On Monday 20th May, SIS LIVE delivered a very special Royal broadcast for the Help for Heroes Charity. The programme was transmitted from Tedworth House in Wiltshire in celebration of the opening of new Help for Heroes (H4H) led Recovery Centres at Tidworth, Catterick, Colchester and Plymouth.
The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) and Prince Harry were in attendance to meet wounded military personnel, their friends and families and other supporters of the project. They were given a guided tour around the recently completed complex which includes a gym and dry ski slope. Prince William, among others, also delivered a speech to declare the centres officially open.
The event was streamed live on the Help for Heroes website between 11am and 1pm and SIS LIVE managed the entire host broadcast using it’s SISCaster® HD compact production and uplink vehicle. SISCaster is designed to work as a ‘onestop’ solution for programming, covering live broadcasting, web streaming and mobile content delivery, opening up new opportunities for multi-platform event coverage. SIS LIVE is an experienced broadcaster having worked on many prestigious large scale events over the years. This experience is ingrained in all aspects of the production, from precision HD camerawork, creative sound mixing and innovative special camera systems designed by our in house team. Couple this with a robust signal path, high quality encoding and website hosting and the advantages of an end to end supplier become clear.
Robin Punt, Head of Communications, Help for Heroes said “SIS LIVE did a great job. We were not sure whether or not we could achieve live streaming of such an important event, but it worked perfectly.
The Duke and Prince Harry could be seen meeting the wounded men and women who we, and they, support. Everything SIS LIVE promised, they delivered.”
SIS LIVE, as host broadcaster, had exclusive access to much of the visit, while news providers were able to film the Princes’ arrival and departure from the event. SIS LIVE’s uplink trucks were also on site in a newsgathering capacity for ITN and Sky News.
For this event a mix of 3 cabled and radio P2 cameras were used, moving from one location to the next to give coverage from 5 positions. Certain parts of the tour of the facilities were restricted and during these times the programme was interspersed with live shots from miniature cameras inside the gym showing the sporting activities, and a high wide shot over the assembled crowds outside enjoying a BBQ. Recorded inserts from Prince Harry’s recent trip to the Warrior Games in the US were also played out. ISO and main mixer out recordings were made onto XD Cam and used to create a 1 hour programme for broadcast later the same day to British Forces around the world. A pool feed was also offered out to the major news broadcasters. The coverage was produced by an efficient on site SIS LIVE crew consisting of a project manager, a rigger, a sound operative, a VT operative and two special cameras technicians supported by the SIS LIVE IP team who handled encoding at their Milton Keynes base. The show was made available as multi bit rate live streams using MPEG4 technology suitable for Apple Macs, PCs, iOS and Android devices as well as via SIS LIVE monitors in the sponsors’ tents on site.
SIS LIVE’s innovative technologies and multi-skilled personnel enabled an efficient and costeffective operation which produced a high quality programme for this special event watched by people all over the world.
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