Staff and students from BSc Television and Broadcasting successfully broadcast 18 graduation ceremonies across six days of graduations this year. The ceremonies were recorded and streamed live to YouTube, around campus and to the Big Screen Portsmouth in Guildhall square. Over 30,000+ views were reached on YouTube where graduates, families and friends can re-watch their big moment as they cross the stage.
Coverage of the ceremonies were enhanced this year with the addition of fixed front and rear stage cameras. For the first time a fixed central shot of the stage was available thanks to a compact remote PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) camera placed on a platform under the balcony of Portsmouth Guildhall. In addition, to provide the scale of the event and a consistent opening shot to the ceremonies a fixed camera was mounted at the rear of the stage. This gave a fantastic view of the auditorium as the academic procession commences and was very well received by the organisers of the event. These 2 cameras are then complemented by 4 cameras manned by BSc Television and Broadcasting students which includes 2 cameras on the balcony, 1 on stage and a jib to capture sweeping shots of the audience.
This year also marked the final year of Gary Bown’s contribution to recording and streaming graduation ceremonies after 10+ years at the helm. He will be greatly missed by the entire team.