Virtual Sets

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 […]

January 28, 2014

N.C. station installs Vizrt virtual studio

Wilmington, N.C. ABC affiliate WWAY-TV has installed a trackless virtual studio solution from Vizrt. The station has eliminated its hard set and revamped its control room, as well as upgrading to robotic cameras in the studio. By using Viz Virtual Studio and Vizrt’s TV in a Box solution, an entire newscast can be controlled by […]

December 12, 2013

Prepare for the Olympics with a new environment

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi are now less than two months away… is your station ready? From preparing the medal winner graphics, to updating the music library for highlights; the clock is ticking down. The Olympics are a unique event to cover, not just for the world class sports, they also present many pitfalls from […]

August 13, 2013

Argentina broadcaster beams in election candidates

We thought CNN’s election gimmicks were bad… meet the virtual candidates on C5N. Using Viz Virtual Studio, Argentina broadcaster C5N was able to virtually insert all of the candidates for an election into the news studio. The best part? The Star Trek effect… This is, of course, similar to CNN’s never-again used hologram. We’ll see […]

July 24, 2013

Vizrt lets presenters jump right into the action

Earlier this year, Vizrt debuted a new virtual technology dubbed “Virtual Presenter.” The sports gimmick, currently in use on Canal + in Spain, allows a sports anchor to appear virtually on the playing field to break down the action. TVNewsCheck reports no US network currently utilizes the technology, but it is likely only a matter […]