CBC/Radio-Canada mixes custom with expertise for Beijing Olympics

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For protection of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, CBC and Radio-Canada are once more counting on a distant manufacturing mannequin, with broadcasts originating from Canada.

In Toronto and Montreal, units have been made for English and French language protection with almost similar presentation by way of set and graphics.

This follows a protracted precedent for the Canadian public broadcaster which, for a lot of, had two similar venues contained in the IBC or different non permanent broadcast constructions on the Olympics.

The general set design contains quite a lot of motifs which are carefully associated to the movement graphics package deal, together with quite a lot of golden accents and grids. Gradient back-lit panels, in the meantime, are harking back to Chinese language screens (屏风), with piled timbers that maintain loads of heat.

Whereas different broadcasters comparable to NBC and the BBC have opted for a ski lodge setting, CBC’s design feels extra at dwelling in conventional Chinese language tradition, comparable to host Scott Russell visiting a landmark in Beijing.

Expertise-wise, units typically embody round shows used for branding. There’s additionally a big 3×3 video wall for topical imagery and teasers.


The set additionally contains augmented actuality for previewing occasions and athlete profiles, together with distant interviews.

Scott Russell interviews Megan Oldham via teleportation

Scott Russell interviews Megan Oldham through digital teleportation.

Martin Labrosse interviews Charles Hamelin and Marie-Philippe Paulin through digital teleportation.

Athletes could be keyed to the IBC and seem straight within the studio with the host, even sitting on the identical furnishings. This impact is powered by Vizrt’s XR Studio answer.

Given the significance of the Winter Olympics to Canadian sport, CBC has gone above and past its Tokyo protection and is including a second set to hockey.

The set, situated in Studio 41 at CBC’s Toronto broadcast facility, expands on these design codecs with further show expertise and a bigger desk for evaluation.

CBC and Radio-Canada have additionally used present studio house to permit for round the clock Olympic protection. CBC, for instance, is once more utilizing a part of its atrium.

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