NASHUA, N.H. — March 1, 2022 — StageConnect Inc., an emerging player in the professional event, production, and video streaming technology market, today announced the release of StageConnect Pro, audience interaction software that is redefining what it means to have front-row seats at a concert, conference, or other live event. StageConnect Pro allows up to 1 million remote attendees to participate in live events and to directly engage the presenter or performer via an on-stage screen with full two-way functionality.
“The pandemic didn’t just change the event industry; it shattered the core premise of live events themselves — gatherings of people in a physical location for some purpose,” said Cole Morgan, StageConnect founder and CEO. “Our team saw an opportunity to reconnect people and boost the value of events by enabling remote audiences to interact with presenters who are on stage or in the studio. That interactivity might be even more interesting and more valuable than those coveted front-row seats of the past.”
Co-founder Matt Murphy, an Emmy Award-winning producer, spent much of the past two years working with major presenters to help get them back in front of their audiences.
“After working with clients who spent millions building virtual studios and looking for new ways to better connect presenters with their audiences, what emerged was a new virtual interactive format — full audio and video, with presenters surrounded by their audiences and communicating with them in real time,” Murphy said. “This concept proved addicting for everyone involved. It’s more fun and exciting for the audience than simply sitting in a crowd, and it’s more engaging for presenters because now they can interact directly with individual audience members.”
StageConnect Pro is the technology conduit between the stage and the remote audience. Flexible integration options mean StageConnect Pro pairs with unlimited combinations of workflows and event technology — connecting live from any venue, stage, studio, or virtual studio through any web or event platform to any end-user display, creating an engaging experience for virtual audiences at any live event.
From the stage, presenters see the remote audience in front of them via downstage screens with gallery views. When the presenter is interacting with individuals or groups, those people appear on another downstage screen. Meanwhile, there’s a video wall behind the presenter(s) made up of any combination of LEDs, projectors, or TV screens in any location or configuration the client chooses. The wall displays any composition of attendees in any number or group, with the capability for fluid interaction with any group in any order, planned or on the fly.
From the remote attendees’ point of view, they watch a high-quality, low-latency event production feed through a video player tailored to shared experiences, viewing, and live interaction. A unique set of player controls gives them a simple, fun, engaging way to see what’s happening on stage and interact with the presenter(s) in real time.
Behind the scenes, StageConnect Pro’s live operator panel gives event planners and producers the production-grade tools to make these live exchanges possible. Technicians can create, manage, and operate StageConnect events in a fast, intuitive, and efficient workflow. They can quickly search attendees by name or tag and create unlimited combinations of groupings for display on the video walls. Through the composition multiviewer, operators can instantly see and manage all composed media walls, making it possible for a single technician to operate larger events, more walls, and faster switches.
StageConnect Pro scales to suit live events of any size — such as awards shows, seminars/trainings, concerts or other performances, product launches, speaker series, gaming tournaments, red carpet events, trade shows, festivals, and many more.
During a soft launch of StageConnect Pro last spring, beta users immediately saw how the software can make virtual and hybrid events as compelling as live events. Feedback from one of the new customers: “Hybrid events are here to stay because they dramatically expand audience reach and are more cost-effective than live events. With StageConnect Pro, creative event planners now have the tools to make the hybrid event experience just as compelling too.”
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StageConnect makes audience interaction software that lets on-stage presenters or performers see, hear, and interact with members of a remote audience during live events, such as concerts, conferences, seminars, and award shows. Through StageConnect, event production and AV professionals have the production-grade software they need to orchestrate these real-time exchanges within existing live-event workflows. StageConnect is flexible enough to leverage any display surface at any venue, stage, studio, or virtual studio and host remote attendees through integration with any web platform or property, and scalable enough to accommodate up to 1 million participants per event. Learn more at StageConnect.co.
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