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U.S. Newsrooms Warm On Video Walls, Cool On VR

Video walls continue to dominate studio design trends in the U.S. with ever-broader use framed by the “warmth” of natural materials and local personality. Abroad, newsrooms have been more embracing of the virtual reality sets of which domestic broadcasters are still wary. Above, FX Design Group designed and installed the KHON Honolulu set, which features large video walls.

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Falling Cost, Ease Of Use Boost LED Video Walls

Recent supply chain issues notwithstanding, newsrooms are embracing LED video walls for their dropping prices, ease of use and improved quality over older, LCD options. Above: WRDW Augusta, Ga., included a large video wall in its new facility, designed by FX, that it moved into earlier this year. (Source: WRDW)

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NBCU Local Adds AR To Weather Coverage Arsenal

Nate Johnson, director of weather operations for NBCUniversal Local, says the group’s NBC and Telemundo stations are using augmented reality to enhance weather reporting. Every tool counts, he emphasizes, since competition for talent is getting stiffer as Fox readies its own weather network. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

Brainstorm Makes Real-Time AR/VR Events Easy With Edison Pro

Brainstorm has launched Edison Pro, a high-end presentation tool that it says “quickly transforms any live, online presentation or conference session into a fully immersive experience using Augmented Reality (AR) and virtual environments.” Template-based for ease-of-use and requiring no previous experience in graphics, video, image or 3D object creation, Edison Pro allows users to enhance their […]

One Meteorologist’s Superpower: Augmented Reality

It’s not every day you watch someone stop a truck mid-air, in the middle of a tornado. Albert Martinez, Emmy-award winning chief meteorologist for Univision’s network news, may not be a superhero, but his knack for augmented reality (AR) helps his weather explainers fly off the screen. In addition to that flying truck, Martinez has withstood Category 5 hurricane winds, crashed a car off a bridge, submerged himself in nine feet of dirty flood water, and started a wildfire in the Univision studio. Martinez has his own theory about why his unconventional weather explainers are so popular with viewers.

Planar Studios Virtual Production Initiative Goes Live

Planar, a global provider of visualization technology, today launched Planar Studios, an initiative designed to revolutionize the explosive virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR) markets. Planar Studios combines advanced technologies, industry partnerships and personnel to create realistic on-screen content in the ever-expanding VP and XR industries. Through the Planar Studios initiative, Planar is empowering […]

TVN Webinar To Explore AR/VR State Of The Art

Executives from CNN, The Weather Channel, Brainstorm and Planar will talk about how broadcasters are using augmented reality to enhance storytelling during a July 15 TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar that will also explore how broadcasters are using virtual reality to create the next generation of news, weather and sports sets. Register here.

Oded Zicherman Joins Arti As VP Of R&D

Technology veteran Oded Zicherman has joined Arti as vice president of R&D. Arti provides a cloud-based augmented reality (AR) platform for broadcasters and video content producers. Zicherman said: “Arti has pioneered cloud-based AR for the broadcast media industry at a time when remote production and creative storytelling that engages viewers are more important than ever. I’m excited […]

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TVN Tech | CBS Ready For Socially-Distanced Super Bowl

New camera angles and innovative AR graphics will mark Tampa’s Super Bowl LV with a sparser crowd allowing for novel camera positions and experimentation.

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NTF 2020 | Magic Walls, AR Within Reach For All TV Newsrooms

David Bohrman, a veteran producer with tenures at ABC News, NBC News and CNN, told NewsTECHForum attendees Tuesday that news organizations of all sizes should embrace technologies like “magic” video walls and augmented reality, where he has been a pioneer. “The more of us that experiment with it and use it, the more creative we can be at helping to tell the stories,” he said.

How Networks Used AR On Election Night

Augmented reality has had a prominent role in election coverage in the United States, but it was pared down a bit for this year’s 2020 general election, while internationally it was giant.

Telemundo’s Election Coverage Features Monumental AR, Newsroom Set

Behind CBS News’ Augmented Reality And Other Advanced Election Night Tech

CBS News will broadcast its multiplatform election night coverage from a newly built set in the Viacom CBS headquarters in New York’s Times Square, featuring advanced augmented-reality-style graphics and visual displays showing the latest data, polling and mapping. Anchoring from the studio will be Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O’Keefe.

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TVN Tech | Upping The Election AR And Graphics Game

Broadcasters won’t be hampered by remote working conditions for election night 2020, and they have a bevy of new graphics and augmented reality tools to help them tell the story. Above, Broadcasters can make complex data easy for viewers to grasp through augmented reality objects generated by Brainstorm graphics using real-time data from different sources. A Punt, a regional channel in Spain, covered municipal elections, and this interactive map shows the winning party in each town, with detailed results for the seats won in each town are shown on the chart of the left side. The bars on the bottom show a rundown of all the cities, in alphabetical order, with the results in real time.

ChyronHego Releases Prime Graphics 3.6

ChyronHego today introduced Prime Graphics 3.6, the newest version of its platform for real-time graphics authoring and playout. With this release, ChyronHego says it keeps its promise of “One platform, multiple use cases,” extending Prime Graphics to support augmented reality graphics in live studio environments and adding new productivity tools that simplify and accelerate design […]

Apple Acquires NextVR, Setting Stage For Bigger Leap Into AR, VR

Ncam Upgrades And Releases Latest Mk2 Product Suite

Ncam Technologies, a developer of real-time augmented reality technology for the media and entertainment industries, announced the availability of its new Mk2 Camera Bar, Mk2 Server and Ncam Reality 2020 software. First shown as a prototype at IBC 2019, the Mk2 Camera Bar has undergone development and enhancement since; the Ncam R&D team not only further […]

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TVN Tech | Fox Tackles Monster Super Bowl Production

Fox will use more than 100 manned and robotic cameras to cover the game, including 24 “Super-Motion” cameras to support replays; 20 goal-line and end-line pylon cameras; wireless “Line to Gain” cameras that travel up and down the field in alignment with the first-down marker; and two different SkyCam systems which operate at different elevations. It will also use 72 field mics, as well as wireless player mics, to capture game audio. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Apple Eyes 2022 Release For AR Headset, 2023 For Glasses

NEP Showcases Workflow Solutions At IBC

NEP Group, a global outsourced technical production partner for premier content producers of live sports and entertainment, is gearing up for this year’s IBC Show, Sept. 13-17, at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam. At IBC, NEP will exhibit in Hall 14, Stand H02, and be staffed with local team members representing their worldwide network. […]

NBC Adds Augmented Reality Dorian To Studio Floor

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New Facilities Insider | Building A News Network From The Ground Up

Black News Channel is constructing a $26 million facility in Tallahassee, Fla., anchored by technology from Bitcentral, Vizrt and Sony. Its engineering chief, Kenny Elcock, explains how interoperability is key.

Snap To Raise $1B To Invest In Content ,AR

Snap Inc. on Tuesday said it will raise $1 billion in short-term debt and plans to invest in more media content, augmented reality features and may also buy other companies.

Google Testing AR, 3D, YouTube Ad Formats

Google is making a push to expand augmented reality and interactive capabilities to its content and advertising offerings. The company, while slow to incorporate immersive ads, is testing 3D and YouTube live-stream display formats in DV360, its programmatic ad platform.

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News Graphics Sharpen As Workflow Eases

Developments in TV news graphics have seen a host of improvements from better real-time flexibility to more streamlined workflows and even monetization prospects.

Avid Graphics Engine Propels Catalonia’s TV3

Millions of citizens turned to TV3 E19: Special Elections broadcast on May 26 to learn the results from the 2019 European Parliamentary and municipal elections — and stayed tuned in because of the Spanish network’s innovative and engaging use of augmented reality and virtual sets powered by Avid. TV3, the public broadcaster in Catalonia, Spain, relied […]

DirecTV Now Launches On Magic Leap Glasses

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CBS Pumps Up Super Bowl Tech With 8K, AR

Among the tech innovations on tap are Panasonic 8K cameras, which will be used to generate replays from each end zone, part of the 115 cameras the network will use, including a bevy of Sony 4K replay cameras. And for the first time, CBS will also use a live wireless handheld camera with AR graphics and camera-tracking capability designed to provide real-time virtual graphics from the players’ perspective on the field.

Has AR Pioneer Magic Leap Fallen Off A Cliff?

With outsize promises, the company lured massive investment from the likes of Warner Bros. and Legendary, but so far its hottest product seems to be hype.

ABC News Using AR On Election Night

How Newsrooms Integrate Augmented, Virtual Or Mixed Reality Into The Workplace

Weather Channel Storm Surge Demo Goes Viral

Known as “immersive mixed reality technology,” videos like The Weather Channel’s Erika Navarro’s take green screen graphics and merge them with real-time, predictive data from agencies such as the National Hurricane Center. The result is a virtual scenario that unfolds around a studio anchor, engulfing the set with terrifying realism but allowing the anchor to walk viewers through potential weather with newfound urgency.

Accedo Integrates AWS Elemental MediaTailor

Accedo has launched a targeted advertising solution for augmented reality (AR) experiences with the API integration of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elemental MediaTailor. The Accedo AR experience, powered by the Accedo One video platform, is designed to give a TV viewer a more personalized and engaging second-screen experience during long-distance sports events such as marathons, rally, or bicycle […]

Implementing AR And Its Various Pain Points

Facebook Adds AR To Ad Offerings

CTA Announces AR/VR Standard Terminology

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ChyronHego, Epic Games Set For Virtual Sets

The integration of products is designed to give news producers new tools including game-quality on-air graphics as well as new photorealistic and hyper-realistic elements for on-air virtual sets.

Vizrt Intros Immersive Football Analysis Tool

Vizrt is offering a new tool for broadcast studio: Viz Libero AR. Just in time for the World Cup, Viz Libero AR combines the analysis power of Viz Libero with augmented reality (AR) graphics, creating a new way for sports presenters to tell the story of the action on the field. “Viz Libero AR brings […]

WRAL Uses VR, AR For ‘Olympics Zone’

VR And AR: New Ways Of Telling Stories

Virtual and augmented reality give journalists the ability to tell stories that the audience can experience rather than simply consume. Both involve computer-generated imagery but use it differently.