The secrets of the BBC’s Tokyo 2020 studio | Tokyo Olympics

The secrets of the BBC’s Tokyo 2020 studio | Tokyo Olympics

welcome to the bbc tokyo olympic studio looks nice doesn’t it we’re going to give you a little tour of this technological masterpiece and try and show you how it all works yeah we’re going to start here though on the main set and by now you’ll be pretty familiar with how it looks on tv this is one of the options that we do have but here are some of the others you might have been watching us in the garden here we are or the lower deck as some posh people call it with the fish swimming around in the pond beneath us you can actually zoom in look at the crazy detail on these little fellas there are quite a few of them down there they are well fed and taken care of fear not and they like us have pretty impressive views of tokyo we also have the option of presenting from this fabulous runway where we can take a stroll along the rooftop pagoda with stunning views of this huge city of course the hosts of the 2020 olympic games a lot of people have assumed that we are actually live from tokyo but because of the pandemic the obvious travel restrictions and the uncertainty which came with all that we’ve done things slightly differently so we are not in japan we are in fact insulted and this is what things really like when we turn tokyo off ready welcome to the green kingdom so the whole studio is a green screen construction and the only things that are real are the chairs the wooden floor and of course the metal tables we do get asked quite a bit about the design of the desk they’re actually made from folded steel and they’re inspired by origami there’s a little hollow down here and one down there we can keep your snacks and the bbc sport logo at the front here is actually magnetic and removable so welcome to bbc port right shall we put the background back on yeah what then right let’s do it because in fact it is entirely virtual which means we can adjust it depending on what time of day it is in tokyo so let’s have a look at morning shall we there we go nice and bright we can do afternoon or we can even go for a nice soft evening colour now if you’re a gamer you might think it looks a little familiar the set is rendered from the same engine which produces fortnite and the technology is impressive we’ve got five cameras around us here at various points in the studio and they’re all fitted with infrared cameras on the top which point up at a tracking system on the ceiling which allows us to know exactly where each camera is in the studio once you know where the cameras are you can then create the stylized 3d images which are rendered in real time by an incredibly powerful graphic system as the cameras move the infrared cameras tell the graphics engine that they need to change perspective to look just right as if it was being viewed from that point in the studio so if we switch back to the green you’ll start to see that everything has to be masked so why is it under the green sheets and there are large wedges called toblerones for obvious reasons which do hide a multitude of sins if you look here we can project a ghost image onto the green screen which you can’t see but thankfully we can and that’s where you look when you’re interviewing an athlete so at least you’re not staring into the green abyss but our cameras all the operators and everyone else in the studio is hidden by virtual masking so that when you see the whole studio on tv everyone and everything is neatly tucked away but because everything has been incredibly carefully masked and marked out there are certain things you can’t do or places you can’t go for example if i go this side as you can see i begin to disappear now one other thing to tell you is that you’re not really allowed to wear white because it can reflect the keying and it looks very strange on camera and also green is a big no-no so this is a green pen and as you can imagine i think wearing a green dress or a green shirt or green trousers would look very strange it could look a bit like this i like that i like it floating head that’s it uh thanks for taking a tour of the studio with us i hope that’s answered some of your questions enjoy the rest of the olympics we’ll see most of you soon thank you so much for checking out our coverage of the tokyo 2020 olympics on the bbc sport youtube channel remember to like and subscribe and hit the bell button so you never miss an upload see you soon
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