ABS-CBN, GMA-7 use 'virtual' reporters in poll coverage

By Karen Flores, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at May 11 2010 12:35 AM | Updated as of May 11 2010 11:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - We saw it all on national television -- field reporters from ABS-CBN and GMA 7 went "face to face" with their respective anchors during their coverage of the May 10 elections.

Both reporters appeared in their studios and answered the questions of their respective anchors in real-time. It must be noted, however, that different methods were used in achieving a similar effect.

ABS-CBN, for one, made use of "virtual presence," a feature of an advanced technology called "augmented reality."

Here, a view of the TV Patrol World studio is modified by including a live video feed of ABS-CBN field reporter Jorge Cariño through computer-generated imagery.


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ABS-CBN anchor Ted Failon talks to Jorge Carino using the virtual presence technology. Credit: ABS-CBN


For viewers of TV Patrol World, the 3D image of Cariño seemed real -- it was able to capture the reporter's voice as well as the texture of his skin and clothes, as if he was right in front of Failon.

Anchor Ted Failon and the rest of the people in the studio, however, could not see Cariño since the image is superimposed by a computer.

Meanwhile, GMA 7 also used computer technology to display a virtual image of reporter Howie Severino.


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GMA anchor Mike Enriquez talks to "virtual reporter" Howie Severino. Credit: GMA 7

With ABS-CBN's and GMA 7's cutting-edge multimedia effects, it only goes to show how the Philippines has gone a long way in its news reporting methods, just like most international news organizations.

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