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Old January 26th, 2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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Low Technical Quality: Tea Party Response to 2011 State of the Union Address

I watched it out of curiosity, and noticed some major technical issues which made it looked amateurish. I would think that PBS would be capable of much greater technical quality, especially for a video that has been hyped up in the press beforehand.

I sincerely felt that I could do better with just a modern consumer-class HD camcorder and a few minutes in Premiere to overlay the graphics.

Issues I noticed:
  • Interlacing
  • Low audio
  • Horrible CG technique (reflective screen behind talent)
  • Bad camera work (only part of screen visible, rough movement)
  • Bad set design (really, is it that hard to take a minute and plan it out?)
Feel free to point out other issues.

YouTube - Rep. Michele Bachmann Delivers Tea Party Response to State of the Union
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Old January 26th, 2011, 08:31 AM   #2
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You do realize that the video you were watching was from a pool feed camera???
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Old January 26th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #3
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I removed two posts that were politically oriented rather than technical. Please keep the dialog about the technical video issues Jordan brought up, not politics. Thank you.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 02:36 PM   #4
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I was curious as to why Ms. Bachmann looked slightly off to the side. Didn't they have a camera -mounted teleprompter?
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Old January 26th, 2011, 03:13 PM   #5
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She was addressing the her primary Tea Party camera. What you are watching is the feed of a pool camera which is why everything looks out of place.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 11:27 AM   #6
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Given the difference in quality, I wonder why they didn't just use the pool camera to also feed the webcast? Didn't anyone from the TP think this through, particularly the potential eyeline issues?
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