The Met Office is one the world’s foremost authorities in weather forecasting. As well as preparing and presenting weather forecasts for many television channels, it recently began prodicing its own webcasts featuring greater depth and coverage.
Recording content out of its own green screen studio – equipped with a Newtek Tricaster – the Met Office was unhappy with the off-the-shelf solutions available. It approached us for a proposal on preparing designs for a Newtek Tricaster-based virtual set that would match the quality of its data.
We proposed a multi-space solution. This featured a studio space which overlooked a computer graphic re-creation of its building interior, chosen because it allowed us to make subtle modifications to the building’s design for better camera shots.
Our design featured three distinct spaces. The first revealed the entire studio and included a column-mounted screen for a standing presenter to address the camera. The second featured a seated area. The third featured a large format screen, designed to allow a standing presenter to deliver detailed weather forecasts. Our designs proved a success from the very start, with the Met Office liking our concepts so much, they began using these even ahead of us finishing the final design.
The new design helped re-invigorate the entire Met Office web output. So much so that following the successful re-design, the studio became a stop-off point on VIP tours of the building.