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19 minutes ago, Spring Rubber said:

What the heck is with the horrid lighting and the junk over in the lower right corner? Did they hang a green curtain inside of a storage closet? Is he recording this from his own home?

 

I saw the still before reading anything else about what was going on, and I thought for a second maybe someone was making their own "weather forecasts" with graphics from WMAQ's website.

 

Boy, was I wrong! 😐

 

 

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3 hours ago, 24994J said:

 

I know, right? Maybe. Possibly. Such an odd arrangement.

 

Weird. Do we know for a fact he is an "employee", or maybe just interning or something? What's in it for the station? It's not that hard to have your professional weather people record segments for web.

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When I saw the name and the face, I did some digging, and honestly, the only confirmation I got was a mention of both father and son on Mrs. Miller's business bio. It says he graduated from Purdue with a degree in meteorology, so i doubt he's an intern. If I were to guess, he's probably a weather producer.

 

https://www.millerbroadcast.com/lisa-miller/ (last paragraph)

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13 hours ago, Spring Rubber said:

What the heck is with the horrid lighting and the junk over in the lower right corner? Did they hang a green curtain inside of a storage closet? Is he recording this from his own home?

 

Dude is definitely not at the Tower. My guess would be at his parents house given that Brant has (and maybe still does?) weather reports for WLS radio (possibly other stations too) from home. Everything would be readily accessible there. But this is the first I've seen a weather report via a person's dining (or living) room. 

 

10 hours ago, PTVNews said:

 

Weird. Do we know for a fact he is an "employee", or maybe just interning or something? What's in it for the station? It's not that hard to have your professional weather people record segments for web.

 

It's true that Brant, Andy, Pete, etc... could do segments for the web, the weather app, Facebook and so on, but I don't see anything necessarily wrong with this arrangement. He does have a degree and being the Chief Met's son is an added bonus for sure. He not on-air (and likely never will be) and will probably move on to something bigger/better elsewhere soon enough. Might as well take advantage of whatever may come his way and build his resume. 

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There is this one weird area on the WMAQ studios where there are actually two chroma screens at about a 45° angle from one another each with screens at the end. It could be coming from the secondary screen which is much smaller and is lit a little less.

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1 hour ago, rkolsen said:

There is this one weird area on the WMAQ studios where there are actually two chroma screens at about a 45° angle from one another each with screens at the end. It could be coming from the secondary screen which is much smaller and is lit a little less.

 

No. The light clearly appears to be coming from either a set of windows/doors. The weather office (or closet) has no windows and the 2 chroma/greens screens (not even going to get into how ridiculous that is) are adjacent to the weather center in an enclosed studio with no outside light shining in.

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25 minutes ago, jase said:

 

No. The light clearly appears to be coming from either a set of windows/doors. The weather office (or closet) has no windows and the 2 chroma/greens screens (not even going to get into how ridiculous that is) are adjacent to the weather center in an enclosed studio with no outside light shining in.

Okay I see it clearly now.  But wasn’t the main green screen adjacent to the weather center retractable and covered a 3x3 monitor array?

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33 minutes ago, rkolsen said:

Okay I see it clearly now.  But wasn’t the main green screen adjacent to the weather center retractable and covered a 3x3 monitor array?

 

I'm fairly certain, the main green screen has always been at the far end (near the door) with the 3x3 monitor array in the middle. That array was often used for traffic reports, etc... My guess is when they did the 3rd remodel of the weather center, they did away with the monitor array and just decided to toss another green screen up and made that the main one. The one at the end and at an angle appears retractable (but don't hold me to that). Studio 5 is the only other time they have used retractable green screens (two of them in fact.. 1 for weather, the other for traffic).

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40 minutes ago, jase said:

 

I'm fairly certain, the main green screen has always been at the far end (near the door) with the 3x3 monitor array in the middle. That array was often used for traffic reports, etc... My guess is when they did the 3rd remodel of the weather center, they did away with the monitor array and just decided to toss another green screen up and made that the main one. The one at the end and at an angle appears retractable (but don't hold me to that). Studio 5 is the only other time they have used retractable green screens (two of them in fact.. 1 for weather, the other for traffic).

Okay, so I wasn’t going crazy there was a 3x3 immediately next to the weather center.  I mean I get the allure of two chroma key walls, they can cut straight to traffic without the meteorologist having to walk off screen with just a quick swipe.  NBC seems to love their studios having five cameras and lets face it the main presentation area can barely fit the three robos. Probably the only reason they haven’t gotten the Ross Cambots is they take up a larger floor footprint.

 

 

On a slightly unrelated note that stylized golden peacock backdrop seems to be in use in WNBC, KXAS, WMAQ and KNSD. I can see why they may use that especially if the city backdrop cameras are dark at night. Stations like WCAU which have a great waterfront camera that gets morning light and WRC’s White House or Capitol Dome ones always look good as they are lit. 

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Is this the video wall or some temporary panels of some sort? I can remember if they used this look before. I’m not liking it (and Kalee agrees with me). 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, jase said:

Is this the video wall or some temporary panels of some sort? I can remember if they used this look before. I’m not liking it (and Kalee agrees with me). 

 

 

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Nope, it's the existing video wall. They're following a trend of other NBC O&O's. Most are ditching the stylized loop it for the normal live feed when it gets to be light enough outside.

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