Broadcast Touch Screens

Using touch technology on camera and in the control room

The broadcast industry is using multi-touch technology both on camera and in the control room. Broadcast touch screens allow television programs the ability to create and share content in an engaging and interactive way to attract and retain viewers.

On camera, presenters use video walls and interactive displays to share information. They can manipulate graphics, traffic and weather maps, annotate sports plays, and dive deeper into election results. This allows the presenter to truly be in control of the dissemination of the content.

They can stay in the moment with others on set and the content itself. This allows for spontaneity without worrying about the control room advancing and manipulating the information at the right time in the way that compliments what the presenter is saying. Creating and designing content for multi-touch is different from traditional content creation.

Creating and designing content for multi-touch is different from traditional content creation. It is important that the way multi-touch is incorporated into the content is both useful and elevates the presentation. Simply adding touch to enable the presenter to proceed to the next “slide” of a presentation does not take full advantage of an interactive touch application. It is also important for the presenter to be comfortable using the broadcast touch screen. Touch gestures must be intuitive to the presenter.

The control room of any broadcast show can be a tense atmosphere. Live broadcasts, time restraints, and no room for error all play a part in this fast-paced, snap decision environment. Multi-touch monitors are a great replacement for the traditional control panel. They allow the controller to easily manage and switch between multiple cameras, sets, hosts, video packages, and graphics. Broadcast touch screens have the added benefit of multiple control panel layouts for different uses. They are flexible, reliable, and easy to use.