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Patrick Dolan: Creating Connected Events in Dallas

 


It’s a pleasure to introduce you to our Dallas Team Lead, Patrick Dolan! Patrick joined Varvid early in 2008, after working with Aaron Booker (Varvid’s CEO) on the board of directors for an IT industry peer networking group.

Being active in the IT industry for for 30 years, and having background in production management, Pat’s skills have established him as a practicing live streaming professional. In 2011, his accomplishments guided him to opening Varvid’s Dallas office.

Dallas Events Live Stream

Patrick is courteous, attentive, and honest. His devotion to your event’s success is founded on maintaining an upbeat personality even throughout the most trying times of production. Simply, Pat aims to provide the North Texas area with a professional and fun approach to creating a truly Connected Event!

Contact Pat by calling 214.838.6960, or emailing patrick@varvid.com.

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James Lane: Connected Events in Los Angeles

We are proud to introduce our L.A. Account Representative, James Lane! James provides the greater Los Angeles area with Connected Event services.

 

“Aaron Booker called me up and asked for my assistance for a live streaming event for Adobe in Hollywood. I was intrigued and found that I truly enjoyed the adrenaline rush of a live event and all of the unforeseen obstacles that can literally jump out of nowhere,” James said. It has been over two years since his first project with Varvid.

James has been a Los Angeles resident for over 15 years and has predominately worked as an actor and film editor. His work in the entertainment industry started over twenty years ago after he received a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin.

“I liken live streaming to performing on stage before a live audience. There is no, “Cut! Take 2, Take 3, Take 4″, etc. If something unexpected happens, you make lemonade from that lemon.”

James has a positive personality and a get-it-done attitude, his dedication to live-streaming production makes him a great person to work with!

“I look forward to developing vast relationships with the many folks out here in LA LA Land who are in need of a reliable, professional and fun live streaming crew.”

To get in touch with James, email him at james@varvid.com or call him at (323).244.0407.

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Digital Marketing Live Stream at Seattle Startup Week

Varvid live streamed a portion of Seattle Startup Week 2016 for JPMorgan Chase & Co. branch, and title sponsor of the event, Chase for Business last Wednesday. By using a Roland VR-50HD video switcher and three camera sources, we streamed to Chase’s YouTube channel. Out of the three cameras, two were operated: one focused on the presenters while they took turns speaking, and the other captured the audience’s reaction. The third camera was set in the back of the room capturing a wide shot of the audience and the presenters.
SSW Video Captures

Although the entirety of the five-day event wasn’t live streamed, we did get to cover an important panel discussion titled: “Do I really need to invest in Digital Marketing?” The short answer:”Yes!”. Social platform leaders from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yelp held an hour long conversation and Q&A session about the role of social media shaping business identity through digital marketing.

James from LA operating one camera SSW is an event led by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs that aims to develop the Seattle community by building momentum and opportunity for business owners. This year’s event was hosted at Impact Hub in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. If you are interested in creating a startup week in your town or city, learn more here!

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Roland V-1SDI Video Switcher Demo

Rob Read, Business Development Manager at Roland Professional AV, often comes to the Varvid headquarters to demo new products. Recently, we filmed Rob’s demo of Roland’s V-1SDI to share with you all! 

The V-1SDI video switcher is flexible,versatile, and portable. Connecting and switching 3G-SDI cameras, playback sources, and HDMI sources (cameras, smartphones, computers, tablets, Blu-ray players) is made easy with the T-Fader and backlit buttons. The results are, certainly, nothing short of professional.

With support for 3G-SDI, the V-1SDI can operate at full 1080p resolution and can take advantage of the longer cable distance of SDI making this compact solution suitable for events and applications in even large spaces with the most professional level of SDI camera sources.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE V-1SDI

Support for SDI and HDMI cameras, smartphones, tablet computers and PCs etc.

Easy to operate with hardware controls

Compact and portable

Supports up to Full HD 1080p

3 x 3G-SDI and 2 x HDMI* inputs

2 x 3G-SDI and 1 x HDMI* output

Quad input multiviewer with source labeling and audio metering

Composition effects including DSK (Downstream Keyer), picture-in-picture etc.

Full 14 channel audio mixer included

Software control using V-1SDI RCS application for Mac and PC and remote control via RS-232 connection

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Marshall Woodworth: Connected Events in New Orleans

We are excited to introduce you to our New Orleans Team Lead, Marshall Woodworth!

Marshall, a Louisiana native, delivers Connected Event services to the greater Delta region. After traveling across the country, Marshall moved back to Lousiana and obtained a BFA in Film from the University of New Orleans.

“I decided to become a filmmaker in the eighth grade while watching the opening credits of the 1989 Batman. My first experience of live broadcasting came in 1996 when I was the Studio Director for an ABC affiliate.”

Marshall, from New Orleans, livestreaming a connected event

Marshall’s interest and passion for production and live broadcasting guided him to the livestreaming world.

“Livestreaming is beginning to take hold, and I believe Varvid is ahead of the trend. The beauty of livestreaming is that it’s cutting edge and has a limited margin of error. Varvid can connect any event in crystal-clear resolution directly to an individual’s screen of choice!”

Marshall’s proficiency in cinematography, editing, and his upbeat personality makes him great to work with.
Want to meet Marshall? Let us introduce you!

Want to contact Marshall? Send him a message: marshall@varvid.com.

 

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Nevin Zais: Connecting Events in Boston

We’d like to introduce you to Nevin Zais, Varvid’s Boston Team Lead. Nevin has been a part of the Varvid team for three years. Over these years, he has honed his webcasting skills and has worked on a wide range of Connected Events (including switching for The Boston Election Panel livestream).  

“We are seeing more and more people getting excited about livestreaming. Helping drive it forward is what motivates me to be in this line of work,” Nevin explains. “We should have livestreams for everything!”

Nevin Zais working a Connected Event

Nevin is a Boston native with a BA in New Media from Fairfield University. He is often found enjoying a spuckie at Jim’s Deli, on the edge of his seat at a Red Sox game, and nerding-out on livestreaming gear.

Nevin’s enthusiasm for Connected Events, his willingness to grow and master webcasting tech, and his killer sense of humor makes him great to work with!

Want to meet Nevin? Let us introduce you!


To contact Nevin Zais, use this email: nevin@varvid.com

 

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Boston Election Panel: Live Streaming in The Political World

The political world has no doubt grasped onto the power of livestreaming. Earlier in the 2016 presidential race, for example, Hillary Clinton used Periscope to stream a campaign speech; further, the congressional gun control sit-in streamed over Periscope last June. Similarly, on September 26th, the Trump v. Clinton debate went live on various platforms and included real-time fact checking.

Beyond these mainstream broadcasts, political practitioners, educators, and observers have been streaming discussions about the current presidential race. Nevin Zais, Varvid’s Boston Team Lead, operated a Connected Event for The Boston Election Panel discussion.

Political analysts on stage for the Boston Election Panel

Nevin’s task was to execute a smooth livestream (and recording) by live switching between presenters and making the event look outstanding to remote viewers.

“We’re using three Sony EX1’s, a Roland VR-50HD video switcher, and a Blackmagic 4K recorder,” he said.

By supporting The Colby Club of Boston and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the “Pulling Back the Curtain on The 2016 Election” discussion was accessible to the public on September 27th. 

Livestreaming behind the scenes image.

“Events like this one really help connect and educate the community,” said Nevin, “especially if people can’t make it to the venue.”

This panel dissected the strategies behind endorsements, campaign finance, and voter behavior throughout 2016. Certainly, this year’s election has a one-word description: unconventional.

Nevin on switcher

This panel discussion was presented by the Alumni of Colby College. To learn more about Colby College events, you can find a calendar here.

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Live Streaming Product Announcements for Businesses

On August 22nd, the Varvid team joined Faithlife for their Logos 7 Bible Software debut. Although Faithlife has a product launch about every two years, this year marked their first livestream experience!

“The live event increased the anticipation leading up to the re-opening of the product website,” said Brian Russell, Faithlife’s Video Producer.

Product launches are one-time events that generate a sense of urgency, and live streaming promises direct involvement with the product’s brand and creators.

This is why Faithlife’s webcast was able to attract 879 simultaneous viewers at the peak of a four-hour broadcast. They offered their motivated viewers the opporunity to access new tools, watch demos, and ask questions about Logos 7.

Anyone with an internet connection is able to access a live broadcast, which gives brands and opportunity to expand their reach. For example, Faithlife’s livestream captured the interests of people living anywhere from Arizona to Ukraine.

Live content gives an individual, no matter their location, the ability to go “behind the scenes”. Certainly, viewers value the chance to see the ins-and-outs of a product and its’s business. 

 

 “Comments [made] during the broadcast suggested that our audience was eager to hear about the software product we were announcing. Within the livestream, we announced the new features and premiered the accompanying videos along with interviews and live demonstrations of the product.” Said Brian Russel, the Video Producer at Faithlife that oversaw this project.

Curiosity attracts viewers to a livestream, but viewers stay engaged when a human connection makes them feel valued. Engaging an audience is accomplished through interactive content creation.

Faithlife offered their viewers an interactive experience by using two studio spaces that produced different content for the broadcast.

 

Faithlife Interview Section

One studio served as an interview station where creators and developers discussed the benefits and answered questions about Logos 7.

In the second studio, a single camera and computer source streamed a demo of the software. Utilizing these two studio spaces connected the remote viewers with Logos 7, and to those working “behind the scenes”.

 

Faithlife's Studio

Working with Varvid went smoothly, and sharing the technical responsibility with them meant I could turn my attention to the content,” Russell said. 

Livestreams connect businesses to an international, remote audience. What makes them successful is offering viewers a one-time event with human interaction and engaging content.

To see how Faithlife managed, you can see a recording of their Logos 7 Software broadcast here.

 

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Live Streaming Broadcasts and Twitter for Events a Must




In our last blog we talked about how savvy marketers are opting for live streaming of video to make their events available to remote audiences, as well as giving their live and Internet audiences the ability to communicate with an event moderator via Twitter – otherwise known as live webcasting. This was exactly what Varvid did with WistiaContest Domination and other companies at the Video Marketing Explain-a-Thon held at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Seattle.

Varvid has been streaming events live for more than a decade, but what’s new as of late for a lot of our clients is the addition of combining Twitter to the online event video player – this way attendees can see the interactions they are having with the event host by using hashtags when they post on Twitter.

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This fact was brought to our attention in a recent blog written by Stephanie Clifford called A Front Row Seat via Video where she explains that “As more brands offer live videos of the shows, regular viewers see exactly what the buyers and editors are seeing, and influence what will be made by pausing on an outfit or posting Twitter messages about a particular style.”

In other words, the content at the shows can be discussed, influence viewers, and create trending conversations that are tracked and searchable by search engines (like Google).

The morale of the story: if you have an event you want people to engage in and develop a following with – leverage the expertise of a company that understands how to live stream events with an internet video broadcast, and host conversations with the audience via Twitter – these are connected events!