A live stream in which Spider-Man: No Way Home star Tom Holland interacted from L.A with the Italian press in Rome. So far, so straightforward, right? What if Holland was appearing live and as a hologram – and the sound had to be pristine despite a lag in audio. Despite his spidey senses tingling, Jzoo Studios’ Shiheng ‘Jedy’ Xu explains how Lectrosonics ensured disaster was averted…
The Spider-Man virtual press junket with Holland was a live stream Q&A, so there was no wiggle room for anything to go wrong, explains Xu.
“We were on a stage in Los Angeles and broadcasting to Rome, where Tom was appearing as a hologram. It was this crazy-big international production with crew in Los Angeles, London and Rome.”
Despite the pressure being on for such a high profile, technologically-challenging film promo event, Xu was safe in the knowledge that he was armed with his trusty stable of Lectrosonics wireless gear, from time-tested SRb and SRc receivers paired with SMQV and LT transmitters, to a recently acquired DSQD digital receiver.
“I was rocking an SRb, an SMQV, and an LT,” he says of the Spider-Man press junket. “The LT was a backup in case the other channel had any problems – which it didn’t. I was using the ALP620 fins as well, which have always worked great for me in any scenario. My role was to send the feed of Tom’s microphone into the main streaming rig.”
The biggest challenge stemmed from the lag between L.A and Rome, as the Jzoo Studios team couldn’t monitor what Rome was receiving in real-time.
“It would take about 5-10 seconds to see and hear how it looked in the venue,” Xu explains. “We had a lot of backup solutions and thankfully we didn’t need to use them. My worst nightmare was someone else switching on another transmitter in a similar frequency like mine, but luckily it didn’t happen.
"There were a lot of people from different teams cramped into a small studio, and the tension in the room was palpable, so there was certainly a decent amount of pressure!”