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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.


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.


Allen & Heath Qu-16 – fully featured mixing console

We’ve recently invested in a number of 16 channel digital consoles which provide ultimate flexibility at the right price point.  These have been added to our rental stock, based in London and are proving very popular.  They are great little desks, easy to use and work well with our smaller sound systems.

FEATURE SUMMARY

  • 19” Rack Mountable
  • 16 Mono Mic/Line Inputs (TRS + XLR)
  • Recallable AnaLOGIQTM Preamps
  • 3 Stereo Inputs (TRS)
  • 12 Mix Outputs (XLR)
  • 7 Monitor Mixes (4 mono + 3 stereo)
  • 4 FX Engines
  • 2 dedicated FX Sends / Returns
  • 4 Mute Groups
  • 4 DCA Groups
  • AES Digital Out
  • 24×22 USB Audio Interface
  • dSNAKETM Remote Audio Port
  • 17 Motor Faders
  • 800×480 Touchscreen
  • 4 Soft Keys

QU-16 FEATURES

  • Trim, polarity, HPF, gate, insert, 4-band PEQ, compressor, delay on all Inputs
  • Insert, 4-band PEQ, 1/3 octave GEQ, compressor, delay on all Outputs
  • Automatic Mic Mixer
  • Channel Ducker on all Inputs
  • ProFactory Mic Presets
  • iLive FX Library
  • Built-in Signal Generator
  • RTA with Peak Band indication
  • Spectrogram to aid feedback elimination and room acoustics
  • Qu-Drive Direct Multitrack Recording / Playback on USB drives
  • DAW MIDI Control
  • Qu-Pad iPad App
  • Qu-You iPhone / Android personal monitoring app
  • Qu-Control customisable iOS app for simple wireless control
  • Compatible with ME Personal Mixing System
  • High contrast metallic finish controls, matching premium GLD Chrome series

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.


The power of touch…

For those of you who read our posts (and tweets etc), you’ll know that we’re all about engagement and interactivity.  That’s why we provide video links, internet connectivity and it’s why we stream events around the globe.  But our background is in the conference room providing support for meetings and seminars and that’s why we’ve now introduced into our rental stock a couple of Phillips 10 point multi touch surfaces, the Phillips 43″ 43BDL4051T.

Go to the Phillips website here…

A brand new level of interactivity is now available thanks to integrated touch technology. More flexibility and optimum simultaneous touch performance coupled with excellent operability opportunities give you the ultimate in user interaction. Multi-Touch displays are equipped with automatic touch recognition. The USB connector is HID-compliant, providing true plug-and-play operation.


Making Your Webcast Accessible

Webcasts make your events available to a wider audience. People from anywhere in the world, on any device, can watch your event live. Your webcast, by its very nature is accessible. But our job isn’t done there.

Driven by our work with the public and third sectors, particularly the NHS, we have developed a unique method to integrate live captioning (subtitles) into your stream so those with hearing difficulties can benefit from your event.

As a standard, we can integrate Q&A features into webcasting platforms so those watching your live stream can actually communicate with those in the room in real time. In addition, we are now able to ‘invite’ other users to the webcast by sending a link. The guest, from their home or office, can use their webcam to take part live in the event.  For us, accessibility really is, and always has been key.

A combination of these technologies, from live captioning to 2 way video make your live stream as accessible as possible.