London’s Olympic Stadium has become the jewel of London during this year’s Olympic Games and every broadcaster wants to have the stadium, or other elements of Olympic Park, behind their anchors while they record their coverage of the 30th Olympiad. Studio space around the stadium is limited, so broadcasters began looking for alternative solutions. The BBC for instance leased the roof and 22nd floor of a local office building and Al Jazeera built a studio on top of a 24 story apartment building because “they liked the view.”
Al Jazeera’s 24-story Olympic studio
After going out of their way to make sure the imagery behind their anchors is perfect, broadcasters from around the globe turned to Rosco to make sure the windows of their studio aren’t blown out by the brightness of the exterior light. Some studios, such as Telemundo turned to simple products like Rosco N.6 Roscolex Acrylic Panels.
Crew installing 20 Roscolex N.6 panels into NBC/Telemundo’s studio
While many other studios turned to RoscoVIEW®, a product that was engineered to control the exposure in windows using a two-part system: Part 1 = a rigid RoscoVIEW Panel installed in the window and Part 2 = a corresponding RoscoVIEW® Camera Filter inserted into the camera. Rotating the camera filter causes it to cross-polarize with the panel in the window, which gives studios instantaneous control over the brightness seen in the window – even remotely. The best example of this was in Norway’s NRK Broadcast Studio that built their studio on top of scaffolding rising over four stories high.
NRK Norway’s scaffold-top studio
They installed 13 RoscoVIEW® panels into their scaffold-top studio and had three cameras outfitted with Rosco VIEW Camera Filters. NRK sent a skeleton crew to operate the studio, opting to control most of the lighting, sound – and yes, even the RoscoVIEW® – from the studio in Norway. The RoscoVIEW® GUI (Graphic User Interface) allows the control room to network with the RoscoVIEW® Camera Filter Rotators – allowing them to control the brightness of the windows in their studio from over 1,000 miles away!
Norway’s NRK Olympic studio with RoscoVIEW® installed in the windows
RoscoVIEW® controls the exterior exposure of Norway’s NRK Olympic studio
But the story that caught my attention was the Olympic Broadcast Services TV Tower – a series of 10 studios manufactured out of sea-freight containers!
The OBS TV Tower is comprised of 104 40’ sea containers: 18 sea containers at ground level rising 9 sea containers high with the 10 broadcast studios positioned on the top two “floors.”
Each studio inside the OBS Tower is two containers wide and comes with windows that look out onto London’s Olympic Park. However, each of the incoming broadcasters leasing those studios were left to their own devices in how they would address the overpowering brightness coming through the windows in order for their viewers to see the Olympic-scape in the background. Some studios opted for good ol’ fashioned gel, some chose our N.6 Roscolex Panels – but four of the ten studios in the tower chose RoscoVIEW®:
Just as the Olympics give athletes a chance to show the world their abilities every two-years, they also give us a chance to show off the capabilities of RoscoVIEW® to broadcast professionals around the world. My colleague Lex Verstraaten definitely earned a gold medal for his efforts to project manage each of these studios.
Lex will be turning his attention to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Games. They’ve already begun construction on the studios that will be built there and Lex, along with the rest of the RoscoVIEW® team, will be there to help broadcasters capture the stunning views of The Black Sea, and Caucasus Mountains in Sochi, Russia in 2014.