PMI Synergy 2014 – Live Streaming for The PM Channel


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Our reflection at the Video For Business Conference 2015

Held in Central Hall Westminster, PMI Synergy is an annual conference organised by the Project Management Institute of the United Kingdom (PMI), which we’ve filmed for many years on behalf of our client The PM Channel. Traditionally this involves filming the presentations on the day and editing them afterwards to include the slides, allowing The PM Channel’s viewership to watch them at a future date as part of their professional learning and development.

However, in 2014 The PM Channel’s involvement with PMI synergy was different. For the first time, The PM Channel offered to stream the event live online for remote viewers to watch in realtime. This would allow members of other PMI chapters in Europe and the rest of the world could take part in this major celebration of project management without the high cost of flights, accommodation and taking time off work.

As The PM Channel’s video provider we were tasked with handling the technical aspects of the stream, as well as providing an online streaming solution that integrated with their website. This process started with several pilot productions in the months prior to the PMI Synergy event.

Testing our streaming setup at the Southpoint Films offices in Southampton, 2014
Testing our streaming setup at the Southpoint Films offices in Southampton

To test the technical and administrative aspects of the streaming service The PM Channel agreed to broadcasting a number of smaller evening events hosted by the PMI, making sure that The PM Channel’s customers and the PMI’s membership could access the content through their respective online channels. This process was also designed to give confidence to the PMI that The PM Channel (through us) could successfully broadcast high definition video online – a rather challenging technical accomplishment in 2014 that we were able to achieve.

Our custom live stream page for The PM Channel
Our custom live stream page for The PM Channel

Ahead of the pilot process we worked on building The PM Channel a custom webpage for live streaming which contained a HTML5 live video player, a full agenda of the event being streamed, and realtime Twitter widgets for keeping on top of tweets from attendees (using the event hashtag) and tweets from The PM Channel. The webpage was hosted on The PM Channel’s website and fully branded for them.

After a successful series of pilot broadcasts it was time to provide coverage of the main event. On the day we supplied two cameras (one of which was manned and followed the action on stage and another unmanned camera for capturing a wide-angle view of the entire event), a technical operator to vision mix the cameras and manage the live stream, and a production assistant to provide event updates through The PM Channel’s Twitter account.

With this setup we were able to successfully stream in HD for the full eight hours of the event with no disruptions, providing an excellent realtime viewing experience that both The PM Channel and the PMI were incredibly happy with.

Take a look at our Live Streaming services for information on booking this service for your event.

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