Well the title of this post pretty much says it all. Livestreaming Freeride World Tour competitions in European or North-American ski resorts is a pretty daunting task already. But when the competition is set to happen in Alaska’s backcountry it’s yet another league. The clip belows summarizes the setup and the team behind the live TV production from a tiny mountain ridge out of Haines, Alaska. And I’m the producer lucky enough to work with a team like this one!
Alaska is the 4th stop on the Freeride World Tour and for the FWT crew it presents the biggest challenges. What does that imply to organize a competition in a remote mountain of Alaska? Check it out! #DROPIN #FWT17
After a week spent installing, monitoring, troubleshooting and (also) enjoying their time up there, event day was finally here. As producer and live producer, working from the production tent with a perfectly functional and reliable setup in these conditions is a huge satisfaction. We could deliver a solid show to tens of thousands of freeride fans around the world and enjoy a great contest day. What was achieved on this mountain on that day is pretty special. This team as a whole is special.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the competition because of weather and snow safety, I was also extremely relieved and happy to see the entire crew rewarded by an incredible day of action. This was the best reward we could all hope for, and an achievement we won’t forget anytime soon. Very, very well done everybody.
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Here’s a short clip I’m particularly happy to share! What is Freeriding? The objective was to answer this very simple question with a clip that would appeal to a mainstream audience ; I also wanted it to be very inclusive, universal and emotional. An ode to all freeriders, beginners and pros, yound and old!
“As long as you’re having fun, you’re doing it right!”… This sums up pretty well what we think is freeriding! For all the Freeride fans who’ve always failed in explaining their friends/families this great sport that is ours ⬇ #DROPIN #ThisIsFreeride #quattro #quattroroadtrip #Audi
Ever since my first contact with 360 video I always felt that the primary use for this technology would be to take the viewer to places that are usually inaccessible. With my adventure/outdoor background I obviously thought about remote parts of the world, deep canyons or high summits that only the most accomplished experts can reach.
And indeed, my first serious project with 360 video would take me to one of these inaccessible places, but not exactly the kind that I initially had in mind: the operation room !
I first met with Dr Jean-Daniel Rostan a few years ago, after he performed an echography on my knee following a not-so-smooth landing with my hangglider. Little did I know back then that he is one of the most respected and experienced surgeons when it comes to phlebology and venous disease!
He was immediately interested in 360 video and its potential use in healthcare and training. Soon enough the conversation started with the italian-based IALPH (International Academy on Laser in Phlebology) which was seeking new and innovative ways of training surgeons for endovenous laser techniques.
Ultimately it led to the shooting and editing of 12 clips of 2-3 min each, detailing the different steps of endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins, a very common disease that affects up to 40% of the european population. These clips will be part of the training material delivered to surgeons following the IALPH courses.
The benefits of 360 video in healthcare training are considerable. Here are the benefits that Dr Rostan and I identified in 360 video training:
Unlike conventional video, 360 video allows the user to grasp the entirety of the scene and the dynamic of the procedure between the surgeon and the other staff in the OR
It makes it possible for users to have a very good understanding of the procedure and its dynamic BEFORE actually stepping in the OR for real. Having experienced the introductory or peripheral steps of the procedure with the 360 videos, once in the OR users can focus their training on the most specialized aspects that require hands-on operations.
Users can see the same procedure executed on a variety of patients
Users can watch the same scene several times if needed
Each user can focus its attention to the part most relevant to them, either it is the echograph, the laser, the anesthesia…
Training and observation time in the OR is by nature limited and complex to organize due to the small capacity of these rooms. 360 video lifts these limitations.
It is possible to virtually enlarge monitors and scopes (ex: the echograph screen) to better highlight the laser fiber, the needles, and the information provided to the surgeon during each step
This has been a very interesting project for me. The OR is a very different field compared to what I’m used to, but in the end the challenges were pretty much the same as when I’m shooting action sports: I had to adapt to a setting that I couldn’t choose, and I had to “follow the flow”. What I mean by this is that the shooting took place during actual surgery sessions, with a rythm that wouldn’t accomodate a lot of flexbility for the needs of the shooting.
The post-production was done with After Effects, Premiere and the mettle plugins to enlarge and display the echograph screen next to the patient.