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Old March 21st, 2003, 09:37 PM   #1
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Amazing footage from the desert

I watched NBC's David Bloom today broadcasting live from a tank support vehicle as they roared across the Iraqi desert. This was no pixelated video cam. It looked like regular broadcast video. Not sure how they did it but it was very impresive
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Old March 21st, 2003, 09:51 PM   #2
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I also saw David Bloom's 'clean' footage. He's been using a video phone (highly compressed, low frame rate) for most of his shorter pieces. I'm sure they were taping those while they were transmitting.

Tonight it looked to me like his crew/photographer found an opportunity to upload many of those clips via a broadband satellite link sometime during the (U.S.) night. and then edit them together. I recognized some of the good footage from his video phone reports.

Just my guess.
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Old March 22nd, 2003, 05:15 AM   #3
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The footage I saw was said to be "live" with Bloom answering questions by Katie Couric. At one point she asked "how are you doing this? " He said something like - "it's too technical." The footage was significantly different from CNN's video phone. I't could be that Bloom just had a very clean video phone link. Or maybe I am just easily impressed.
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On the MSNBC.com site there is a short discussion in a very low bandwidth video of how David Bloom was broadcasting. His video signal was being transmited by microwave to a truck carrying the two ton satellite uplink which was 2-5 miles behind the armoured personnel carrier that Bloom was riding.

Of course to make thngs more confusing I just saw Bloom using a video phone this morning. Don't know what happened to his uplink.
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