Dale Steinke, the interactive news and operations manager at KING5.com and NWCN.com in Seattle, said that "Web 2.0 solutions" for news Web sites can be cost-effective when compared to the "yikes" factor of commercial software prices.
He touted the $30 video format converter Videozilla and the $50 Harris Inscriber, which is used for video graphics and titles.
Steinke said he uses online service sites such as yousendit and sendthisfile to manage large files and a product called Basecamp from 37signals.com for project management, instead of Microsoft Project.
"I really encourage you to go shoot some video and just use it," he said.
-- Will Tremain