FX Design Group, Hybrid TV Join Forces to Deliver Virtual Set to Charlotte’s WBTV
WBTV Charlotte has added the latest virtual studio technology with Hybrid TV’s Neon system. The Neon Trackless VS Solution is an all-in-one real Virtual Set media production center that is simple and powerful. It relies on Hybrid’s Krypton 3D engine and the Ozone external control application. Using fixed camera signals on a green screen, Neon allows astonishing virtual camera motions such as virtual roll, pan, traveling, and crane movements.
WBTV launched an entire new FX Design Group hard set combined with this versatile virtual area for the flexibility and storytelling that stations crave. The design resembles the hard set with some specific distinctions. It allows WBTV’s News Department a tableau of possibilities form breaking news, weather events, elections, special coverage and a variety of uses.
FX Design Group added this virtual solution in the beginning of its design planning stages. Mack McLaughlin, CEO and Creative Director of FX advises that having the 2 versions – hard set and virtual set – gives TV Stations the utmost in technology in preparing for the future and the best in flexibility for the ever-changing broadcast environments.
“Talent interaction in a Neon environment is becoming a critical story-telling tool,” said Olivier Cohen, CEO of Hybrid TV. VR, AR, real-time 3D graphics, motion control and touch screen tablets are all part of the package to bring news content to life.”
“Our shared mission, with FX and Hybrid, as we brought the virtual set on-line, was to blur the lines between real and virtual, so the viewer experience is enhanced well beyond what any station can do with a hard set alone,” said Dennis Milligan, WBTV News Director. “This effectively doubles the creative space available to producers.”