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!

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