Network newscasts turn to plenty of AR and video panels ahead of election night

The night before Election Day, the network’s major newscasts are all leading with the impending vote and have begun featuring some of the special locations, graphics and other features they have planned to cover on November 8, 2022. .

“ABC World News Tonight” originated from Studio TV3 on the night of November 7, 2022, the space it normally uses, but with the flexible space configured differently from normal.


The space, which was built before Super Tuesday 2020 and used during election night later that year, presenter David Muir began the standing broadcast on the opposite side he normally uses, with the staircase and hinged LED video wall behind him.

This video wall featured an image of the Capitol. Throughout the show’s election coverage, Muir moved around the space, showcasing the three desks arranged in a ring around the studio’s LED floor.

These desks have been updated with internally lit bodies, edge-lit frames and ribbons of LED panels. There’s also more metal in place of the flatter off-white finish they had before. It also appears that parts of the desks are split into smaller seating segments, although the reason is still not entirely clear.

Muir showcased the evening’s key races using an augmented reality Capitol model inserted into the floor, with additional black text powered on the floor’s LED panels.

For “WNT”, a trio of three mobile monitor carts, which appear to be novel and carry through the edge-lit frame and metallic look of the desktop. Two correspondents joined Muir in the studio for segments, showing that at least two of the three panels are touchscreens.

Behind this area additional seating could be seen, although it is unclear if this is intended for on-camera commentators or a functional workspace.

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After a short return to his old studio, “NBC Nightly News” was back in Studio 1A on November 7, using the scenic elements originally seen in “Meet the Press” on November 6, 2022.


At the top of the broadcast, the network began with an impressive wide shot showcasing the studio’s 40-foot curved video wall as well as the portable touchscreen in the opposite corner. The camera moved so that the latter appeared over Holt’s shoulder presenting a graphic of the current composition of the House of Representatives. He then again used the video panels in the production area to present a graph showing how many seats Republicans need in each chamber to gain control.

After cutting for video on video shots on the freestanding flat video wall across the space, Holt returned to the camera with President Joe Biden’s approval rating on the portable panel behind him before the camera adjusts again to show a Congressional preference chart. Before the first package, the camera turned to frame Holt with part of the video wall behind him.

Additional stories were introduced in front of the video wall, with the featured anchor desk parked behind Holt – just as the show usually parks a generic anchor desk here.

Later in the news, “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd joined Holt in the studio, stepping into frame before the camera cut in to show him interacting with the portable screen. After his segment was over, he walked out of frame and the camera once again adjusted to use the production area video wall for a news graphic.

“CBS Evening News” originated from the Paramount Building in Times Square using the space that normally houses “CBS Mornings”. The core set used was actually originally built for CBS News’ 2020 election coverage, but after a few updates it became the home of the morning newscast.


The space has been outfitted with a new wide anchor desk placed in front of the larger video wall, which typically shows a highly stylized image of Times Square that has CBS News and Paramount branding elements as well as animation effects ranging from stream emitting vents to stripes and stars.

The set includes two alcoves on either side of the main space. The camera on the left is used for two additional on-air commentators at a desk as well as what CBS calls the “Democracy Desk” with space for three whose job will be to monitor ballot security and related issues.


Opposite this one, the camera to the right of the home base, the other alcove has a video wall panel, a small video wall, and a mobile monitor cart for use. O’Donnell called this office space a deal breaker during a mini-tour she gave during ‘Evening’, though it’s likely not the real one as there are no positions visible work.

In 2020, CBS had workstations set up near the studio that served as the official Decision Desk workstation, but it’s unclear if that’s the case this year.

O’Donnell also mentioned “state-of-the-art, never-before-seen” technology that allows the network to digitally remove the ceiling and lighting grid in the studio and replace them with augmented reality elements, including the interior of the dome. of the Capitol or a view of Times Square.

There was also a multi-segment floor element which was added in front of the desk, although keen-eyed viewers noticed the effect was partially ruined when O’Donnell’s left could be seen behind – rather than front as it should. would have been if it would have been real, structural scenic.

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It wasn’t immediately clear how CBS planned to use the interior of the Capitol dome for the cover, and the overall effect is a bit odd given that this room is, by definition, round and the studio is rectangular.

Finally, the network also gave viewers a glimpse of an augmented reality application applied to the exterior of the building in which the studio is located, a virtual facade that appears to be a kind of large open platform with a lower part with a ceiling element above.

All told, the AR here covers about four floors of the real building. Some applications only have the first floor of the retail stores visible, with the multiple levels of the second floor studio and the entire multi-level glazed wall overlooking the hallways of the Minskoff Theatre, home to the musical “The King Leo”, deleted .

Others retain the CBS News standard, with true CBS News branded banners visible.

Between this massive space, curved elements and a floating panel for a logo can be inserted. It is also quite easy to imagine candidate data, maps or images as well as projections inserted into this space.

“Noticero Univision” also focused on AR, including an entire segment that used a video wall to showcase monotonous 3D models of the White House and Supreme Court building before pulling out to reveal that the rest of the studio had been replaced with a 3D model of the Capitol contained inside a sort of columned chamber.

Animations that circled the Capitol dome and then spilled onto the floor could trigger the display of recreations of the House and Senate chambers, complete with miniature chairs.


The overall effect of the AR was spoiled slightly due to the fact that the reflections from the real set that were key behind the AR layer could be seen in the ground reflection – not the virtual items.


“Noticias Telemundo” moved its coverage to its large Florida newsroom, just as it did for 2020.

Many of the same scenic elements, including several freestanding video walls and panels placed around the space as well as walls of semi-transparent transparent monitors and augmented reality inserted into the large circular atrium in the center of the space seem to make their return .

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