When The Weather Channel decided to revamp and modernize their studio infrastructure, they decided to add state-of-the-art video walls to display breathtaking imagery from Mother Nature herself.
“We were looking for a solution that would be capable of managing a large number of video walls,” explains Michael Smereski, director of broadcast engineering operations and support at The Weather Channel. “But they were not straightforward displays. The redesign called for walls with various overlapping aspect ratios, different—and often odd—sizes, and diverse resolutions.”
The Weather Channel found TD Control to be a practical solution for their requirements, as it can handle multiple live video walls at once under one simple user interface.
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“No matter what the orientation of the images in the video wall, and the various aspect ratios—some side by side, some four by four, others eight by eight—we could still achieve the result using just a single operator thanks to TD Control,” says Smereski.
The complex displays were initially to be used on The Weather Channel’s AMHQ morning show only, but after its immediate success, other productions from Studio 9 at the facility began utilizing the TD Control solution.
“TD Control is a holistic system that can handle our entire—and sometimes highly complicated—production environment,” says Smereski. “Without the Avid system we would have ended up with a setup that was not very efficient, and, to be honest, very painful. I doubt whether it could be achieved with just a single operator.”