Webcast Support for CFTC

Washington, DC
January 2011

R. A. M. Production Services, Inc. continues to provided video production support services to Capitol Connection which in turn, webcasts the public meetings of The Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, DC. To date, RAMPSI has assisted with the last thirty public webcasts.

The meetings are shot with four robotic pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras operated by a single operator. The cameras and PowerPoint graphics are switched live and sent to Capitol Connection's encoding and streaming facility in Fairfax, Virginia via a Polycom 8000 VTC. Audio is captured via push-to-talk (PTT) microphones with the number ranging from twelve to forty at any given meeting. Wireless microphones are available for attendees in the audience to ask questions.

At times, a commissioner may participate remotely through the VTC bridge and a separate IMAG switcher is setup to feed the large screen monitors in the hearing room and in overflow seating locations.

Because of the importance of these meetings, redundancy is critical. Transmission to Capitol Connection takes place with dual Polycom 8000 video teleconferencing units, along with back-up program audio sent via telephone to the encoding site. Program audio is also sent to a listen-only bridge, and a two-way call-in bridge is always on standby to handle participation by anyone that cannot be at the meeting in person or via VTC. A DVD recording is made on site as back-up as well.

Regular crewmembers include, audio engineer - Steve Murphy, camera operator – Steve Ames, Technical Director – Lang Atwater, Support Engineers – David Rothgeb and Chris Fuller and Producer and Video Engineer – Ray Milograno. 

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