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Vizrt is a worldwide market leader in the areas of real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, story and video editing, compositing, and multiplatform VOD and live playout tools.

Pebble Beach Systems integrates with Vizrt to enhance playout graphics

Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, recently announced that it has partnered with graphics specialist Vizrt to integrate the Viz Engine into its Dolphin and Orca integrated playout solutions.

Integrated channel technology can hugely simplify the playout chain for broadcasters by delivering logistical, space and cost savings. Typically, these solutions incorporate video server, master control switcher, subtitling, captioning, channel branding and more within a software-defined environment. But for many broadcasters the on-board graphics capabilities are no match for the high end functionality their chosen graphics tools can deliver.

Alison Pavitt, Marketing Manager at Pebble, confirms: “Ultimately it’s about choice and reducing the total cost of ownership. Broadcast graphics are fundamental to channel identity, so broadcasters naturally don’t want to compromise on their branding when reviewing their playout technology choices. That’s why Pebble has collaborated with the top graphics companies in the industry to ensure that our end users can have access to their preferred best-of-breed graphics tools and enhance their carefully crafted graphics workflows. We’re proud to be partnering with one of the biggest names in broadcast graphics, Vizrt, to offer the Viz Engine software plug-in for our Dolphin and Orca solutions.”

By offering this functionality through a shared memory interface as a software plug-in which utilizes a GPU, Pebble confirmed that it is no longer necessary to pass video signals between disparate devices, which in the IP world could mean high bandwidth demand. This not only simplifies the playout chain, but also greatly reduces network bandwidth within the cloud, since the video interconnect to and from the third party system has been eliminated. It also reduces the amount of hardware required to run a channel whilst providing a full graphics workflow.

Gerhard Lang, CTO, Vizrt, says; “Pebble Beach Systems did a fantastic job integrating our graphics into their software-defined integrated and IP channel solutions. Both companies strive for quality, performance and reliability and the outcome reflects this. Through previous partnerships and endeavors our two companies have built up a high level of trust and respect, making this integration an obvious success.”

Vizrt presents a tangible vision of the future at IBC2019

Following the ground-breaking acquisition of NewTek by Vizrt earlier this year, IBC2019 will play host to the newly combined group’s first joint presentation.

The acquisition, which is five months old, saw two of the world’s most innovative companies in video join together to become the leading voice in the future of IP-based, software defined visual storytelling content production.

NewTek, as well as Vizrt and partners, will be using NDI, the most widely used IP video standard on the planet, throughout all the exhibition halls at IBC.

At IBC2019, Vizrt, a world-leading provider of visual storytelling tools for media content creators, will be promoting the latest updates to its core platforms and product ranges for the future of media;

  • Viz Engine 4, the cornerstone of the future of media workflows, will launch at IBC2019, following its preview at NAB, and will feature throughout The Big AR Sports Show
  • Efficient newsroom and automation workflows presented in Connected Storytelling, with new features in the automation range that will prepare media companies to succeed in a future of complex, live productions easily and error-free
  • The importance of IP as the format of the future will be presented at A New Era of Live Production, looking at why NDI is one of the key standards for achieving efficient IP production
  • IP-based, software defined visual storytelling (SDVS) production and traditional SDI enhancements to production platforms will enable powerful automation-driven storytelling capabilities

The Vizrt Stage on Stand 7.B01 will also premier a range of disruptive thought leadership presentations, as well as fresh content for the renowned feature presentations. This includes The Big AR Sports Show which will show audiences how the Vizrt Sports software can be utilised for easy-to-use AR, play analysis, and the monetization of sports and live events content.

The Vizrt Sports offering will be an important feature for visitors from sports broadcasters and rights holders in preparation for the Olympics, UEFA EUROs, and other major sporting events in 2020.

Mark Gederman appointed Global Head of Marketing for Vizrt’s new Global Sports business unit

Vizrt, a world-leading provider of visual storytelling tools for media content creators, has announced that Mark Gederman has joined the recently formed Global Sports business unit as the Global Head of Sports Marketing.

In this role Gederman will lead the charge in defining and executing the Global Sports marketing strategy across all sports customers, and he will be instrumental in Vizrt’s marketing event activities, as well as with marketing content and offering to our worldwide sports customers. Three areas of initial focus will be to consolidate the digital marketing path for sports; to shape and further focus Vizrt’s sports solutions and offerings; and to prioritise monetisation initiatives around Vizrt’s virtual advertising solutions.

Gederman is a senior marketing executive coming to Vizrt from his role as director of Global Marketing for Sports at ChyronHego where he implemented strategic and tactical marketing campaigns, supporting sales activity across sports rights holders, teams, leagues, and federations.

Gederman has 30 years of experience in the broadcast and sports technology industry. Previous roles include marketing director at Grass Valley, as well as other positions at Avid Technology and EMC Corporation. His first job was in television production as a Broadcast Engineer and Producer.

Gederman will report directly to Stephan W. Stadler, President of Global Sports, and will be based in the Vizrt New York office.

Vizrt launches new global business unit to strengthen focus on sports

Vizrt, a world-leading provider of visual storytelling tools for media content creators, has announced that they have created a Global Sports unit to further strengthen their focus on sports.

The new region will be headed up by Dr. Stephan W. Stadler, previously chief product officer at Vizrt, as newly appointed president, Global Sports, and he will continue to report directly to the CEO.

Michael Hallén, CEO of Vizrt says, “Creating a separate team with specialised skillset focusing the Sports business follows recent years successful growth and will drive Vizrt’s expansion in Sports even further. Who better to lead than Stephan whose passion and knowledge about the sports broadcasting industry is unsurpassed.”

Global Sports will lead all business worldwide with sports broadcasters, sports teams and federations, e-sports, and sports venues. It will sit alongside the other business regions of EMEA, APAC and Americas of which Vizrt currently divides.

Stadler, president, Global Sports, Vizrt, says, “The dedicated global sports team will combine commercial sports and product excellence to even better support our worldwide client base in sports, which includes customers such as Star India, BBC Sports and Fox Sports. Already the team intrinsically understand the needs and requirements of our sports customers and we believe that increased focus and a dedicated team with industry knowledge will be able to accelerate growth significantly.”

Regional sports sales will fall under the leadership of regional Heads of Sport – for AMECS: Kevin Bovet, EMEA: Thomas Nelson, APAC: Ross Munro – who are rapidly growing the respective sales and pre-sales teams.

The growing virtual advertisement business will also fall under the Global Sports team’s responsibility, with Vizrt’s revolutionary image-based perimeter board replacement solution, Viz Eclipse, driving innovation.

The fast-growing global business of eSports will also be another focus for the team. With clients such as Riot Games and Tencent, Vizrt has been considered a strong partner for this industry and with its rapid expansion the team have appointed Ramon Ramos as Vizrt’s Global Head of eSports to take on the challenge.

 

Match of the Day’s World Cup coverage goes live with Vizrt

Match of the Day’s live studio in Moscow presents the most dynamic and ambitious virtual effects to date.

Moscow’s Red Square is the centre of the football universe as the world’s broadcasters cover the World Cup. The BBC’s iconic Match of the Day is broadcasting to UK living rooms, as well as digital platforms and social media channels with coverage that includes hundreds of hours of match footage, studio discussion, interviews, news packages, and analysis.

Augmented reality in Red Square

Match of the Day’s live Red Square studio features augmented reality (AR) graphics to help pundits and hosts tell the story of each match with stats, team news and a few surprises along the way. This is all set up with an impressive view of St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background.

The aim is to let the viewer feel that they are being taken directly from Red Square into the live stadium action with a 180-degree camera move.

Croatian tracking specialists, stYpe are providing tracking for six cameras in the studio while the UK’s Alston Elliott (AE) were challenged to design and are operate AR graphics to compliment the broadcaster’s teams. Vizrt’s Viz Engine is the workhorse behind all of the graphics rendering, including AR in the studio and virtual set extensions to hide the massive amounts of production systems in the Red Square studio.

“AE is delighted to be working with BBC Sport to assist with the delivery of its highly impactful World Cup studio in Moscow,” said Stuart Coles, chief commercial officer at Alston Elliott. “To be involved with such a high-profile event undoubtedly inspired our creative, R&D and broadcast engineering teams to really push the boundaries of what is possible and we are both proud and delighted with the results achieved.”

“BBC Sport, AE, stYpe and Vizrt have worked on many major events together, and in my view make a veritable AR dream team. We’re incredibly proud that four RedSpy systems are tracking every camera movement from the Red Square studio and truly excited to be covering the World Cup together, making it another successful collaboration,” said Stype Cajic, stYpe CEO.

“We’re very proud that BBC Sport and Alston Elliott continue to innovate with our technology, this year’s World Cup is the boldest yet for all involved, let’s hope England’s football team do us proud too,” said Mark Pizzey, Vizrt’s key account manager.

ATG Danmon completes control room upgrade for BBC Scotland

ATG Danmon has completed a systems integration project for BBC Scotland. The project centred on the modernisation of a compact television gallery assigned to the production of bulletin-style news programmes.

“Careful co-ordination was vital to ensure the daily broadcast schedule could continue as normal,” comments ATG Danmon project manager Howard Dixon.

“This was achieved by installing all the required new equipment in a temporary control room which could be fully configured and used for staff training before going live. Once that was fully operational, we decommissioned and emptied the legacy control room before moving the complete system in.

“We achieved the switchover with complete success in little more than half a day. The infrastructure includes new VizRT Mosart control and playout automation, a large Adder Link Infinity KVM system, a Media Wall multiscreen display using Sony 55 inch 4K monitor screens, and J.L. Cooper audio fader control.

“We also designed and integrated a large Custom Consoles L-shaped control desk to fit the available space. This is configured for use by up to a five-strong team comprising news editor, teleprompter, producer, director and technical operator.”

Based in Glasgow, BBC Scotland currently transmits three TV channels (BBC One Scotland, BBC Two Scotland, BBC Alba) and two radio stations (BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal). It currently produces approximately 15,000 hours of television and radio programming per year.

Part of the Danmon Group, ATG Danmon has been at the forefront of the transition to the file-based technology now used throughout the industry. It has also assisted many clients in the construction of IT-based automated file workflow systems, high-definition studios, master control rooms and playout facilities, as well as the upgrade of existing SD systems to HD and UHD. By embracing tomorrow’s technology, ATG Danmon delivers maximum value through close co-operation with suppliers and customers, leading to mutually beneficial long-term relationships.

ATG Danmon also offers a comprehensive range of products and services including transcoding and automated workflow management, accelerated global file transfer, media workflow-design, project-planning, equipment installation, software-configuration, commissioning, documentation, on-site training plus ongoing support and maintenance.

With offices in Asia, Denmark, Germany, the Middle East, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the Danmon Group thinks globally and acts locally to support customers with its highly experienced sales and engineering teams.
ATG Danmon reports the completion of a systems integration project for BBC Scotland. The project centred on the modernisation of a compact television gallery assigned to the production of bulletin-style news programmes.

“Careful co-ordination was vital to ensure the daily broadcast schedule could continue as normal,” comments ATG Danmon project manager Howard Dixon.

“This was achieved by installing all the required new equipment in a temporary control room which could be fully configured and used for staff training before going live. Once that was fully operational, we decommissioned and emptied the legacy control room before moving the complete system in.

“We achieved the switchover with complete success in little more than half a day. The infrastructure includes new VizRT Mosart control and playout automation, a large Adder Link Infinity KVM system, a Media Wall multiscreen display using Sony 55 inch 4K monitor screens, and J.L. Cooper audio fader control.

“We also designed and integrated a large Custom Consoles L-shaped control desk to fit the available space. This is configured for use by up to a five-strong team comprising news editor, teleprompter, producer, director and technical operator.”

Vizrt to give away Viz Artist design software

Vizrt’s powerful real-time design platform, Viz Artist, is now free for creatives around the world. Viz Artist unleashes the creativity of designers to model a new future for the global media landscape. Media houses, broadcasters, and digital publishers, gain access to a rapidly growing pool of talent that will bring their brand to new heights of powerful visual storytelling.

NAB 2018 attendees can be the first to sign up for the free edition of Viz Artist first at Vizrt’s stand. The free edition of Viz Artist will be available world-wide the middle of April 2018.

“We want to unlock the creative potential of live media production,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt CTO. “With the release of Viz Artist 3.10 with its new dongle-free license structure, and a robust online training program with Viz University, we are providing a very easy way for designers around the world to learn this powerful design tool.”

Freedom for designers

Viz Artist allows designers to expand their career with the #1 real-time design tool for the broadcast industry. The system includes a suite of tools and plugins for creating professional scenes and templated-graphics packages. Optional access to Viz University allows designers to learn the system online and at their own pace.

Freedom for media companies

The free edition of Viz Artist creates a large pool of talented professionals, allowing media companies to choose the designers that best fit their needs and style. Businesses now have a larger number of Viz Artist workstations internally, including on every Viz Engine, adding greater workflow flexibility and design team output on a daily basis.

Petter Ole Jakobsen added, “With more designers in the market, the ability to have new and unique designs for live productions greatly increases, allowing media companies to find new ways to engage their audiences. The branding and design options truly become limitless.”

Freedom for universities

Educational institutions can now prepare their students for a bright future in media design by teaching the system used by the world’s largest media brands. Working together with Viz University, full classrooms of Viz Artist students can learn everything from the basics of scene building, to advanced data-driven graphics, augmented reality, and virtual set design.

How to sign up

Visit Vizrt.com to sign up and download the free edition of Viz Artist. Viz Artist requires a PC running Windows. The free edition of Viz Artist is limited to watermarked DVI OUT and Clip render OUT.

“I’m really excited to see what designers come up with using Viz Artist. This truly opens up the media production world to a new level of creativity that has never been seen before,” concluded Petter Ole Jakobsen.

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