Remote production can help the environment.
Keeping a lid on travel costs is desirable for any business but global warming and the need to reduce our global carbon footprint adds a whole new imperative to the mix.
Many industries are clearly more adaptable to remote working than others but it’s only very recently that event organisers have been able to put some of their human resource requirements in the “work from home” camp.
Start with remote commentary
Clearly, some staff are essential on the ground. If you have a venue, then you have venue infrastructure and someone has to staff it, whether that’s a stadium, a conference room or even a church.
If you’re putting out a live stream of your event, that also involves at least some personnel that probably have to be there. But there’s one expense that can be avoided right from the start and that’s having on-site commentators.
Those ranks of expert analysts huddled pitchside with a mic in hand? Typically they have been a huge cost, especially at events where a live stream in multiple languages is required. But advances in remote production technology mean all those guys and gals can do an equally good job working from home or local studios. Not only does this save money, but it also significantly reduces the toll on the environment.
Say you have an event in Germany which requires two-man commentary teams in five other European languages. In come the French, Spanish, English, Dutch and Italian teams. They need to get to the event, they need somewhere to stay, they need to get home again. But your flights from Madrid, Paris, Gatwick, Milan and Amsterdam create more than a tonne of C02 emissions, not to mention the €1,000 plus in plane tickets.
At Volcano City, we’ve been serving the needs of live event broadcasters in up to 16 languages simultaneously. Do those commentary teams attend the event? Hell no! We provide each commentator with a high quality commentary sound console that is remotely operated by our team of Live Stream and Remote Commentary specialists. Our engineers control all aspects of the Live Stream from a central Stream Control Center enabling our clients to broadcast their live stream in an unlimited number of languages.
There are many additional benefits.
Travel costs and carbon footprint aside, setting up a remote commentary solution creates numerous other savings too. There’s no longer any need for expensive on site production equipment or costly on site specialists such as audio or streaming engineers. Having your commentators sitting snugly at home also reduces the physical space you’ll need at the event and obviates the need for a satellite feed or Master Control Room.
But does it really work? Can a commentator working from home really cover an event with the same degree of immediacy and excitement as one attending in person. The simple answer is yes: the remote commentary team are getting the same feed as anyone else on-site, with customized graphics tailored to their language.
Remote commentary is practical, cost-effective and it means you are doing your bit for the planet. It’s not putting it too strongly to argue that all of us should be looking at ways in which we reduce our impact on the environment – and thankfully our technological toolbox enables us to do just that.