Virtual Event – BK Events
In June 2020, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Creative Technology (CT) were approached by long standing client, Bernie Kearns of BK Events, to help deliver a virtual event for his client which is an international Blue chip company.
Over the weeks leading up to the event, CT worked closely with Bernie to find the best technical solutions to deliver their vision for this virtual event. The final brief would be no mean feat, agreeing on running three simultaneous 90 minute live virtual shows twice over one day in six different languages!
Multiple control rooms were needed so CT’s remote production suite ‘The Bridge’ was utilised, plus two additional Covid-secure spaces across our offices in London, Gatwick to give us three control rooms in total – each containing Carbonite and Grass Valley Korona PPU switching systems. Quicklink software links and NEP Home Studio boxes were used to link remote presenters back to our control rooms, ensuring low-latency, high-quality streams.
Chris Greetham-Ellis, Senior Project Manager at CT commented, “As we start to deliver more virtual events, we are continuously improving our workflows and processes. With this event, all six Producers and the Executive Producer from client side were based remotely. This was challenging for us in new ways and led us to relying heavily on remote multiviewers and IP comms.”
Artist and Unity IP comms were used to securely link all crew on-site, remote producers, and show callers, allowing for real time communication. To also facilitated Chris Greetham-Ellis, CT’s Senior Project Manager, and the remote Producer to communicate with The Bridge from their respective homes, where they were viewing the production on multiviewers over low latency links.
Bernie Kearns commented, “With all aspects of what we have done in the past, now is a new way of working and an extremely steep learning curve for all. I have to say, working with all the highly skilled and knowledgeable team at CT made it a lot easier.”