This is something I have been working on for a quite a long time and now it’s time to put it into a real field test. Not that the actual technique is so complicated, but it’s been interesting trying to build the workflow so that it is rock solid and easy to use in a hurry and under pressure.
What I am referring to is what I have started calling “livefeed” from an event, so this time it is Livefeed from Barcelona EC in Athletics. I have set couple of EOS1 mrk4s with a transmitter so that I can transmit directly not to my clients server, but into a a slideshow while the action is still going on. From the moment I push the “transmit” -button, the delay is 5-10 secs and the image is up and displayed. No editing, no cropping. With a watermark set on the fly. The latest image always lands on the top of the pile (you do have to refresh occasionally) and you can scroll the images (if not, they are displayed 5 sec each, looping) . There is a refresh-button on the lower right corner.
I will be testing this tonight for the first time and should this prove succesful, we will adopt this workflow for the rest of the games – as a nice extra touch of multimedia to my basic work over here.
In addition, I made a simple html-page with Twitter-commenting built in. That is: from my iPhone I can (and I will) comment on the action and the images while I am on the field – and so can the readers as well. Sure, you have to set up a Twitter account, but even if you have never used it, it takes less than 10 min to figure out how it works – and it’s free. Twitter is not very widely used in Finland, but we’ll see if I manage to create any commentary/discussion at all. I’m sure there will be couple of these “you and your images suck…” -but then again, it comes with the territory…
Technically there are couple of possible pitfalls – such as an about thousand reporters hooking into the same WiFi network and channels simultaneously, but one does not know will something work unless one tests it in real life. So, here we go. Let me know if something is not working – and if you do use Twitter, I’d love commentary, whatever the language.
Also, if you are used to using Twitter more, please note that my username on this is “kkuukka” and not my standard “karikuukka”; i.e. I have two accounts with the first one specifically reserved for this purpose.