General Questions

Why would I want a Modular versus Dedicated set for my studio?

When using a single studio for multiple programs each program should have its own identity. Research has shown that people watch programs not channels.

Should we consider a built-in or self-standing cyclorama?

Both have merits. However, a built in cyclorama is dedicated and covers existing mechanicals (electrical, audio and HVAC) in your studio and can be very costly to install. A built in cyclorama can also create difficult audio “bounce” problems. A UNISET modular self-standing cyclorama allows for walk behind access to back lights and mechanicals. With removable modules your production area can be used for other conventional settings and uses allowing for greater use of your studio space and there is not on-site production costs.

Why are most television settings blue, shades of gray, and brown tones?

These colors display well using the latest video delivery systems. These colors are also complementary to skin tones.

How many people are required to set and strike UNISET’s modular sets?

After planning is completed on how the set will be configured only two people are required to set the production area. Simply roll product carts into the area and set per model plan.

What do we do if we need to adjust final lighting during production?

Most of the time you will simply adjust the positioning of the UNISET modules and not the lighting fixtures.

What if I want to change the look or colors of my set?

With the use of digital chromakey there are unlimited looks you can achieve by keying layers and effects onto our systems, and don’t forget about all of the proven theatrical effects:
Gels for Lighting
Gobo Lighting
Paint
Star filters for lighting
Force Perspective line and images<

Can we purchase UNISET modules in custom color?

Yes, simply specify the PMS color or laminate you would like for you set. There is an additional cost for this service

We don’t have much storage space, where do we store the modules?

Most of our systems store on castered carts that will roll through nominal 3’ doors. Many of our customers will store unused modules within the studio out of camera view, and other will move the modules into hallways or storerooms when not in use.

How long between when we order and delivery?

Normal delivery will be 1-12 weeks depending on the system, current inventory, order backlog and any custom specification requested.

Can we chat with some of our peers who are using UNISET systems?

Yes, If you provide us with your location and programming requirements we will make introductions to current users allowing you to have a candid discussion with your peer. CONTACT LINK HERE

Will UNISET help plan production area space use?

Yes, simply send us a drawing/floor-plan or photos of the proposed area with dimensions, doorways, height of lighting grid (can be a rough sketch) and we will respond with a suggested drawing with our products inserted to the scale of the area. We will aslo include elevations of the product in the space. Also, scale models of our systems can be borrowed for evaluation.

How long do your modular set pieces last?

If cared for our systems will last for many years. We have customers who are still using our original modules purchased over 30 years ago.

What types of modular settings does UNISET offer?

News and Interview desk systems, Backwalls, Cycloramas (Blue and Green Screens), Floor Risers, Modular Stage Systems and more

What if I need a custom or dedicated set?

UNISET offers turnkey solutions with design thru production taking place under one roof we have consistently brought our customers’ visions to reality exceeding their expectations, on time and at budget.

What planning do I need to do in order to properly receive shipments of UNISET products?

UNISET shipments may be oversized and are packaged to protect the integrity of the product requiring proper material handling equipment to off load. It is recommended that deliveries are shipped to a freight receiving location or are met at the delivery location with the proper material handling equipment and personnel to safely off-load.

 

UNI-PRO Systems

What is the UNI-PRO Studio System?

The UNI-PRO Studio System is a revolutionary “four sets in one” contiguous background system. The genesis of which is the customers demands for more versatility and program/show identities within the same set but at a cost effective price point.

What makes the system unique?

The system is standardized in scale, size, dimensions and specifications but allows each customer to “customize” finished surfaces and graphic display areas built into the set frame/structure.

What specific areas can the Customer “customize”?

The contiguous upper soffit, columns, knee wall, chair rail and four (4) graphic display areas can all be finished with surface applications selected by the Customer from UNISET’s offered finish options.

What about lighting within the set?

Recessed LED lights are provided in the soffit to accent the graphic display areas. Lighting within the columns and knee wall is also available per request.

Can the set be assembled by studio staff?

Yes. The background system is all prefabricated, arrives prefinished and is built in sections that can be handle by two people. Hardware is provided and each wall section simply attaches with standard machine screws and wing nuts.

Can plans and colored renderings and perspectives be provided to assist in finished surface selections?

Yes, UNISET’s staff designer will provide at no cost line drawings and perspective plans of the customers desired finishes for Customer's acceptance and approval.

 

UNI-CYC Cyclorama Systems

What measurements do you require when constructing a cyclorama wall?

We require the length of each of the cycloramas walls, the height from the floor to the lighting grid and the desired cove configuration.

Do you have a maximum height for your cyclormama walls? Are your cycloramas available in custom heights?

Our standard cyclorama wall heights are 8’, 10’ 12’ and 14’. Custom heights are available per customer request for a small up charge.

What is the difference between a blue screen cyclorama and a green screen cyclorama? Is it just the color? Why are they available in both blue and green?

It is color. Depending on the type of video production a blue or green chromakey wall may be better suited based on what talent is wearing or what type of environment the production is taking place in. Other factors that may impact the decision are lighting, cameras and software.

Do you manufacture cyclorama wall units that can be broken up into smaller pieces for storage?

Yes, our cycloramas leave our factory as modules that are assembled using simple tools. These modules are capable of being reconfigured and modified through the addition/subtraction of system modules and are designed to be set (assembled), struck (dis-assembled), stored and set again.

Do you manufacture cyclorama floors?

Yes, we provide matching floor panels for both our blue and green cycloramas. Our floor panels are scuff resistant and are easily stored when not in use.

Can the cyclorama wall be taken apart (Modular) and then reconfigured in a second arrangement? Or can the pieces be used on their own?

All of our cycloramas can be reconfigured through the addition or subtraction of additional modules.

What are the advantages of purchasing a cyclorama wall from UNISET?

Our UNI-CYC systems are the only free standing fully modular cyclorama systems available. Our systems do not require in studio construction or attachment to walls. This allows for them to be modified and or moved and be repurposed. Combining this level of versatility with quality and service generates a high level of value for our customers.

Are cyclorama walls, chromakey walls, and virtual walls all the same?

These terms are not interchangeable but all three are related: Cyclorama: Is the physical wall structure where perspective lines (corners) are eliminated through the use of radiused wall coves and ground row sweeps Chromakey: represents a color that a camera is set to “key” onto. This keyed area of the shot is where a graphic, animation, scene, ETC is layered into via software to create a virtual scene Virtual: Is the scene that is digitally inserted into the chromakey areas of a video production. This scene can be static (picture background or dynamic video)

 

NUNS Desk Systems

How do the desk tops on the News/Interview Desk Systems attach?

They attach using small pieces ½”X ½”double faced adhesive foam tape. Each system includes a roll of double faced adhesive foam tape in the Care and Use Kit enough for 100’s of desk changes.

How does this Desk achieve both a “news delivery” and “interview” programming environment?

The Desk has a reconfigurable base and front panels that accommodate up to seven (7) different table tops in differing sizes and shapes. Each top is designed to enable different talent configurations and achieve multiple show identities. Individual, anchor/co-anchor, one on one interview, moderator with panel participants

How is the un-used desk components stored?

Each Desk and its related components come on custom, castered storage carts that provide safe and efficient storage off camera of un-used desk components.

Why is the Desk base finished in burled mahogany?

The burled mahogany is a finish and color that does not compete with the talent and show identity elements and shows very well on camera.

Can the front panel be customized to enable different show identities?

Yes, our News Interview Desk Systems allow for many ways to create a unique show identities. One of the most common is applying a vinyl graphic to the face of the desk system’s front panel, which we create from customer supplied artwork and attach prior to shipping. You can also add a mount for a video monitor, or insert an acrylic panel with mounted graphics allowing you to use rear illumination under that desk top. All of these items and more can be coordinated with your UNISET representative.

 

UNI-PRO Desk Systems

What is the difference between the NUNS and UNI-PRO Desk Systems?

Both systems maintain the same universal appeal of multiple desk tops aligned with each desk base component. The UNI-PRO is a more contemporary look and offers greater flexibility with changing up show identities with the use of multiple desk front panels. Each UNI-PRO comes with a universal monitor mount to accommodate up to a 42” TV monitor, a chroma key green panel and a custom graphic panel with the customers logo, emblem etc. displayed. All three of these attach to the front desk assembly and can be changed out in seconds. The UNI-PRO can also be “raised” to a 42” "Bistro" height in seconds, thereby providing additional programming options and talent configurations.

What is a 12” Lift Kit?

The UNI-PRO desk can used as a standard 30” H desk or elevated to a 42” H "Bistro" height. This is done by lowering each 30” base over the corresponding 12” base component. Each 12” lift component has a welded male end that slips into the hollowed out end of the 30” base. The 42” height allows for both stand up and bistro height seating. The desk is simply “raised” and ALL desk tops can be used in the same manner as at the standard 30” H.

Can the desk base/frame be customized?

Yes, the standard finish is a powder coated matt black, but can be colored/customized for a nominal upcharge.

The desk bases have a truss weave, what if I want a different look?

Each base (30” H or 42” H) can have a vertical “trim strip” applied via magnets to simply attach to each base and cover up the truss weave. Additionally, these trim strips can be customized with corporate name, school logo etc. to again offer greater versatility and different show identities. On the Home Page, see Gallery Tab ... scroll to UNI-PRO Desk System and view pop out... UNI-PRO Desk Base Perpsectives for images of this great feature.

How are the unused desk components stored?

Each desk and its related components and tops come on a custom, castered storage cart that provides safe and efficient storage off set and readily available for the next change out.

Can the UNI-PRO be taken off site and used for remotes?

Yes. The desk base and frame is only 30” H. A optional custom storage cart is available to store and transport the desk components and tops. Tops # 1 and 2 at 51” L x 30” W and 63” L x 30” W are compatible with the storage cart and can easily fit inside a Van or SUV.

 

Wall/Column Systems

What measurements are needed to install a back wall system?

The “typical” back wall system is 20’ comprised of four (4) five (5) foot wide by either 95” or 102” tall panels. When taking into account the curved nature of the back wall, the overall width is 18’5”. To allow for rear access for lighting, power etc. we recommend you have a minimum of 22’5” of overall area to accommodate a standard 20’ Wall/Column System.

Can I purchase a smaller back wall system if I have limited space availability?

Yes. Panels can be configured from two (2) at 10’ overall width to as many as ten (10) at 50’ overall back wall surface. The larger the back wall, the more show identities you can achieve with the same set elements.

Can you expand the back wall by adding wall sections in the future?

Yes, by either adding fixed wall sections or by incorporating the UNISET Rolling Panels which can be “rolled” into place to extend the set as needed and rolled off camera when not in use.

Regarding finishes, can the burled mahogany base and the upper portion of the panel be customized?

Yes. The base and upper finish material can be any combination of laminate and/or fabric and for a modest upcharge faux brick or stack stone.The upper finish is typically a fabric chromakey color where a hook and loop graphic is applied or a scene can be digitally inserted into the chromakey via software to create a virtual scene. The laminate, fabric and faux finished surfaces can be viewed under UNISET Products, tab down to Finish Options and see a wide variety of finished surface options. (for non standard finishes, pricing available upon request)

Do I need a Riser with the back wall?

Not necessarily. The 95” tall Wall Column System is for use when a Riser is NOT used, whereas the 102” tall Wall Column System is used when a Riser is desired. The NUNS News/Interview Desk is a perfect complement to the Wall Column System.

 

Rolling Panel Systems

What advantages do Rolling Panels offer a studio?

Rolling Panels are ideal in two scenarios. 1) they can temporarily extend a fixed back wall and create an interview or stand up area 2) they can serve as the back wall and by rotating 180 degrees can be either a traditional news/interview set (curved burled mahogany/upper chromakey veltex side) or the green screen side (stand up virtual set).

Can a Rolling Panel be finished in different laminates/fabrics?

Rolling Panels can be customized to any finished surface for a modest upcharge. Faux Brick or Stack Stone and numerous laminate veneers and fabrics can be applied to either the curved or flat side of the Rolling Panel. See our Rolling Panel Gallery and also samples of various finished surfaces under UNISET Products and scroll down to Finish Options.

Are there other accessories to add to Rolling Panels that enable even more versatility?

UNISET has a Point to Point Ground Row Sweep that fits over the Rolling Panel chassis/frame that when coupled with a UNISET chromakey floor, creates a modular cyclorama where a digitally inserted scene can be layered into the chromakey area for virtual content. With these accessories fully immersed virtual programming content is attainable. Removeable Columns can be added to achieve another look for the news/interview side.

How does the Rolling Panel arrive at my location?

All Rolling Panels are prefinished and fully assembled just like all UNISET modular set components. Rolling Panels are 5’ wide by 8’ tall and ship 2 to a cart. The one piece chassis/frame has heavy duty casters that are inserted into pre-cored sleeves (2 frames/Panel) and with the assistance of two people are stood up on end. That’s it. Ready to roll into place and put on the set.