WWAY-TV, the local ABC station in Wilmington, North Carolina replaced their existing hard set and aging control room and standalone cameras with robotic cameras, a Viz Virtual Studio, and a Vizrt TV in a box solution to control the station’s entire newscast with one person sitting at a computer keyboard.
The system Stratton put in place at WWAY-TV, includes two 3D graphics rendering and video playout platforms (Viz Engine), an easy to use GUI (Viz Trio) and highly flexible “trackless” virtual set software (Viz Virtual Studio) all supplied and implemented by Vizrt. The Viz Trio software is used in tandem with Viz Engine to playout all graphics and clips to air and as the automation dashboard.
The new studio includes four fixed Panasonic pan/tilt/zoom cameras and a green-screen backdrop upon which three basic “looks” are inserted into the main program output (for News, Sports and Weather). The Vizrt technology also allows live video to be inserted into virtual monitors on set, which WWAY-TV has done.