Virtual Sets

April 12, 2015

Virtualsetworks debuts layered AE files

Virtualsetworks, a stock virtual set design company, has launched a new line of layered Adobe After Effects virtual sets, giving producers new control of design and setup. The .aep files allow for easier customization, which previously would have required additional costs. “These sets represent an enormous investment towards bringing more control and flexibility to the […]

April 11, 2015

intensiKey launches virtual sets for mobile devices

Initially launching on Android and Windows devices, intensiKey Live brings real-time virtual set software to a broader set of devices. “With half of all devices on earth running on Android we felt it was time to port our intensiKey Live PC software over to a growing OS,” said Eric Pratt, CEO of Virtualsetworks. “intensiKey Live […]

April 3, 2015

Hybrid debuts updated virtual studio tracking

Hybrid TV will showcase Plutonium, its updated camera tracking system for virtual studios, at NAB. According to a release, Plutonium combines added power and precision to bring real time, precise camera motion within 2D or 3D computer-generated backgrounds. “The true superiority of Plutonium rests in its remarkable Zero Delay system,” said Yann Brosse, CTO of […]

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 […]