Spring Speaking Engagements

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Last week on April 9th, I was invited to give a presentation at the Baltimore Public Relations Council’s 3rd annual Social Media Spring Training event held at the Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center. Per their website: BPRC provides a forum for public relations professionals to exchange ideas with their peers and to mold ethical standards for their work, thereby improving their effectiveness.

As one of five presenters giving information to the audience on social media, I enjoyed giving everyone key information on Producing a Successful Facebook Live. Other topics at the event included demonstrating social media ROI, and infographics for social media. Attendees were able to leave with new skills that helped them to strategize and expand upon their social media knowledge.

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Later that night, I was able to give another talk in length on Live Streaming for the Baltimore Videographers Association. Per their website: The Baltimore Videographers Association (BVA) is a non-profit organization of video professionals in the Greater Baltimore Area. Our members are dedicated to the improvement of our industry, and the creation of a sharing environment among its members. As a group, we pursue the betterment of our industry and of our individual knowledge.

Giving information on Successful Live Streaming as a speaker, consultant or to train is enjoyable to me because I am able to speak more about this passion and platform, and help others learn more about a topic that can be extremely useful for their brand. I spoke about the process of a live stream project, different ways to upload video, and what types of equipment are needed to ensure a live stream that goes smoothly. Lastly, I went over some of the types of problems that you may encounter doing a live stream as well. By discussing the project and then troubleshooting towards the end, the audience left with not only knowledge of how-to but better expectations for their project.

If you’d like to learn more information about booking Marty for individual or team trainings, speaking or as a consultant, please reach out to: Marty@focalpp.com

Three Facebook Live Broadcasts in 1 Week

The week of September 24th will be very busy for the team at Focal Point Productions. We are producing 3 Facebook Live broadcasts! Each broadcast takes a different approach and style - from extremely complex with the top-of-the line NewTek TC1 and multiple cameras to a single laptop computer and camera running Wirecast 10. And in the middle we are using the Blackmagic ATEM switcher with 3 cameras.

Facebook Live Training Videos from the Studio

On August 8, 2018, Focal Point Productions produced a Facebook Live broadcast for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association.  The 25 minute training and educational live webcast was aimed toward new players in the Olympic Development Program (ODP).

The team at Focal Point used the TriCaster TC1, three cameras, a wireless intercom system, tally lights, Vidpresso (for social media graphics), a Teradek Cube, and much more.

Facebook Live Studio Webcast for MSYSA

Hi everyone, this is Brooks Gray. I am an intern this semester at Focal Point Productions, underneath of Marty Jenoff. On February 11, 2018, Focal Point  hosted the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) for their State Cup tournament draw. This was FPP's third year for producing this live webcast from our Owings Mills Maryland video production studio.  

The live video was streamed to the MSYSA Facebook page, and had a peak of 83 concurrent viewers.  By the next day, the video had more then 9.100 minutes viewed and 180 post engagements, making it a huge success.

I was in charge of the Facebook live comments. It was my first time running the system, but I ended up managing it to the best of my ability. Marty was working the TriCaster TC 1, which is a video switcher, recorder, and live streaming device. The TriCaster can also add titles, graphics, power point slides, and other elements to the program. Another intern, Greg, operated the teleprompter for the host. Ty, a crew member was the floor manager in the studio. Overall, everyone did a great job and we helped the MSYSA to assure everything ran smoothly. 

-Brooks Gray 

Preparing for MedStar Sports Medicine Forum Webcast

On Monday, April 8th from 7 pm to 8 pm, I am co-producing (with my partner Bernie Eisenberg) a live, interactive webcast for MedStar Health.  There will be a panel of five physicians, one from each of the MedStar hospitals (MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, and MedStar Franklin Medical Center).

Moderated by WBAL-TV sports anchor Pete Gilbert, the doctors will discuss the latest research and thinking on the highly current topics “Sports Injuries” and “Sports Medicine.”  Particular areas of concern for parents of youth athletes, concussions and overuse injuries, will be covered in detail.

A live audience of local athletic coaches and trainers will be in attendance.  And an on-line audience of interested viewers will be watching via any type of web-enabled device (computer, ipad, smart phone etc…).   This is going to be a highly technical broadcast featuring four hi-def cameras that will have the look and feel of a network telecast.

And it’s going to be interactive!  On-line viewers will be able to present questions via a customized chatroom or through Facebook and Twitter.  

If you would like to watch on-line, please click on the following link: http://medstarsportsmed.org/forum

On Thursday, April 4th we conducted a dress rehearsal and tested out our equipment.  Below is a time lapse and some pictures.