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Vizrt introduces Viz Libero AR

Vizrt, the leader in sports analysis visual storytelling, brings a new tool to the broadcast studio with Viz Libero AR. Just in time for the World Cup, Viz Libero AR combines the analysis power of Viz Libero with augmented reality (AR) graphics, creating a new way for sports presenters to tell the story of the action on the field and engage sports fans.

“Viz Libero AR brings the pitch into the studio, giving the fans the experience of analysing the most important plays with the experts,” says Remo Ziegler, Vizrt’s VP Product Management Sports. “The seamless transition between Viz Libero AR and Viz Libero analysis clips lets the viewers sit in the first row at all times, be it in the studio or on the pitch.”

Viz Libero combines realistic 3D replays and virtual graphics from any sport to provide deeper, multi-angle analysis of key plays and moments within the game. A photorealistic 3D view based on the original game footage enriched with analysis graphics are placed as AR elements in front of the sports presenter in the studio. Studio cameras control the angle of the field tying together the studio and the analysis. The sports presenter can interactively control the action using an iPad or touchscreen.

Remo Ziegler added, “Vizrt’s focus is to expand broadcasters’ sports storytelling capabilities with tools that inform and engage audiences. Viz Libero AR adds a new “wow” effect that viewers will remember from the Football World Cup or any other sports event beyond.”

At NAB 2018, Vizrt will also showcase other sports innovations for the World Cup. This includes visualising player tracking, interactive graphics and augmented reality tools for the studio. Teams and coaching staff will be able to see the latest version of Viz Libero designed to help them break down key plays of the game. For American Football, Viz Arena’s Down and Distance package has been enhanced with new features for the 2018 season. Vizrt will also show the world’s most advanced optical ad replacement system, Viz Eclipse.

Viz Libero AR can be seen for the first time during the Big AR Show on Vizrt’s NAB 2018 stand SL2416.

IPV to present Curator 2.0 at 2018 NAB Show

At the 2018 NAB Show, media technology specialist IPV will be presenting Curator 2.0 – the latest version of its asset management system. It will also showcase its  cloud editing functionality and AI-powered metadata tagging.

IPV Curator 2.0

On display at the show will be a new version of IPV’s asset management system, a software that makes it easier to move, manage and monetise media assets. Curator 2.0 will be presented to visitors, demonstrating a multitude of new features like easier version control, thesaurus search-term functionality, and automated subtitling.

With the proliferation of video content across multiple industries and the fast pace that assets are being added, Curator 2.0 provides significant improvements to its installation processes. This means it’s even easier to deploy better asset management workflows inside any kind of configuration for traditional broadcasters, sports teams or leagues, creative agencies, education or houses of worship.

Cloud integration

As more businesses operate internationally, Curator’s ability to be deployed in a cloud-centric workflow will be a highlight at the show as well as the cloud-integrated editing functions available when using tools like Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Anyone managing content using Curator is able to search, find and utilise assets using a dedicated panel inside their Adobe editing window, no matter where media is stored – even if it’s 2000 miles away.

The easily-installed Curator platform can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or as part of a hybrid workflow. Because it’s built as a suite of micro-services, Curator can be scaled in line with business needs,  and is available through a subscription or software as a service model – one that’s becoming increasingly popular.

Intelligent tagging

While the 2018 NAB Show is expected to see many speaking about the place of AI in future production workflows, IPV will demonstrate an AI-enhanced metadata application in Curator that can be deployed today., Curator’s automatic intelligent tagging process lets users more easily associate relevant metadata tags with media without using expensive resources. During ingest, the integrated-AI word-to-text functionality processes media and uses the output to automatically create and attach metadata to assets.

IPV’s technology enables much more than other asset management systems. Instead of simply searching and finding content, its integration with editing tools and ability to be deployed in any workflow allows you to do more with assets. By enhancing entire workflow processes – from ingest to archive, from tagging to editing and finally, publication – Curator paves the way for users to create something engaging.

To learn more about the Curator platform head to www.IPV.com.

The National Association of Broadcasters pays tribute to Libby Lloyd

Issued on behalf of the NAB:

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Libby Lloyd. We join industry colleagues across the country in paying tribute to this remarkable South African woman who championed the transformation of the broadcasting industry.

As a regulated sector, we recognise the unique role she played in ensuring the development of a robust and diverse broadcasting industry. Many of us sat in front of  her as she judiciously unpacked our radio and television licence applications – we remember with some trepidation the pointed questions she would pose regarding the “demand, need and support” of our proposed services. We knew better than coming ill-prepared for an engagement with her – as she would no doubt have done the research and taken great care in preparing for any public hearing or Council meeting. But no matter who she was engaging with – whether it be a grassroots community radio activist or a polished media executive – she unfailingly treated everyone she encountered with respect. As an IBA and later ICASA Councillor, she raised the bar for all of us. When she established the MDDA she encouraged licensees to go beyond the regulated funding requirements, but to also provide real opportunities for training and development. Her commitment to the rights of the most marginalised sectors of society reminded us of the significant impact that broadcasting plays in advancing a plurality of voices in our young democracy. We worked with Libby across a range of policy and regulatory processes, most recently when she chaired the Broadcasting Chapter of the Minister of Communications’ National Integrated ICT Policy Review that led to the ICT White Paper. She was a great teacher and mentored many in the industry, always ready to review research papers and effortlessly editing documents.

Libby will be sorely missed. The NAB expresses its sincere condolences to her family, friends and associates. Our thoughts are also with her daughter Sophie Mjwara, who travelled this regulatory journey with her mom. Hamba Kahle Libby Lloyd – Rest In Peace.


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