Our webcast adventures

Since the start of Connecting Media in 1999, we have been producing webcasts (internet livestreams) for events, TV broadcasters, the government and for companies.

For almost twenty years, we provide broadcasts from small events to very large multi-camera productions at home and abroad. It started with a live concert by DJ Dano from the Tagrijn in Hilversum, streaming for ten hours from our small OB-van. This was followed by many projects for the broadcaster KRO/RKK, the Dutch Ministry of Economic and General Affairs in The Hague, Microsoft and Emerce/VNU, IDG. Sports events such as the Military Boekelo, the Fanny Blankers Koen Games, many races on the Zandvoort circuit, and even the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps and Zolder in Belgium.

webcast in europa

In the meantime, our office in Brazil was also working hard on good projects for museum MAM São Paulo, FGV University, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in São Paulo.

webcast in Brazilië

In the last two years, the projects have only become more amazing. The General Electric #DroneWeek from Rio de Janeiro was even nominated for a Webby Award! And immediately after we completed the #Droneweek we celebrated the success with our customer until late at night as a technical team in Brazil with the five transmissions on Facebook Live. After a few hours of sleep, Roeland and René went 'fresh and fruity' to breakfast at a posh hotel in Ipanema with the future client. By that time we didn’t know that it was facebook USA. A good conversation and a week later the decision was made, we had a contract for a webcast production for Facebook USA during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Than the madness started... we had about three weeks to organize everything. People, equipment, temporary import regulations in Brazil because of customs, airline tickets and we had to solve issues regarding a special insurance for American companies.

Webcast facebook USA voor NBC in Rio de Janeiro

Connecting Media has been running the livestreams every day for a month on Facebook Live for facebook USA from our three webcast studios in the Canada House, Great-Britain House and the NBC studio in Rio de Janeiro. The webcast studios were fully equipped and staffed by us and partner Amsterdam Productions on behalf of the American CIVIC Entertainment Group. Hundreds of live broadcasts and millions of viewers made this one of our biggest webcast projects ever!

Behind The Scenes #Rio2016 Olympic Games for Facebook USA:

View the possibilities for webcasting on our website.

Links:

Drone week photo's

Drone week portfolio

facebook USA Rio2016 photo's

facebook USA Rio2016 Portfolio

Webcast Max Verstappen São Paulo photo's

Webcast Max Verstappen São Paulo Portfolio

The Connecting Media crew

nb: 18 to 21 May 2018 we are on request of Gomez Productions again at the largest free jazz festival in the Netherlands, Jazz in Duketown in Den Bosch. We provide the technology, production and live direction for a Facebook livestream and live signal on the LED screens at the main stage on the Parade.

Happy christmas & a merry new year!


We are proud to tell you we had an amazing year again with great productions in video/postproduction, webcast and website development. By keeping hungry and innovative we managed to level up on all these type of productions and also see that they more and more overlapped each other. Exactly our specialty..... Crossmedia.

Even with a economic crisis going on in Brazil we were able to get some nice new clients in Brazil, with already some new productions in the pipeline for 2018 makes us confident for our South America offices. In The Netherlands it was far more busy, with new clients in all our areas too. 2018 looks very promising for our European production office.

Connecting Media will go on with the same passion and we keep doing our best to stay innovative and flexible with the best quality available. We'd love to work with you, let's go for an even better 2018!

Happy christmas and a merry newyear!

The Connecting Media crew

A Webby!



Our last blog entry was .. 2016 is loading … let’s go! And we went! For both our offices in The Netherlands and Brazil, 2016 turned out to be a crazy, fully loaded year… without even the time for a blog update…

So here we are…. already halfway into 2017. With some blog entries to come, we will bring you all updates with Connecting Media.

Last year started to get busy around April, talking with our new client LITmedia in Brazil about an international project in Rio de Janeiro. Specifically; Droneweek by General Electric.


5 days of streaming, live from 5 different locations. Alright… we did this before in Europe. But hey… this is Brazil and everything is different here! Each of the 5 locations was different and every day had its own problems to solve. We had 2 days at the Office and Lab of General Electric, 2 days at the Olympic venue that was still under construction and 1 day at Marapendi lake. Our crew was from the USA, Brazil, Australia and The Netherlands… imagine the communication there :)

Day 1 was an ‘easy’ day, a test day one week in advance. 2 cameras on tripods, live drone footage plus some extra cameras by the drone guys from Spark Aerial. It turned out to be our first Facebook Live webcast, a Drone Ballet show.



Day 2 was at the Marapendi lake. One of the biggest problems we had to solve on every location was a dedicated broadband internet connection. Our client was in charge of that part, but of course the technical solutions at the locations had to come from us.  Also at the lake where we received the signals by ‘radio’. Interesting detail was, that we needed to receive live video from a Kayak from the Brazilian national Olympic team and from a boat that followed the Kayak with the coach and a special app that the coach used for measurements during the trainings.



Day 3. Day 3 started during day 2 already, because we heard that we were not allowed to place an internet antenna at the Olympic venue! So, no internet... Internet can be important for doing a live webcast ;) Overnight we solved the problem with the help of a lot of friends. Solution: we set-up a satellite uplink to L.A., from there the signal was sent to Washington where it would be streamed to Facebook. As backup, we had a downlink in Paris from where we could stream to Facebook as well… we did not sleep very much that night.



Day 4, back at the General Electric Lab. This time at the building where they test the fiber-optic that runs over the bottom of the ocean from one continent to another.   



Day 5, the final. Back at the Olympic venue with a broadband connection from another supplier. And that connection was not stable at all. Just moments before we went live on the General Electric Facebook page with one stream in English and one with Portuguese audio, the internet-connection slowed down…… In the 1-minute countdown we checked the line and 15 seconds before live we said… GO!



All went well during these 5 days, both LITmedia and General Electric were more than happy with the result. What happened the day after this job… we’ll tell you in the next blog post.

We just found out that the Droneweek production has been nominated for a Webby Award, known as the Oscars for the internet. We are very very proud of this!

WebbyAwards2017
Link to the WebbyAwards website with a nice #Droneweek #BehindTheScenes video from our crew!

We want to thank our crew, our client LITmedia, Crew of The Barbarian group + LOT112 , of course our friends from Spark Aerial and Peixe Voador Produções for this 2 week adventure which we still call the most difficult job we did in our existence.

Behind The Scenes #Droneweek 2016:

Also see the following links: Drone week photos: Photo Drone week portfolio: Portfolio

The Connecting Media crew

2016 is loading …. let’s go!

2015…. For us, a year with new offices and edit-suites in The Netherlands and Brazil.

Our web and app department was leveled up with new members in our crew. New investments in our future, our co-workers and partners worldwide and, of course, our clients.

Next year, would love to have more collaborations with all of you. We will go on with the same passion, and will keep doing our best to stay innovative, flexible and help you with your goals of 2016. Let us know what your wishes are.

It was again, an absolute pleasure working with you. For us it was an exciting year in all our activities. We hope it was a great year for you too!

2016 is loading …. let’s go!

Happy Christmas & a Merry New Year!

The Connecting Media crew

Connecting Media Netherlands has MOVED!

After 8 years in our media-studio in Baarn, it is time for a new step. We're moving to media-town Hilversum. Our new address has everything to do with music and sound, with which it started at Connecting Media. We are already feeling at home.

From the 1st of June, you can find us at the Wisseloord "Sounds" building. If you want to visit us, or send some chocolate, this is the right address:

Connecting Media
Mozartlaan 25-U
In 1217 CM Hilversum
Netherlands

From this location can we serve our customers even better by a good accessibility and very fast internet, in a natural and quiet environment. Visit us for a cup of coffee to take look at our new media-studio.

Sincerely

René Schaap and Michiel Overeem

Lithurgy of the Hours webcast

Sometimes, our productions bring us to special places and with special people. In 2003 we were contacted by the internet department of Dutch broadcaster KRO/RKK to talk about webcasting the ”Lithurgy of the Hours” for the Trappistines of Abdij Koningsoord in Berkel-Enschot. Monkhood was something a little known to us, because for several years we have been webcasting and recording for the Trappists of Abdij Maria Toevlucht in Zundert. It was a special experience for us computer-nerds, walking around in a monastery. You feel your equipment is a little out-of-place there, feeling as if you’re going back 100 years… Let alone walking around with your mobile phone, and a green Apple Clamshell laptop.

webcast ob-van with us and the brothers

KRO/RKK asked us, to develop a live-webcasting solution, making the Lithurgy of the Hours available to the world, six times a day. It should be portable to be able to move the set to other events and locations too. The live-stream should be small, for listeners using telephone lines to connect to the internet. It demanded from us to think well about this solution, because it would be custom work, as it did not exist commercially (and still doesn’t) and we could not ask the nuns to start-up the encoder by typing in some UNIX commands in a Terminal.

The result was a 1-meter high flight case with audio mixer and Compressor Gate. With this we could control the sound and volume. The signal was then sent to an audio encoder. A computer with the Linux operating system that generated the mp3 audio-stream, small enough for all listeners but with enough quality to enjoy the prayers, hymns and psalms. There was also a no-break, preventing the set to cease working after a power failure. Furthermore we used a second hard-drive raid system for extra protection.

Starting and stopping the stream, was another story. We developed a small box with a start and stop button and a light. The box was in the church up on the wall. One of the nuns would press this one button, the light started blinking and the stream was running. It looked simple from the outside, but within this box, was a little server sending signals to our audio encoder. Pressing the button would make some scripts start on the encoder, call into the streaming server via ISDN, and start streaming. After a few years, the availability of ADSL in the monastery made us change some things again and also install a video-encoder. With this it was now possible to listed and view the Lithurgy of the Hours live. We controlled the video encoder remotely to keep the peace in the monastery.

start/stop box .. webcast set

In 2009, the whole monastery moved, form Berkel-Enschot to Oosterbeek near Arnhem. KRO/RKK asked us to move the whole setup and install a new installation there. We used the opportunity to improve it all, place new microphones more suitable to the acoustics of the new church. And a CMS system was developed, now making it possible for the nuns to program the start-and-stop times of the broadcast themselves in a user-friendly way.

new webcast set + new location

We are now 12 years ahead., and have replaced the old encoder for a new one. This time a new energy-saving encoder was built. Again it was a custom-made job because the solution did not exist. We did this together with the server experts of Warpnet in Groningen. Ready for the next 12 years, and the monastery also for the special Christmas broadcasts the coming days. If you would like to listen, please visit the website of the Trappistines via this link:

link: Lithurgy of the Hours

Michiel Overeem - managing director Connecting Media Netherlands