Following up on our recent article covering DIY webcasting or streaming using a mobile device, we’d like to introduce Metro Teleproductions! Even though we’ve been around for a while, if you’re a brand who is new to hiring a video production service or camera crew, you may not have heard of us. You also may be considering doing DIY camera work, so we invite you to learn more about us!

THERE AT THE BEGINNING: A 2003 webstream of a Foo Fighters concert. (Dave Grohl, top left; Dave Lilling, top right.)

THERE AT THE BEGINNING: A 2003 webstream of a Foo Fighters concert. (Dave Grohl, top left; Dave Lilling, top right.)

We’re Experienced

Metro Teleproductions is one of the oldest companies in the DMV region. Our first webcast was in 1998 for, the Washington Area Music Awards, also known as the Wammies. We were working from the biggest ballroom in town, the Washington Hilton. We had cameras, a switcher, and our very first encoder. We thought we had it all together, but there was a surprise in store.

Paul Young at the controls, back in the day.

Paul Young at the controls, back in the day.

Keep in mind this was 1998, and the Washington Hilton, known to locals as the Hinckley Hilton, had only one internet circuit for the entire hotel! It turns out that for us to stream out the Wammies music event, hotel staff had to take down all other internal internet access for us to get that event signal out. They did and the event was a huge success!

Paul Young, at the controls on the Wammies event, went on to become a true internet geek, he was head of streaming for the State Department, and then moved to the SEC before his early passing last year. He was truly a visionary. Back in 1998 he said about video streaming, “This is going to be the next big thing,” and he was right.

We’re Evolving

MTI continues to follow technology, learning as it improves, with the advent of production and streaming tech. Virtual events are here to stay. Many are hybrids, with a live audience as well as people who are staying in their home geographics. For any job, you must prepare for contingencies, such as a presenter that may not make it and that you will have to bring in live, remotely, at the last minute. As a video production team, we’re fluent in being prepared for and handling such situations.

It’s all about preparation and communication with our clients. This is live TV, sometimes without the guard rails, but we’re ready. As we enter the 4th quarter of 2022 and our 33rd year of business, MTI is here to serve your needs.

Metro Teleproductions, offering video production in the Washington, D.C., area for 20+ years, is owned and operated by Dave Lilling with creativity, reliability and professional excellence. Contact Dave at 301-608-9077 or for video production success!

A POSTSCRIPT: About four years ago, we were on another survey at the Hinckley Hilton and the same hotel engineer who made it work for us in 1998 was still at the hotel! We both had a good chuckle!

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