American Idol is one amongst several shows to be kept on hold amidst the current pandemic crisis, and in April, it was revealed that filming was being remotely done with iPhones using Broadcast Quality to complete the ongoing season.
A recent TechCrunch article reports that the ABC provided home studio rigs for American Idol hosts and contestants, consisting of a triple-camera setup, including 3 iPhone 11 Pros, a tripod, and a ring light, along with production teams assisting with camera set-up and editing, at a safe distance from home.
Apple provided a statement for this report, stating its iPhones generated high-quality portable solutions for professionals to deliver “broadcast quality” videos, amidst the strict stay-at-home regulations.
“We know that people are depending on their favorite shows while at home, and we are happy to be a part of that process with the team at American Idol. Apple iPhones offer a unique solution to deliver broadcast-quality video, in the palm of your hand, while keeping production staff and on-air talent safely within their homes.”
Previously, Apple’s equipment has been used to produce TV shows and other broadcasts from home. Talk-show host Conan O’Brien, for instance, uses an iPhone to shoot his show from home, while all of his guests utilize Skype and the remaining crew work from their respective homes.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is planning to utilize iPhones for streaming broadcasts at WWDC 2020, although the extent of such reliance will probably be limited to developer sessions. One can anticipate Apple’s keynote presentation and other important broadcasts to involve more professional tracking equipment and studio rigs.
Apple’s virtual WWDC event begins late next month and will be hosted in the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website. WWDC begins on 22 June, with Apple’s keynote likely on the same day. This event shall be free for all developers.