Al Roker uses Apple MacBook Pro, iPhones, and iPad Pro for ‘Today Show’ live shot remotes

As NBC’s Al Roker works from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, two Apple iPhones, a MacBook Pro, and an iPad Pro comprise the mainstays of his setup for remote live shots.

Al Roker uses Apple MacBook Pro, iPhones, and iPad Pro for 'Today Show' remote live shots

In a Twitter post on Friday, Roker showed off his broadcast setup for NBC’s The Today Show, live from his backyard. Roker’s live shots looked like a normal outside broadcast to viewers, but the tweet revealed his special Apple system for broadcasting live remotes.

Roker’s camera is an iPhone 11 Pro. Another, older iPhone, is used as the return video, so he can see his co-hosts and the rest of the broadcast’s video.

Malcolm Owen for AppleInsider:

As well as the dual iPhones, pictured on stands, Roker also used an iPad as a prompter, an LED light panel, and a combination of a Sennheiser microphone and iRig hardware to provide audio.

LiveU is a live video transmission and streaming platform, one that NBC has extensive experience using. After becoming a shareholder of Euronews in 2017, NBC News and Euronews discovered they both used LiveU systems, and have since started to share video files between the organizations on the platform.

Given the video quality afforded by the iPhone’s camera, as well as services like LiveU, it is probable that NBC has used similar iOS-based setups for outside broadcasts in the past, or at the very least, will consider doing so in the future.

MacDailyNews Take: Here’s Al Roker using his iPhone and iPad Pro to conduct his daily weather briefing for The Today Show in his kitchen:

 
Here’s another setup, with a MacBook Pro, of Roker ready to go for a live shot from his dining room:

And, another, earlier setup with his MBP and iPad Pro:

Here’s an actual broadcast:

8 Comments

    1. Contrary to the opinions pushed on corporate shill websites like this one, your worth isn’t tied to how much disposable chinese consumer stuff you have. Even if the chinese elecronic gadget has a cute little Apple logo on it.

      Do something good with your life and ignore the brand snobs.

  1. I have been amazed at how crappy the “at home” productions for some of these network personalities have been, particularly the lack of professional microphones. There are 12 year old Youtube Creators who have better production values . . . You would think that one of the studio engineers could drop off a lavalier mic or something.

    1. Well the “personalities” aren’t usually the ones doing the tech stuff. Do they teach you to record good audio in meteorology school? They are all just using whatever they happened to have at home.

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