Originally posted by roland6465
I finally watched a newscast the other night from your new set. The new plasmas & studio setup look great. Did you get new digital cameras, too? The picture looks real good blown up to about 85" in 4x3 on my 8700 from TWC #510. Definately the sharpest detail of any of the newscasts on the digital tier, but not as sharp as WFMY's live HD from CBS.
As eye-popping as CBS 1080i upconverted to 720p on my pj looks on my DIY screen right now, I am giddy to see straight 720p live HD football from you guys in the Fall in a dedicated room on a 106" Da-Lite!!!!
No, it is the same cameras, but the lighting is COMPLETELY different (we purchased a whole new lighting package and fixtures) and that forces the cameras to be set up differently (they are digital though so that helps in the quality). Since our production switcher is a 480i SDI digital, we route the "raw" SDI video and audio straight to the DT transmitter during the news for the best quality so that is why during squeezebacks, you do not see the squeezeback on the DT side during the newscasts. You are seeing the set as we see it in the studio on the DT side. Plus, since you have a native 720p projector, you are looking at our upconverted 480i SDI digital signal natively since I recently switched the encoder to 720p in anticipation of HD this fall. When you are watching our newscast, you are looking at digital all the way through. No analog on the DT side. WFMY's newscasts are just analog upconverted and that is why ours looks so much sharper even though it is only 480i digital upconverted. I do think the set was designed for 16:9, but our 1996 cameras can't be retrofitted to 16:9 because they stopped making the retrofit kit 3 years ago when they came out with a new model that was switchable 4:3 and 16:9.
Glad you like the look of the new set. We are pretty excited about it too. It allows us to do things we couldn't do before with the other set. The same people who designed the sets for Good Day Live and FOX Sports designed and built this one, DBI Designs. You can go to their website and see the different sets they have built and you can see the different elements of ours scattered throughout. It was kinda weird to see it in real life because last August they showed the staff computer drawn pictures of it, and I will be damned it the real thing looks EXACTLY like those computer drawn pictures right down to the feathering of the paint on the monitor wall in the Weather Center! BDI has several workshops around the country that actually builds the sets and one of those workshops is in Winston-Salem! Now those guys are good!
The set has 3 HD monitors (and 25 other monitors that vary in size from 13 to 20 in SD monitors), two 65 in Mits RP's in the Weather Center and "franchise area" or the area that has the ticker above the monitor and the plasma behind the main desk is a Sony 42 in plasma. If you look behind the main desk, behind the frosted glass behind the male anchor, the old 110 in video wall is there now showing a loop of scenes around the Triad. The 50 in monitor that had been in the old Sports Center is behind the female anchor behind the other frosted glass. The old 50 in monitor that was in what we internally called "McDesk" or the second desk that was used for interviews is behind what we internally call the "Soft Set" or the riser that has the 4 plush chairs in front of the glass book shelves. The old Weather Center monitor is a spare for the other 50 in monitors since those are all SD and are 1995 models.