@iamfishman if you're interested in doing stream coverage but need help with technical stuff or equipment I'd be happy to assist. I have a reasonable amount of experience with streaming paper Magic with commentary -- here's a sample https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4lFalCi0HY
The work that both of you do is remarkable. Many people have asked for coverage but there are two big limiting factors.
1.) I have always taken the stance that I wouldn't utilize a single penny of money spent by players(entry fees) for the benefit of those people who aren't in attendance. Doesn't seem fitting to lower the EV of the event by using someone's money for the benefit of someone who didn't pay into the event. Thus, my budget for online broadcast is $0. That is probably the deal breaker right there.
2.) I am not sure where there is a space for broadcasting to take place from. Obviously, there needs to be a space outside of the main hall so the players can't hear the broadcast, and I suspect the other room in the VFW and the bar are off limits.
@iamfishman That all makes sense.
The budget isn't the concern for me. I own all my stuff and would happily bring it and set it up. Just need power and an internet connection.
No separate space for commentary is an issue, though. Not sure how to solve that one
@iamfishman It's definitely possible to do remote, off-site commentary. A while back I did full coverage from Boston for a Team Serious Invitational event in Ohio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrGscTWBUZs&list=PL3klcfmNMPqFKpcBenxI7Igbx_34DxpiA&index=10
We managed to pull off commentary, on-screen decklists, player profiles with fun facts, and player interviews (over Skype). We didn't use a dedicated producer (I ran everything from my desktop at home). More people might be necessary to make things go smoothly at Waterbury scale. There's some technical setup and prep work required, and the VFW is still going to make something things difficult (on-site player interviews), but it would be absolutely possibly, with some helpful volunteers, to kick the event coverage up a notch or two.
I'm happy to talk setup/prep/tech details with anyone interested in this sort of thing
I think remote commentary would be workable, @iamfishman, but is there anyone willing to volunteer who is both format-savvy and technically-savvy? They'd need to feel comfortable working OBS via a piece of remote desktop software.
No commentary -- just a table camera -- could be workable too, and simplifies some things.
My concerns are:
- a trusted and knowledgeable volunteer to run the show remotely
- fast wifi and power in the space
- finding a relatively glare-free setup; lighting is always tricky in an unknown environment
- I have family visiting that weekend, and also I'll have three other folks in my car, so showing up super early or staying late are going to be basically impossible. I'm driving down from Boston (about 2-2.5hrs each way) just for the day.
If we wanted to do remote commentary, we'd need one or two locals who can pull decklists and send them off to commentators, at the very least.
A quick announcement:
FRIDAY NIGHT MAGIC: VINTAGE EDITION
As you may have seen in the facebook group's poll, there is some interest in a small Friday night event for those arriving the day before who want to jam some games in and maybe win a round 1 bye. Here are the details:
Friday, May 11th at the VFW(Same at the main event the next day)
Format: 15 proxy vintage
Round 1 of 4 starts promptly at 5:30
Prize based on record: 4-0 = $100 and a round 1 bye for TMD Open 19
3-1 = $50
These prizes are based on 16 people. The $300 return on $400 is because I will put $100 to cover part of the cost of the hall Friday night(I am covering the rest of the Friday hall rental because I, and possibly the vendors, will also be setting up during this time). If we have more than 16 people though I will put more into the prize pool(maybe something for all the 2-2's for example).