Five tips & tricks you can learn from the Video Snackbar Hub Webinars

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The Video Snackbar Hub* hosted their very first live Q&A webinar on media production, news broadcasting and livestreaming in times of corona. During this interactive seminar, 9 key speakers shared tips & tricks on how to adapt our normal daily working activities to the current circumstances.

People were joining the webinar from all over the world, saying hi to each other in the chat box and asking a lot of questions during the Q&A section of each of the 9 presentations.
We had 600 unique viewers, not bad for a first international webinar, right?

*Video Snackbar Hub Is a VRT-initiative in close collaboration with RTBF. It supports and brings together like-minded international media players to explore and introduce new technologies, new ideas and new media workflows. The main goal is to share their insights, inspira and enable international collaborations. More information about the international hubs can be found over here.

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We gladly spoil some of the insights that were shared or you can watch the webinar on their website:

 

1: Remote working is the new normal

Desperate times call for inventive measures. Right now, VRT’s main policy is: everybody must work from home unless his or her physical presence is absolutely required. The same rule applies to many of our international partners. At BBC (UK) over 15,000 employees started working from home in less than a week and at Mediahuis (BE) the newsroom never looked so deserted. Despite the unusual circumstances, lessons can be learned and homeworking might stick beyond the pandemic. 

Andy Quested (BBC)

(...) Money can be used for much better projects, such as better connectivity rather than infrastructure. Can you imagine us having conferences in a UHD version of Zoom? How great would that be?

 

2: How are you handling isolation, really? 

In Vienna, broadcaster ORF took it one step further. Foreign desk editor Gabi Zanetti is part of a self-quarantined news team. Together with 23 colleagues, she went into voluntary isolation about two weeks ago and is still going strong. 

Gabi Zanetti (ORF)

In these uncertain times, a small crew of working people should be protected to ensure the accurate news to the nation. News should not be allowed to raise fear and should be secured in a corona free zone.

We’re all curious to see how everyone is dealing with these circumstances, be it in our own community or all over the world. BNNVARA and The Washington Post felt the same way. The first one created a vlog, using self-shot footage from healthcare workers. The other asked correspondents all over the world to send a virtual postcard, describing their current situation and how they feel about it. 

  • Article 1: “Life under lockdown: How a travel influencer rebranded her Instagram during the coronavirus pandemic”

  • Article 2: “Life under lockdown: How one Italian family is 'focusing on the positive'”

 

3: OK Zoomer

Video calling is trending, helping us to continue working, studying and partying. But why not take it one step further?
Maria Mishurenko, VR developer and game designer, launched her new VR game in a virtual conference. Even with virtual reality, it’s important to stay in touch with players, publishers and marketers. Find out more about her work on https://synestheticecho.com 

 

4: Adapting to change

One thing we know for sure is that change is inevitable. In these times of crisis, change is accelerated and we should all embrace it. With only a couple of days or weeks left, some content creators and broadcasters have been forced to adapt their whole future strategy. Surprisingly and with limited resources, they managed to translate their problems into actionable challenges. Let’s use this quarantine to take out all the old ideas and reactivate them into new challenges.

How far can we go with being creative in times of crisis?

Rudi Vrancks (VRT’s war correspondent)

We have to adapt. Otherwise, we will become dinosaurs. And you know what happened to them.”

 

5: Shared secrets

Being in lockdown certainly forces us to be creative. As some of you may know, Instagram Live only allows 2 people to be on screen at the same time, but RTBF’s TARMAC takes it one step further. They wanted their 3 hosts to be live simultaneously. During the webinar, they revealed how they hacked the system. 

But they weren’t the only one sharing their secrets, Red Bull Media House talked about working together with the Belgian startup Azilpix. Want to know how and why they did it? Watch the full webinar above! 

Wahiba Yachou (RTBF)

We were keeping it a secret, until today. And you’ll have to slide in our DMs to get the full details!

 

Do you want to watch the full international webinars and discover more secrets? Head on over to here.

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