Canon PowerShot Footage Airs On KCRA-TV News

Published On January 4, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | Cinematography, KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories, Shooting News, TV News Vault

As I posted a few days ago, this past Monday, New Year’s Eve, I purchased the Canon PowerShot SX 260 HS compact pocket camera at Best Buy.

When I came into work on Wednesday, I loaded into my news car, then took out the PowerShot and grabbed a couple of shots in the HD movie mode of the weather — the clear sky, the barren trees, just simple stuff. I wanted to see how the footage would load into our news computers and edit into the system. I cut together 30-seconds of footage and let the noon producer know about it.

All you have to do is whisper “I shot some weather video,” and the producers perk up and start fighting over who gets to use in their shows.

That first footage ran just an hour or so later in the noon news on KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, where I work as a TV news cameraman.

The next morning I was out walking the dogs. The air and the grass was crispy with overnight frost and the dogs had their fleec warmers and sweaters on. I pulled out the SX 260 again and grabbed some quick shots as we were walking.

When I got home I imported the footage from the SD card into Adobe Premiere on my MacBook and cut together another 30-seconds while I was changing into clothes for work and uploaded it over the Internet to the station’s FTP site.

I got into work and mentioned the morning’s weather video, the noon producer grabbed it again.

Here are a composite of the weather clips as they aired on KCRA Channel 3 Reports in the Noon News and in the 6 O’Clock News.

(This is the higher resolution video as it came out of my Canon PowerShot and before it was compressed for broadcast.)

I was then sent out of town on an assignment and did not get back to the station until 9 o’clock that night. As I was walking out to my car in the station parking lot one of the producers pulled up and told me that in the de-brief that the producers, anchors and managers hold after every newscast the one thing everybody was crazy about was my little weather video of our greyhounds in their winter clothes.

It just goes to show, you can be out on the biggest story, break your back doing what you think is some of your best work — when all you really need is some nice video shot with a $200 pocket camera of your pets.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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