Keeping up with evolving technology and expanding student use - Student Publications, AKA The Daily and Daily Video
Students come to Student Publications for unique and real-world experience. What began as The Daily, offering solid print journalism experience, has evolved to include digital, video and audio experience offered by other departments within Student Publications. Students come to us for unique and real-world experience. We have a rich history of providing training to a broad range of students, regardless of how much, or little, they know when they come through our doors.
We are asking the STF Committee's support in remaining current. Video is moving beyond HD and incorporating new tools to capture different perspectives. As more students come to us to gain experience, we want to ensure we have adequate resources to meet demand.
By sharing the equipment across departments of Student Publications, we are able to give more students greater access to specialized equipment, than by keeping the equipment under the control of a single department. For example, our video equipment is used by The Daily, Daily Video and Husky Media. As HUA Voice builds out its website (HUAVoiceUW.com) we expect greater demand on the video equipment and editing stations.
Each quarter more students come to us, seeking unique and real-life experience that only occurs here. We anticipate working with more than 160 students this quarter, who will produce content seen and read by thousands of people every day. Additional equipment helps to ensure that students are not thwarted by the lack of personal equipment, but can gain valuable and enriching skills by having access to the department's equipment.
Student Publications has grown beyond The Daily and Daily Video (formerly The Daily's Double Shot) to include editorial and advertising content for digital publications, podcasts, video for the website, our two YouTube channels (more than 1,300 videos) our regular show on UWTV, HUA Voice Radio and the newest department, Husky Media. All of these entities are designed to complement each other to provide students will a full range of opportunities and experiences. While The Daily is the largest and oldest part of Student Publications, we are experiencing dramatic growth. Students want to tell stories by using different media and now, in languages other than English.
Student Publications is a place of collaboration. We expect students to work together to teach each other and learn how to produce high quality content under deadline, using a broad range of equipment and software.
With Husky Media we are creating a different opportunity. Students work with on-campus clients who want promotional videos to use on their websites and other channels. Students are learning to work within the client's budget and timeline to create videos that reflect the client's vision instead of the student's. This is an entirely different experience than we've previously offered. The modest fees charged for this service pay the students who create the work, as well as help cover the expenses of a professional staff member. The professional trains Student Publications students in the use of the equipment and mentors them in how to interact with a client and manage the work flow while maintaining high standards worthy of a paying client. The professional is also available to help any of our students who want to learn about audio, video or creating rich-media content. To date, Student Publications has relied on The Daily's print revenues and SAF funding to support all of the student activities, regardless of platform. Newsprint revenues are shrinking. Website revenues, while growing, are insufficient to support the costs to produce video, audio and digital content for our news operation. Husky Media is a viable model to support student opportunities.
Benefits to Students and the University
There are two aspects to this proposal: One is to enhance opportunities to students interested in producing student media. The other is to enhance the quality of our products for our readers, viewers and listeners. When things work and there are adequate material resources, students' enthusiasm and collaboration drive innovation. What we produce — The Daily, Daily Video (formerly The Daily's Double Shot), dailyuw.com, our digital publications and audio productions — all get better. Through the process, more students gain real-world experience that complements their education and qualifies them for better jobs in some aspect of media, if that's their goal.
The Daily and its related departments recently won several awards in the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 10 Mark of Excellence contest: First place, sports writing, large university; Science of the Serve by Thuc Nhi Nguyen.
This exceptional multi-media piece also got a shout-out by si.com
Daily Video staff members also won first place in the Television Breaking News Reporting category, Television Sports Reporting category, and was named a finalist in the Best All-Around Television Newscast, and Best News and Feature Photography categories. We are competing successfully against full-on broadcasting programs at other large institutions across the region of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. We could not compete without continued support from STFC.
We also serve as a portal to the University to alumni and others interested in the University and its community. The latest software and hardware create new opportunity for students to tell stories as complete packages, with print, photo, audio and video components. Better tools will permit them to more fully explore their community, and to tell its stories in more relevant and compelling ways.
Why are we asking for 4K cameras?
For one, UWTV is finally upgrading to HD.
In the past it has broadcast in standard definition. With STF support we moved to HD last year. As we have shot in HD, we've been able to downscale our videos to SD. This improves the quality of the resulting footage. Also, if we apply effects like stabilization we have more resolution to work with without affecting the quality of the final product. UWTV will soon upgrade to an HD broadcast. In order to preserve all these advantages we will need 4K cameras. UWTV has stated many times that the quality of this year's shows has been a substantial improvement. This is in no small part due to downscaling.
Downscaling higher resolution footage than what you need in the final product is always superior to shooting natively. This is how it is done in the professional world, and learning this workflow sets students up for success after graduation.
Vastly Improved Web Quality:
YouTube now supports 4K, and many of the world's most successful channels now use that resolution. We want to stay current.
New Device Screen Standards:
Tablets, iMacs, Laptops, desktops, and even smartphones are moving beyond HD. Our content will look the best on these devices if it is shot in greater than HD resolution.
Integration with Daily Digital Publications:
The Daily's Digital Publications are built using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, which is 4K and Retina ready. With The Daily's need for video content growing and digital publications becoming a larger focus, it makes sense to start shooting video in 4K.
This proposal is endorsed by the Director of Student Publications and the manager of Husky Media, and by its student leadership, the Editor in Chief and the Advertising Manager; and the Executive Producer of Daily Video (formerly The Daily's Double Shot).
We would be able to procure the equipment within 2 weeks of notification of award. Training for students would begin immediately so they are comfortable with it when school starts.
Resources Provided by Department
Student Publications provides the space, power, connectivity, insurance and maintenance for this equipment. The manager of Husky Media is familiar with all of the equipment and provides training and support for students as they learn how to shoot and edit video, audio (podcasts) and how to create rich media content. We also have secure lockers in which to keep the equipment.
Access Restrictions (if any)
This equipment is available to students 24/7, while maintained in a secure location. The cameras and more expensive pieces will be insured against loss and breakage. Any student can become part of Student Publications.
Dear STFC members:
As executive producer for the video content at The Daily I am responsible for coordinating my team of video reporters with the writers on the print side of the equation in order to create in-depth multimedia news pieces. This year we have advanced our format to full high definition and nearly doubled the size of our staff. These changes have been exciting yet require new equipment to facilitate a smooth transition.
We pride ourselves on being able to put faces behind the words of the print edition in order to better tell the story of The University of Washington. This new equipment will allow us to turn out more videos of a higher quality within a shorter time frame. With the help of the grant we will be able to take the video program at The Daily to a level of professionalism that it has never seen before. In parallel to the rise in emphasis of digital publication seen globally we hope to mold The Daily into a truly multi-media experience.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 4K Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 4K Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera is a true hybrid camera designed for both professional photo and video use. It features a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and a 4-CPU Venus Engine, capable of capturing high-resolution JPEG and RAW stills, as well as UHD 4K 3840x2160 30p/24p and cinematic DCI 4K 4096x2160 video at 24p. Like its predecessor, the GH4 features a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, while offering increased resolution on both the OLED monitor and electronic viewfinder. It also features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC technology, in-camera creative controls, and a high-speed 49-point autofocus in both photo and video mode.
The GH4 delivers video quality surpassing many professional video cameras. Video can be recorded in a variety of formats, from efficient AVCHD and AVCHD Progressive, to 200 Mbps All-Intra and 100 Mbps IPB MOV and MP4 formats. And because the GH4 is a global camera, the system frequency can be switched between 59.94 Hz (23.98 Hz) and 50 Hz, yielding a variety of recording options including 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, and 59.94p. The system can also be switched to 24 Hz to capture true 24p in HD and 4K resolutions.
These cameras shoot high quality video, and yet are as simple to use as a DSLR camera, putting it within the comfort range of more students. We want more reporters and photographers to begin shooting video. These are less expensive than our other video cameras and yet because they work with an assortment of lenses, can be more versatile in the field. Because the video would be downscaled, these cameras produce footage that's more forgiving than shooting HD for HD output.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens
Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens is a standard zoom lens designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds System cameras. Its zoom range of 14 - 45mm (28 - 90mm in 35mm equivalent) is a good choice for a variety of subjects including landscapes and portraits. It has 1 Aspherical lens element which minimizes distortion at all focal lengths. Plus, it supports Panasonic's contrast AF system for accurate and fast image capture.
Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. Optical Image Stabilizer helps keep photos sharp when your camera is handheld and in low light situations. It also has 7 aperture blades which deliver smooth-looking out-of-focus areas of your photos. This lens has a compact size of 2.63" (60mm) and weighs only 6.88 oz (195 g).
This lens will be used with the Panasonic Mirrorless Camera (above). It's a short zoom lens, ranging from wide angle to standard focal length.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format
The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens for Micro Four Thirds format digital cameras is an ultra-wide angle zoom lens which has two aspherical lenses and four ED multi-coated elements to minimize ghosting and flare. It has an amazing 114° angle of view and large-diameter glass molded lens elements that help display brightness over the entire zoom range. When mounted on LUMIX G Micro Four Thirds System camera, the lens allows use of the advanced contrast AF system and features smooth, quiet autofocus as well as precise manual focus capability.Justification
This lens would be used in the shooting situation calls for extreme wide angle. While we are asking for two cameras, we are asking for only one of these lenses. Having two would be nice, but not necessary.
Hoya 58mm alpha MC UV Filter
The Hoya 58mm alpha MC UV Filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light. No additional coloration or contrast is provided, allowing you to pair this filter with others.
The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.
Hoya alpha UV filters are multi-coated for reducing flare, ghosting, and reflections on the filter surface. As a result, a higher light transmission of approximately 96% is possible, providing you with additional contrast and high color fidelity.
UV filters will be used in conjunction with the camera lenses listed above. They are an inexpensive way to protect the more expensive optical glass used in the lenses.
Panasonic DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh)
The 7.2V DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack from Panasonic has a capacity of 1860mAh, making it possible to shoot hundreds of photographs with your Panasonic GH3 and GH4 digital cameras on a single battery charge. The battery is compact and lightweight, with no memory effect - so you can recharge partially drained batteries without reducing overall performance.
This item will be used with the Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras. It will provide backup for longer shoots, as well as redundancy in the event an original battery fails.
Watson Compact AC/DC Charger for DMW-BLF19 Battery
This versatile Compact AC/DC Charger from Watson charges any DMW-BLF19 lithium-ion battery via the included dedicated battery plate. The charger runs on 100-240VAC power, allowing for worldwide use. It features a fold-out 2-prong US plug and is supplied with a European plug adapter, as well as a 12VDC car charger that plugs into a cigarette lighter. This makes it ideal for use both at home and on the road.Justification
This item will be used to charge the batteries for the Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras.
AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories - Black
Backpack holds and protects 2 smaller SLR/DSLR camera bodies, 3-4 lenses, and additional small accessories
This item will be used to protect the Panasonic Mirrorless cameras and attendant lenses while traveling to photo shoots. Even though we are requesting two cameras, we need only one camera bag. We have other camera bags, purchased last year.
Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System Kit with Fluid Video Head, Dolly, and Pan Bar
The Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System Kit with Fluid Video Head, Dolly, and Pan Bar from B&H is a complete video tripod package for cameras weighing up to 8.8 pounds. The kit features a Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head, Pearstone DWL-2 Universal Tripod Dolly, and Magnus PB-2 Pan Bar for VT-4000 Tripod.
The Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head is constructed out of anodized aluminum and supports loads up to 8.8 pounds. It features a two-stage leg design, two-way fluid head for smooth operation, and half-ball mount with 65mm diameter. It also features a passive counterbalance system, a height range of 27.6 to 59", and a middle spreader for added support and stability. A quick release plate and carrying case come included with the VT-4000. A Magnus PB-2 Pan Bar is provided as a replacement or a second bar for the fluid head.
The Pearstone DWL-2 Universal Tripod Dolly provides a simple way to get your tripod on wheels for added convenience on set or in the studio. The dolly supports loads up to 33 pounds and has adjustable legs and clamps to accommodate a wide variety of tripods, allowing you to use the dolly with the VT-4000 or with additional tripods. The dolly folds down to just 17 x 5" for easy storage.Justification
This tripod would be used with all of our cameras, both still and video. With the pan feature, it's particularly suited for the above requested Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras as they shoot in video mode.
Impact 5-in-1 Collapsible Circular Reflector Disc - 42"
Includes 5 Colors: Gold, Silver
Collapsible reflectors help gather ambient light and allow for shooting in lower light conditions, without a flash. It can be used by both still and video photographers, although it's more often used by still photographers.
Revo Hot Shoe to 1/4"-20 Male Post Adapter
Attaches to Camera Hot Shoe
This adapters will facilitate better usage of our existing tri-pods. They're currently set up for still cameras. These would allow the tripods and monopods to be quickly adapted to video cameras.
SanDisk 64GB SDXC Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I
64GB Data Storage Capacity
These would be used by the Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras as well as some of our existing cameras. As we shoot more video, we need greater capacity storage cards.
Impact Light Kit Bag #4
Meant for the Essential 240, Outfit and Studio 500 Series the Light Kit Bag #4 from Impact is a weather-resistant carry case with plastic-reinforced sides, top, bottom and interior padded dividers, that gives your gear the protection of a hard case without the weight. The dividers are adjustable to allow a variety of configurations to suit Genaray and other equipment combinations.
The bag has heavy duty zippered closure, comes with a removable shoulder strap and has dual strap handles that wrap completely around the bag and join at the top for added strength.Justification
This item will be used to protect and transport the requested lighting kit.
Hosa Technology XVM-102M Angled Stereo 3.5mm to 3-Pin XLR Male Microphone Cable (2')
The XVM-102M from Hosa Technology is a professional-quality audio cable, ideal for connecting a small microphone to a professional audio input. The cable has oxygen-free copper conductors for enhanced signal clarity. An OFC spiral shield provides flexibility and effective EMI and RFI rejection. The cable is 2' long and has an angled 3.5mm stereo mini TRS plug at one end and a 3-pin XLR male connector at the other. The XLR connector has internal strain relief for durability.Justification
As we add equipment to the Daily Video, more cables are needed to keep things working together.
Ruggard Memory Card Case for Up to 8 SD Cards
The Ruggard Memory Card Case for Up to 8 SD Cards is a sturdy protective case for your memory cards. It will accommodate up to 8 Secure Digital (SD) cards, keeping them safe from shock and moisture. The case has a molded rubber interior lining, as well as a durable polycarbonate resin exterior with a weather-resistant seal to keep out water, dust and debris. There is a snap-on locking system and a molded eyelet for attaching the case to a strap or hook.Justification
These would help protect the requested memory cards, as well as the ones we already have. A rugged case would help keep them together, less likely to be misplaced or damaged.
Pearstone Pro Camcorder Case with Wheels
The Pearstone Professional Soft Camcorder Case with Wheels (Black) is a large padded 1680 denier PVC nylon case made to carry a camcorder up to 24" long and accessories. It can also carry a smaller camcorder with a matte box or accessory lens attached. It has two carry straps with an overlapping grip, retractable handle and built-in skate wheels. There is a large zippered front pocket for accessories. The interior of the case is dividable and includes seven padded touch fastener dividers. There is an ID space on the top of the case.
This case would make it easier to move equipment from our office to location, a large benefit to smaller students. It would also help protect the equipment. Video cameras, batteries and accessories, including lighting equipment and tripods, can be heavy.
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black)
2TB Storage Capacity
This item will be used to transport our finished Double Shot video shows from our office for the UWTV show.
Bescor LED-500KL Dimmable Studio Light and Lithium Ion Battery Kit
The Bescor LED-500K Dimmable Studio Light and Lithium Ion Battery Kit is an all purpose lighting package for in-studio projects or location shooting for on the road interviews, events or ENG. The kit includes 2 each: LED-500s, 6' stands, universal AC adaptors, Li-Ion batteries and chargers.
The LED-500's 504 bright, 5 mm LEDs produce an impressive 3,100 lux at 39" at a color temperature of 6,500K, while drawing only 0.3 amps at 12V. The dimmable fixtures measure 12 x 11 x 1.37" allowing you to place them where other larger hot lights just can't go. And with their multi-voltage AC adapters, the LED-500s can go anywhere in the world where there's electricity. And no electricity no problem - this kit comes with 2 Li-Ion batteries that will keep you shooting for up to 3 hours on a 4 hour charge.Justification
The equipment would be used with our requested and existing video cameras. We are encountering situations where students want to shoot video, and do not have access to electrical power.
CAME-7800 Handheld Gimbal for GH4, 5DMkII, etc. With Case and Stand
Includes multiple stabilization modes, easy tuning, a joystick for adjusting movement, and is very lightweight. Compatible with many cameras including the 5D3, 5D2, 7D, GH4, and Sony A7s.
This handheld gimbal actively stabilizes cameras without requiring the steep learning curve of Glidecams and Steadicams. The technology is used from Hollywood to television to dramatically improve moving shots. It is so powerful that students using the equipment can literally run and the resulting footage will look smooth and professional. It will specifically be used with the Panasonic GH4 cameras also on the proposal, but can accommodate cameras of many types and sizes into the future. The ability to run handheld gimbals is in increasingly high demand in the workforce, which makes this even more valuable for students learning the craft.
Feiyu G4 Handheld Gimbal for GoPro
Compatible with HERO3, HERO3+, and HERO4 models. Includes improved range of motion and battery life with video output.
This gimbal significantly improves the footage from our existing GoPro cameras, allowing us to get professional video in tight spaces or where the larger gimbal setup cannot be used. It is much easier to use than traditional GoPro stabilizing rigs and achieves superior results.
Elvid FieldVision 7" On-Camera Monitor with Sony L & M Battery Plate and Charger
Supports Up To 1920 x 1440 Resolution, 250 Nit, 500:1 Contrast Ratio, Wide Viewing Angle, HDMI, VGA & 2 x Composite Video Inputs, Charger Included, Replaceable Battery Plate
This Elvid monitor will be mounted on the CAME-7800 handheld gimbal and will connect to the camera, allowing students to line up their shots more accurately. Otherwise using the gimbal will be difficult or impossible.
Watson NP-F975 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 7800mAh)
This battery pack will power the Elvid monitor, allowing students to more easily see their shots while using the CAME-7800 gimbal.
Total requested: $8,113.81
Total funded: $8,113.81
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