Intentional or Unintentional, Ctd

via the tipline

This should shed some light on what Steven Price has to say about the issue with regards to intentional or Unintentional.

The tipline information comes from an experienced cameraman:

I’ve listened to what Bryce Johns says and find it totally inconsistent with any accidental recording, it had to be deliberate for the following reasons:

1. The lapel radio mike on the table is not a recording device, it does not store any sound, it is a transmitter that sends audio to be recorded on a sound track on the video camera.

2. When the camera is not recording (i.e. the rec button “off”) it will not record audio.

3. For Ambrose to have recorded the entire conversation meant the camera had to be on and recording for the entire duration of the photo op.

4. No professional camera man would have run their camera “on” throughout the entire several minutes of the photo op. Cameramen will “button on” when they wish to take a shot (i.e. a wide shot of the two sitting together) and then usually “button off” when they reposition the camera or change the shot. This is done to cut down on the amount of extraneous blurred and wobbly images they would otherwise end up with when they came to edit the material. They may also “button off” to save battery power used when the camera is rolling.

5. The only time a camera will stay rolling is when they wish to record an entire passage of audio (e.g. a press conference).

6. Modern TV cameras have VU meters on the side of the camera and often in the eyepiece of the camera that show the camera is recording audio on two tracks (i.e the mike on the camera body and the wireless radio mike have two separate tracks or channels with which they record sound.

I find it impossible to believe the camera would have missed the obvious VU meter indications that he was recording audio from the radio mike.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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