Latest Spidercam systems and Ross Video’s Xpression to dovetail for AR graphics at ESL esports events

The Spidercam Light and Field cable camera systems and the XPression graphics platform will operate together to generate augmented reality (AR) elements at upcoming esports events in Europe following integration work between the two companies that develop them.

Austria’s Spidercam and Canada’s Ross Video have been combining their technology so that both the Field and Light products dovetail accurately with XPression graphics as well as the Voyager rendering engine and the UX control system.

The tie-up between the two technologies, which enables camera tracking data to be synchronised for augmented reality graphics generation and playout, will be used by Rocket Surgery Virtual Productions (RSVP), Ross Video’s in-house design and creative services department, at upcoming ESL-organised esports events in Germany and Poland.

Jim Doyle, the director of creative services for Ross Video said of the work: “Spidercam has the expertise and market penetration to make a huge impact on the AR production space. Working together to harness the power of Ross XPression and Voyager, we can offer the most dynamic virtual production solutions available in the world today.”

Jan Peters, the chief executive of Spidercam, added: “The storytelling that the combined tools offer needs to be explored by clients in the future and we can’t wait to see the results.”

RSVP has been providing advanced virtual and AR solutions using Spidercam to a variety of broadcast customers including NBC in the US for its Sunday Night Football.

The Spidercam systems consist of winches that use catenary cables to move a camera transport platform, or dolly, over a three-dimensional area.

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