The AVD warehouse reopened with one main and two smaller streaming studios or “pods,” which are configured like conference breakout rooms. “Each pod comes with a crew: a producer, switcher operator, graphics operator and audio operator. There are hard lines to the Aquilon in the control room and return lines back so we can see what’s ‘on air,’” Burke reports.
The Aquilon has already played a key role in several virtual corporate projects. AVD streamed a corporate conference for a financial services client who wanted three simultaneous streams for 400 attendees. “They started with a general session then pushed attendees to three breakouts, all concurrent and very complex,” says Burke.
AVD’s three pods were used for the breakouts, and each featured a six-person panel on Zoom. But instead of using Zoom to control the panel presentations, AVD used the Aquilon to crop and pick the windows the producer wanted to see from the preset gallery of panelists they built. “The Aquilon highlighted that person, brought them up, muted everyone else and let panelists know who was next and got them ready for their cue,” Burke explains. “I controlled this by live switching via Aquilon; we didn’t have to rely on Zoom.”
In addition, each panel’s audio came into the Aquilon as Dante, was sent to the Yamaha QL5 in master control, mixed and sent back out to the pods. “Even the input names on the Aquilon translated to the Dante names,” Burke notes.
The client “loved” their virtual conference and found that AVD “made everything easy for them” with Aquilon’s all-in-one-box versatility.