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noggin Founding member

International Weather Coverage

Interesting video. Start off nice to see the old France 3 logo still on the studio door nameplate!

But, for a static 'one shot' why the need for a cameraman to be physically located in the green screen studio? I'm sure there isn't one for the BBC Weather studio in BH.

I suspect that camera isn't permanently dedicated to that studio - and is wheeled in as required. The BBC Weather studios have dedicated, remote controlled, cameras (the BBC weather presenters all have personalised pre-sets for camera height and shot size, lighting etc.)


And also, for a green screen studio, there's a lot of depth from the stand marks for the weather presenter, to the back cloth.
Is this also used as a general green screen/AR studio, hence the need for some walkaround floor space?

When staging for green screen, you want to minimise the talent shadows hitting the green backdrop, to ensure you get as clean a key as possible. The lower your ceiling height, the further away you ideally stand them from the backing (as you can't light as steeply) This can also help avoid green spill/bounce hitting your talent and compromising the key.

The BBC solution that lets them stand closer to the green background is that the background is actually an LED lightbox I think - and that helps reduce the shadows. Otherwise you need decent amounts of soft light either side of the green screen that are able to light the backdrop (to fill in the shadows) without compromising the talent lighting too much. (ISTR that the BBC Weather studio can switch the background to blue if needed, though since the move to 4:2:2 digital studio production, from wideband analogue RGB chroma key feeds, keying from blue is seldom as nice as keying from green - as Green is carried with more detail than Blue)

Certainly the French approach looks entirely sensible - sharing a camera and operator is cost-effective if you have operated cameras and can use one of them - and the staging makes sense for a well designed chroma key space. (Remote camera control systems are not cheap - and there is a cost-benefit analysis to be made as to whether they save money compared to employing technical operators IF those operators can do other things as well)

It looks to me as if that weather forecast is produced using a conventional gallery approach - rather than a single person self-op. If you have the time and crew to do so - that's a better use of your budget than putting in a separate self-op weather studio for no reason ? (The BBC approach makes sense for the BBC - as they need to produce forecasts for multiple outlets - BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News Channel, BBC World News etc. many times a day - whereas many broadcasters only need to produce for one output a couple of times a day)

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Could I suggest the following would be worth thinking about :

1. Be nicer to each other.
2. Be more tolerant of each other.
3. Where mistakes are made in factual terms, politely correct them without snark or sarcasm.
4. Where opinions are disagreed with - remain pleasant whilst stating the opposite case.
5. If you can't say something nice about a fellow forum member, then best not say anything.
6. Remember this isn't just a forum visited by enthusiasts. It is also read by people working in the industry (who may also be enthusiasts)
7. Think about who is reading your posts, and how they would feel when reading them.
8. If you DO have dyslexia or another issue that may mean your posts look unusual or are difficult to read, then it might be worth putting something in your signature. A couple of colleagues I have at work who have quite severe dyslexia have a standard part of their e-mail signature that mentions it to avoid people thinking they are being disrespectful by rushing their replies. (And not everything can be picked up by spell check)

I know we're all guilty of getting caught up in personal opinions, enthusiasms and obsessions at times (and I'm sure I've been guilty of not doing everything I suggest above) - but you know this forum would be a lot more pleasant to visit if people on it were a bit more pleasant to each other.

If I'm honest, some of the conversations here amount to little more than bullying at times.