NPR Video Producer Kara Frame got involved with live digital reporting when Facebook first launched its live video capabilities in 2016. Just a couple of years later, Facebook reported that one in five videos were shot and shared live by the platform’s millions of daily users. Frame talks about lessons learned for NPR’s launch of live digital video including the tools her and the video team used to create high-quality segments and news stories with DSLR cameras.
Digital single lens reflex cameras began as a way for wire service photogs to shoot video with the same camera they were using for still photos. Then TV stations began to use the small, lightweight and inexpensive units to produce on-air promos. Now, manufacturers including Canon, Blackmagic Design and Red are making DSLRs that are truly professional video cameras with bells and whistles that shooters love. KNSD’s Erik Naso (pictured) shoots with a Canon C100 and says he loves its depth of field: “It’s a film look to the extreme.”