Behind the Scenes: A Television Studio


The stage that shows the news and weather reports isn’t as basic as most people think. There isn’t just a miniscule camera that records two news anchors and the weatherman. There are lights, screens, keys, and expensive cameras. All of these components added together create a news set that is ready for airing on television.

Cameras aren’t the only things used for creating a set. The Aurora Media Center studio has many widgets and gadgets for making news broadcasts. The Chroma key is big part of making news in the studio. A Chroma Key, also known as a green screen, is a screen of a bright green color used for a backdrop that removes the color and adds a new background for the set. An example of a report that uses a green screen would be a weather report. While the reporter is standing in front of the Chroma key, the green color will disappear and a weather map will be displayed. Lights are also very important for a television studio. They brighten up the faces of the reporters, anchors and the sets to make the quality of the film better. There are several kinds of lights in the studio, like the soft lights and the spotlights. Soft lights are rectangular in shape and produce a soft glow on the set. Meanwhile, spotlights are round and focus on brightening a single object. Although a camera is an obvious thing to find at a studio, the cameras in a television workspace are very important. These cameras are huge, have built in filters, and have a great zoom, but this comes at a price. Each camera costs about $125,000, so with great quality comes a big expense. Creating news sets requires a lot of equipment and effort, not just small cameras.

News sets aren’t very simple, once they have been understood behind the scenes.