KCRA Alpha K9 & Canon 7D Synch

Published On February 1, 2014 | By Mike Carroll | DSLR, KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories, Shooting News, TV News Vault

I am always on the lookout for a story that I can do as a one-person reporter-photographer. I get ideas from friends, something I see when I’m driving around, the Internet and news sites. This one was first featured in the Sacramento Bee newspaper in their annual Book of Dreams series during the Christmas season. My wife Bonnie is hip about everything– music, style, fashion — but she still likes to get her news delivered in print at our door step every morning. She was looking through the paper and pulled out this story and said, “This is a good story. You should do this as a TV story.” I read it and immediately agreed.

It’s been a busy time at KCRA but I was finally able to get over to cover this worthy story the other week.

It’s also no secret to anyone who’s visited this site that Bonnie and I are dog lovers* and a story like this is just a natural one for me.

(*For the record, we love all animals. I used to have cats, but our greyhounds would not be good company for felines.)

Kevin Cameron is a veteran of 13 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, during which time he trained dogs for military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kevin served ours of duty in Iraq, where he was wounded in 2009.

When he returned his brother asked Keith to find and train a service dog for him. Kevin’s brother was also and Army veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In the course of this Kevin discovered the extend of his own PTSD. After this experience Kevin formed Alpha K9 to help get service dogs to people suffering from PTSD.


It should be noted that Kevin does not limit PTSD to combat veterans, but includes police & law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, battered women & children and others.

For more information please visit AlphK9.org.

Followers of this site will know that I’ve been bringing along my Canon 7D with the Tokina 17-55 F2.8 wide-angle lens and incorporating that footage with the regular news footage I shoot with my news-issued Sony HD XDCAM.

Makeshift Canon 7D rig 1

This is side-by-side behind the scenes showing me running around with the 7D while grabbing a wild shot. Kevin was wearing a Sony wireless mic that transmits to a Sony wireless receiver that is build into the Sony HD XDCAM. For this wild B-roll shot I simply started the Sony XDCAM rolling and rolled on a continuous shot in the 7D. At the end I kept the Canon rolling and held my hand up between the lenses of the two cameras and snapped my fingers a few times.

On the Adobe Premiere timeline I matched up the wave forms of the finger snaps and voila! Poor man’s synch sound.

Canon 7D TL synch screen grab 1-26-2014 2


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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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