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Blackmagic HyperDeck Streams “An Evening with Sting”

On Oct. 26, the Grammy Museum and the Grammy Pro web site presented a special installment of the An Evening With series featuring recording artist Sting, who discussed his upcoming solo album, 57th & 9th, and performed an intimate acoustic set that was streamed live on the Grammy Museum’s Facebook page. During the live stream, Kyle Schember of Santa Monica production company Subtractive used a flypack containing four cameras, a Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K, ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel and five Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio broadcast recorders.

The cameras were fed into the ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K for live switching, as well as to the HyperDeck Studios, which were used to ISO the cameras and record the program feed. Immediately following the performance, Schember was able to give an SSD of the recording to Grammy Pro’s content producer, Daniel Mendoza, who posted the set to Sting’s Vevo page and the Grammy Museum’s home page.

“The portability and compact form factor of the HyperDecks are key for us,” Schember says. “The Grammy Museum theater has a few hundred seats and no control room. We sat behind the last row in a very tight space. The HyperDecks’ size reduced the overall footprint of our live streaming setup significantly.

“In that fast-paced environment, the HyperDecks’ speed and ease of use are very helpful,” he continues. “In the past, we would have had someone sit there for hours downloading and transcoding everything from the cameras. It’s so much easier to just take the SSD out of the HyperDeck and hand it over with a ProRes file ready to go.”