SKYPE Live Shots
There are three types of live shots:
- Straight live shot (usually for breaking news when we don’t have time to gather video)
- Live shot with an interview. Start with the reporter on camera, widen the shot and invite the interviewee to step in. Reporter should turn their back slightly to the camera at this point so we can see more of the interviewee's face.
- Live shot toss to a PKG (also known as a donut). Reporter is on camera with a live toss to their package using a rollcue. Reporter comes back for a live tag after the pkg.
For our live shots we use SKYPE.
- You’ll need to report from a location with a strong Internet connection.
- Arrive on location half an hour before the show to test the signal.
We will provide a computer with SKYPE already downloaded. However, if you are using your own:
- download SKYPE from its website (www.skype.com/download). Give the download some time. Then create a new user so that you can create a user name for yourself. Then Accept the terms. You will then be signed in. You'll get a Skype window that you can use to call people.
- Click Enter and then the Call button. The person on the other end will get the call - they'll pick it up. When this happens your computer will get a signal. Then initiate video by clicking the Video button. ATLAS takes your signal and puts it on the air. They'll use SKYPE as a full screen.
We also provide a microphone that you connect to the computer's microphone input.
- Then to Skype preferences - Audio. Select the Audio Input to built-in Input Line In. You might have to plug the microphone in before you dial to ATLAS. Of course, we would test the microphone before air.
ATLAS can talk back to you and you should be able to hear them from the computer's output. But SKYPE shots require two people, one as the reporter and the other who uses their mobile to talk to the studio and to hear cues.
NOTE: Make sure the computer's battery is charged! Have headphones on hand.