Virtual sets and augmented graphics can elevate your productions big time. Gaining viewer attention and telling a great story is paramount to your business. When you decide to go with virtual or augmented elements, you have to track cameras and calibrate systems - we have created a primer to help you differentiate between technologies.
In order to make an automated production system or virtual set visually seamless, the precision of the robotics must be exact – and with zero latency.
At ChyronHego, we focus on creating the smoothest news graphics workflow in the industry. We know our clients need the right tools to create hours of quality news content week after week. As graphic systems and the networks around them get more complex, it becomes a big challenge keeping it all simple, clean, and ready to use. These tools must encourage seamless coordination between the various departments and expedite last minute changes rather than hinder them.
For a long time, the definitions of Virtual Sets and Augmented Graphics have been a source of confusion. In order get a better grasp of these concepts, we have to examine the differences between a Tracking Virtual Set solution, an Augmented Reality solution and a Trackless Virtual Set solution. What are the elements you would need around a virtual set and a virtual graphics solution? More specifically, what do you need in terms of studio lighting, chroma keying, video delays, cameras and lenses?
It's time to get virtual! Join us on January 26 for a webinar on bringing Virtual and Augmented Graphics into the CAMIO Universe - a next-generation newsroom workflow for live end-to-end video content creation.
In this digital age, a challenge for broadcasters is that viewers' attention in general and young viewers' attention in particular, is divided between different platforms. In order to capture their interest, broadcasters thus need to think about compelling new ways to tell their stories. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are words that have been buzzing in the ears of customers ever since Facebook acquired Oculus a little more than a year ago. The recent success of Augmented Reality apps such as Pokemon Go also confirms that a very large number of people are adopting the mix real/virtual.
Real-time virtual graphics, augmented graphics, and full-blown virtual sets aren’t new concepts in broadcast news production; in fact, they’ve been around for at least 15 years. There’s no question that virtual and augmented elements can add a layer of sophistication and deepen understanding of a topic in ways that are far beyond the capabilities of traditional graphics. But these technologies haven’t caught on in a widespread way for enhancing breaking news, primarily because they’re perceived as complex, time-consuming, and difficult to use.
During the night of the US election, ChyronHego supported customers all over the world with solutions for broadcast graphics, displaying social media on screen as well as virtual enhancements and virtual sets. In the US alone, more than 380 stations were using NewsTicker Elections to help them get real-time results on air. In addition, several customers were also using our virtual graphics solutions for displaying election results in new, creative ways.
Over the past year, ChyronHego has been laying the groundwork to evolve beyond our status as the world’s leader in broadcast graphics, to something even bigger.
WBTV, the Raycom CBS affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently became the news ratings leader in its market with a timeslot sweep for all newscasts. Dennis Milligan, WBTV's Director of News and Content has been working towards this goal for the past 15 years.