would move closer but he never looked for a place so they took the car after nearly a year of him using katv's gas to drive to and from Ozark everyday.

 
At 10:14 PM, April 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well then he is right to not send up his drone without charge.

 
At 2:01 PM, June 21, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTBS and KSLA in Shreveport of Shreveport were involved in a "helicopter race” back in the 80's. KSLA contracted with Schumpert Hospital for use of its med evac chopper and called it "Lifeair 12." It was piloted by Schumpert contract pilots. Photography was handled by KSLA photogs. KTBS bought a used two seater helicopter for about $50,000 and called it "SKY 3". It was first piloted by reporter John Graber, a veteran U S armed forces pilot, who also handled much of the aerial photography and spot news (breaking news for you newbies) reporting by himself. Channel 3's Graber and photog Drew Markham (and other photogs won a number of awards for their work, including a regional Murrow for coverage of an Amtrak derailment in East Texas. Sky 3 crash landed twice. It was totaled both times. The first time it went down as at the New Kids on the Block concert at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, when hit a power line when a KSLA employee was directing it to land so the crew could drop off some video of the 25,000 kids attending the concert.
KSLA's Carl Pendley was the first on air with a report that SKY 3 had crashed at the New Kids concert. Calls flooded into the Channel 3 newsroom, wanting to know if the chopper had crashed into the stadium crowd. Fortunately, it had not. But the photog was badly injured in the crash and had to give up his photography career. The pilot was not seriously injured. The second time SKY was wrecked is when the pilot landed in a cotton field and a number of children ran up to gawk. When the pilot jumped out to wave them back, he caught his headphone cable on the stick. The chopper lifted and flipped over. No one was hurt, but chopper damage totaled about $50,000. SKY 3 itself was not covered for damage (only liability) because of the expense...about $12,000 yearly. After that crash, KTBS management said "we are out of the helicopter business. KSLA gave up on helicopters after Schumpert hospital could not continue because of the conflict over the use of the LIFEAIR for life salving efforts vs news photography needs. KTBS news management made a run at obtaining a remote controlled miniature unmanned copter with a built in camera (a drone by any other name) but no dice because of the cost--about $100,00 and that was back in the day. Do for you naysayers, from the old school news types "Bring on the drones." Let's see those great aerials that local stations were so proud of 30 years ago.

 

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