On Location Webcasting – Part 3

Last week Tyler and I were in Detroit, MI for the final production shoot in a series of live pharmaceutical webcasts. I would be lying if I said that Detroit was as beautiful as Denver, but it was still refreshing to see a new city nonetheless. We stayed at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center which had stunning views of the river and Canada. One night we even went to the Coach Insignia, a restaurant on the 73rd floor overlooking the city. It had a wonderful view of the city and great food!

The hotel and A/V staff were very helpful in the configuration of the conference room. After realizing the small, outdated CRT TV wouldn’t accept a video input from the laptop, we were quickly equipped with a 42″ plasma monitor which not only had the necessary input connections, but also offered the speaker with a crystal clear view of the presentation material.

After conducting a sound check, we noticed an undesirable echo due to the unique shape of the room and lack of drapes and curtains to absorb sound. We experimented with different mic placements and audio settings but it didn’t seem to make a significant difference. Sometimes when out in the field, you have to use unconventional problem solving to find a solution and in our case, this instance was no exception. After expressing our concerns to hotel staff, we were able to acquire a thick 20 foot drape to wrap around the room to absorb even more sound (which we dubbed “The Drape Cave”). We basically cut off about a third of unused room and cut out three corners, making the room a lot less bright. We also were able to cut out some sound from one of the overhead air vents which periodically turned on and off- usually at all of the wrong times! Tyler and I also found big round tables and placed them in the far corners of the room with several layers of thick cloth on top in hopes to create “sound traps” to keep the sound from reflecting.

The Drape Cave

We got some interesting looks from the A/V staff, but everything sounded much better! We broadcasted two live webcasts and both went exceptionally smooth without any hiccups. Online webcasting is a great way to conveniently communicate ideas and information to a large audience. Check out our webcasting page along with all of the other wonderful media solutions DDA Video and DDA Medical have to offer!