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Hybrid Launches Trackless Virtual Studio Solution, Neon At NAB

At this year's NAB show, visitors to Hybrid's stand (C9849) will be able to get a live demo of Hybrid's new trackless virtual studio solution - Neon - as well as presentations of Hybrid's 3D Krypton and 2D Helium virtual studio solutions with full camera tracking and Hybrid's proprietary robotic heads Titanium and Silver and robotic jib Chrome.
Neon is a powerful and easy-to-use trackless Virtual Set solution enabling control and movement of multiple virtual cameras in real-time. The system has all the 3D graphics power of Hybrid's complete 3D virtual studio solution Krypton, but is targeted at television stations which don't want to invest in the complexity of a virtual studio solution with camera tracking.
Neon's new UI gives easy drag-and-drop control of the system's complete library of 3D objects, sets, textures and images, enabling the creation of unlimited set designs for News, Sports, Weather, Elections and other programming requirements.
Neon is already in use all day, every day, generating both HD and SD sets at stations such as Grand Lille TV and TLM in France as well as at international stations such as Bayon TV in Cambodia and is soon to launch at the Weather Network in Canada.
Key features of Neon include:
  • A complete software-only solution for virtual studios
  • Multiple virtual camera control with joystick and real-camera switching
  • 2 live camera inputs in HD/SD per graphics engine with option to increase
  • Multiple media inputs (avi, mpeg, mov)
  • Advanced configurable software Chroma Keyer
  • Extensive 3D library of objects, sets, texture & images
  • Import of 3D scene & objects from standard modelling software (3D max, Maya, Softimage.)
  • Automatic real-time reflection with the click of a button
  • Powerful auto-tracking and depth-of-field functionalities
  • High level of anti-aliasing
  • Easy upgrade to Hybrid tracking solutions Helium and Krypton
  • Control via Hybrid's Ozone software controller with touch-screen interface or through GPI I/O vision mixers (Broadcast Pix, Grass Valley, Sony)
Hybrid is the only real-time graphics company to supply complete virtual studio solutions featuring precision robotic camera tracking heads and jibs. Hybrid's proprietary camera tracking suite includes the Silver and Titanium robotic heads for cameras up to 15kg and 40kg respectively, and the new 1.5 metre robotic jib Chrome, enables total freedom of camera movement at an affordable price. And what really sets Hybrid's integrated solutions apart is that the configuration of camera tracking does not require any audio or video delays, as is common with third-party tracking solutions.
Olivier Cohen, Hybrid CEO, said: "We are very excited to be presenting our full range of solutions at NAB this year and in particular showcasing Neon in a live demo with HD cameras. While we are well-known in the industry for our virtual studio solutions featuring our own precision robotic camera tracking, our new feature-rich trackless solution is proving a great entry-level solution for channels both big and small."
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