Projectors provide an immersive TV environment
Nine Network’s supervising producer Under investigation imagined a unique, realistic and immersive environment for the round tables, and opted for Epson projectors.
“I wanted both an ‘organic’ feel for the backdrop and also an immersive environment for the round table. I didn’t want the “video” look of a green screen and originally thought about using an LED wall panel. I then did a test shoot using projectors and immediately decided that they offered the “look” I was looking for.
“I also wanted the monitor and studio screen to look the same, so I decided to rear-project for that element as well,” Harvey said.
The main requirement was to have projectors powerful enough to illuminate a large studio without the projected image being washed out by studio lighting.
“It was also essential to have ultra-short throw projectors, so that the projectors could be close to the studio backdrop and leave as much space as possible for the set and cameras without interfering with the projector beam. “, did he declare.
The program uses two EB-1755UNL projectors equipped with ELPLX02 ultra-short throw lenses for the backdrop and an EB-L1505UHNL projector equipped with an ELPLU03 short throw lens, for the rear projection screen, with Harvey satisfied with performance – especially the size of the image that could be projected relative to the short distance from the studio wall.
“This gave us complete freedom of movement and we were able to easily install accessories in front of the projectors. The image was also intense enough not to be affected by the lighting in the studio, ”he said.
The production uses the projectors as the background and on the rear projection to feed the pre-recorded video for discussion in the studio. They “stitch” two 16: 9 images together to form a panoramic backdrop in the studio.