Delivering A Virtual Air Tattoo - Cameraman Gloucestershire


I was honoured to be asked by Planes TV to provide kit and my filming services on the very first Virtual Air Tattoo.


Due to coronavirus the Royal International Air Tattoo decided to stage a virtual event mixing computer generated flying displays with archive footage.


We built a full studio at Douglas Bader House, adjacent to RAF Fairford. I set up eight of my lights to cover the space, three cameras and my micro jib.

We had a day to set up and rehearse before going live at 11am on Saturday 18th July. In order to deliver a robust live stream I also provided a back up bonded connection using my LiveU solo.


I looked after the three cameras on both days and operated my jib to provide moving shots. We delivered 8 hours of content over the two days.

The viewing figures were amazing. On day one we had around 12 thousand live viewers and nearly 100 thousand viewers by Sunday morning. We were trending number two on YouTube.

Sunday was another great day and can be seen below.

I hope to be invited back in some capacity in 2021.


Steve Knibbs, a colleague from BBC Points West, popped along to cover the event. Here is his video.

As of 22/7/20 the two days broadcasting had been viewed by over 409,000 people over both platforms.



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