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Mouseboy332,723 posts since 10 Feb 2014
Both of these stations were effected by whats termed as a TORNADO EMERGENCY. Then is when a tornado is on the ground moving through a urban area.
These TV stations do incredible work informing the public of dangerous storms.
WTVA-Tupelo Mississippi (The meteorologist is a bit intense. But he is in an really small market. He is know to be a bit of an jerk to his co-workers on air during tornado coverage. He had to apologise at one point)

KSN Wichita KS - The station had to abandon their broadcast. Its a bigger market. You can hear the hail smashing into the building.
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WW Update4,874 posts since 6 Feb 2007
Surely the chopper blades just fan the flames, adding to the problem?


No, they are much too high to fan the flames. Because of camera stabilizers and powerful zooms, it's sometimes easy to forget just how far away they are (unless a firefighting helicopter or even a DC-10 air tanker passes between them and the fires, reminding us of the true perspective).

Think of it this way: If a police helicopter flies over your house, you won't feel any wind.
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Mouseboy332,723 posts since 10 Feb 2014
The choppers are typically miles away from the fires as the air crews need the airspace to drop water. So this is not any issue. The nose cameras are extremely power zoom lenses.
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With the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE, the station is deploying the ENG industry-first 6500mm zoom focal length, which is over eight times that of conventional systems, for XTREME Vision. To further enhance the F1 LIVE’s capability, KABC-TV is using the system with an optional moving map upgrade from Churchill Navigation to power SkyMap7. Fully integrated into the F1 LIVE platform, the state-of-the-art moving map system will enable in-air reporters to quickly identify ground locations and addresses during fast moving assignments via location-specific video overlays.


The 7 SkyMap now becoming standard on most news choppers is invaluable, especially during these wild fire coverage period becase it shows the surrounding streets and roads. One of the coolest things is if the live pictures are at night or covered in wildfire smoke, they can switch to a satellite imagery overlay so you can see in the dark or whats burning under the smoke.
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Mouseboy332,723 posts since 10 Feb 2014
This is amazing so it has to be posted again. KAKE Wichita, Kansas a city in the heart of tornado alley debuted this huge set several years ago. It no longer exists, current station management nixed it when they created a new set. Apparently this video was created for an awards submission for a studio design award. One of the impressive parts of the studio and the station set-up is the ability to isolate which parts of the viewing area they can broadcast to and for the meteorologist to control what is seen on screen as they would control the multiple sources available.
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