Philo T. Farnsworth’s reported first words upon seeing the first TV image, which happened to be transmitted wirelessly, were “There you are, electronic television!” Some 95 years later, TV broadcasters and viewers rely more on wireless electronics than ever.
While many stations (and viewers) have grown accustomed to green screen weather walls and rear-projection cubes as part of their sets, LED walls are beginning to show up in greater numbers at production studios around the world. Those old virtual sets are slowly being replaced with new displays on the wall and floor as news organizations realize their immense creative potential.
With increasing regularity, digital cinema cameras like Sony’s VENICE and RED’s KOMODO cameras are making their way onto the fields of major live sporting events and into multi-camera video coverage to create a “cinematic” look that enhances the viewing experience.
The goal of any media process chain is to get the picture from origin – the output of the camera – to destination – the viewer’s screen – in as near perfect condition as possible. Whatever the content and genre, the technology’s service to the program-maker is to ensure the audience accurately sees what they created.
Everyone is trying to do more with less and the newsroom is no different. Automation offers significant benefits, including the ability to quickly make changes and adapt technically to things like work from home and remote production. But to what extent is AI taking over the newsroom?
The production and scheduling of news programs has changed dramatically in the past few years, in direct response to viewers increased migration to online content. Indeed, according to recent Pew Research, more than eight-in-ten Americans get news from digital device and viewership numbers around the world show a similar move to getting their news from the Internet. That’s more than those who get news from today’s linear television.
“It’s great for all of us, the fact that we can have the two biggest events in all of sports in the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics really on top of each other. It’s a great opportunity. And as I said to the team and as you and I have talked, if we can’t get excited for that, we are probably in the wrong business, so I think it’s fantastic.” NBC Sports Chairman, Pete Bevacqua.
In the last article in this series, we looked at how optimizing workflows improves reliability, and enhances agility and responsiveness. In this article, we investigate advanced monitoring systems to improve data analysis and aid optimization.