Vizrt bringing World Cup analysis tools to Sportel Monaco

At Sportel Monaco – to be held October 14-17 at the Grimaldi Forum Congress Center – Vizrt will present several products to enhance how broadcasters and content owners analyse and display their 2014 World Cup coverage.

Products on display will include an interactive package that covers all aspects of a studio show for the tournament. Using interactive elements via touchscreen or iPad, it is possible to guide viewers through the tournament with pre-game statistics and line-ups, in-game analysis and post-game discussions. The interactive solution can be combined together with Viz Libero, a 3D analysis tool for sports.

The interactive solution includes 3D models of the 12 Brazilian stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup. The 3D stadium graphics were created by Rakete, a 3D animation specialist in Hamburg, Germany, which has contributed graphics and effects to animated movies, visual effects movies and commercials since it was founded in 1994.

The interactive studio package and Viz Libero are single-box, turnkey solutions that are available for purchase or event-only rental. The 2014 World Cup package includes: multi-touch screen provided with rental package; team and player statistics with data providers Opta and Deltatre; 3D stadium models and Brazil maps; tournament schedule and results; team formations; game highlights; social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram); and Viz Libero analysis integrated as additional option.

Sportel Monaco will also find Vizrt demonstrating a new live image-based camera tracking technology and integration with its live sports enhancement product Viz Arena. Based on state-of-the-art image processing technology that is also applied in Vizrt’s sports analysis system Viz Libero, Viz Arena tracks cameras in real-time based on a clean video feed. This makes it possible to apply graphics to the field without the need of mechanical tracking heads. Live sports enhancements include virtual advertisements, distance measurements, record lines, player pointers, team badges, or starting grids. Replay effects are possible using the new EVS integration.

Another new Vizrt technology to be showcased at Sportel Monaco is the Harvester: a component that enables studio access to multi-angle footage of a live production, seamlessly integrated with Viz Libero, Viz Engine, and Viz Media Engine in the broadcast centre. The Harvester allows events to be logged of a sport game together with the desired camera angles – from the stands, the studio, or from home using a tablet or mobile device. Multi-angle footage will then be instantly encoded and transferred to the studio where it is directly ingested into Viz Libero for rapid and synchronised processing of 3D analysis. Multi-angle data can also be smoothly used by other Vizrt applications, such as Viz Engine for enhanced, multi-angle interactive highlights shows, or for archiving the multi-angle data with Viz Media Engine. As a one-box solution in a fully automatic workflow, the Harvester can be easily integrated into any existing OB truck.

Viz Trio, meanwhile, is a character generator (CG) for live televised sports events offering significant flexibility and a high level of built-in intelligence. Standings and statistical data can easily be imported into the system or changed live while controls for scoreboards and other in-game graphics are easily within the operator’s reach. The lightweight interface makes it easy to control content from the OB Van or the control room, giving broadcasters high graphic performance to cover any sport.

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