When Britain’s longest serving monarch sadly passed away aged 96, Stream7 were tasked with providing a live streamed memorial service hosted at Sheffield Cathedral in conjunction with Sheffield City Council.
The event was to be attended by local councillors, Bishops of Sheffield and Doncaster as well as His Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire. The cathedral was set to be full of members of the public coming to pay their respects and so providing the right equipment was essential to minimise the physical footprint whilst also providing high quality footage appropriate for a once in a lifetime event.
BirdDog products have always been part of the workflow at Stream7 but for this project they were essential. The final specification included four P200 PTZ cameras, three BirdDog Minis and a BirdDog Studio which linked together both input and output video production via an NDI network. These cameras, in collaboration with a camera crane for those “Songs of Praise” esc moving shots, its signal, converted to NDI using a BirdDog mini, meant that any of the camera shots could be sent to the relay TVs around the venue and to the big LED wall placed in the Cathedral forecourt.
The small size of the P200s allowed the cameras to be discreetly placed behind pillars, for example, without the need for a camera platform or operator who would take up seating space or block sitelines. This combined with the NDI network put in place meant that video could seamlessly flow to wherever it needed to be. To achieve this for such an important event the equipment from BirdDog became the essential building blocks for an appropriate yet versatile set up.