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WHDH Getting a bit “Hot” (as in Hothaus) in the Graphical Sense?

I was watching WHDH-TV a couple weekends ago and the stingers that came across my screen reminded me of my influence

If it wasn’t just one instance, it was another…

The Boston’s 7 News creatives are in house, so I suspect it was local.  Basically if you can’t really tell, it’s heavy on wipes and keying into the next source of video.

The other thing that separates WHDH and sister station WSVN in Miami, for many years had focused on 3D CGI effects, to the point where it’s basically hit it’s peak, while WHDH over the same amount of time (late 1990s to present) focused on heavy computer-designed graphics with lots of effects (wipes, warping, etc.) Both stations share some of the graphical assets (like Watching Wall Street), but WHDH has been pretty much tame in terms of avoiding excessive in-your-face, that has still been the bread and butter of WSVN.

Also I think the people at WHDH seem to have a better grasp of the overall graphics. Both stations use VizRT (a database, graphical system) that requires both sides of the brain to execute decent graphics… WSVN has fell very short since they switch to Viz in the mid 10s. For gawd sakes alive, they still have “4:3 safe zones”, even if both stations are outputting widescreen.