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Vizrt Selected For 2016 European Football Coverage

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Swedish broadcaster TV 4 selected Vizrt technology to enhance its recent on-air live coverage of this year's European football tournament.

The broadcaster added graphics, a video wall and augmented reality technology systems from Vizrt. The main sports studio has been outfitted with a large panoramic 60-square meter video wall as a backdrop. Video and graphics for the video wall are controlled by a Viz Multiplay software package enabling the production crew to display and arrange up to eight simultaneous HD outputs from a single Viz Engine real-time compositing and rendering engine. Vizrt's Viz Virtual Studio software is also being used to add augmented reality graphics into the physical studio to support the presenters. The virtual elements are driven by a stYpe tracking system mounted on a camera crane in the studio.

The new sports studio measures 40 square meters and consists of a 12x3 meter LED screen in the middle. Two additional screens measuring 3x5 meters wide are located on each side of the LED screen. These are used to show other live games, player interviews and game-related data.

Erik Westberg, Head of Sports, TV4 Group, commented: "We are excited by what we have been able to accomplish with the Vizrt technology in our new studio. By using the different Vizrt systems and having them work together seamlessly we could realize our creative vision with a reliable technology that really improved our coverage of the 2016 European Football Tournament."

"Vizrt now has a very flexible virtual set and augmented reality offering that can transform any new or existing studio into a highly interactive presenter's platform," added Petter Ole Jakobsen, Chief Technology Officer, Vizrt. "At TV 4, they have done some amazing things with the studio, using their existing physical space and adding augmented reality elements to bring a fresh, new look for its viewers. This is a very cost-effective way to increase ratings and repurpose a single studio for multiple studio productions."

TV 4 Sweden European Football Championship set from Vizrt on Vimeo.


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