Red House Streaming has made upgrades to one of the two studios at its St. Petersburg-based professional and network operations centre (NOC), to create an enhanced chromakey space. Known as Studio B, the new area can easily accommodate a four-person interview set and produce a full 16:9 chromakey shot.
Red House Steaming, which is a CP Communications company, completed the renovation to Studio B within three weeks with four RHS CamSTREAM PTZ cameras and LED lighting that provide flexible, affordable production space.
All four cameras are controlled using a Panasonic AW-RP150 touchscreen remote camera controller in the control room, so there are no camera operators in the studio. The Red House Streaming control room, which is shared by both studios, also features a Yamaha TF1 digital audio mixer, CasparCG graphics, and a vMix production switcher.
“Our clients absolutely love it,” said Lowell Beckner, Red House Streaming’s General Manager. “They are blown away by how much space they can work with in the studio – and when they see a wide shot with that professional chromakey effect behind them, they are already thinking about what they want to try next.”
Originally, Red House Streaming had a small chromakey area in Studio B to accommodate single-person standups. “When we were approached by a client that wanted to produce a pilot for a TV series, we decided we needed something larger,” Beckner said.
That pilot, for a young adult news series, was the first project produced in the new space, but the studio continues to be used for regular programming for other clients. Studio B now features a cyc wall that measures 17 feet across and 12 feet high, as well as soundproofing to accommodate musical acts. Three new Neewer globe lantern softbox diffusers help create even lighting across the set for clean chromakey effects, and additional fixtures are used for lighting talent.
“With Studio B’s state-of-the-art chromakey upgrade, our clients can fully utilise our extensive virtual studio set packages,” Beckner added.
“We’re already supporting a growing base of broadcast clients, but Red House Streaming offers an affordable and convenient solution for local businesses to create everything from training videos to commercials.”