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At Online Seminar we offer three types of studios: regular studios, mobile studios and virtual studios. What exactly are the differences and how do you choose your perfect fit? This overview helps you to make the right choice.

When you select one of our studios you are always assured of a professional appearance and guidance. Our business manager Jasper Poot explains: ‘In every variant there is a project manager, a director and a technical host at your disposal. They make sure the webinar runs smoothly. You also have access to all kinds of insightful data generated by a webinar, and besides, the broadcasts are available afterwards.’

However, there are differences between our three types of studios:

The regular studio

Jasper: ‘We have eight regular studios, including the headquarters in Amsterdam, Brussels and Hilversum. Most of our customers choose this option’. The studios are fully equipped and have high quality cameras, sound and light. Jasper: ‘For the Netherlands I advise the studio in Amsterdam for one to four speakers, or our partner studio in Hilversum. Belgian clients have an excellent studio in Brussels. The regular studio is our easiest, fastest and most efficient option, because everything is already available there.’

The mobile studio

Jasper: ‘The mobile studio is not located in a car or van, which some people sometimes associate it with. We build the studio on location and do a location check four weeks in advance to see if the place is suitable’. The mobile studio isn’t bound to national borders: we organize webinars in every country imaginable, from the United Kingdom to the USA, and from Spain to Germany.

What is very important is that the internet connection is of sufficient quality. Many organizations only have guest Wi-Fi and that is not enough to stream a broadcast smoothly. We need a wired internet connection with minimal internet capacity. Many congress venues do have that’. The mobile studio is also equipped with the same quality cameras, sound and light as the regular studio. “In that aspect, they’re exactly the same.’

Jasper advises the mobile studio especially for larger events that you want to broadcast live, or when you want several speakers in front of the camera for multiple days. For example, in the case of a larger congress. ‘Some companies also want a certain location because they want to show the look and feel of the office or the rented location, of course that’s also possible. Because of the set-up, dismantling and travel expenses, the mobile studio is more expensive. If you are organizing a webinar with, for example, no more than two speakers, we advise you to come to the regular studio.’

The virtual studio

‘The virtual studio is as in the newscast, with the remote correspondent appearing in a separate screen. We have replicated this situation, which gives the viewer the feeling that all the presenters are in the same screen. There is no maximum number of presenters, and a PowerPoint can also appear on one of the screens. Jasper: ‘Because of COVID-19, this option has been used a lot more. In the studio we can of course keep a distance of 1.5 meters, but when everyone within an organization is expected to work from home, companies sometimes find it appropriate that the speakers are presenting remotely as well. The virtual studio is also often used for internationally operating organizations, for example in the healthcare sector. In that case, the recording is in the Netherlands, but a professor from The United States, for example, tunes in during the live broadcast.’

The virtual studio works with a professional webinar background, and the director and technical host are remotely connected. Together they provide professional image and sound. However, speakers themselves must have a good camera and microphone: those of the computer often have a tinny sound. Finally, logging in is very simple: the presenter and participants receive a link. This way, they don’t have to create accounts or install programs.