For many broadcasters, the use of a “virtual studio” for conducting an interview with a high-profile sportsperson would prove invaluable, particularly in cases where the interviewer and interviewee are situated in two far-apart locations, and it is not possible to get them physically together.
Such a virtual studio interview was produced a few days ago between a top European football manager based in a studio in London and an interviewer based in a second studio in Dublin, Ireland, through the use of Quicklink Studio (ST55).
The ST55 Studio enables the gathering of high-quality video and audio contributions from a laptop or mobile device with no apps or software installations required.
Contributors can be invited by an operator to contribute via SMS, WhatsApp, email or by generating a shareable URL link. From the Quicklink Manager, the operator is then able to remotely control and configure the contributor’s device camera, microphone, speaker settings, resolution, data bandwidth and latency if required.
For the production of the football interview, the ST55 Studio was used to provide a conversation between London, Dublin and the Sheffield-based Master Control Room (MCR). Using Scarlett audio interfaces into laptops based in London and Dublin, the Quicklink studio facilitated a bi-directional conference call between both parties as well as the MCR.
To achieve a successful REMI virtual studio production, both the interviewer and interviewee were carefully positioned in a green screened environment to allow for a virtual backdrop to be applied. To allow for natural conversation, monitors were strategically placed at the other’s eye-line, to make it appear as though they were making eye contact throughout the interview.
Jay Rozanski, Creative Director at oXyFire Media, said: “Quicklink was a vital part of the virtual production workflow. I needed a system I had faith in, and could trust to deliver.
I’ve used Quicklink Studio many times during the pandemic and it’s proved rock solid. I wouldn’t want to use anything else; especially on such high-profile projects.”
Hannah Chitty, Producer at Chrome Productions, added: “This was a very technical job, and as always oXyFire Media were keen to take the challenge on. The project encountered a few issues which we managed to overcome.
“The end-results provided by oXyFire and Quicklink were fantastic.”