How to Organise a Web Attack?

The interactive webinar you must try - 06.08

We don’t have to tell you what a webinar is. You’ve probably attended at least one the last couple of months. Heck, you might have hosted one too! And even though video tools such as Zoom or Teams offer a very easy way to do so, why not step it up a notch?  

That’s why we teamed up with Rani D’Hulster and Floris Daelemans from VRT’s Video Snackbar to create a new format: a web attack. Not a webinar, but an interactive multicam conversation. 

Not a webinar

What’s the difference between a webinar and a web attack, you’re wondering? That’s easy to answer: interaction! By setting up a Zoom meeting instead of a webinar, everyone can see each other and join the discussion.
This type of webinar consists of a conversation between a host and one or more guests, followed by a traditional Q&A part and a less traditional moment of discussion. In the latter, guests are sent to breakout rooms to talk about the main topic in smaller groups.
In between the three different parts, we’ve invited a musician to perform a short piece. This musical interlude started off as a crazy idea, but ended up being the part most responded to.

The magic

Interaction is a magical thing. Being able to communicate with the audience directly is a magnificent bonus compared to any other webinar. To do so, we provided our host and guests with a giant screen, so they could see their audience and read the chat messages. To add an extra dimension, we gave our host Fredo a fourth, flexible camera to capture additional content, anywhere he wanted. A fourth camera, yes, because our set-up already consisted of three cameras. This way, the audience gets so much more than your ordinary webinar.

The learning curve

Sounds brilliant, doesn’t it? That is, if and when it actually works. If you’ve attended our first web attack, you probably noticed some hick-ups. The video quality wasn’t superb. We even lost the audio several times. But that is just the rough patch you have to get through when you try something new. After a successful second web attack, we could say most of the issues are now under control. And therefore, it’s time to share!

Let’s get technical

Now that you read our experiences, we bet you’ll want to try this yourself. So let’s get technical!
This production can be set up in about 90 minutes.
It has separate video, audio and (internet) broadcast components.
All the video is fed into vMix via NDI. This is also the place where clips and graphics are played and controlled.
The audio is controlled separately with an RME Fireface. The final output from the audio mixer is then sent to the vMix audio input, keeping the complexity of mixing multiple microphones away from vMix.
After mixing the audio and video into a program, the output is sent to another laptop hosting the Zoom meeting. This is also done via NDI, by connecting the Zoom laptop to both the NDI network and the internet. Zoom can read an NDI source for video and audio via the NDI Virtual input plugin.

Feel free to contact us for more information!