What is in this article?:
- Boosting the appeal and value of live programs with video walls
- Getting in total control
- Scalable configuration
- Sky News Arabia
Getting in total control
Video wall displays, including real-time data-driven graphics, can be controlled in the traditional way from the gallery, or from anywhere in the studio using a customized application that controls displays remotely using an Apple iPad tablet. Also, for greater personalization, users can develop their own software to control the video wall in exactly the way they want through public REST interfaces.
The latest updates in control make a huge video wall display no more complex than controlling a simple character generator (CG).
Adding video wall software to an existing graphics workflow should not change the way graphics or visual content are created or the way equipment in the graphics chain is integrated and configured. It should seamlessly integrate within the newsroom workflow and newsroom computer systems. Because of this, broadcast journalists have a powerful solution right on their desktops enabling them to convey even the most complex topics in an easy, intuitive manner.
Once the newsroom rundown is created or updated, the on-air talent can easily select graphics and animations from the rundown and display them on the video wall. As the presenter speaks, having the ability to dynamically control the display of relevant graphics and visuals on the video wall gives his or her live report a natural, organic flow.
MBC Al Arabiya — a major broadcast network based in the UAE — required its video wall to be part of an integrated, automated setup that works seamlessly with its Avid iNews and Harris ADC-100 automation systems. Because MBC is an Arabic broadcaster, the entire workflow solution had to fully support the Arabic language and character sets, which read from right to left, as well as MBC’s custom font.
MBC’s video wall consists of 27 50in Barco monitors arranged in three rows of nine cubes. All are controlled by an Avid ControlAir system that allows one person to manage the entire scenario so that the content follows what the presenter is explaining to viewers. MBC uses Viz Video Wall ER in conjunction with management, control and design software.
“We feed several types of graphics scenes, including branding elements and animations that explain what is going on in the daily news. We also feed data such as the latest financial market updates, weather and sports,” said Fadi Radi, graphics senior manager for MBC. “Using the video wall software, we can split the same scene into multiple engines to get the maximum quality.”