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Sports Technology Award Nomination For Vizrt

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Vizrt has announced it has been nominated twice in the 2016 Sports Technology Awards. The recognition follows the company's growth within the sports technology market.

Its recent projects with spidercam and Derby County FC have been included in the Best Partnership in Multiple Sports and Best Technology for Managers and Coaches categories, respectively.

Ahead of the 2015/16 Football League Championship season, Derby County implemented Vizrt's 3D virtual sports enhancement solution, Viz Libero, into its coaching toolkit. Viz Libero is able to visualise 3D replays, virtual camera angles, distance measurements, player movement and automatic player tracking information onto self-captured video content.

The solution allowed coaches at the club to visually communicate complex messages quickly and easily. The project has been nominated for the Best Technology for Managers and Coaches award.

The second nomination, for Best Partnership in Multiple Sports, is a technology collaboration between Vizrt and spidercam GmbH.

The spidercam system has been installed in a number of stadiums and venues around the world and is a robotic, cable-suspended camera which is able to cover the entire pitch or field without interruption the live action.

Its partnership with Vizrt takes advantage of the spidercam's special tracking system, spidercam Vector. This collects the position and orientation of the camera as it navigates around the stadium and feeds this data, together with zoom and focus information from the camera itself, into Vizrt's Viz Virtual Studio. Here, the data is synchronised with a virtual camera inside a Viz Engine real-time 3D rendering platform. This enables the camera to interact with graphics placed onto the field and produce unique flights through and around virtual objects for viewers at home or in the stadium.

The Sports Technology Awards will be presented as part of a ceremony on 15 April in London.

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