THE NEED FOR REMOTE LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION: THE VIRTUAL 72ND EMMYSOn September 20, 2020, the Television Academy celebrated the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Host Jimmy Kimmel stood in front of Zoom with the virtual nominees and presenters livestreaming into the event. Reimagined as a high-tech, remote live event production, the show included more than 100 virtual attendees. Each attendee telecast live before and after each award presentation. In order to produce and execute this technically ambitious show, the nominees received an arrangement of high-end web cameras and custom-built remote production kits. Three vendors across the United States and Europe assembled these remote kits. C Mount handled the nominees in the greater Los Angeles area, which included Zendaya, RuPaul, Jennifer Anniston, Sandra Oh, and the Duffer Brothers.
WHAT EQUIPMENT TO USE DURING A LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION? A BREAKDOWN OF OUR REMOTE PRODUCTION KITSAward shows producers, Done+Dusted tasked out C Mount, a full-service video equipment rental house that is a leader in custom broadcast gear builds and specialty technical services, to build the remote kits for the Los Angeles based nominees. The remote live event production kits were compact, and included a large image sensor camera with user-friendly full remote-control operation. As a result, these kits required as little effort as possible to set up for the nominees. Once assembled, the units arrived at the nominees’ homes ready to operate. C Mount handled the rest of the live event production at their Glendale, CA location. Los Angeles nominees were sent a kit that included:
- a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K
- a Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro switcher
- a 27” HD monitor, mirroring a MacBook Pro (built into the backside of the rig)
- a Ring Light
- a Rode VideoMicro On-Camera Microphone
HOW TO MONITOR A REMOTE LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION? OUR EMMYS PROCESSFirstly, C Mount’s technicians logged each of the 26 nominees into their respective Zoom meetings, adjusted all Zoom meeting settings and tweaked the Pocket 6K camera and audio using Blackmagic’s ATEM software control program on our local computers. Then, the producing teams and the technicians were able to communicate in real time via the Unity Intercom App. The high level of control that C Mount was able to provide through their remote systems left the nominees to focus on their part of the show. Feeds from the kits were sent to Done+Dusted’s main control room at Staples Center and to C Mount’s facility for monitoring.
CHECK OUT C MOUNT’S OTHER LIVE PRODUCTION EVENTSC Mount has also helped build a number of high profile and technically innovative remotely controlled kits during the pandemic for other live event productions. Check out the following projects that we’ve worked on :
- ABC/Disney Family Sing Along,
- CBS Late Late Show with James Corden Garage Show edition
- NBC The Voice
- Fox’s The Masked Singer