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NEWS An immersive election experience B BC Studios and Post Production is supporting BBC News’ local and European elections broadcasts from New Broadcasting House by delivering a series of live programmes from Elstree. BBC Studios and Post Production’s Elstree Studio D has been transformed with a brand-new virtual reality tracking system to enable Jeremy Vine to engage BBC viewers with his inimitable analysis of the full election experience. Fronted by veteran Question Time presenter, David Dimbleby, and accompanied by a host of guest interviewees and commentators – including Jeremy Vine, Emily Maitlis and Nick Robinson – the 23 hours’ worth of live programming will air across BBC channels from 22 to 26 May.Elections-Article-2- BBC Studios and Post Production put a new infrastructure in place at BBC Elstree Studio D last year, including equipment redeployed from Television Centre, to meet the demands of large live event shows like BBC Children in Need 2013 – the biggest and most ambitious appeal show to date. The news elements of the elections programmes will be broadcast from New Broadcasting House harnessing the building’s core potential, while using BBC Studios and Post Production’s Elstree Studio D to scale up the broadcast capacity. The Elstree Studio D facilities include a new virtual reality environment with a green screen set for Jeremy Vine. To enable Vine to be completely and virtually immersed with graphics and up-to-the-minute statistics, BBC Studios and Post Production is utilising brand-new virtual reality technology. Attached to the studio cameras, Mo-Sys StarTracker uses an upward looking camera that tracks random markers on the studio’s grid and sends positional information to a computer to render the correct viewpoint. This means that Vine can move around the green screen environment, without affecting the position of the virtual graphs and charts, to create a seamless and completely immersive viewing experience. Production. “We’ve always been quick to embrace new technology, such as HD and then 3D, so to be using a new piece of virtual reality technology that will enhance viewing experiences is something that we’re all really excited about.” The studio floor at Elstree will comprise a multi-camera set-up of 12 cameras, five of which are virtual reality capable. The centre of the studio will house David Dimbleby alongside the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson and guests from the main political parties. Facing a wall of LED screens enables Dimbleby to interview politicians in their regions via a live video feed. Adding to the big screen, immersive experience, Emily Maitlis will be in front of a 103” interactive touch screen to provide the latest developments from each area of the country. “We are delighted to be working with BBC News on this project. Providing studios, technical facilities and staff expertise for such a large scale and complex live event as the elections is the perfect showcase for BBC Studios and Post Production’s capabilities,” said Anna Mallett, CEO of BBC Studios and Post Cue a new cost saving range E ndura CUE is the new battery range from IDX that combines superb reliability at a lower cost. This Lithium Ion battery range has been designed to meet the most stringent PSE regulations for electrical and mechanical safety – essential for work and travel abroad. Thanks to the latest advances made in microchip technology and improvements in battery design and build, the range provides all the benefits today’s broadcasters need at a more affordable price. To ensure varying requirements are met, there are three models in the new range – Endura CUE-D75, Endura CUE-D95 and Endura CUE-D150. All batteries have 1x (D-Tap) DC output connector allowing peripherals to be powered direct. The V-Mount connection is a worldwide standard fitting and the preferred mounting system for the broadcast industry. 2 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014