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Vizrt Rollout Begins In BBC News Under Four-Year Framework Agreement(January 22, 2007)
London January 22, 2007: Vizrt, provide of HD/SD real-time 2D and 3D broadcast graphics solutions, has begun supplying the BBC with graphics systems under a four-year framework agreement signed between the two parties in 2006.
The first live implementation will be BBC World and News 24. From January 15th both stations will use Vizrt in conjunction with the Corporations own in-house graphics system to produce lower third on-screen graphics and captions.
BBC London is also piloting Vizrt software on behalf of regional stations and will be conducting a soft launch later this month. The roll-out continues during 2007 and will incorporate further installations.
Scott Barber, Sales Account Manager at Vizrt UKs office, which was responsible for negotiating the framework agreement, says: "We are working closely with the BBC to integrate our powerful Viz|Engine with the Corporations own equipment and software. The majority of these installations incorporate Vizrts 3D Ticker software for lower third and caption generation although News24 and World have introduced specific development needs to ensure the BBC retains its current functionality and workflow. Maps from our subsidiary, Curious World Maps, when fully integrated with our live render template graphics system, Viz|Content Pilot will enable the Corporation to increase speed-to-air for its map-making capabilities."
Vizrts software suite provides a complete graphics solution including caption generation, content management and newsroom integration, template graphics, 3D tickers, virtual studio sets, weather forecasts, virtual sports graphics, SMS interactivity and large-scale displays. All Vizrts graphics products are powered by a single core renderer, the Viz|Engine, and include highly-customised user interfaces for the designer, operator, journalist and engineer.
"We are very pleased that the BBC is using Vizrt," Barber adds. "We are confident that the depth and breadth of our product portfolio will ensure that we can find the right fit for each productions unique requirements."
As part of the framework agreement, Vizrt UK is also assisting with training and support to help BBC staff adapt to the new software.