Video Wall Presentation

Martin has spent a large part of his broadcast career devising, producing and presenting video wall and virtual studio segments, items and whole programmes. Here he shares some essential tips to ensure that "Talent and Screen(s)" sequences really punch through.

  • Presenters: script your own stuff! Or re-write sequences in your own voice
  • Producers: what does the audience learn by the end of the sequence? If it's a reiteration of facts in a news package, think again!
  • Directors: work with the talent on the script and maximise impact by using a moving camera such as crane or jib (or better still, script the sequence for 2 or 3 cameras) to add punch
  • Graphics Design: fewer "PowerPoint-style" bullet point lists (like this one!). Keep the movement coming; build in a surpise; break up long pages with FF video or external inputs such as live webpages, where appropriate

  • Example:

    Remember Obama - and how he won the White House? UHD resolution wall, powered by VizRT GFX. Scene controlled by bespoke iPad interface created by Przemyslaw Pluta.

    Example:

    Local Election results can be dull - not here!

    Example:

    This is a good example from the BBC. Fixed, single camera. But GFX designers and talent have built in some moves to keep the sequence interesting.

    Example:

    Very jealous of Shep Smith at Fox. $$$ investment in this interactive space for his daily show - and when the big stories break - they fire up this beauty.

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    Recent Engagements

    May 2017: Consultancy for Aljazeera 24 hour news in Doha, Qatar: Video Wall Presentation

    September 2016: IBC TV Host, Live from International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam

    June 2016: Chair of New Technology Session at VIZ RT Days, Bergen, Norway

    January 2016: Reporting from Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

    January 2016: Presentation to potential advertisers on digital newsgathering and publishing

    August 2015: Guardian Media Festival: part of the News masterclass for The Network.

    May 2015: Panelist for RTS Training Day - latest tech and techniques in contemporary newsgathering

    March 2015: Reporting from Mobile World Congress, Barcelona

    December 2015: Guest speaker at Digital Technology in Policing Conference, London

    October 2014: News XChange, Prague: Compere and Host of a session on new versus old media