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.
Executives from ABC News, Fox Owned Stations, WCBS New York, News 12 and FX Design Group took the measure of remote production’s changes on the industry in a NewsTECHForum panel this week. While traditional studio and field reporting are returning, permanent workflow adjustments are also settling in. Above (l-r): Glen Dickson, Jacques Natz, Fabian Westerwelle, Peter McGowan, Mack McLaughlin and Erik Smith.
Executives from ABC News, Fox Television Stations, WCBS and FX Design Group will look at how widespread remote production has charted a new path forward for news operations at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 14, presented in-person at the New York Hilton and virtually. Register here.
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)
COVID-19’s social distancing requirements won’t have a lasting impact on studio design and trends like video walls are expanding, vendors say. But remote production has compelled them to offer simple-to-use at-home kits until COVD abates. Above, Devlin Design Group recently delivered the set for the new studio at the Tennis Channel. The set uses LED displays surrounding the studio. The Tennis Channel can use the same set for different programs since the LEDs can display “graphic wallpaper” that can be customized.
Despite pushing newsrooms temporarily into mostly remote production, set design vendors say COVID-19 won’t have a lasting effect on where sets were heading before the pandemic. They say viewers are likely to see more LED panels and walls, virtual sets and augmented and virtual reality usage in news studios. Above, for the TF1 broadcast news studio in France, Planar delivered a 750-square-foot curved video wall.
Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL and WRAZ Raleigh, N.C. (DMA 27) 50, launched a new set on Oct. 31 starting with their noon newscasts. The new set houses what the company believes to be the largest local news LED installation in the country. Not one, but two, LED screen arrays will help the WRAL News and Weather […]
Having well-designed lights has impact beyond lowered operating costs due to reduced power consumption and how good the lights make the talent look. LED technology is now in its third generation, so many of its previous kinks have been worked out. The latest LED lights communicate wirelessly, are “perfect” when it comes to the color rendering index and handle a range of color temperatures. Above: The athletics broadcast studio at University of Louisville has a PrimeTime GUS 51 LED Fresnel as well as MSLED 20 XB2, MSLED 40 XB2 and 1SLED XB2 lights. Source: PrimeTime.
FX Design Group & Digital Video Group | Booth SL1210 | https://fxgroup.tv/ FX Design Group and Digital Video Group will be joining forces at this year’s NAB show. FX and DVG have been working together for a number of years to bring the best in Studio Design and Systems Integration and Technology to Broadcast Studios, […]
At both of these Pennsylvania stations, large studios, big video arrays, easily changed graphics packages and quick-change studio lighting make it possible to produce much more than news from their new sets without placing an excessive burden on their production staffs. This is the final part of a four-part Special Report on news sets. You can read the other parts here.
Local news sets are relying on big video displays and monitor arrays such as those at WNBC New York to tell more compelling stories. They are also making it easier for stations to repurpose those sets for other shows. This is Part One of a four-part Special Report on news studios and sets. Part Two on video display controllers also appears today. Part Three tomorrow will explore how the NBC O&Os have upgraded many of their facilities in a Q&A with the group’s Therese Gamba and Jeff Morris. Part Four on Thursday takes a close-up at the innovative approach at WTXF Philadelphia and KDKA Pittsburgh.
WRTV, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Indianapolis (DMA 27), debuted a new set, complete with wide video walls, multiple monitors and color-changing LED’s for peak flexibility. It was designed, installed and lit by FX Design Group of Ocoee, Fla. At the forefront is a modern weather center that showcases WRTV’s StormTeam 6. A giant monitor […]
Raycom’s North Carolina CBS affiliate debuts new news set from FX Design Group using both a hard set and a virtual set.
A hybrid approach combining a traditional hard set with an oversized green screen area is gaining acceptance at stations. It allows them to integrate virtual elements into their news presentations and gain experience working with virtual technology without risking the entire newscast on a technology long viewed by stations with skepticism.
KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska (DMA 147), debuted a new studio today. It was created by FX Design Group. “Every local market is unique. However, KTUU’s reach spans nearly the entire the state of Alaska, about one-fifth the size of the continental U.S., said Tracy Sabo, KTTU news director. “This reach is truly […]
FX Design Group of Ocoee, Fla., has hired two new designers, boosting its creative design team to 10. The latest additions are Erin Lartonoix and Hanadi Al- Hajjar, who join as associate designers. Lartonoix holds a B.F.A. in visual communication with an emphasis in illustration. She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator since […]