Blackmagic broadcasts Reminisce dance festival
Friday, 7 October 2022
blackmagicoXyFire Media uses the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, HyperDeck Studio HD Mini and Constellation 8K to broadcast the Reminisce Arena
UK - The Reminisce Arena at 90’s dance music festival Reminisce in St Helens, Merseyside, boasts an impressive line-up of dance legends including 2 Unlimited, Baby D, Rozalla and Tall Paul, with Alice Deejay, 5ive, Fatman Scoop, Whigfield, Phats and Smalls and Pat Sharp appearing on other stages.
oXyFire Media has been supporting Reminisce for a number of years, and uses the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio HD Mini and the Blackmagic Constellation 8K to broadcast the Reminisce Arena.
“It’s great fun, but the weather and the distances can make it an interesting challenge,” said Jay Rozanski, oXyFire Media. “But it also gives us the opportunity to keep improving how we operate.”
oXyFire Media chose a mixture of equipment for the festival, including the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 on a 30ft jib and the Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio HD Mini and Blackmagic Constellation 8K run from an OB trailer. The content is then sent to a variety of destinations including a large LED wall outside the main arena, 75” screens in the VIP tents, screens in bars across the site, and also streamed to YouTube and Facebook.
“One new technique we’ve been using this year has been to remotely color correct the cameras without needing to use a streaming bridge,” continued Rozanski. “Blackmagic has open APIs, so we’ve also been able to build a box that connects to the local wifi network and passes control and tally data, giving us far greater adaptability.”
The oXyFire team also chose Blackmagic Design equipment because of the integration of communications data into the cameras. The physical distances at the festival are quite significant, so being able to route communications via the camera over a single cable rather than laying multiple cables for each system has eliminated a significant amount of cost and labour.
The Blackmagic Constellation 8K also gives oXyFire a large amount of flexibility, allowing them to send different outputs to the live stream versus the VIP area. As well as streaming live to large screens around the main stage, YouTube and Facebook, the content will be sent to 75” screens in VIP areas and in bars around the site. Similarly, other outputs will be used to record the after-movie, and the Constellation can provide different mix effects for each output, which is invaluable to the team.
“Festivals aren’t a one size fits all,” concluded Rozanski. “Reminisce offers something different to everyone, depending on whether you’re watching the main screens, in the VIP area with a glass of bubbly, or watching the after-movie to reminisce, as it were. Blackmagic equipment makes it much easier for us to adapt to new requirements, providing the best possible festival experience.”

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