Mo-Sys transforms radio studio into virtual production studio
With just four weeks to election night, talkRADIO turned to Mo-Sys Engineering, which had recently launched its all-in-one pre-configured virtual production system, StarTracker Studio.
Providing camera tracking for multiple cameras, switching, keying, Unreal Engine photo-realistic graphics, compositing, and recording, StarTracker Studio is designed for multi-camera live to air and shot-by-shot VFX virtual production workflows, supporting both green screen and LED wall studios.
“We wanted our small studio space to look big, to look luxurious,” said Nick Prater, Head of Broadcast Technology for Wireless Group. “Mo-Sys could provide the complete solution, and they understood that we wanted it to look real. Getting the textures and the lighting right in the virtual studio took time, but the Mo-Sys designers understood what we wanted and delivered it.”
In any election broadcast, even without the complications of Covid-19, there is a need for flexibility as the guest list changes, and contributions come in online – usually Zoom – as well as in person. Using a combination of Panasonic PTZ cameras with StarTracker PTZ tracking systems, enabled the cameras to be moved dynamically within the virtual studio, simplifying studio set up and allowing complete creative freedom.
"talkRADIO has a strong, loyal audience and excellent broadcasters,” said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys. “What we achieved with this project was to bring them closer together in a new way, to improve the broadcasters’ engagement with the audience. This is absolutely unique, a completely new way of visualising radio.”
talkRADIO’s Nick Prater added, “After the broadcast I spoke to a television executive who said of our coverage ‘that looks really good – as good as television’. For a small radio team, supported by Mo-Sys and with just four weeks to put it all together, I think we achieved something remarkable. This is a sensational achievement that delivers for our audience and pushes the boundaries of radio visualisation.”
The next outing for the talkRADIO’s virtual production environment will mark the end of the December Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, bringing reports from all around the country into the studio.
About Mo-Sys Engineering
Mo-Sys is an innovative designer and manufacturer of advanced camera robotics and virtual technologies for the high end film and broadcast industry. The Mo-Sys product range spans remote heads & motion control, broadcast robotics, mechanical and optical camera tracking for AR and VR, and on-set visualisation.
Launched in 2016, talkRADIO is a speech radio station broadcasting across the UK on DAB+ and online, with a stellar cast of presenters including Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham and Dan Wooton. It delivers lively political debate, passionate guests, no-nonsense broadcasting and presenters who aren't afraid to let you know what they think. Each day talkRADIO streams 20 hours of live visual output to its growing audience via YouTube, Facebook Live and Twitter.