Virtual Sets

February 25, 2015

Fox Chicago goes virtual for election night

WFLD-TV, the Fox O&O in Chicago, opted to use a chroma keyed background for its election night updates Tuesday. The station was doing brief cut-ins during primetime programming to update viewers on the results, with a focus on the city’s mayoral race, and opted to have its anchors standing in front of a green screen […]

January 26, 2015

CNN map takes over ‘New Day’ floor

CNN‘s Nor’easter coverage this morning included placing forecaster Chad Myers on a virtual map “projected” on the “New Day” set floor. After Myers gave his regular forecast update at the set’s freestanding monitor, he walked off frame and the control room cut to a wide view of the studio floor, which had a large map […]

January 8, 2015

CNN uses virtual to combine video clips of Paris attack

CNN utilized its virtual set technology to give viewers a bird’s eye view of the events surrounding the Charlie Hebdo attack, including integrating surveillance camera footage into the experience. Tom Foreman, who typically presents from the chroma key studio, showed viewers a virtual map of Paris that was laid out in front of him, seemingly floating […]

December 30, 2014

CNN uses virtual for missing plane coverage

CNN pulled out its virtual tech for its coverage of the missing AsiaAir Flight 8501. The network’s usual go-to green screen guru, Tom Foreman, could be found standing on a virtual map of Southeast Asia with a virtual rendering of the plane in front of him. Foreman used the map to illustrate the plane’s route […]

December 17, 2014

Industry Insights: Is virtual ready for primetime?

Virtual sets can be seen across the air in Europe and Asia, but are they ready for the American viewer? This question continues to plague designers and station management, as they look for new ways to do more with less. ITV News uses them with success while CNN uses it as a presentation gimmick, leaving the […]

November 20, 2014

CNN channels movies for Keystone XL explainer

During its coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline vote, CNN used its virtual environment technology to create a map that looked like it was taken straight out of a Hollywood science fiction flick. Tom Foreman, who typically hosts the virtual environment segments, mapped out the path the pipeline would have taken through North America using […]

October 22, 2014

Golf network launches with mix of virtual and real set design

BACK9NETWORK recently launched from new studios in Hartford, Connecticut, with carriage from DirecTV. The network worked with FX Design Group to create a series of virtual and hard sets for the launch, which air on various programs including: “The Turn,” “Off Par,” and “The Clubhouse.” “We wanted our set design partner to understand the atmosphere we were looking […]

May 2, 2014

TV3 Barcelona debuts hybrid virtual set

Barcelona’s TV3 debuted a new hybrid virtual set from Orad that combines real fabricated scenic elements with virtual backgrounds and augmented reality graphics. The new studio is the fourth Orad based virtual studio used by TV3. The studio is used for prime time productions including daily news, weather, breaking news and other news programs. “The […]

April 23, 2014

‘Tagesschau’ debuts new minimal studio

German newscast “Tagesschau” debuted a sleek new set and graphics package this week. Produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) for public broadcaster ARD, the new project represents a significant upgrade of both facilities and presentation. The 23.8 million Euro project was a complete overhaul for “Tagesschau,” and is expected to last at least 10 years on air. […]

March 13, 2014

CNN goes the virtual route to explain Malaysia flight 370

Last week, CNN had the low-tech solution for mapping the conflict in Crimea, boy the difference a week makes. Now, CNN has went all out for missing Malaysia flight 370. Reporter Tom Foreman has been locked in the CNN chromakey studio giving constant virtual updates, complete with a 3D airplane he can sit-in and walk through. While […]