Vizrt hits new heights for Baumgartner jump

Vizrt graphics technology played a key role in Red Bull Media’s coverage of Felix Baumgartner’s leap from space on 14 October. A joint team of Vizrt and netventure personnel, represented on site by Yan Heydlauf of Vizrt South West Europe and Stefan Meyer of netventure Germany, gathered live data from capsule telemetry, mission clocks, chest-pack information, bio-meds, and other mission information. All data for several websites were fed by web services provided by netventure, using data centers in Germany, Austria, Ireland, and the US.

The team used Viz Graphic Hub’s shared memory to distribute content simultaneously between New Mexico and the Red Bull Stratos studio at Servus TV in Salzburg, Austria. A Viz|Trio operator simply called up “pages” in a Viz|Trio show while the content was constantly being updated live using scripting and Viz Graphics Hub shared memory maps. Three Viz Engines, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing engine, were used to display the on-air graphics and video compositing. At Servus TV, netventure film Austria, which has been in charge of live graphics services for two years, used the same Viz|Trio show to broadcast this successful event. The several Viz|Trio systems were used to display on-air graphics and all the studio monitors.

“Red Bull has been an exciting partner for us to work with over the last few years. From the Red Bull X-Fighters to this amazing jump, they are constantly pushing the limit and bringing us fun new challenges.” Says Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO, Vizrt.

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