AccuWeather Inc. announced what the company is calling a “huge breakthrough in weather presentations, AccuWeather’s new CinemaLive HD.” CinemaLive HD premieres at NAB Booth C6412 on April 16, and will ship later this year. CinemaLive HD combines an advanced 3-D graphics engine with virtual sets, custom-built local landscapes and specially-designed HD weather elements. To draw […]
AccuWeather Inc. announced what the company is calling a “huge breakthrough in weather presentations, AccuWeather’s new CinemaLive HD.” CinemaLive HD premieres at NAB Booth C6412 on April 16, and will ship later this year.
CinemaLive HD combines an advanced 3-D graphics engine with virtual sets, custom-built local landscapes and specially-designed HD weather elements. To draw viewers into weathercasts, custom-designed 3-D models of local landmarks are available. These graphics show the station’s on-air team in the weather at these familiar locations. Additional models are available from many suppliers, and CinemaLive HD is fully compatible with a station’s own designs, including those created in powerful standalone graphics tool packages such as Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max.
CinemaLive HD includes complete virtual sets, ready for on-air use. To complement these graphics, CinemaLive HD also imports virtual sets from leading designers such as Virtualsets.com and Full Mental Jacket.
CinemaLive HD makes time-consuming, old-fashioned rendering architectures obsolete.
CinemaLive HD, the company claims, “is the only weather system that is live on every graphics layer, making weather presentations fastest to build so a station can be first to air in severe weather.”
CinemaLive HD uses its mapping technology to automatically and continuously integrate up-to-the-minute warnings and current conditions into ready-for-air graphics, while offering complete tools to customize the presentation to fit the station’s story angle.
At the heart of CinemaLive HD is a graphics engine from Brainstorm Multimedia. This software is already in use on air worldwide by ESPN, NBC, CNBC, BBC, the NASDAQ MarketSite video wall in Times Square, and many others. AccuWeather is the exclusive supplier of the Brainstorm graphics engine for weather and traffic applications in North America.
The full HD graphics feature set of the CinemaLive HD system is output in standard 1080i and 720p formats. CinemaLive HD’s no-rendering architecture, based on the Brainstorm engine, delivers HD output as rapidly as traditional SD graphics. Included in CinemaLive HD are comprehensive libraries of high-definition icons, high-resolution terrain and other graphics. In addition to weather, traffic, police incident, and special-event reports are a few of the many other topics that benefit from the outstanding graphics of CinemaLive HD.
A station’s weather reputation depends on forecasting accuracy. CinemaLive HD’s unique multi-screen WeatherCockpit architecture supports the forecasting skill of a station’s meteorologists by offering the weather team immediate access to all the popular worldwide computer forecast models, 22 types of local radar, and supporting storm analysis tables in one place. Meteorologists also have worldwide surface observations, climatological and historical data, and the most localized mesonet observations for 10,000 U.S. locations, plus local storm damage reports. Commentary from Joe Bastardi is also included.
Within the WeatherCockpit, every member of the weather team can access the full capabilities of CinemaLive HD using proprietary WeatherCoach wizards to quickly apply predefined, expert-designed presentation formats when time to air is critical during severe weather.
CinemaLive HD also includes the ability to remotely update a show from home, from a special assignment, or from on location.