So many knobs and buttons! I went up to New York again for Winter Jazzfest to try out our new live switcher at (Le) Poisson Rouge, a venue in the West Village that NPR Music has begun a relationship with. Basically we’ll be installing all this new gear to set the place up for live-streaming video, so whenever a band or artist comes through who we want to feature, we can broadcast the concert.
This is all a work in progress, and I’m hoping to get to a point where if it was a big deal show we could bring in a couple videographers to operate cameras up on stage, but for now we’ve just got a couple of remote-controlled cameras fixed to the ceiling, and a camera on a tripod on stage. Obviously the cameras that are closer look nicer, but the remote control pan-tilt-zoom cams let you do the whole thing as a one man operation, while still getting a variety of shots.
This show was a bit of a challenge, since I was doing the video by myself, so I had to keep fighting my way through the crowd to get to the stage to re-adjust the stationary camera, and come back to the switcher to direct (“camera 1, camera 2″ etc.) I still don’t know what half those buttons do, but hopefully I’ll figure it out soon!