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Another field test with our new Portable Production Studio was a success. The Grand Rapids Community Media Center, working in conjunction with the Northwest Michigan Community Media Center, drove our new Tricaster studio in a box (well, three boxes to be exact) up to Traverse City to film the National Cherry Festival Parade. The four camera, three and a half hour shoot included a scissor lift mounted camera, a scaffolding mounted camera, an indoor talent camera and one roaming camera for on the street interviews and close ups all encoded into an mpeg stream and broadcast live in the Traverse City area. The event included appearances from several commissioners, senators and the secretary of state as well as over 15 marching bands (ranging from the local St. Francis Marching Gladiotors to out of state appearances from Wisconson, Illinois, Minnesota, and even Saskatchewan). In total over 150 entries made the parade a blast to watch and broadcast. Pushing the limits of what our new system could handle, not only did it hold up, but it exceded our expectations. Compliments on the production were heard from people on the street just minutes after the parade finished, thanking us for the great job and that they hope to see us back next year. After a great production like this, I think that's all you can say, "Hope to be back next year!"
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