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Coming up in a few weeks we have a pretty large medical conference. Cine-Med's specialties in medical video production have been well-documented. But I should also mention our medical conference services - CME accreditation, meeting registration and associated audiovisual management. We work with some top hospitals and physicians annually on some unique programs. We also are approached by organizations looking for help growing their meetings once they pass the point of being able to manage them on their own.

Part of my responsibilities includes planning the multimedia coverage for the main session. 3 days of lectures, panel discussions and debate, all shot and switched live to tape with music, roll-ins and I-Mag to two 9x12 rear projection screens.

There is nothing more exciting than doing a live switch - something we don't get to do too often in the non-broadcast world.

So in the coming weeks we need to edit the intro video for each day, create slides for each speaker's intro, figure out the exact layout of cameras and sound reinforcement and finalize the rental order. Also hoping we can get into the ballroom for setup during the day, otherwise we are looking at an overnight setup. We did an overnight setup once before in NY - there was a wedding that did not get turned over until midnight. I think we finished setup just in time to shower, shave and change clothes before the 7am start time.

So in planning a live event like this, the key is to plan in detail, be ready for anything and did I mention have a plan? I've got a plan.

Stay tuned...more on this later.

Thanks for reading.

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Nov 9, 2010 at 7:54:01 pmComments (1) meetings, audiovisual


Re: Live from New York....
by Mark Stuart
Hi Mike,

Wow, that's a huge project. And those hours... you're making me appreciate my job here at the ranch!

btw, thank you for your kind comments on my last post with my art and videos.

We used to do live to tape and even live to air stuff here, but it's been almost 10 years since our last one. I never had the pleasure (agony?) of directing, closest I ever came was switching live news at my previous ranch. Nowadays here, basically all our live studio stuff is getting old and decrepit, and between that and a good part of the studio looking like a ghost town, this is becoming a thing of the past here. That, plus the much smaller staff compared to those days keeps such projects away.

What's a bit amusing to me about all this is every so often, we'll have enough new "higher ups" here at the ranch who think it would be advantageous to do a live show here. Of course, they never believe our department's up front informing them it's not possible without much money and warm bodies invested, so they spend a few weeks researching and always conclude it would take more money than they would make to just have a live or live to tape show here!

Never did a trade show but know a few others also who have and I know it's a lot of work. I'll be looking forward to your updates on your project!

Have a great day,

Mark A. Stuart

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