Posts Tagged ‘bbc’


The BBC’s Mark Thompson’s MacTaggart Lecture 2010 as a Wordle

August 29, 2010

The full text of the BBC’s Mark Thompson’s MacTaggart Lecture 2010 as a Wordle.

You can find the original version here …


When people want the fiction to be reality

March 31, 2010

Interesting things happening over at the AF rangefinder blog

Jane the Phoole

Jane the Phoole

Photographer Jeff Ascough, has, an apparently as yet unannounced AF rangefinder camera to play with … or at least that’s the assumption that’s been made …

Of course reading closer and putting, just a little, thought to the matter, it seems to be a very different kettle of fish!
Probably a rather large, start of April, sort of fish.

There are plenty of clues littered through the posts, but only a few seem to have cottoned on.

At the Canon Rumors blog, there’s whole chapter and verse over what it might or might not be and which major player is behind it … as I said at the start, when people want a fiction to be a reality, they often overlook the truth of the detail.

And yes, I’ve done it too … See the amazing scratch and sniff computer experiment. We had fun with that!


Mobile phone saves the day

May 17, 2009

Friday 15th May 2009, saw my trusty Nokia N95 come to my broadcasting rescue!

I’d been dispatched to cover the SPEA FIM motorbike trials practise day at Armathwaite near Carlisle. Primarily to get photos for the BBC Cumbria website. But whilst I was there, the opportunity arose to grab a couple of interviews that would do for the radio station’s output over the weekend.
But here’s the problem – stills camera, no video camera (that’s back at base) and no audio equipment either; so what should I do?

Well always with me is my Nokia N95, bought because of its all-singing, all dancing capabilities, so thinks I, might as well see if it is really any good when needed.

So … trots off to meet James Dabill, one of the world’s top trial riders and do a quick interview … with a mobile phone! But the phone won’t record more than a minute of audio (without buying extras – which I haven’t) so I’ll have to video the interview.

Phone to video mode, shot lined up, James told that it’s really top quality despite been just a phone! And off we go. One minute eight seconds later and we’re done.

Next it’s Garry Bingley, coordinator of the event, same thing line up the shot, guff about phone and off we go. One minute forty this time.

So photos done, interviews done, it’s back to base and see / hear what we have and is it any use?

And that’s the suprise – the audio was superb, as good as most of the broadcast kit we have at the radio station and very usable for radio output.  You can listen to the final piece here … Or watch the video from which the audio came from here … (Which is the same one as embeded on this page!)

Technicals: The video is shot as mp4 on the N95, the audio was ripped from mp4 to mp3, then converted to pcm wav, before been converted to s48 in the radio playout system!

The video here was shot and edited on the N95 – it’s actually  not bad at topping and tailing video pieces and joining them together!


The Webby Awards, an old video

March 28, 2009

The 10th Webby Awards

Originally uploaded by photocumbria

BBC News report presented by Gutto Harri, on the 10th Webby Awards in New York, from June 2006.

You’ll see me collecting the award just before Prince comes on screen (at 56 secs in).

As a side note my five words got the biggest cheer of the night, especially good as everyone’s told not to cheer each individual award!
Should you not watch the video, and if not – why not? The words are “England team bring back trophy” topical at the time, as England were still in with a chance at the World Cup.

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