Shaw Media – Global’s The Morning Show

New broadcasting equipment for a new TV show

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Canadian national broadcaster Global Television, owned by Shaw Media, launched its Toronto morning news program ‘The Morning Show’ with a new studio set in October 2011. Applied Electronics was contracted to design, supply, and integrate a new dynamic backdrop comprised of 40 Christie MicroTiles and a Christie Spyder X20 image processor to manage its content, and 11 Sharp LCD monitors ranging from 32-inch to 60-inch screens. Applied Electronics was faced with the task of routing and controlling the cameras located in The Morning Shows's downtown Toronto studio from Global's Don Mills Master Control Room in North York, Ontario.

Innovative visual broadcasting equipment

Visible from behind the anchor desk in their new street-front, glass-walled studio at the Shaw Media building at 121 Bloor Street East in Toronto, Ontario, the 4 high by 10 wide array of MicroTiles backdrop captures the attention of both the studio audience and passers-by. To the left and right of the MicroTiles wall are 60-inch LCD panels. Flanking the desk are two pillars, each housing two 52-inch LCD panels while a 42-inch LCD panel is in the interview location. Rounding out the new social media area, where Twitter and Facebook feeds are displayed, are street-facing 46-inch LCD panels along with several vertically mounted 46-inch LCD panels.

Merging the strengths of LED and DLP® technology, Christie MicroTiles have a color range that exceeds conventional LCD and plasma technologies and integrate easily with the cameras and audio/visual equipment used on broadcast sets. With 115 percent NTSC and PAL color gamut, displays are adjustable to the required color temperature – ensuring pure blacks and unprecedented set-balanced color, even in high ambient light environments.

The 4x10 array of MicroTiles offers 2500x1600 pixel resolution and will eventually display content 24/7. The Christie Spyder X20 resides in an equipment rack designed into the set.

In addition to the stunning studio digital backdrop, Applied Electronics provided two robotically controlled HDL 45A Ikegami cameras mounted on Telemetrics Televators. Two Ikegami HDK 79EX III cameras completed the complement, one used on a Steadicam and the second on a Jimmy Jib. Canon HJ 17ex7.6 IASE lenses were chosen for all four cameras because of their high optical performance and ease of operation.

The routing and control of these cameras located at The Morning Show’s studio in downtown Toronto were remotely operated from Global’s Don Mills control room in North York.

The Morning Show airs in HD weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on Global Television.



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