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10/04/2017

CueScript Completes Installation For Sky News

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Innovation is a major part of the ethos at CueScript, going hand in hand with solving real-world prompting challenges for broadcasters.

This was evidenced recently with the installation of four CSM17" prompting units at Sky News' new 'glass box' studio.

While other glass studios have track-mounted cameras on the floor, the Sky team wanted keep the floor area clear and uncluttered, so the cameras and prompters would be mounted on robotic telescopic arms suspended on a rail system from the ceiling.

CueScript faced challenges of 'wobble', weight, safety and legibility. To ensure zero movement or wobble on the end shot, CueScript worked closely with Sky's chosen robotics supplier Shotoku, providing a system to Shotoku's Surrey facility for the offsite build and construction of the rail system.

CueScript also suggested the use of acrylic in the prompter hoods instead of glass, alleviating safety concerns and also halving the weight compared to normal teleprompter glass.

The prompter hoods also had to be able to clear a wide angle lens, to capture the essence of the glass studio and the surrounding inner workings of Sky's new complex. The CSM 17" LED monitors were chosen for the level of brightness and contrast level, as well as the increased viewing angle of the new LED screens.

"To our knowledge, this is a one-of-a-kind prompting configuration," said Brian Larter, Director, CueScript. "It was the kind of challenge that we relish, and by working closely with the Sky News team and our friends at Shotoku, we were able to create a practical yet elegant solution."

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This article also features in the April edition of Broadcast Film & Video.

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