PMI Synergy 2014 – Live Streaming for The PM Channel

PMI Synergy 2014 is an annual conference held at Central Hall Westminster, London. It’s organised by the Project Management Institute of the United Kingdom (PMI UK), and we’ve filmed it for many years on behalf of our client The PM Channel. (The PM Channel is owned an operated by Provek, a project management training provider.)

Traditionally, covering this event involves filming the presentations on the day and editing them afterwards. (A fairly standard workflow!) However, in 2014 – and for the first time – The PM Channel offered to stream the event live online.

This allowed remote viewers to watch the event in real-time. For example, this allowed members of other PMI chapters around the world to tune in; giving them the ability to part in the event without the cost of flights, accommodation, and taking time off work.

It also allowed The PM Channel’s members to watch the event online. Watching these presentations counts towards The PM Channel’s members’ continuing professional development – which is useful when undertaking a course or qualification with Provek. (The PM Channel’s members would usually be able to watch the presentation recordings after the event. However, providing a realtime stream enabled them to take part in discussions on social media.)

Our Approach

Southpoint Films has been The PM Channel’s video production parter since the channel’s inception. So it was our job to handle all of the technical aspects of the stream. We were also responsible for providing an online streaming solution that integrated with The PM Channel’s website.

This process started with several pilot productions in the months prior to the PMI Synergy event. These pilots would test the technical and administrative aspects of the streaming service.

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

Throughout the summer of 2014, we streamed a number of smaller evening events hosted by PMI UK. This was to make sure that both The PM Channel’s customers and PMI UK’s membership could access the content through their respective online channels.

The pilot process also gave PMI UK confidence in The PM Channel’s streaming ability. They were initially unsure whether The PM Channel could successfully broadcast high definition video online – a rather challenging technical accomplishment in 2014. The last thing they wanted was for their headline annual even to suffer from technical issues.

The good news was that these tests were successful as we were able to stream high quality video online.

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

During the pilot process we also developed a custom webpage for live streaming through The PM Channel. This contained a HTML5 live video player, a full agenda for the event, and an auto-updating Twitter widget. The Twitter widget was for keeping on top of tweets from attendees who were using the event hashtag. It also included tweets from The PM Channel, who could use it for sharing updates about the stream itself.

Our streaming webpage was hosted on The PM Channel’s website and was almost indistinguishable from their other webpages.

Streaming PMI Synergy 2014 Online

Streaming PMI Synergy 2014

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 the cameras was manned and followed the action on stage. The other camera was unmanned and was used for capturing a wide-angle view of the entire event.

We also provided a technical operator to “vision mix” the cameras and manage the live stream. We also had a production assistant to provide event updates through The PM Channel’s Twitter account and to capture behind the scenes content.

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 real-time viewing experience that both The PM Channel and PMI UK 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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