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Creative Technology supports UCL Qatar graduations

Creative Technology supports UCL Qatar graduations

Creative Technology supports UCL Qatar graduations


In what is increasingly becoming a tried and tested solution, Creative Technology (CT) Middle East recently supported a live virtual graduation and legacy event for UCL Qatar (University College London in Qatar) on behalf of WMP Creative. CT supplied a full virtual solution, content management, communications system and simultaneous translation, which was controlled from its Middle East headquarters in partnership with WMP Creative in Qatar.

CT’s solution enabled five different graduating classes and the academic staff to appear in six separate frames to ensure each class was easily identified throughout the ceremony. The equipment used for the virtual event was identical to a normal live show, minus the physical stage that would usually consist of the audio, video and lighting elements.

WMP Creative designed the stage and CT built the virtual environment, modelling the 3D object of the stage to help produce the content, which was created using 3D software and Notch to provide a fully customisable virtual environment which saw various elements appear as augmented reality.

A key part of the solution was exporting the Notch content into CT’s Disguise GX2C solution. This integration enabled the use of the Disguise camera system to build a sequence of different views and simulate director’s cuts for the different cues in the show. The camera system integration gave the audience the perspective that the stage elements and the environment were real, enabling them to feel as though they were attending a live show.

A Riedel system was also integrated into the video conferencing platform to enable the client, crew and remote staff to communicate from anywhere in the world, with CT supplying a Riedel Artist 64 matrix frame that controlled six DSP 2312 desktop panels and six Bolero wireless belt packs. These units were used by CT crew and clients within the virtual studio setup.

A Barco E2 screen management system and media servers were deployed and programmed as they would be in a normal live event setup from the direction of WMP, creatives and the show caller. The CT team implemented the “live” aspects of the show via video conferencing and were able to encode real-time confidence monitors to return the live feedback to participants, so they could watch the show as it happened. Along with a video return feed, the team could also communicate with the show participants to give them cues. This approach allowed CT to integrate participants into the event from anywhere in the world.

The success of the solution was visible in the flexibility of the changes applicable in the design and in the real-time generative content that could be be triggered and changed based on the client’s request. The graduation was streamed live onto the University’s YouTube channel and recorded so it could be played back via video on demand.

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