Globosat Brazil deploys Vizrt graphics tools for Rio coverage

Two channels running with Viz Opus

Two channels running with Viz Opus

Brazil’s largest multichannel cable and satellite TV service, Globosat, is producing all of its coverage from Rio this summer using broadcast graphics, automation, sports analysis and media asset management tools from Vizrt. Typically producing an average of 70 different live sports events each weekend, Globosat has expanded its operation this summer with 13 temporary channels dedicated to covering sports events from the summer Games.

Each channel is running entirely on a Viz Opus control-room-in-a-box system which manages live sources, video, graphics, audio and commercial break content. Viz Opus has been integrated with Globosat’s traffic system, IBMS, to manage content for the commercial breaks, using Vizrt’s Showmaker rundown management tool for Viz Opus to organize and play out the content through the Viz Opus system. At the same time, Showmaker is also exporting and updating the as run commercial breaks list in Globosat’s traffic system.

In 2015, the broadcaster installed Viz Mosart studio automation systems in all 12 production control rooms at its permanent Rio de Janeiro-based production centre. All are currently being used to produce live coverage of the Games and feature real-time graphics and video controlled by the Viz Trio playlist controller which is played through Viz Engine.

“We needed a fast and efficient way to easily manage the massive amount of content coming in from the Games. This will include video, audio, data and multiple live feeds for the 8 of the 16 dedicated channels,” said Lourenço Carvano, engineering director of Globosat. “We’re very confident in Viz Mosart’s ability to manage our existing control rooms, while using Viz Opus allows us to use minimal staffing to maintain a consistent graphics design across all of our additional channels, simultaneously feeding live video streams with local audio and adding custom commercial breaks from a single, cost-effective solution.”

With such an in-depth archive of programming, Globosat uses Vizrt’s enterprise-level Media Asset Management (MAM) system Viz One to manage its extensive amount of content. For the summer Games, Globosat is using Viz One to manage a huge amount of content for use in its analysis shows. The production teams are using the system throughout production for ingest, cataloging, archiving and editing. Viz One includes powerful logging capabilities which let users enrich metadata by adding new markers, keywords, annotations and scene descriptors. All of this functionality lets Globosat streamline the workflow and helps editors, producers and journalists find the right files as quickly as possible.

All the video content from Viz One is being played live on air through the same Viz Engine video servers that will be outputting graphics from the control room.

To further enhance Globosat’s Games programming, augmented reality (AR) graphics systems have been implemented into the broadcaster’s studio on location in Rio. The AR graphics, powered by Viz Virtual Studio, feature scoreboards, explainer graphics and several other designs to help presenters illustrate post-event analysis.

“For such important cultural events like these Games, audience enrichment is paramount,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt CTO. “In order to deliver this to its viewers watching the Games in their home country in Brazil, Globosat has created an extremely powerful, but very efficient workflow using the strengths of each of our tools.”

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