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    • Panel Prep for RTX 2018 - Broadcast Topics

      1 month ago

      RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

      RTX! RTX! RTX!


      We are less than two weeks from RTX and we are getting some ideas for the broadcast panels. What would you like to know or hear from Broadcast? We will also be bringing some specials clips never seen before and BTS angles (maybe some with comms so you can hear what is going on during the production).


      Here are the two panels to submit your questions for

      •  - RT Broadcast: What the Tech just happened (August 3rd @ 12:30pm - ACC Meeting Room 6)
        • General Broadcast Topics
        • Tech and Configurations
        • Daily Routines
        • Crew
        • Storytime of when things went wrong
      • - RT Broadcast: Making Extra Life Extra Special (August 4th @ 10:00am - ACC Meeting Room 6)
        • Planning for Extra Life
        • Stages
        • Moments
        • How to pull off 24 hours of streaming
        • What ever else Nick comes up with

      Let us know what you want to hear from the broadcast team and get excited for RTX! Both panel's are first thing in the morning so great way to start off your days!


      See you all soon!

    • Tech Gremlins are REAL - rough week

      5 months ago

      RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

      There are weeks where everything works exactly as planned....and some weeks you are lucky if the lights even turn on.

      With adjustments coming to Broadcast and new items coming in, I get nervous and check equipment over and over to ensure things run as planned. Some of these are outside of my hands and therefore have to hope everything falls into place as planned. That didn't happen.


      • New Fiber Line - used to transfer files between systems FASTER than basic connection
        • Transfers fast.....but not as expected under current gear so POST is not thrilled  frowning
      • TriCaster for Conference room streaming - To help boost quality and ease of small room streams we ditch a laptop for our TriCaster Mini
        • Gave it to Nick and 7 minutes before his stream is supposed to start the machine crashes and won't reboot  cry
      • Laptop for Video Playback - We had to use a nearby laptop to playback a video for commentary
        •  When all the cast arrive for the read the laptop freezes and won't reboot
      • Demo Camera to be new OTS intro - We have a camera in demo and would really like to use to tease new OTS intro as season finale and highlight for Matt and Burnie to see.
        • Camera wouldn't fit on Ronin and handheld just wasn't stable enough making the risk of error too high. The backup RED also wouldn't work once we found out the Ronin remote wasn't connecting and the thumb controls were missing  dizzy_face

      Yeah it happens. We do our best so the audience doesn't see the errors and the show isn't interrupted, and some weeks are easier than others (like when things don't break). But that is why there is always another week to fix those items and get things back in order.


      Now GET THESE GREMLINS OUT OF OUR STUDIO!

    • Control Room Update - Feb 2018

      6 months ago

      RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

      With LIVE WEEK taking most of our team and equipment out of the office for the week - We found some time and some plans to make slight changes in how the control room is structured and organized. With the last redesign being right before Tuesday Night Game Fight (May 2017) it is frustrating that it only lasted a few months, but it is also exciting to see our growth continue and our room expand to handle more intense shows and make productions more efficient to all in the room.

      The majority of the updates are hidden and more to help keep the room looking clean and organized, but it goes without saying some help our productions and make the room more modular and customize-able depending on the production. This includes under-desk racks/shelves, New streaming PC, Power and Internet management, 4 Production Position Front Row (Engineer, TD, Director/Producer, Graphics) and flexible back row (Tech Flex [Bryan workstation] Associate Producer, Production Manager [Gavin C.] ) and more.

      We plan for these adjustments to help us bring better shows to you and improve our working environment allowing for more options to become available to us. 

      As a heads up - there are still more changes coming to the room and possibly switching the location and angle of the prestream camera (again). 

      This has been a fun and crazy project to be working on and planning for the past few weeks, but I am happy to see phase 1 almost to completion - can't wait for the room to be finalized (and probably changed a few months later.


      Enjoy The Show! #RTbroadcast

    • Off Topic Table Destruction - Time Change

      7 months ago

      RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

      The end of an era - and the prep to make it happen.

      This event (while expected at some point) was mentioned on Last Call #111 and we started preparing. With the upcoming Monday a holiday we were left with a short week to prep and get things/ideas together. Unfortunately We couldn't get everything approved in time and had to postpone until 1/26/18.

      While this may not have been the audiences favorite decision - it was needed to ensure those crazy AH crew could do what they do best.......destroy the Off Topic Table

      The move to 1/26/18 did cause some time issues that could only be solved by moving the stream to 10am, but instead of recording this and limiting the show to get the stream up and running by 12pm (and to not have the table as officially live) we decided to stream at our 10am start time with the option to rebroadcast to our normal 12pm show once the first stream ended. 

      So with this in mind - Off Topic 1/26/18 will start at 9:45am and be rebroadcast at 11:45am or whenever the first stream end (maybe with a five to fifteen minute buffer in between). 


      So join us for the chaos and enjoy the stream/VOD. Enjoy the show!

    • ItsMeMara asked RTcastMichael a question

      What is your favorite color?

      Answered: Jan 9, 2018

      I am a big fan of a Cyan or light blue - but can't go wrong with Orange as well  smile

    • Routey13 asked RTcastMichael a question

      What are your favorite and least favorite shows/podcasts?

      Answered: Jan 8, 2018

      I personally love On The Spot and Off Topic for how random they can be (even with Off Topic being 10 hours long)

      I don't really have a least favorite, but Heroes and Halfwits was tough for me at first with my lack of D&D knowledge - now it is easier

    • Xuelder asked RTcastMichael a question

      Does broadcast really have to clean after all the different podcast/On the Spot Shenanigans? If so, you guys need a raise.

      Answered: Jan 5, 2018

      While some messes cast members will assist in.....yes the majority of shenanigans are cleaned up by broadcast crew members. From the puzzles to fires to spilled drinks crew cleans everything. Still the dirtiest item we have is probably the On The Spot spot.....crushed cookies and everything

    • Ask Me Question!

      8 months ago

      RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

      Hey everyone! Want to know a great feature of the RT site? QUESTIONS!

      I am making it a goal to be more active on here and maybe that will be post, photos around broadcast, behind the scene videos, who knows! Most of all - I want to be more active with you all (you know what I mean). So ask questions - send messages - I will be checking here as much as I can and will respond here (especially since I usually forget to message back on Twitter and Reddit)


      So - How are you  smiley

    • Extra Life 2017 Final Countdown

      10 months ago

      RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

      The day has finally come. *Extra Life 2017!!*


      A lot of work from a group of very talented people will finally be shown to the World. But the event is so much more than just a production. I can't thank everyone enough for helping fund this cause I have grown to care so much for. 


      While I want to show and tell you everything, some things are worth waiting for and this is one of them. Here is what I can fill you in for now. 


      Streaming - YouTube/Site/App/Twitch/Facebook (YouTube Rooster Teeth and TheKnow) Youtube on RT and site will also have a mutlicam feature to switch between main feed and BTS feed (BTS will include PiP of main feed as well so you dont miss anything)


      Archiving/Recording -

      YouTube won't post 24 hour stream and twitch will only keep for a few days after. We are recording a low res version good for the web. We will check file size and where to post. Details most likely after stream event. I hear everyone wanting the recording to watch again - we will do what we can. 


      Social

      Best way to contact is #rtextralife. Working to make YT and Twitch chat accessible to all as well as a quick way to information. If you need to reach Broadcast - we will do our best to read #RTbroadcast 


      We are working with new software so names and donations will be worked on midstream hoping to find our solution. So do your worst to try and break our system (please play nice

    • Sneak Peek into Extra Life 2017

      10 months ago

      RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

      Would you believe Extra Life 2017 still has some kinks to work on. We are wanting to make this the best extra life streaming experience you have had and share it with more people. Here is just a sneak at some items we are working toward for this Extra Life.


      • Viewing it in more places with more people. We are looking to stream to Youtube, Twitch, RT site/app, Facebook* (720p HD feed only)*
      •  BTS Feed for Multi-cams on YouTube. This feed will most likely include program audio and a PiP of the program feed with a BTS camera of our choice. Option for the RT site may be available after further testing (Multi-cam will be available on RT web site as we are looking to embed YouTube on the Extra Life page)
      •  LOUD NOISES! This still needs testing for compatibility, but we are looking to make LEET donations more present with on screen graphics that pop up and our favorite siren is making a return. Depending on Technical Director the quick cutting camera will return as well.
      • On Screen updates/counters. Items like wheel counts, URL updates, Upcoming events, Current Stretch goals. These will be updated when they are available or when needed. With all this information on screen, we hope to not pull attention away from the stream, but rather make sure everyone is informed. If this for any reason gets too crowded or too much, we may start limiting what appears on screen at a given time.
      • GAMEZ - Like....SO MANY GAMES. We are looking to have so many games playing during the event with 9 gaming stations. While a lot of the attention from the event will be main stage, we are looking to keep with Extra Life motto and play games for 24 hours.

      That's all I have to share with you at the moment, but I still have some tricks up my sleeves. I hope you are excited with the upcoming Extra Life as much as I am. Let me know what you are looking forward to the most or what you hope to see.


  • Comments (4)

    • DannyOcean

      1 year ago

      Hi Michael,

        Are you and the crew still running what look like BlackMagic's Studio and Cinema cameras for the Podcasts? From the control room perspective, what are your thoughts on them? Any problems arise mid feed? Any significant pros/cons compared to shooting with DSLR's in the past? I'd like to hear your input on RT's broadcasting setup.

    • MerHemming FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Welcome!!!

      • RTcastMichael FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Broadcast guy

        2 years ago

        I am happy to be here! THANK YOU!!

    • Joel_K FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Welcome to our Lovely site!! I hope you enjoy your stay here and feel free to add me as a Friend!

  • Questions answered by RTcastMichael

    What is your favorite color?

    | Asked by: ItsMeMara 8 months ago

    I am a big fan of a Cyan or light blue - but can't go wrong with Orange as well  smile

    I personally love On The Spot and Off Topic for how random they can be (even with Off Topic being 10 hours long)

    I don't really have a least favorite, but Heroes and Halfwits was tough for me at first with my lack of D&D knowledge - now it is easier

    While some messes cast members will assist in.....yes the majority of shenanigans are cleaned up by broadcast crew members. From the puzzles to fires to spilled drinks crew cleans everything. Still the dirtiest item we have is probably the On The Spot spot.....crushed cookies and everything

    Because I am from Oklahoma

    Thanks! Next Question - 

    Hey Evv!

    Great question - hopefully I answer it well enough for you because it is a little crazy.

    I actually started off as a photographer with a small point and shoot and always loved being behind the camera. Kept working at it and challenged myself to improve and fell in love with the craft. 

    In college I turned photography into filming sporting highlights and next into the love of live shows and the nerve racking feel I get with every show.

    After that it was a lot of hard work and long hours and never stop improving.

    Have a great night!

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