RT Software enables graphics for Saudi TV’s King Cup coverage
RT Software joined forces with with Trans Gulf Media to supply two graphics systems for the studio analysis of the King Cup tournament, including a tOG-Sports Pro system to prepare telestrated analysis clips and a broadcast quality custom touchscreen application.
The clips were prepared in advance of the pre-game shows, and during the live games for use at half-time and full-time shows. During the live shows this system was used in conjunction with a 46” touchscreen for the presenter to play out the clips and add further analysis such as lines and arrows, and seamlessly integrated with a custom touchscreen application showing the route to the final and team comparisons.
The second system provided RT Software’s touch table capability with augmented reality 3d players running around the table under the control of the presenter. Capable of being pre-set with the likely formations of the teams the presenter used this to explain tactics and options to the audience. This system also integrated virtual logos of the teams and sponsors onto the studio floor and anchor desk.
The tournament dates were not set until just a few weeks before it began, and the tournament started a week earlier than expected. “There was a tremendous buzz of activity at the start of the tournament to get graphics finished, team databases built and kit in place,” comments Mike Fredriksen, RT Software commercial director. “But with the help of Trans Gulf Media and the support of Saudi TV we hit the deadlines. We even managed to add a few extra nice touches like the incorporation of a model of the King’s stadium onto the touch table.”
“RT Software provided a professional service with a team here in Saudi that worked hard to achieve innovative television – this is the first time Saudi TV has provided analysis to this level and I believe they have set the bar amongst Middle East broadcasters,” adds Khalid Al Sarra, CEO, Trans Gulf Media.