Sunday, 21 October 2018

Behind the scenes of television weather. Green screen, clickers and cameras

Behind the scenes of television weather. Green screen, clickers and cameras
25 Sep

Sport and Weather have their own spots on the floor for presenters to stand in the right place.

Sometimes the weather is recorded, sometimes live, maybe with a bit of chat with the news presenters. There is a clock as a countdown and identifier of which weather it is, time and destination. There can be advertising around the weather and then the presentation starts. These vary from 25s to 1:08 to occasional 2 minutes. Fitting in the story to the short or longer times is tricky. Definite wild weather is much easier to talk about than a lingering high pressure with fine dry days.

If you are live, you get one chance and hope that the graphics work. When recording, it’s better to be a one-hit wonder. There are plenty of funny out-takes. I don’t have autocue, it’s fine to just use the graphics, the weather pictures as an aide memoir for the story. The broadcasts are either played out or checked back and sent off, for subtitling and set ready for transmission in their allocated slots. After a welcome cup of tea, it will be time for a review of the models, a look at the observations and most importantly to pop outside at lunchtime and experience what the weather is really doing. 

Nowadays there is also the social media and digital side, in between broadcasts. Viewers photos, will it rain for my wedding /BBQ on Saturday questions, extra videos and chat. Conversations about what is happening around the country, especially when it snows. I always have winter tyres on my car, it can’t be that the weather presenter did manage to get into the studio.  

Any questions, there is a thread in the Netweather Community forum 



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