via a SportsShooter.com post:
"This past weekend I shot the anti-war protests in DC with my HD video camera. It marked the first time that AP has moved frame grabs on the wire from a still photographers video camera. After moving still photos (frame grabs) to the wire-on deadline- I cut a video piece for our online video network (also on deadline).
The package that ran on websites like Yahoo, AOL, etc… featured the frame grabs from my camera, the video I cut, and the text from the AP story all on the same page.
The video and photos are far from groundbreaking, and we're still just experimenting. But, the technology in the HD cameras has finally reached the quality that is required for dual use. I spent a week in Dallas with David Leeson and the Dallas Morning News staff and they are doing some great journalism with this.
So the point of this rambling email is doomsday isn't here. The still photographer isn't dead. But this is a technology that has arrived to the point where a company like AP is checking it out. I'm not the right person to pontificate about the future of photography. There are way smarter people and better photographers to do that. But I will say that this is at the very least a tool that still photographers should consider learning. It may be coming more quickly then anticipated. And if I were a student- I would jump on this ASAP.
You can check out the frame grabs on my SS page.
Evan Vucci: Photographer: The Associated Press"
Reprinted with permission.