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Video Walls, Now Cheaper, Broaden TV’s Studio And Storytelling Prospects

Video walls are getting “bigger and bigger and cheaper and cheaper,” prompting wider adoption among broadcasters who are discovering a broad raft of storytelling and set design opportunities in their adoption. Above, FX Design Group delivered the set for KHON Honolulu, which includes a 3.9 pixel pitch video wall background that stretches nearly 33 feet long and just over 8 feet high.

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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.

Planar, OptiTrack Partner With SMPTE To Develop On-Set Virtual Production Methodologies

Planar, a global provider of visualization technology,  and co-owned OptiTrack, which offers 3D tracking systems, have joined other industry leaders and SMPTE to form The Advisory Group of the On-Set Virtual Production (OSVP) Initiative. This initiative is the first project within the society’s new Rapid Industry Solution (RIS) program. SMPTE’s commitment to providing tools, standards […]

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Gaming Tech Drives AR/VR Adoption In TV

Cutting-edge news technologists from The Weather Channel, CNN, Brainstorm and Planar are leading a vanguard of broadcasters into including augmented and virtual reality in their presentations. They told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that advances in video game technology are making that possible.

New Planar CarbonLight VX Series Optimized For On-Camera Virtual Production

Planar, a global provider of visualization technology, has introduced its CarbonLight VX Series, a line of LED display solutions optimized to meet the needs of the exploding virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR) markets. Featuring a lightweight, patented carbon fiber construction, the Planar CarbonLight VX Series supports indoor fine pitch LED video wall, ceiling […]

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.

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TVN Tech | COVID-19 Won’t Derail Set Design Trends

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.

Webinars This Week: AWS, Gates Air, Grass Valley, Harmonic

TVNewsCheck‘s directory of Virtual NAB events is packed with webinars, briefings and demos from Audinate, AWS, Bitmovin, Canon, Harmonic, Planar, Telestream, Vela and others. There’s also some distance learning from the Media Financial Management Association. Visit the full directory here. For TVNewsCheck’s continuously updated news feed covering announcements that would have been made before, during or after NAB, visit here. To read TVNewsCheck’s coverage of how broadcasters are coping with and covering the corona virus pandemic, visit here. 

Planar Launches EverNew Managed Service Offering

Planar, a global provider of visualization technology, has launched the Planar EverNew Managed Service Program, a competitive, multi-year leasing program for Planar display solutions in the United States and Canada. The company says the new managed service offering simplifies the buying process by enabling customers to lease Planar solutions at a fixed monthly cost. With […]

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TVN’s New Facilities Insider | NBCU Takes The IP Plunge In Boston

The massive NBCUniversal Boston Media Center in Needham, Mass., houses the company’s NBC and Telemundo stations plus regional cable news and sports networks in a new $125 million, 160,000-square foot headquarters. “It’s a complete game-changer,” says one GM of the greenfield build.

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Video Walls Advance Set Design, Storytelling

A step up from past LCD video walls, the new LED technology is increasingly featuring in new news set designs, enabling crisper images and more flexibility.