There’s no doubt whatsoever that video streaming is an exceptional powerful communication tool that is now widely available to almost everyone, even in schools which haven’t as yet completely embraced video technology as being an essential element in modern education.
There’s also no doubt that video streaming is empowering and connecting people who are miles apart from each other, even in the most remote places across the world.
In short, video streaming is here to stay, and this is why companies like JDL Horizons with their Eduvision secure video solution product for schools is proving to be an equally essential part of the broadcasting system.
However, the ‘how’ it’s done part is set to change dramatically, possibly beyond all recognition, in the months and years to come.
There has been an increasing convergence of several, and previously unrelated areas of technology. Telecommunications, and in particular mobile telecommunications, is converging with ever-increasing speed with video and in particular, video cameras.
On one side of the coin, the result of this convergence of technology which already enable an average student to stream video directly from their smartphone. On other side of the proverbial coin sits the sits the former ‘ivory tower’ of broadcast television, and in particular broadcast TV cameras.
JVC has just changed all that, with the bold launch of a handy-cam size 2K and 4K broadcast standard TV camera which not only connects via Wi-Fi to allow direct video streaming, it also enables and facilitates the overlay of scoreboard graphics too.
The JVC GY-HM200SP Sports Production Camera is ‘the new kid on the block,’ and it’s certainly packing quite a technological ‘punch.’ As yet, I’ve not had one given to me to do a full product review, but already after only reading the specification sheet, there’s no doubt whatever that it’s definitely feature-packed in every sense of the phrase.
This powerhouse little camera, when combined with an Eduvision secure broadcast video portal, now allows schools with even very modest budgets, to possess an extremely compact yet powerful broadcast video solution.
More importantly, it has the potential to completely transform how their school and pupils communicate with each other, and out to the wider community at large. Now, students can be trained to become what’s technically referred to in the world of broadcast television as a ‘PSC,’ AKA: Professional Single Camera.
A ‘PSC,’ operator is one who is trained to deliver a combination of elements essential to all video and television production. These are: camera operation, sound engineering, connecting into live broadcasting environments, and able to handle external inputs including graphics.
On its own, the ability to train students to do this is excellent news. This is because it’s actually training them to do a real-world job, employment-specific job, one which employers are increasingly looking for when they hire new people.
In addition to this though, it’s also opening up a whole new world of opportunity for schools. This new world of opportunity includes the ability for schools to broadcast virtually anything, and with an absolute minimum of collateral gadgets, cables, and extra crew. It really is the freedom to broadcast, almost at will.
More importantly, when this system is combined as part of an Eduvision secure broadcast video solution, even more opportunities present themselves.
The Eduvision secure broadcast video solution has so many excellent features to support both schools and students alike that it I could write a whole series of articles about them, and still not cover them all properly.
One of the most interesting that springs to mind though, is the ability to allow ‘pay per view’ broadcasting of either streamed-live, or pre-recorded videos.
This can deliver cash-strapped schools and school districts the much-needed revenue to off-set purchase of additional video and other equipment, and in doing so, further enhance their ability to teach an even wider range of subjects and with even better equipment. It can also just deliver extra revenue to add to a school’s coffers for whatever it needs.
I believe that with cameras like the JVC GY-HM200SP Sports Production Camera we’re witnessing the next stage evolution of how we’ll all soon be shooting and streaming video.
It already doesn’t matter if the video which is being shot is broadcast on terrestrial television or via dedicated and secure portals. The results are still the same, and with internet-based video it’s a global audience too.
It’s time for schools to put the much needed infrastructure in place so they can embrace these new and exciting opportunities when they present themselves.
Perhaps the most important aspect of ‘must-have’ infrastructure is to have an Eduvision secure video broadcast portal already in place. This would mean that instead of rushing to play catch-up, you’ll be a significant step-ahead of your peers.
You’ll also be demonstrating ‘prudent best practices’ too, because you won’t be risking your students’ safety by using free video portals which have little or no real student protection, and absolutely no worthwhile video management systems for schools administrators.
The JVC GY-HM200SP Sports Production Camera, and no doubt others which will soon follow, mean that even in the next 12 months, the future of how we stream video is set to change dramatically.
Brian Sterling-Vete spent over a decade with BBC TV news, he’s a British author, Guinness World Record Holder, and film maker. He has worked extensively on both sides of camera, and even worked as a stunt performer for several years.
In addition, Brian also uses the skills he learned while he was with BBC TV News, to coach leadership and celebrities how to stay safe if they’re faced with a crisis, and a subsequent media attack.