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Orad Hi-Tec Systems (Kfar-Saba, Israel) announced that Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.), has deployed its ProSet virtual studio and HDVG (high-definition digital video graphics) platform to create a sophisticated virtual studio for a variety of broadcasts including student-produced nightly news and updates from its University Teleplex. Starting in the fall, the facility will be used by and for students as well as for paying corporate clients.
"By installing a sophisticated virtual reality system featuring Orad's ProSet studio, we are able to produce our own newscasts and give them a polished, professional, and viewer-pleasing look," said Bill Cahoe, director of the University Teleplex. "In addition, we now have the opportunity to train our broadcast students in the use of leading-edge technology and to market our production services to discerning commercial customers. Thus the facility has a threefold payback for the university — in education, in information, and in revenue."
The Ball State Teleplex houses two studios, one measuring 1,200 square feet for news, and the other measuring 2,400 square feet with a coved cyclorama backdrop painted in chroma-key green. Complementing the Orad ProSet graphics platform, the Ball State Teleplex virtual studio also deploys Vinten Radamec manual encoded pedestals and pan/tilt heads, as well as Ultimatte 11 blue/green screen compositing hardware.
"Vinten Radamec and Orad have collaborated on numerous projects in multiple countries, and the Ball State installation is certainly one of the more extensive to date," said Carl Bodeker, technical sales manager at Vinten Radamec. "The University Teleplex encompasses three fully encoded pedestals and pan/tilt heads that are used across two separate virtual studios. It's a state-of-the-art facility that promises to attract students from across the country and increase overall revenue for the university."
Orad's ProSet imports models — along with their geometry, textures, and animations — directly from multiple design platforms, and then uses the company's HDVG rendering platform to ensure that the set runs smoothly and in real time. The Vinten Radamec pedestals and heads provide up to a million positional data points through 360 degrees, enabling the Orad engine to generate backgrounds and foreground objects that move as the cameras move. Ball State's three-camera virtual reality system can easily move between the two studios with only minor re-calibrating.