Metro Ecosse Films the Official Opening of the Queensferry Crossing for Live Broadcast.
Exactly 53 years after opening the Forth Bridge Road, the Queen officially opened Scotland's newest icon and the UK's tallest bridge, the Queensferry Crossing. Supporting production company Unique Events, Metro Ecosse was delighted to provide live broadcast and audio visual services at this historic event. Metro's Scotland-based production team supplied live vision mixing, multiple cameras and video playback on both the South and the North sides of the bridge, relaying live footage of the full ceremony, including the Queen's cutting of the ribbon on the South side, to the guests who were watching from a temporary event arena which Unique Events had created on the North shore. Live footage was relayed seamlessly using a complex microwave link.
From a grandstand-type structure, over 300 invited guests including the First Minister, VIPs, workers and school children watched the ceremony in full on a main stage screen with an additional four LED screens positioned in the car park area, in "Drive Thru" style.
Metro Ecosse also supplied live feeds of the event to three major broadcasters with footage being used extensively in the news coverage that day on both SKY News and the BBC channels. Additional technical delivery consisted of installing LED screens in the two VIP hospitality Marquees as well as two community centres in both North and South Queensferry.
The film was streamed live to Queensferry Crossing's Facebook page where it has subsequently received over 27K views.
The Queensferry Crossing is the latest of three structures across the Forth spanning three centuries of civil engineering.
You can watch the ceremony here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-41147127/the-queen-officially-opens-the-queensferry-crossing