The Weather Channel

Forecast is Bright and Clear with New Video Wall
Atlanta, GA

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The Weather Channel upgraded the primary studio set at its Atlanta headquarters with a new video wall provided by Electrosonic. The new system features 12 LED-illuminated, rear-projection display cubes to be used as a backdrop for on-air talent, and a vehicle for live video and map presentations.

The Weather Channel

“In 2008, we supplied a rear-screen projection edge-blended system with projectors,” explains Electrosonic Systems Consultant Pete Rajcula. “We have an ongoing relationship with The Weather Channel, and when they were looking for a new alternative to the blended system, we suggested LED-illuminated DLP cubes, which offer extremely long lamp life, rich color and easy maintenance.”

While the former system was state-of-the-art at the time, LED-illuminated cubes have now reached a point of maturity in the market, making it the preferred choice for the new system. Utilizing solid state illumination, the LED display cubes feature vivid, wide color gamut performance with no lamps to replace, no moving parts, and no consumables.

The new video wall is designed in a 2x6 configuration with dimensions measuring 26.9 feet wide by 6.8 feet high. A three-output image processor drives a trio of 1-in/4-out distribution amps, each of which drives one of three 2x2 sections of the wall. The video wall does its own processing of each 2x2 section, creating one large dynamic image.

“We’re extremely happy with the video wall,” reports The Weather Channel’s broadcast engineer Travis Warner. Electrosonic installed the wall’s pedestal and cubes, adjusted the geometry and color balanced the screens to match the studio lighting. Andy Borum, Electrosonic’s project manager for the install, says, “Everything went smoothly even though the studio was in use. The Weather Channel was prepared for our arrival, so we were able to build the wall and make the initial tweaks without disrupting on-air production.”