Bringing in multiple presenters from home…

With the current lockdown situation, everyone is working from home. This has presented the events world with a new challenge (and we love challenges); How can we broadcast an interactive conversation online in a professional way with high production values.

We were approached by Streaming Tank and High Snobiety to live stream a DJ set. So far, so good. With 12 DJs…. From around the world. And they have to be able to chat and drink and party together.

The technology that we put together allows presenters to interact but the audience to see a slick broadcast. This can be used in a plethora of scenarios whether it’s a AGM (we have used this tech for End of Year Reporting) or a product launch.

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How can Video Conferencing and Webcasting help with your event?

Present Communications have specialised in Video Conferencing and Webcasting for almost 10 years.

Now is a great time to learn more about the benefits of these technologies for your business, especially when it comes to your live events.

If an important presenter can’t make it, we can video link them in to the room for fully interactive 2 way conversations.

If multiple delegates can’t make it to your conference, we are able to live stream to anywhere in the world, to up to 10,000 people.

We’re able to integrate with your own video conferencing systems, whether they’re H.323, SIP, or something like Teams, Webex, GotoMeeting or Zoom. We can also stream to other platforms like Elite and Talkpoint.

Makes it even easier by using a venue with everything already built in such as #15Hatfields.

VC and webcasting at 15 Hatfields from Present Communications on Vimeo.

Announcing Regular Technical Training…

We are really dedicated to providing the best support to our clients as is possible.  We believe that the key to this is consistency in everything we do.  In fact, that’s why our first company value is Consistent Excellence


We are offering training on the last Friday of every month to all of our technical staff, full time and freelance.  The schedule will be decided as we go along so we’re asking you, ‘what do you think would be most useful?’.

These will initially be in Wimbledon at our warehouse but we’re hoping to host more in conference venues so that our techs can become more familiar with those spaces, staff and processes. Anyone who works with us or wants to work with us is welcome to join…

Multi-site, global, extending your reach…

Hybrid events, online seminars, live webcasts, video conferences, video streams, webinars… We are spoilt for choice when it comes to options to interact with our peers, customers, employees or the public more broadly.

For one particular client a few weeks ago, they had a number of offices around the world and they wanted full interactivity, control and HD quality and so they came to us.

We were able to link their offices together and show any site or any combination of sites on any screen connected to our network around the world.

Hybrid events like this, utilising existing video conferencing technology don’t have to be expensive. Many offices have Cisco or Polycom equipment and/or infrastructures. Products newer to the market like Zoom and Starleaf and making interoperability much easier and the technology more prevalent.

If you need a solution for hybrid events but you’re not really sure what you need or how you can make it work, call us.

Cisco SX80 for hire

We’ve been leading the way in Video Conference solutions for live events for a while now using our Cisco C90 units for HD video links around the world. Whilst the units are still great, clients are becoming more familiar with the Cisco SX80 and the rest of the SX range and we’ve had a number of requests for them this year.

Well, who are we to argue. We have now invested in a number of units, complete with cameras, microphones and touch panels to add to our rental stock.

  • Standards-compliant 1080p solution, compatible with standards-based video without losing features
  • 1080/60p @ 10mbps
  • H.264 / H.265 3 Screen output
  • Offers four simultaneous video inputs
  • Comes with four Cisco table microphones & camera

Get in touch to find out more about these awesome systems.

We’re hiring

2018 has been a fantastic year.  We’ve beaten all our records again and delivered more successful events to our clients than ever before.

We fully intend to grow even more next year and we’re recruiting more technicians in order to assist us in making sure our clients get the best possible service.

We offer opportunities to train and grow in-house and encourage new starters to take on as much responsibility as they want.  We lead the market in video conferencing and live webcasting and train staff in this area to a particularly high standard.  We also offer CTS training and accreditation.

We’re looking for keen, enthusiastic and driven people to join our team and really make a mark.  We don’t want people looking for a 9-5.  This is live events, after all.

 

Click here to find out about the roles…

 

Great webcasts need great cameras…

Online video is becoming more and more popular every day with users now watching more than 1 billion hours of video on YouTube every day.  Many of our engineers and camera people will often hark back to the days of  the BBC engineer, quality, quality, quality.  BBC used to train their engineers over a period of decades and to very high standards.

But this isn’t about the BBC, it’s about a wider change in expectation across the board.  Over the years, young people in particular have become less focused on quality and instead want to consume content now, as soon as possible.  We see it on the news all the time; we don’t mind that the quality is poor or even that the link to a warzone drops, we’d rather see something than nothing at all.

But now we see the pendulum swinging back the other way.  It’s become much easier and more commonplace to stream on facebook or youtube from mobile devices so the differentiator now is quality.  Brands and Corporates want their online content, live or not, to represent their values of quality and care.

Despite the fact that video is often consumed on mobile devices, tablets etc,  the quality of the video going in to ‘the system’ directly correlates to the quality of the video out.  A great piece of cinema still looks great, even on a mobile and that’s why we have partnered with Starlight Productions to make sure our customers get the very best quality in live video production.

5 tips – Social Media for your Live Event

Live events have an inherent value that the online world can’t replicate.  Your guests want to interact with other, have face to face conversations, that’s how relationships are built.  Even for us, as a tech supplier for events, even we believe this to be true.  And putting your event online will never decrease ‘bums on seats’.  To ignore the online world though is a mistake.  Social media etc provides a platform that potentially has the reach that the real world can’t replicate and the beauty is – you can have both!

Use Video and Live Streaming

This doesn’t mean that you have to necessarily stream your whole event, although of course that’s an option (and a great one).  You can however stream small sections, vox pops (small 10 second interviews and delegate feedback).  Catch delegates during the break and ask them what they think of the event.  Ask the sponsors and put that online.  They might even be grateful!

Extend Longevity

Live events provide great value but the timescale is finite.  Social media gives you the opportunity to engage people before and after the event.  Try leveraging relationships made in the real world online, keep the conversation going and generate more and more value.  You’ll end up getting ‘more’ bums on seats in the future.

Know your audiences

Multiple channels for multiple audiences, managed by multiple people.  Each platform will have it’s own typical audience.  Facebook is older than Snapchat, Twitter is more ‘newsworthy’ than Instagram etc.  The other day, my daughter told me that she doesn’t use Facebook because she’s not old enough but that Instagram is fine.  And who’s even heard of Vero?

Set the ground rules

Get your team involved so everything is covered, make sure your audience is engaged and intrigued from multiple angles but all the while, keep the message consistent and constant.  Your entire team should be engaged in the social media program so long as they’re saying the same thing, albeit in different ways.  Their messages should be tweaked but not changed, to specific audiences.

Engage your audience

Make sure your output isn’t just that, make sure it’s two way.  After all, isn’t that the whole point of social media, it’s a conversation.  Listen to what people say, respond, converse, interact, engage (there is that word again).  They are getting in touch because they want to hear from you, they want to have a conversation.  Get them interested and next year that might translate again to more bums on seats.  At the very least, you’re having a conversation with someone new about ‘your’ subject matter.

 

Webcasting from the Museum of London

The Museum of London asked for our help to live stream educational content to over 600 students in 25 schools.  We used YouTube as a platform, given that this was a public event and we needed it to be openly accessible to as many people as possible.

We provided cameras, audio, encoders and crew and the whole thing went off without a hitch.

YouTube is a great platform for this kind of educational event.  It allows a mass audience to watch high quality video in real time.  It lacks some functionality that other corporate platforms might be able to offer but of course, it is free.

We look forward to working again with the Museum of London in the future and in particular we look forward to rolling out more events like this one.

The best internet experience is not just about speed…

Don’t get me wrong, internet speed is important, it’s very important.  Some users of hotels and conference centres genuinely require very fast internet and there are a few venues in London and around the country who can provide this (call us to find out which ones).

But much of the time, we actually don’t require super speeds.  We need internet that’s going to work, that’s low latency and well structured.  Once again, when it comes to internet, quality wins over quantity.

As I write this, I’m actually sitting in a conference room in Nigeria. We’ve paid for really fast internet and, as promised, that is what we have.  The streaming video has actually been remarkably stable despite the regular power cuts.  But we’re struggling to manage and preview the streams because the ‘quality’ of the network isn’t up to it.

The problem is, it’s very difficult to measure quality of internet and network.  You’re going to find out how good it is when your guests all try to log on at the same time.  Or you can just call us and we’ll tell you where has the best networks.