Fox Weather Debuts From ‘The Dome’ With Unique View of WX Charts
Fox Weather’s video stream aired over digital airwaves on October 25, 2021 from the newly renamed Studio W inside Fox’s New York headquarters, along with graphics inspired by the look of its sister network and a cleaner approach to weather maps.
Previously known as Studio H (“W” stands for “weather,” of course) and home to the Fox News Deck, the studio has been completely remodeled for the streaming network launch by Jack Morton Worldwide.
The network broadcasts exclusively through iOS and Android apps as well as online at FoxWeather.com. So far, it’s not available on linear cable or satellite providers, smart TV, or streaming stick apps.
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The base of the Fox Weather set is located under what is known as the ‘Dome of the Sky’, an area that includes a traditional docking desk setup as well as illuminated curved ‘arms’ inside each. side of a Planar CarbonLight LED display with a pixel pitch of 1.5 mm that integrates precisely with the elements.
Additional similar arms rise above the screen, allowing backlit polygonal elements to shine through, mimicking the idea of glass made with metal brackets.
The result is, instead of a traditional rectangle, a flared shape with illuminated internal overlays.
The default video wall background on the screen emphasizes the dome concept with animated glassy curved elements in front of a cityscape view with an animated brand strip. These virtual glass mullions have become a must-have for Fox, with the organization’s new Washington facility using them in video walls as well.
The anchor desk itself is a slanted polygon topped by a frosted glass panel with a darker frosted rendering of the light beams inspired by the Fox spotlight element, which is missing from the Fox Weather logo.
The camera to the right of the dome area is two transparent video walls that allow two meteorologists to ‘team tag’ a segment, one providing a forecast in front of a video wall before heading to the center of the facility. , which features a white Fox Weather Logo dimension and hand things over to the next forecaster, who takes over on the other video wall, all made by Planar.
Also featured in this area are vertical LED “windows” recessed into the wall with cityscape images that can be changed to match the time of day and type of weather in question.
There is also a curved, almost free-standing LED wall placed in a corner of the space.
Unlike the other two video walls, this one is much wider than the typical aspect ratio of network map graphics, so maps need to be centered on the screen and then flanked by branded graphics.
Next to that is “Weather Command,” a multi-person studio workspace where producers and graphics teams work to create all the footage that appears on air. This area also has a presentation module equipped with computer screens for the latest weather updates.
Between the control and the main docking area is another set of vertical LED “windows”.
The lighting design of the space was handled in-house by Chris Bazzoni with the Lighting Design Group who redesigned the studio’s lighting system, including new lighting control, rigging and distribution. data / power in space.
The 360-degree studio is shot with Ikegami cameras using studio Vinten’s robotics and Autoscript teleprompers. There are also several PTZ cameras scattered throughout the studio set up in the upper areas of the set, to capture dynamic crossover and interactive shots.
In addition to Studio W, Fox Weather also uses a small set originally designed for Fox Nation, designated Studio K. This space also includes an optional traditional chroma key wall to broadcast the weather, unlike the main studio.
Studio W, K, and Fox News’ Studio J are all located on the 14th floor of the News Corp building. At New York.