FREMONT, CALIF.—The beauty of Glacier Bay, Alaska was live streamed to viewers with the help of Blackmagic Design equipment as part of the National Park Service’s 100 Year Anniversary.
On the actual day of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, a live stream of the Huna Tribal House celebration in Glacier Bay was made available on Facebook, YouTube and the Hoonah Indian Association’s website, which was also linked from the National Park Service’s website.
To capture the footage the video production team utilized two URSA Mini 4.6K PLs, five Micro Studio Camera 4Ks, two Micro Cinema Cameras, five Video Assist 4Ks, two ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel, a Teranex 3D Processor, three Teranex Expresses, two Teranex Mini SDI Distribution 12G units, a Smart Videohub 20x20 router, a HyperDeck Studio 12G, a Blackmagic Duplicator, and other Blackmagic monitors and converters.
The cameras, Teranexes and playback sources were fed into the Smart Videohub for distribution of all signals to the monitors, recorders, stream encoders and the ATEM switcher. The Video Assist 4Ks were paired with each Micro Studio Camera 4K, enabling the recording of a 4K master from each camera while the color matched signals were sent from the cameras to the live stream.
The equipment, particularly the URSA Mini and Micro Studio cameras, was also used to record archival footage in 4K; this included footage of the glaciers, animals, interviews and more. There was not enough bandwidth to do the live stream in 4K, so the production ultimately used the Teranex models to convert the signals down to 720p