disguise together with White Light Ltd., London, have created the first disguise on-set projection mapped TV studio, using the disguise 2×2plus and two 4×4pro’s fully loaded with their industry first, patented Quad-SDI video format conversion (VFC) cards.
Located at London Studios, ITV Studios is the UK’s biggest TV production and distribution company. One of the sets, designed by Paul Sudlow, hosts a number of sports programs, including highlights coverage of UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League, Formula E auto racing and highlights of rugby’s recent Six Nations Championship.
Sudlow created a multi-purpose, retractable sports set to accommodate the diverse programming. It features individual truckable units, which can be wheeled into the studio. Once in position they are projection mapped using five Christie DLP projectors with their new ultra-short-throw lenses. The projectors turn the truckable units into a giant digital canvas and are fed from a 4×4pro server on the studio floor with control from a 2×2plus master in the studio gallery. Content for each show is stored on the server, allowing the operator to paint a dynamic background for each show. ‘Live’ feeds are also routed from the vision mixer in the studio’s gallery into the disguise servers, allowing replays and interviews to be incorporated into the background or floated in as picture-in-picture as required, with ultra low latency.
The set-up, installed and tested by White Light for each show, also includes a 4×4pro understudy for back up and auto failover, a feature which is vital when it comes to broadcasting in a live environment. These set pieces, plus seven giant LCD monitors, combine to make a vibrant set that is instantly and easily rebranded for each program.