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Oregon History Museum Employs ABS for Interactive Weather Exhibit

Exhibit commemorates deadly Columbus Day Storm of 1962

Audiovisual systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions has helped the Oregon History Museum, located in Portland, with the AV aspects of the exhibit “The Mightiest Wind,” which commemorates the Columbus Day storm of 1962 that killed 50 and interrupted power for weeks.
The exhibit includes an interactive area with a green screen where visitors can pretend to be a meteorologist and create their own weather report.
KGW, the local NBC affiliate and media sponsor and partner for the exhibit, loaned the museum equipment, including a video camera and pedestal, in addition to archived footage and interviews. Matt Zaffino, KGW’s chief meteorologist, is also serving as a guest curator, and David Boyd, the station’s director of technology, also helped ABS create the green screen.
ABS says it designed and installed the system, coordinated content with KGW and trained museum staff. Incorporating a Blackmagic Design ATEM switcher, LaCie LaCinema PlayHD media player and Litepanels light-emitting diode lighting, ABS set up an operational weather video production demonstration for the museum in less than two days.
“The green screen area of this exhibit has been a huge hit with museum visitors,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “The Columbus Day Storm was a significant event in Oregon’s history, and we are thankful that KGW helped us contribute to this project.” The storm is blamed for nearly 50 deaths, as well as power outages that lasted weeks in some locations.
Marsha Matthews, director of museum services, reports an increase in museum attendance during October. The attendance increase correlates with the exhibit, which opened Oct. 12, 2012 the 50th anniversary of the storm. The exhibit is scheduled to run through Jan. 6, 2013.