TV3 Barcelona boosts virtual studio with Orad

Catalan national public television station TV3 and Orad have joined forces to develop a new studio using Orad’s ProSet virtual set. The new studio is the fourth Orad-based virtual studio on-air at TV3 and is used for primetime productions including daily news, weather, breaking news and other news programming.

“The new studio presents the most important evolution of TV3’s news programmes. We have added much needed space, and incorporated new elements and colours to make the production more exciting. The new and improved studio is a step up from what others are doing both aesthetically, technologically, and provide us with the reliability we require,” said Paulí Subirà, TV3 Art & Directing Manager.

The new studio is divided into two areas; the main area which contains a virtual background over which the virtual graphics are keyed. It is further enhanced with rich augmented reality graphics and a large video wall resulting in an immersive virtual environment that accommodates a variety of productions. The second half of the studio contains a huge cyclorama where TV3 produces its weather show.

The new studio is 300 sqm of which 200 sqm is covered by Orad’s Xync infrared camera tracking system. The Xync system allows TV3 maximum production flexibility based on its free camera movement support for the six studio cameras. Each of the six cameras is rendered by an Orad HDVG graphics engine, providing director and camera crew with a preview of the composited image.

The integration with Canon Lens and Vinten Radamec robotic support adds better lens tracking for zoom, focus and depth of field parameters. “TV3 is an excellent example of how a large studio space can be maximised to bring the broadcaster’s vision to life,” said Avi Sharir, CEO and President of Orad

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