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Celebration Concert

Celebration Concert

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).

WWM21

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.

Exploring XR

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).

Christmas Card 2020

This year’s Christmas Card is a nod to the virtual meetings we’ve all had to endure in 2020.

Do get in touch to see how AEGFX can help you engage with you audience in new and innovative ways.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a better 2021!

Bramley Village Carol Service 2020

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.

I used this opportunity to film in and around the community, in significant locations such as the Wintershall Estate and St Catherine’s Hill and Chapel. The production featured readings by Reverend Andy Davis, Shona Taylor (Bramley C of E (VA) Infant & Nursery School), Richard Gates (Church Treasurer), Alice Phillips (St Catherine’s School), Reverend Graham Smith, Cindy O’Sullivan (Gosden House School), Penny Marriott (Mayor of Waverley), Emily MacGregor (St Catherine’s School), Margaret Darvill (Bramley Village Society) and the Right Reverend Jo Bailey Wells (Bishop of Dorking). The carols were sung but the Cantores from St Catherine’s School and the Bramley Holy Trinity Choir mastered by Mark Angus from Gladestock Studios.

Act of Remembrance 2020

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.

PowerPoint Resolution

When you set up a slide deck PowerPoint asks for dimensions to be set in either inches or centimeters. However you can enter a pixel value followed by “px” and PowerPoint will convert it to either centimeters or inches. Using this conversion, PowerPoint assumes 0.0264583333333333 centimeters per pixel or 0.0104166666666667 inches per pixel.

Common 16:9 video resolutions and their print equivalents

Pixels Centimeters Inches
HD 1280 x 720 33.867 x 19.05 13.334 x 7.5
FHD 1920 x 1080 50.8 x 28.575 20 x 11.25
UHD-1 (4K) 3840 x 2160 101.6 x 57.15 40 x 22.5
5K 5120 x 2880 135.467 x 76.2 53.334 x 30
PPT Max Resolution (2021) 5376 x 5376 142.24 x 142.24 56 x 56
UHD-2 (8K) 7680 x 4320 203.2 x 114.3 80 x 45

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.

Export Settings

This article outlines how to change the export resolution of a PowerPoint slide.

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