Virtual Stages: Transform your online events into a unique experience
Microsoft holds multiple events each year, bringing thousands of people together from different parts of the world so they can present product and busines updates both to its customers and to its partners.
Due to the self-isolation mandate caused by COVID-19, all the in-person events had to be cancelled. In light of the yearly MS Build event, Microsoft needed a solution to keep its event equally impactful to the audience, and ensure the audio and video quality, despite it being delivered online.
In Azure, the Background Matting service uses depth information to generate inaccurate speaker segmentation. The backend then separates the background from the speaker, with high precision, generating a transparent video.
Once the speakers record the content, it then goes into production to add virtual scenarios, backgrounds, or presentation slides.
Given covid-19, it is unknown when large, in-person events can take place again. As such, virtual events are becoming increasingly relevant due to the multiple benefits it proposes. One benefit is the production of the presentations is easier to coordinate among employees, with less time spent away from the daily business. Additionally, not having to rent large event spaces, cater food, or cover speakers' travel also leads to significant cost savings to the company.