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Mouseboy331,730 posts since 10 Feb 2014

WNBC's set is awesome especially using a live camera for the skyline, although when bad weather hits it becomes a problem.


WMAQ Chicago's live shot is a joke. The camera bounces around like its suspended on a piece of string. So when you are watching the anchors its bouncing around. it makes you queasy. It gets worse at night because of the low light. Its pitch black. Horrible. Try again guys
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noggin12,069 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Interesting to see full-size studio cameras being used (even on remote heads).

This side of the pond you pretty much only see lightweight cameras (with conversion cradles to take box lenses if needed) as it allows for greater flexibility in deployment (a lightweight can be used handheld as well as in all situations that a full-size can be - and these days the picture quality is identical as the optics and processing are the same).

The BBC stopped buying full-sized cameras after the first generation of CCD cameras were introduced in the very early 90s, and much of Europe is the same (Germany may be an exception - and a couple of UK facilities may still be nursing some full-size 16:9 SD cameras along)

I don't know of any UK operation running Sony full-size HD cameras (and I don't think PhilipsGrassValley even make them now?) There's no picture quality or lens advantage to using a full-size camera, though some operators preferred the bigger camera for operational reasons.
Mouseboy331,730 posts since 10 Feb 2014
KFDW (Fox affiliate in Dallas) has a live stream showing its studio (with most of the lights off, then being prepared for the next bulletin) between newscasts. Not sure what the direct link is, I'm watching it through an app.

Many of the FOX affiliates have started streaming the studio live between newscasts and in the advert breaks, even through the night. In fact the vast majority of US stations are streaming their newscasts. All you need to do is do is a GOOGLE search. For example "New York tv stations". Then just pull up the station website. The trend now is most stations leave up on their website a "hot feed". That way it will instantly pull any news broadcast including breaking coverage. They will stream a graphic place holder with the newscast times. Here is example of the ABC 6 in Philly. http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/live
Its very rare if a station isnt streaming their broadcasts online. When breaking news happens I prefer to go to the local stations and look at their coverage rather than whats being reported on the newschannels. The local stations know their regions and city better than some person sitting hundreds of miles away in New York or Atlanta.
I wonder how many of the new Local tv stations in the UK will be live streaming. I tweeted LONDON LIVE and the director said they will not be available outside the UK. Sad
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Mouseboy331,730 posts since 10 Feb 2014
Interesting to see full-size studio cameras being used (even on remote heads).

This side of the pond you pretty much only see lightweight cameras (with conversion cradles to take box lenses if needed) as it allows for greater flexibility in deployment (a lightweight can be used handheld as well as in all situations that a full-size can be - and these days the picture quality is identical as the optics and processing are the same).

The BBC stopped buying full-sized cameras after the first generation of CCD cameras were introduced in the very early 90s, and much of Europe is the same (Germany may be an exception - and a couple of UK facilities may still be nursing some full-size 16:9 SD cameras along)

I don't know of any UK operation running Sony full-size HD cameras (and I don't think PhilipsGrassValley even make them now?) There's no picture quality or lens advantage to using a full-size camera, though some operators preferred the bigger camera for operational reasons.

I wonder what the difference in price is? Plus because the US has hundreds of affiliates run by a certain number of companies I wonder if price isnt a consideration. Just a though. Do you know if there is massive price difference? Who knows.

Well a new station WJZY the FOX affiliate in Charlotte is trying to do a new style newscast.
Check out the preparations of their newsroom and you will see they are using smaller studio cameras.

You will notice in the background this station is using smaller studio cameras.
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Here is an interesting read about the station. You can watch it live online. It definitely isnt pretty picture, but their approach is different.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/02/07/4671079/wjzy-takes-radical-shift-in-developing.html#.Uw_dgoX6T_c
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noggin12,069 posts since 26 Jun 2001
From memory the larger cameras were a bit more expensive than the lightweights (10%?) - but with the addition of a cradle to take a box lens that may change things, but box lenses aren't in widespread use in UK News studios - there's no real need for them in most news programmes.

In fact I'm not sure I've ever seen a box lens in a modern news studio here.
Steve in Pudsey7,878 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Many of the FOX affiliates have started streaming the studio live between newscasts and in the advert breaks, even through the night. In fact the vast majority of US stations are streaming their newscasts. All you need to do is do is a GOOGLE search. For example "New York tv stations". Then just pull up the station website. The trend now is most stations leave up on their website a "hot feed". That way it will instantly pull any news broadcast including breaking coverage. They will stream a graphic place holder with the newscast times. Here is example of the ABC 6 in Philly. http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/live


Yep, you generally get a "We'll be right back" slide. But KDFW is the only one I've seen putting a static shot of the studio out when there's no content.
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thisiscnn208 posts since 17 Feb 2014
STV Central Reporting Scotland
http://goo.gl/N3f6n4

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CBS Atlanta, WGCL-TV, unveiled its new brand this week, complete with a new set.

“The CBS station I have spent half of my career at now is the Madonna of stations. Reinvention is our brand,” wrote Stephany Fisher, WGCL-TV anchor. “After being Clear News, Atlanta’s News Channel, CBS 46, & CBS Atlanta, we are returning to our roots and becoming once again CBS 46.”

Along with changing from CBS Atlanta to CBS 46, WGCL-TV also adopted the new slogan “Working for a Better Atlanta.”

As part of the rebrand, WCGL-TV worked with Orlando based FX Design Group to create a new multipurpose studio.

“We wanted a contemporary set that shows how nimble our news team is and showcases our content in every way,” said Trey Fabacher, VP and GM, CBS 46. “I appreciate working with Mack and FX because they truly listen and bring ideas to life. We wanted Atlanta and the many surrounding counties reflected in this design with the ability to make our storytelling as graphically rich as possible.”

The set pairs technology with versatility, creating a contemporary design that has multiple angles, presentation points and backdrops.

“We have a beautiful new set with a breathtaking view of Atlanta behind the news desk displayed on what has to be one of the largest monitors on air at any local TV station,” wrote Fisher. “There is a really cool weather center that’s not only fully functional for forecasting and making graphics but fun for the meteorologists to use. There is a kitchen area, interview set, morning set, and several in studio locations boasting large monitors and tables. It is the nicest studio I’ve not only ever worked in but ever seen.”

The main anchor area combines a sleek backlit desk with a curved 3×6 video wall, comprised of 46” monitors. A tvOne CORIOmaster Mini serves as the control unit for the video wall, and allows CBS 46 the flexibility to change backgrounds, add graphics, video and content.

To the left of the anchor desk is a reporter standup area, with three monitors that can pivot from vertical to horizontal positions.

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The set uses a predominately blue color scheme, with flashes of metal and dramatic lighting.

“We really wanted to integrate and stay true to other key CBS affiliates by utilizing a lot of blues and silvers,” said Stephen Ricker, FX designer.

Both the anchor desk and weather desk uses Christie MicroTiles to add branding for newscasts, breaking news and severe weather situations.

LED lighting was used for the studio, presenting a green choice for CBS 46.

“With the help of Desisti Lighting, these LED configurations come to life and sets take on a living, breathing feel all their own,” said Zach Osborn, FX lighting director.

“This was an incredibly fun set to design due to the team in place at CBS 46,” said Mack McLaughlin, president of FX Design Group. “With a very forward thinking leadership team, you can really push the design envelope to create exactly what they envision. Meredith is a very progressive ownership group and it speaks volumes in the design process.”
Mouseboy331,730 posts since 10 Feb 2014
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CBS Atlanta, WGCL-TV, unveiled its new brand this week, complete with a new set.
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Not a fan of this. Me no likey. Feels disjointed. Something odd about the placement of the monitor "thing" to the left of the anchor desk. And the Weather center desk looks out of place. The horitzonal lights dont reference anything else on the set. It should have some design cues from the main anchor desk....I just dont like it.
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