London-based RTS Communications has added the Roland VR-50HD AV Mixer to its hire stock, with production house Pink Banana Studios being the first to make use of the new unit. The VR-50HD was used by Pink Banana Studios to mix the first live Google hangout for the Glenlivet Whiskey Distillery in Scotland, with master distiller Alan Winchester. The event was broadcast live over YouTube to an international audience.
Roland’s VR-50HD is an audio mixer and video switcher with an integrated multi-viewer touch screen and USB Video/Audio Streaming in a stand-alone device. Operations director at RTS Paul Dunlay, comments: “We were seriously looking at the VR-50HD as an addition to our portfolio of products but when Chris (Webster) came to us with a client who was ready to hire the unit straight away, it made sense for us to go ahead and purchase without delay. We were very pleased to deal with Leisuretec – they had the product in stock, supplied it quickly and provided us with a first class, professional service.”
Managing director of Pink Banana Studios James Dartnall, says: “The VR-50HD was particularly useful because of its online streaming capabilities, which made it instantly compatible with the Google hangout interface allowing us to make use of the conversational aspect of Google hangouts as well as the multi-camera aspect of a live show.”
“The Glenlivet are now planning on using the broadcast as a role model to spread out across all of its markets globally. After the success of the Hangout we are looking to expand on this aspect of production and we would almost definitely use the VR-50HD again for similar events,” adds Dartnall.