The story behind Al Roker's genius broadcast of NBC's Today Show using an iPhone

Published: 31 March 2020 - 4:42 p.m.

NBC host Al Roker filmed and broadcast The Today Show using nothing but an iPad and two iPhones.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in a matter of days. With work from orders issued by several governments around the world office goers have had to find creative ways to perform their tasks remotely.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Roker revealed his setup to broadcast for NBC's "The Today Show," filming live from outside his residence.

Roker went live on-air during the show, which appeared to operate as a standard outside broadcast to onlookers, but the tweet showed the unconventional set up he operated.

Roker said he used one iPhone 11 Pro as the main camera while the other was a "return."

Using LiveU (an application to broadcast from the App Store) Roker sent the live feed directly to NBC's server, with the return iPhone showing selected video streams and clips provided by production, allowing Roker to have visual contact with other members of the team.

Roker used an iPad as a tele-prompter, an LED light panel, and Sennheiser microphones and iRig hardware to provide audio.

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