Up close and personal? Mobile journalist Twan Spierts on reporting with smartphones | Online Journalism Blog

Excellent article about many of the benefits that mobile journalism affords – benefits that are otherwise unavailable.

 

Source: Up close and personal? Mobile journalist Twan Spierts on reporting with smartphones | Online Journalism Blog

A Link to a list of Mojo apps and products

The chart below was published by Glen Mulcahy. You can click on it to go to the interactive version.

As you can see, the chart is actually a breakdown of different application types: Photography / Video Camera Apps, Professional Live Video Streaming, Video Editing / Visual Story Telling, Audio Re / Edit & Podcasting Apps, Professional Live Audio Streaming, Social Video and Social Multicam, Photo Editing / Visual Effects, Mojo 360 Edit | Inject | Effect and lastly Complete Mojo Solutions.

The category where Glen has placed City-Producer is in the “Complete Mojo Solutions.”

Some observations:

1. There are many applications on the market, and on this chart, that are really good. Some camera apps, for example, offer capabilities that City-Producer does not address, e.g. 4K or 24 fps. But, while these may be strong camera apps, it does not mean that they are strong mojo apps. And they surely are not comprehensive. No doubt that is why Glen separates them the way he does.

2. Almost all of the applications on upper portion of the chart address only one segment of the “mojo marketplace.” Some two. Those that attempt to be a complete mojo workflow the way City-Producer does, fall short. I expect this to change because too many people have seen what City-Producer is capable of. But I think that those companies who have already gone after one market, let’s say, film making, that also want to go after mojo because there is significant interest there, may be biting off more than they can chew. City-Producer was developed in the field as a mojo app and has been tested for over two years in a real broadcast environment. It’s not just a question of adding a few features. (The proverb about putting lipstick on a pig comes to mind.)

3. Mobile journalists prefer solutions that allow them to concentrate on story telling, i.e. content creation. Study after study (many posted on this blog) indicate they are not interested in being “tech savvy.” Too many apps, like too many cooks in the kitchen, are not efficient.

4. To be the most effective, a mojo solution needs to provide the tools required to deliver a finished project from the field. Anything that needs tweaking elsewhere, e.g. sending to someplace else for “finishing” adds delays to the process.

5. Neither the quality of the video nor the speed to complete a story should be sacrificed. That is why City-Producer adheres to the necessary and doesn’t confuse the issue with unnecessary “features.” (Can someone please tell me why I want to have sepia news footage that is not the original sepia news footage?)

Enjoy!

iPhone 8 is the world’s fastest phone, obliterates every Android phone out there

There has been a lot of talk about using Android for mobile. (City-Producer is iOS only. City-Producer runs on the 6S Plus, 7 Plus or 8 Plus – and will run on the X as well.) There is a reason why City-Producer does not make an Android version. It wants to run on the best hardware for mobile journalism and that is the iPhone. Not just me saying it – here, read a review.

Having a video editing app highly optimized for a target mobile platform that uses the best available APIs and GPU-assisted video encoding can make a world of difference so bear that in mind.

Source: iPhone 8 is the world’s fastest phone, obliterates every Android phone out there

Apple iPhone 8 Plus reviewed: The best smartphone camera we’ve ever tested – DxOMark

This is an excellent review. It is excellent not just because it has a lot of great things to say about the iPhone 8 Plus, but because it is very thorough and answers so many questions that one might have about why this camera is a great solution for mojo.

Overall, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is an excellent choice for the needs of nearly every smartphone photographer. It features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects, and an industry-leading Portrait mode for artistic efforts. It is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category — and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high-dynamic range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces.

Source: Apple iPhone 8 Plus reviewed: The best smartphone camera we’ve ever tested – DxOMark

A11 Bionic Chip in iPhone 8 and iPhone X on Par With 13-Inch MacBook Pro, Outperforms iPad Pro – Mac Rumors

As I have already mentioned, I ordered my 8 Plus the first day I could. I received notification from Apple that it should arrive between September 28 and October 2. Am looking forward to it!

Early Geekbench scores for iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices suggest that not only does the new A11 significantly outperform the A10, it beats the A10X Fusion in the iPad Pro and it is on par with the chips in Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro models.

Source: A11 Bionic Chip in iPhone 8 and iPhone X on Par With 13-Inch MacBook Pro, Outperforms iPad Pro – Mac Rumors