Live Streaming and Virtual Production
The process has been everywhere lately, and we’re right in the middle of it. If you’re interested in implementing safe, effective productions either virtual, remote or live streamed, I’d like to share with you our approach to the different types of production and how they best can suit your needs. Let get into it.
Virtual or remote production services can be achieved in a couple of ways.
1. The easiest way is using the ubiquitous iPhones. With a simple desktop tripod and ring light available from many places online or even locally for curbside pickup from the DVE Store, you can get ok results. The next level is through 3rd party app such as Filmic, that tap into the control features of the iPhone’s camera to adjust exposure, focus, focal length and audio levels. Another set of apps like EpocCam and iVCam will connect your iPhone to your desktop to use as a webcam, This gets a little tricky because in certain configurations, you can’t record and stream your iPhone at the same time. Nevertheless, you should plan on the editing process to take a few days or a week depending on what you’d like to accomplish. To get started, check out this how to guide.
2. Another way we do virtual remote productions is we send a high quality easy to use DSLR camera kit to the subject and with a special dongle, they plug that camera into their computer and use it as a web cam. Through which ever conferencing application they chose to use, we can actually see the feed of the camera and direct them to make adjustments as they record locally in full HD as we’re directing them or if it’s an interview, we’ll send an additional kit. Additionally, we can shoot one of the subjects in the safety of our spacious studio and have full control over the look of the video. Furthermore this same set up can use high quality iPhones to do the same thing. The trickiest part of both of these is getting the footage back either by uploading or backing the footage up locally on the remote end and sending the kit back to us. This works well for testimonials from customers, remote leadership sessions or even tabletop training, especially if the content does not need to be live or is time sensitive.
Live streaming is another way we do production and depending on your needs, it can get real complicated real fast. Depending on what you’d like to achieve it can be done. We are all familiar with the various types of streams. Live musical acts, performances, trade shows, and even shows rolled out via a file that have premiers. Check out this virtual event that was produced with over 22,500 participants. (We did not do this, but if you’re interested, let me know)
Unless you’re looking to do a global tentpole event with thousands of participants, most of the assignments we take on are much smaller, but just as important.
Take for example shooting a host or hosts in the safety and spaciousness of our studio and mixing in live segments from anywhere. Using our studio set up with hardware from Black Magic and Sony cameras and software from Vmix, Unity Commuications and TVU, we can set up just about any type of production you like. We can even blend live streaming and remote production into the same project.
Nevertheless there are a lot of nuts and bolts and moving pieces to produce a programs like and the mantra is always “how’s the bandwidth?” There are not many ways around lousy connectivity check with your IT department you’re thinking about pushing the stream out from HQ and remember redundancy is your friend. This is just on the tech side, not to mention what it takes to produce the “show”
If you’re interested in learning more let us know. Thanks for reading.