Synergetic of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, has converted a portion of their warehouse to a professional TV studio for live streaming complete with a full Elation Professional lighting system.
President and CEO at Synergetic, Jason Weldon, says that opening the studio has allowed them to pivot from their usual business of supplying entertainment technology gear for live events in the Mid-Atlantic region. “We’ve been able to offer customers the ability to hold a virtual event in a professional setting,” he says while acknowledging that the redirection to a live streaming and professional recording space has also been an economic lifesaver. “While we’re not 100% or anywhere close to it, it has allowed us to stay in business and offer something unique, easy and useful for our customer base.”
Last spring, it took the team at Synergetic a month to solve how they were going to make the pivot to a TV studio space and another few weeks to educate and train themselves on the setup. “It’s a TV studio so it’s a different ballgame compared to our usual touring setup,” Weldon states. “Once it got out and people saw what could be done, our customers got excited. We’ve been able to give them a nice solution at an affordable price to hold a professional online event and importantly we were able to keep some jobs and pay some bills.”
The Synergetic studio setup went through three revisions before Weldon and his team were satisfied with the result. Beginning in mid-April, an initial setup was deemed too small after a few in-house events. Setup number two was larger but not the right dimensions so after tearing it down and rebuilding they finally got a space they were proud to offer their clientele. By Memorial Day, the studio space was ready, just in time to offer customers a nice presentation space for the summer.
The final space is 55 feet wide by 200 long with plenty of room for cameras and control. Weldon describes it as “a space that looks good, is professional, sounds and looks great, is mixed well, and at an affordable cost. The extra room we added lengthwise opened it up for putting more people on the stage set and it gives us much better camera angles where we can do sweeping shots and layered looks with depth.” The 5,000 square foot studio has everything a client needs: lighting, audio, video, cameras, teleprompters, mics, mixers, staging and more. Synergetic technicians, including lighting design assistance, are also available.