Studio 12

Our video studio in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

Working in the concert hall in Amsterdam feels a bit like a home game for us. Here we have our own in-house TV studio: Studio 12. We make dozens of recordings every year in the Concertgebouw, from simple recordings in the recital hall to live TV broadcasts from the large hall, MEZZO, UNITEL and are some of our media partners.

PolyCast has a special relationship with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Since 2012, we have been responsible for most of the orchestra’s video recordings, TV registrations, live broadcasts and DVD/BluRay productions. The traditional Christmas matinee on Christmas Day is broadcast in the Netherlands via AVROTROS, but also internationally. For MEZZO we provide live streams every year that are broadcast throughout Europe.

We use remote-controlled cameras that we can easily hang in many places throughout the hall. We also work with manned cameras, such as a camera in the back of the hall with a long lens. The remote cameras are operated from our studio by our camera operators. Because all of the infrastructures for a recording are permanently set up in the building, the preparations for a recording are realized very quickly.

The choice of crew depends entirely on the type of recording. A simple recording with a few cameras can be done by one or two people. During a large live broadcast, there is an extensive team of nine or ten in the studio consisting of a director, director’s assistant, score advisor, shader/image technician, switching technician, remote camera operators (anywhere from one to three), plus the manned camera operators in the hall.

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