A series of live polls at last week’s Tech Fest reveal the ups and downs of producing in lockdown

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There is concern the impact of Covid-19 might spell the end of post-production in Soho, according to a series of live polls conducted during last week’s virtual Broadcast Tech Fest event.

The polls also indicate a huge move to cloud-based remote working during lockdown, with many saying they now miss the buzz of a busy post house environment and believe creativity might suffer while projects are being edited and finished remotely.

Broadcast Tech ran the live polls while different speaker sessions focussing on producing in lockdown were taking place.

Up to 45 attendees took part in each of the polls, which provide a useful snapshot of the industry’s opinions on lockdown changes.

Broadcast Tech Fest 2020

The two-day Broadcast Tech Fest event was held on the virtual conferencing platform Hopin last week.

All the different speaker sessions from day one (producing in lockdown) are available to watch on-demand – click below to view. The YouTube description includes chapter markers so you can jump straight to the start of each session.

We’ll be uploading the sessions for day two (5G and connectivity) over the next few days.

Here are the results of the different polls we held during Broadcast Tech Fest 2020.

Does the impact of Covid-19 mean the Soho post scene is now a thing of the past? (38 responses)

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8% Yes 

37% No

55% Maybe

Do you miss the creativity and buzz of the post house environment? (30 responses)

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77% Yes

13% No

10% Maybe

Is it possible to be as creative while editing/finishing projects remotely? (40 responses)

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60% Yes

13% No

27% Maybe

Have you suffered from any connectivity issues or problems accessing content while working remotely? (45 responses)

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60% Yes

9% No

31% Occasionally

Have you been working remotely during lockdown? (45 responses)

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96% Yes

4% No

Have you been transitioning to cloud based working in response to the pandemic? (44 responses)

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71% Yes

29% No

Have you had to dramatically reduce production budgets over the last 7 months? (26 responses)

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62% Yes

38% No