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Top Secret Automotive Event

Creative Technology (CT) were contacted by Sprout to support the live broadcast of the top secret automotive event from one of the UK’s leading motor racing circuits.

The prestigious and exclusive event would be streamed to a small number of top clients for the manufacturer, with security of the broadcast being of utmost importance. CT proposed the use of its Eden platform which enabled two-factor authentication for the invited attendees to maintain a high level of security, ensuring confidentiality of the product. CT were on hand to collaborate with the end client’s IT department and Sprout, throughout the production process, to ensure that all protocols were observed and minimise any issues on the day for the invited audience.

CT’s involvement with the project further extended into the ‘live’ environment following Sprout’s decision to broadcast the event on-demand over the weekend of 13th and 14th March 2021.

The on-site element therefore developed into event capture and subsequent editing to create a programme for the broadcast. On site, CT played the supporting role to the event by providing both video and audio equipment and services.

CT provided all the sound requirements to fulfil the recording of a socially distanced 19-piece orchestra.

Using a DiGiCo SD12 and an SD Rack fully loaded with DiGiCo’s 32bit top of the range preamps. Andrew Johnson, Audio Project Manager, mixed the orchestra direct to a Pro Tools session giving him the ability to carry out postproduction for his mix on site.

Andrew’s choice of microphones for this event comprised of DPA 4099’s, 4011’s and 2011c’s also using Neumann, Sennheiser and Shure. The environment and social distancing presented numerous challenges, so it was important to mic the orchestra as closely as possible to achieve a tight recording.

Avoiding the use of stage monitors to both keep the floor space clean and eliminate excess noise a Wisycom IEM system was used to provide each member of the orchestra with 1 of the 5 different mixes being sent from the desk. This system was also used to play back the recorded mix for the final video shoot.

Video consisted of a 10.5m x 3m ROE Black Pearl 2.8mm LED screen set within a 3-degree curve. Delivery of content to the screen was from a pair of disguise servers for all visual elements.

The ROE BP2 screen coupled with Brompton processing and 10-BIT capabilities of the disguise hardware provided excellent colour reproduction and management of gradients at a low brightness level, crucial to best exhibit the fantastic content.

Gerry Francke, Account Manager at CT UK adds, ‘”It was great to be working on site delivering a show after many months of being confined to the world of virtual events. Working with Sprout was a great experience. The combination of a prestigious product, some fantastic imagery to display, a delightful client and excellent dedicated teamwork made the experience all the better.”