Macworld Tokyo: Mac enthusiasts link to stream expo live
By Macworld Staff
They came from almost all corners of Japan. Members of the MacDTV mailing list arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday evening to run a volunteer-led live streaming service from the Macworld Tokyo 2002 exhibition characterized by a unique live webcasting station.
Macworld Streaming.net, began its live webcasting from the expo on Thursday morning with coverage of Steve Jobs’ keynote, accompanied by commentary in Japanese from a team member to enable domestic Mac users who do not speak English to get a better grip on what the Apple CEO was saying, explained Ryo Fukutani, a member of the team running the service.
As part of the service, the team has constructed a portable live broadcasting platform that really has to be seen to be believed.
Built around a portable luggage trolley which is worn on the cameraman’s back, the trolley contains a video camera looking ahead of the cameraman, a screen hanging around his neck that points forward to show interviewees what is being seen by the camera and a second screen on the rear. The signal from the video camera also becomes the operator’s eyes as he wears a head mounted display that displays this image.
The video is also passed to a PowerBook notebook computer from where it is transmitted via Wireless LAN back to stand 204, the temporary home of Macworld Streaming.net. The wireless LAN link gives the roaming cameraman a range of around 100 meters.
These live broadcasts happen three times a day, at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm Japan time (03:00, 05:00 and 07:00 GMT) and the site is also offering on-demand video consisting of show reports and interviews.
“We did some live broadcasting last year and this year we wanted to concentrate on on-demand video,” said Fukutani.