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on-profit group The John
Lennon Educational Tour Bus
has provided American students
of all ages with free, hands-on
opportunities to make original
music, video, photo, game app and
broadcast projects for the past 16
years via a mobile studio-in-a-bus
that has been on the road since
1998.
Featuring state-of-the-art audio
and HD video recording, the bus has
visited schools, colleges, concerts,
festivals, trade shows and museums
in big cities, small towns, rural areas,
severely underserved communities
and everything in between.
On May 8, 2013, Yoko Ono
Lennon debuted the new Lennon
Bus Europe in Liverpool, set to kick
off its inaugural tour in London in
June and continue with travels
across the UK and Europe.
Lennon Bus Chief Engineer Jeff
Sobel designed Lennon Bus Europe
from scratch. Based on past positive
experiences with AJA gear, Sobel
outfitted the vehicle with AJA Ki
Pro Rack and Ki Pro Mini tapeless
recorders along with a KONA 3G
card for video capture and output.
In addition to HD capabilities, Sobel
needed workflow tools that would be
compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro
and Avid Media Composer, which
are both used on the bus to edit
student projects and music videos.
“I wanted a solution that would not
just be compatible with Final Cut
and Media Composer but one that
would really make both scream, so
that’s why we went with the KONA
3G card,” said Sobel. “I contacted
AJA about what the production
needs would be on the bus and also
ended up choosing Ki Pro Mini and
Ki Pro Rack, powerful pieces of gear
that facilitate multiple needs and
also take up very little space.”
The Lennon Bus has an exhaustive
touring schedule, with two full-time

Yoko Ono with the revamped vehicle

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus project has been on the road for 16 years

on board engineers and a driver
facilitating recording sessions
and video productions at each
stop where students might write,
perform, record and produce original
creative content over the course
of a given day.
“The Ki Pro Mini gives us a reliable
means of storage with easily
available and easily swappable
media that records in native file
formats. That lets our editors
immediately begin working without
having to transcode. For us, it’s
really all about the speed; these
are one-day projects from start
to end. Everything gets done on
board the bus, and the Ki Pros and
KONA cards are vital, because they
speed up our production workflow,”
Sobel continued.
Given the hands-on nature of the
experience, the equipment on the
bus must also withstand frequent
and rigorous use.
“We have students of all levels,

so we really sculpt each day’s
project to fit with whoever is on
board. The studios and gear on the
Lennon Bus are in use almost every
day,” explained Brian Rothschild,
Executive Director of The John
Lennon Educational Tour Bus, who
started the organisation with Yoko
Ono Lennon in 1998. “The reality is
that the work we are doing is really
of value almost anywhere that we
might find young people.”
Added Sobel, “To be honest, we
are not very easy on our gear. We try
to treat everything the best we can,
but it is a mobile environment and
the portable devices are in the hands
of students, who are not trained
professionals. They’re under close
supervision, but they don’t always
treat things the way professionals
who have accountability to their
equipment do. We need tough
equipment, and the craftsmanship of
AJA technology really shows. We’ve
also had an Io HD on our US bus for
years and it’s built like a tank and
has always been reliable.”
A more than ten-year veteran of
the Lennon Bus, Sobel has seen
remarkable changes in audio and
video technology and is consistently
updating the gear configuration
on the US bus, which has been
on the road since 1998, to keep
everything up-to-date.
He guided the 2008 redesign
of the original Lennon Bus, which
relaunched as a completely new
vehicle capable of working in HD.
Sobel’s quest for video interfaces
and solutions to complement new
HD cameras provided by Sony is
what first led him to AJA’s KONA

cards and the Io HD, a portable
FireWire device that enabled editors
to encode Apple ProRes HD video
to portable MacBook Pros. He
has also made use of multiple AJA
Mini-Converters.
“We often forget the AJA gear is
there, because it just works,” Sobel
mused. “Their technologies are like
the invisible connections that make
everything work – and it’s effortless
to setup. With the KONA 3G card
– which is a very advanced piece
of equipment that does amazing
things – you literally just pop it
into the computer, load the drivers
and suddenly this beautiful image
is coming out on your monitor or
being captured in. It integrates
into the editing software and into
the computer without any actual
work. Having really tight deadlines,
anytime I can just pop something
in and have it work – especially
when it performs such a key role –
makes me very, very happy. Once
it’s in, it just keeps working and we
just never even think about it. That
is lifesaving.”
Projects created on either
Lennon Bus can be viewed on its
YouTube page.
Concluded Rothschild, “With
John Lennon’s name on it, we
certainly have a big focus on music
and songwriting since that is his
legacy, but we’ve really evolved
into film and video documentaries
and broadcast projects, we’re
doing more live streaming and will
continue to include AJA technology
as part of our toolset. I see the
evolution continuing as everything
else evolves.”


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InFOCUS: Camera Links – Following All the Vital Action
InTECH: Fischer Connections Solutions for Broadcast
InMEDIA: Delivering Anytime Content on Cable
InMEDIA: Screen – High Definition Subtitling and Beyond
InSOUND: DPA’s D:Dicate Recording Microphone Range
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