December 16th, 2016. Florida to Atlanta. Today was an exciting day.
Yesterday evening a very important package came in the mail! FedEx brought our new Blackmagic Studio Micro camera – right in time for our live stream from KirtanFest Atlanta. Needless to stay we were very excited.
The day today started very early – by 4:30am we were getting up and packing our equipment into my car. Space was at a premium today since we decided to do the 5 hour drive to Atlanta in my Camaro. By 6am we’re all gathered and all of our equipment is filling every cubic inch of my trunk. We buckle in and make a quick pit stop for our morning coffee and bagels at Dunkin’ Donuts. Then we drive.
A little less than 5 hours later we’re finally at location in Atlanta. 6 hours till the start of our broadcast.
We quickly stop to grab lunch and then head to the site. Today is going to be a relatively small broadcast with 3 cameras using our blackmagic system. My favorite kind of broadcast because I know that sticking with one brand and system will just work as designed.
Everythings great so far. Lightning is fairly bad in the hall but luckily the micro and full size studio cameras are more than equipped to handle the task.
But what would an event be without its own set of problems? The Atlanta sound guys aren’t able to give us anything except an output piggy backing off a speaker located near our desk which produces a terrible hum every time we connect. Great.
Brainstorming time. Luckily Uddhi remembers that the full size studio camera takes XLR input as an audio source and are able to take audio in for the event directly from the desk into the camera, which then embeds the audio from the mixer into the SDI stream which then goes into the Blackmagic ATEM switcher. 26 minutes till showtime!
By around 7pm it is pitch dark outside and the inside lights are dimmed. The new studio micro camera has a 25mm f1.4 lens mounted on it and is serving our needs admirably. Low light performance is a+ with all three of us agreeing that the quality is nothing short of stellar.
One major issue however was the lack of a screen on the camera itself. We knew that from the get go but we didn’t expect it to be this much of a problem. Sure, the camera is now tiny and fits in the palm of my hand – does his matter though when can’t frame the shot without constant assistance over talkback?
ill be sure to write more soon.
This was just as just a quick report and review that I thought of sitting here in the back while my team handles everything else. Please forgive any grammatical mistakes or other issues as I typed this up on my iPhone.