In July I was approached by Suzanne Oldrey of the Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society to livestream their Celebration Concert from the Holy Trinity Church in Guildford. It was their first performance to a live audience since the start of the pandemic.
I used a two camera setup suppling video into vMix via Birddog Flex NDI encoders. The stream was sent to YouTube using two Blackmagic Web Presenters to both the primary and secondary servers for redundancy. I used the in house internet access but also had a Teltonika 4G router as a failover in case there were any issues with the connection.
Performed by around 50 amateur singers comprised of the Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society and the Kingston Orpheus choir. The choir was accompanied by four professional soloists, Eleanor Gregory (Soprano), Eleanor Inglis (Soprano), Eleanor Minney (Alto) and Stephen Fort (Bass).
The musical accompaniment was supplied by a string quartet, Viviane Plekhotkine (Violin), Mira Marton (Violin), Hattie Quick (Viola), Özgür Deniz Kaya (Cello) and Sebastian Gillot (Organ).
The four pieces performed were Cantique de Jean Racine, Requiem (Gabriel Urbain Fauré), Gloria In Excelsis Deo (Antonio Lucio Vivaldi) and Zadok The Priest (George Frideric Handel).
On the 29th of January the Live Events Freelancers Society (LEFS) hosted a virtual event called WWM21 (Why We Matter). Billed as “a virtual event about freelancers made by freelancers”, it was an opportunity for freelancers to gain experience working on a virtual event and to showcase their expertise.
Working with producers Aaron Arthur, Suzanne Cook and Nicky Ammon. I filmed and edited Exploring XR. A behind the scenes film of the Duke performance on Pixl Evolution’s extended reality (XR) stage at John Henry’s in London.
I also worked with producers Cassie Barnes, Phillipa Lowe and Jenny Hazelhurst to edit the content for The Hidden Heroes of Our Community.
Guy Vellacott, Simon Grant and Nas Hussain explain how to create immersive content for virtual events and how to get the best out of an XR environment.
The Hidden Heroes of Our Community
We talk to members of the teams responsible for some of the UK’s flagship events about their stand out moments, some behind the scenes anecdotes, and what it takes for us all to deliver at a world class level.
Hear thoughts from Becky Firth (Showcaller), Darryl Fleming (Titanium Fireworks), Gareth Owen (Sound Designer), John Farquhar-Smith (Executive Show Producer), John Thompson (Disco Hustlers Sound Systems), Mark Isbister (Sound Engineer), Maxine Kenny (Showcaller), Rachel Haughey (Youth Production Network & Women Walk Together), Rosanna Machado (Project Director) and Tom Rees (Innovation Director).
Whilst lockdown restrictions were easing towards the end of 2020, singing was prohibited in places of worship. This made it impossible for the Holy Trinity Church in Bramley to hold its traditional Christmas Carol service. It was decided that we would pre-record the service and premiere the video on YouTube whist simultaneously playing it live to the small congregation who were social distanced in the church.
The lockdown restrictions in November 2020 prevented places of worship from opening up to the general public. I contacted Reverend Andy Davis at the Holy Trinity Church in Bramley to see if there was anyway that I could assist.
I used a two camera setup with a Black Magic Design Atem Mini Pro ISO to stream the Act of Remembrance live from the church to YouTube for the community to watch remotely. The service featured readings by Reverend Andy Davis, Reverend Graham Smith and Councillor Richard Seaborne.
The default settings are 33.867 x 19.05 cm which equates to an HD video resolution of 1280 x 720 px. Currently the maximum resolution in PowerPoint is 142.24 x 142.24 centimeters or 56 x 56 inches. Which means the maximum standard 16:9 video resolution would be 5K (5120 x 2880 px).
These resolutions are only relevant to bitmap graphics as text, shapes and vector graphics will scale will scale to the display resolution. Currently PowerPoint supports .svg and .emf vector graphics.
Using a DPI calculator it appears that Powerpoint uses a print resolution is 96 DPI or 38 dots / cm.
This article outlines how to change the export resolution of a PowerPoint slide.