Grass Valley, Vizrt collaborate on powerful sports replay and analysis solution

Grass Valley and Vizrt have created an integration between Grass Valley’s K2 server platform and Vizrt’s Libero Highlight 3D sports analysis system.

The Grass Valley K2 Summit 3G media server combined with the K2 Dyno replay system will address the needs for replay control and highlight generation in file-based live productions. The K2 Summit 3G and K2 Solo media servers can be integrated into the K2 Dyno Replay System, with functionality controlled by the K2 Dyno Replay Controller. Content management of the system can be managed by the K2 Dyno Production Assistant, providing a centralized view of all content on multiple K2 systems with high-resolution browse, enhanced metadata management, playlist generation and playout capability, and powerful rules-based file management.

Libero Highlight provides 3D virtual sports enhancements and unlimited insights into sports games. Based on two or more camera angles only, LiberoVision generates realistic 3D replays and tied-to-field virtual graphics, allowing sports presenters to analyze key plays and controversial calls from new perspectives.

With the Grass Valley K2 integration, Libero Highlight can continuously monitor all available cameras in the stadium during a live game. For generating a specific 3D analysis clip, an operator chooses two or more cameras and builds the 3D effect or transition between the cameras to tell the story in the most effective way. After adding graphics effects such as player markers, arrows or a virtual player run, the rendered clip is either sent back to the K2 Dyno replay system where it is available for replay or highlights or played out live from Libero Highlight.

Telestration can also be accomplished very fast by looping video from the K2 Dyno through the Libero Highlight system. Using the tight integration between the two products, Libero Highlight directly controls the K2 server and is able to do live processing of the video so that sports presenters can give in-game analysis and break-downs.

“With the power of Grass Valley combined with LiberoVision’s unique 3D replay technology, we have created an extremely capable sports analysis replay solution that can’t be matched” remarked Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO, Vizrt “This is the perfect solution whether in the OB van or in the studio.”

Vizrt also recently introduced a file-based ingest and output for Libero Highlight to be used in studio applications. Libero Highlight operators can choose video files from a media asset management system (MAM) like Viz Media Engine, directly load them as clips into Libero Highlight and create the 3D effects. After rendering the files, they are sent back to the MAM system for further use. This allows for an easy integration of Libero Highlight into any tapeless studio environment.

Attendees of IBC 2012 in Amsterdam will be able to get a live demo of Vizrt’s Libero Highlight and the Grass Valley K2 integration at the Vizrt booth, hall 7 booth A10.

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