CNN Adapts to News Cycle in Real-Time with Vizrt

CNN underwent a complete facility redesign when they relocated New York headquarters to Hudson Yards in 2019. Not only did they upgrade both their studios and offices, but they also completed an internal systems overhaul. We helped them combine cutting-edge technology with the ability for real-time in-studio adjustments from tracking anchor desks, movable scenery, and over 6,000 square of LED wall.

With brand new technology from Vizrt, CNN can now transcode data tiles in seconds that would have previously taken 2 hours to complete. Shawn Mckeever, senior systems engineer with CNN’s Broadcast IT Advanced Systems Group elaborates, “The days of the static studio are gone. Movement and text in the wall keep viewers engaged and overall present a better product.”

This switch from SDI to SMPTE ST 2110 allows for incredibly high speeds to display news graphics, animations, cityscape scenery, beauty shots, and virtual video monitors for remote guests.

Because Vizrt installed 10,000 fiber optic runs in the new Hudson Yards space, CNN is set up to stay ahead of the curve as broadcast technology continues to advance. Check out this case study from Vizrt for a technical look at CNN’s massive systems’ upgrade.

Check out live footage of this technology in action below: