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Vizrt Launches Sports Graphics at IBC2001

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, IBC (September 14, 2001)
vizrt launched viz [arena], a remarkable new virtual graphics technology for sports broadcasting. viz arena is an all-in-one solution to enhance the visual quality of live sports programs. viz [arena] delivers traditional 3-D graphics, as well as virtual graphics, all from the same system. Audiences experience exciting and visually rich graphics animations, such as the steepness of ski runs, the slant of a soccer pitch,
the drop on a golf course, or track camber and hill gradient in motor sport or horse racing.

Sport specific plug-ins are available for major sports such as soccer, golf, skiing, and others. Data can be shown as real-time graphical elements and animations, overlaid onto grass, snow, tarmac and even water. Terrain data generated topography graphics, and external sensor data feeds and accurate scoreboard clocks can be easily incorporated. viz [arena] integrates with real-time statistical systems, interfaced to sports feeds, scoreboards etc., as well as displaying animations of team line-ups, positions and clocks.

Graphics can be displayed traditionally (fade in/out, dissolve) in 2D or 3D, or the vizrt animation tools can be used to enhance the viewing experience. Field-tested by vizrt?s sports client and strategic partner, WIGE-Data, viz [arena] has already been used in the most demanding sports conditions to date, including the Bundesliga in Germany, the Rowing World Championships in
Switzerland, and the Athletics World Championships in Canada.

Superimposing logos, slogans and sponsors messages onto any surface can create a new revenue stream. Add advanced effects, such as distance measurements for soccer, velocity or g-force for ski jumps, compete alongside the virtual world record holder, or superimpose the perfect putting path onto golf greens. System content can also be delivered in real time to broadcast, interactive TV and Internet audiences

The company also launched viz [e pilot], a new tool for the management of graphic content from remote locations.
Using the Oracle database, viz [e pilot] allows a designated user to build graphics content from templates accessible over the Internet and even schedule the graphics to air. With viz [e pilot] everyone in the organisation can preview, share and deliver their graphics, regardless of their location.

Reporters in the field can now file stories, including all their graphic content, from any web browser - a dramatic breakthrough that will reduce costs and increase the quality of news, event and interactive broadcasting.

Broadcasters can control remote rendering engines at points of
centralisation or at cable head ends with simple ip connections with low bandwidth. Clusters of machines can be simply directed and controlled. In addition to saving TV news departments time and money, viz [e pilot] can be used to generate new revenue sources from directly generated commercial advertising, where the advertiser builds their own graphic content on a daily basis from their own office.
viz [e pilot] offers the ease of use and unmatched creative freedom of the viz graphics family. Like all new vizrt software applications, it runs on top of existing products, benefiting existing and new customers.

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