Last fall, USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering wanted to shoot Discover USC, its largest on-campus event, with multiple camera angles and broadcast it through Facebook Live. Producers also wanted to give those not in the auditorium during the event the ability to send questions to undergraduate admissions director Paul Ledesma through Facebook.
With support from Louise Yates, senior associate dean for admissions and student affairs, producer Daniel Druhora began working out the technical details. Druhora was confident that FutureVideo’s V-Station HD Pro4 Plus multichannel production DVR system, combined with a Teradek VidiU broadcast streaming device, would accomplish the task.
“V-Station HD made it possible to broadcast four channels simultaneously, including channels dedicated to sound and the presenter’s deck,” says Druhora. “Bringing all those elements together with the power to broadcast HD wirelessly was the magic formula.”
Students Victoria Stein and Tiana Lowe shot the event with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Canon EOS 7D and Canon VIXIA. Simone Attenni served as audio engineer. Druhora directed the 90-minute production from the V-Station HD multiview control panel.
V-Station HD’s built-in multicam switcher provided Druhora with the artistic freedom to direct the event by switching between camera angles during the live presentation. In addition to recording all cameras and the presenter’s deck synchronously, V-Station HD created a line cut recording that was uploaded to an FTP site immediately after the event.
“Getting personalized attention from FutureVideo made all the difference,” Druhora adds.