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House of Commons native HD

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DE
derek500 West Country (West) Points West
Not just a Sky thing, but I've noticed recently that the feed from the Commons now appears to be native HD and not upscaled. Is this related to the new camera angles, including the one looking from the Speaker's end to the main doors (which I assume due to Covid are left open)?
VA
valley
Not just a Sky thing, but I've noticed recently that the feed from the Commons now appears to be native HD and not upscaled. Is this related to the new camera angles, including the one looking from the Speaker's end to the main doors (which I assume due to Covid are left open)?

Indeed. Not related, though - those shots have been there for a while but they don't use them a lot.
The Bow Tie galleries have moved to a new building I believe hence the now-native HD.
RK
Rkolsen World News
Not just a Sky thing, but I've noticed recently that the feed from the Commons now appears to be native HD and not upscaled. Is this related to the new camera angles, including the one looking from the Speaker's end to the main doors (which I assume due to Covid are left open)?

Indeed. Not related, though - those shots have been there for a while but they don't use them a lot.
The Bow Tie galleries have moved to a new building I believe hence the now-native HD.


Were the cameras HD before but didn’t have the HD gallery? It looked fantastic when I remember Brexit negotiations.

Better still, have a live shot so it is dynamic with the weather and seasons. As things stand, it will be dark at 7am in a couple of weeks but Westminster will be in full daylight

The cost of having a live camera installed there would be exorbitant and you’d still need backup shots for when the camera fogs up or some idiot sprays paint on it.
And there are lots of different backdrops, so they can use those for when it’s dark if they want.


The simplest solution is to actually get a camera crew out there and film the scene 'live'. This is how ITV's regional news teams used to do it. It was a bit time consuming, but meant that the backdrop could be played out 'as-live' with the sun rising roughly at the right time.

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Or could they not attach a camera to a building with a decent view, and take it live on the screens?

Isn’t the Milbank studio close to Parliament? I remember looking at a map and it appeared it was near. Couldn’t they put a camera on the roof and run it without a cameraperson to sit there as they record a loop?
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
LL
London Lite Founding member London London

Isn’t the Milbank studio close to Parliament?


Four Milbank, which they use is a very short walk from the Houses of Parliament.
RK
Rkolsen World News

Isn’t the Milbank studio close to Parliament?


Four Milbank, which they use is a very short walk from the Houses of Parliament.


Okay so it’s not like the US networks where they have a clear unobstructed view of Capitol Hill.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
VA
valley
Not just a Sky thing, but I've noticed recently that the feed from the Commons now appears to be native HD and not upscaled. Is this related to the new camera angles, including the one looking from the Speaker's end to the main doors (which I assume due to Covid are left open)?

Indeed. Not related, though - those shots have been there for a while but they don't use them a lot.
The Bow Tie galleries have moved to a new building I believe hence the now-native HD.


Were the cameras HD before but didn’t have the HD gallery? It looked fantastic when I remember Brexit negotiations.

Correct. Cameras have been HD for a long time. There's some pretty good SD-HD upscalers out there!
Isn’t the Milbank studio close to Parliament? I remember looking at a map and it appeared it was near. Couldn’t they put a camera on the roof and run it without a cameraperson to sit there as they record a loop?

There is a PTZ camera on the roof of the QE2 Conference Hall on Parliament Square which used to be the background of the guest DTL studio in Millbank. Now it's not used much at all - only when something happens on Westminster Bridge or someone climbs Big Ben... or for practising manual camera moves if the camera op is particularly bored.
ME
mediamonkeyuk Granada North West Today
Indeed. Not related, though - those shots have been there for a while but they don't use them a lot.
The Bow Tie galleries have moved to a new building I believe hence the now-native HD.


Were the cameras HD before but didn’t have the HD gallery? It looked fantastic when I remember Brexit negotiations.

Correct. Cameras have been HD for a long time. There's some pretty good SD-HD upscalers out there!
Isn’t the Milbank studio close to Parliament? I remember looking at a map and it appeared it was near. Couldn’t they put a camera on the roof and run it without a cameraperson to sit there as they record a loop?

There is a PTZ camera on the roof of the QE2 Conference Hall on Parliament Square which used to be the background of the guest DTL studio in Millbank. Now it's not used much at all - only when something happens on Westminster Bridge or someone climbs Big Ben... or for practising manual camera moves if the camera op is particularly bored.


If I recall correctly, that background looked pretty nice and had sky news logos superimposed. Anyone got any screen grabs from that time? I think they only ditched it because of scaffolding now up around Big Ben. Incidentally, does anyone know when those works are due to end?
AJ
AJ London London

Were the cameras HD before but didn’t have the HD gallery? It looked fantastic when I remember Brexit negotiations.

Correct. Cameras have been HD for a long time. There's some pretty good SD-HD upscalers out there!
Isn’t the Milbank studio close to Parliament? I remember looking at a map and it appeared it was near. Couldn’t they put a camera on the roof and run it without a cameraperson to sit there as they record a loop?

There is a PTZ camera on the roof of the QE2 Conference Hall on Parliament Square which used to be the background of the guest DTL studio in Millbank. Now it's not used much at all - only when something happens on Westminster Bridge or someone climbs Big Ben... or for practising manual camera moves if the camera op is particularly bored.


If I recall correctly, that background looked pretty nice and had sky news logos superimposed. Anyone got any screen grabs from that time? I think they only ditched it because of scaffolding now up around Big Ben. Incidentally, does anyone know when those works are due to end?


Another 2 years yet.
VA
valley

Were the cameras HD before but didn’t have the HD gallery? It looked fantastic when I remember Brexit negotiations.

Correct. Cameras have been HD for a long time. There's some pretty good SD-HD upscalers out there!
Isn’t the Milbank studio close to Parliament? I remember looking at a map and it appeared it was near. Couldn’t they put a camera on the roof and run it without a cameraperson to sit there as they record a loop?

There is a PTZ camera on the roof of the QE2 Conference Hall on Parliament Square which used to be the background of the guest DTL studio in Millbank. Now it's not used much at all - only when something happens on Westminster Bridge or someone climbs Big Ben... or for practising manual camera moves if the camera op is particularly bored.


If I recall correctly, that background looked pretty nice and had sky news logos superimposed. Anyone got any screen grabs from that time? I think they only ditched it because of scaffolding now up around Big Ben. Incidentally, does anyone know when those works are due to end?

Here's one... it wasn't great, looking back at it! *
ME
mediamonkeyuk Granada North West Today
Correct. Cameras have been HD for a long time. There's some pretty good SD-HD upscalers out there!
There is a PTZ camera on the roof of the QE2 Conference Hall on Parliament Square which used to be the background of the guest DTL studio in Millbank. Now it's not used much at all - only when something happens on Westminster Bridge or someone climbs Big Ben... or for practising manual camera moves if the camera op is particularly bored.


If I recall correctly, that background looked pretty nice and had sky news logos superimposed. Anyone got any screen grabs from that time? I think they only ditched it because of scaffolding now up around Big Ben. Incidentally, does anyone know when those works are due to end?

Here's one... it wasn't great, looking back at it! *


Well done for digging that out!! Ahh yes, although, anything was better than the plain white backdrop (or was it pale blue to start with) that followed
VA
valley

If I recall correctly, that background looked pretty nice and had sky news logos superimposed. Anyone got any screen grabs from that time? I think they only ditched it because of scaffolding now up around Big Ben. Incidentally, does anyone know when those works are due to end?

Here's one... it wasn't great, looking back at it! *


Well done for digging that out!! Ahh yes, although, anything was better than the plain white backdrop (or was it pale blue to start with) that followed

It was blue before this but with graphics, I think it went to blue afterwards and then to the current white.
DA
davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
It looks like they downloaded it off a stock image website and didn't bother paying to get it without the watermark.

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