I was once on the set of 9News in Denver, Colorado. It was a field trip for the TV News / Media classes at school. Bit of exposition here... the TV News class gave live announcements in the set at our school, and every other week produced two video segments. The Media Productions class was responsible for producing the Video Yearbook for the school, as well as two video segments every other week (filling in the TV News' gaps).
This was also where my disfavor towards Macs came from, but we won't get into that.
Anyways, due to the nature of both classes being mostly oriented towards the news "mentality," we went to go visit Gary Shapiro and the rest of the 9News crew (I think his name is cool, it's the only one I remembered
). It was incredible - they had just redone their set for HDTV because in HD, you could see all the imperfections in the cheap material they had used beforehand, so their set was literally how it looked. Expensive, too.
They had two weather bluescreens, one inside, one outside. The one inside was the big wall-sized one, the one outside was... just there to show off.
We went into their "command center" as they called it. This was where all the control guys would go in and operate all of the cool animations and shiz during a live broadcast. We were in the middle of the tour when a 9News employee came in and asked about the "self-destruct" button (I kid you not). It was rather awkward, but funny. They had a sticky note attached to it that said "Do not push : )." Ahh, corporate humor.
Lastly, and most importantly.
T3h cameraz. Standing at a burly 6" tall weighing in at 1500 lbs, 9News owned and operated three remote-controlled
cameras each costing approximately $500,000 apiece. One guy in a booth controlled all three of these, and MAN... they moved REALLY swiftly. They had LCD screens right under the camera, and whatever was on the LCD would reflect off of a pane of one-way mirror glass at a 45° angle. This enabled the anchors to read the prompter text, staring at the camera, yet the camera was able to see the anchors due to the one way nature of the glass.
Well, that's my story.
PS: We even saw the little camera that backs off and shows you the set