Vizrt Teams with RCS to Deliver Viz Libero Integration

Vizrt, a leading provider of production tools for the digital media industry, has joined forces with Reality Check Systems (RCS), a Burbank, California-based broadcast technology developer, to offer customers a tightly integrated, easy-to-deploy workflow between Vizrt’s Viz Libero 3D sports analysis software and RCS’ LaunchPad touchscreen solution for sports broadcasts. Providing instant on-set access to Viz Libero clips in LaunchPad’s touchscreen monitor, the integration allows presenters to engage fans with real-time sports analysis. This makes the game easier to understand through illustrative replays, charts and diagrams that feature captivating graphics and 3D animations.

Set to debut at NAB 2015, the latest version of LaunchPad - now compatible with Viz Libero - gives on-air talent the ability to retrieve real-time sports data from the cloud and bring it to life on-screen. The powerful and portable solution allows this to happen anywhere live production demands. Viz Libero clips and related metadata that are copied to LaunchPad automatically appear in an easy to use touchscreen menu, allowing operators to quickly select a desired clip and control playout. Presenters can also add telestration graphics that maintain the correct perspective of the pitch. This means that when users highlight movement or specific player actions, graphics will always be positioned correctly on the field.

“Viz Libero offers a wide range of 3D analysis tools that will bring the sports program to a new dimension,” said Stephan Würmlin Stadler, executive vice president of sports for Vizrt. “Combining this integration with its newly added automatic player tracking, the Viz Libero system can turnaround analysis clips in seconds and quickly prepare it for a LaunchPad touchscreen session to be presented by an on-screen analyst. LaunchPad is easy to use, very powerful and this combined solution addresses a variety of individual preferences for interactive sports shows.”


RCS Launchpad is an affordable and highly intuitive interactive touchscreen solution that simplifies data and video analysis for sports broadcasts and connects fans more closely to the sport. Combining proprietary software with third-party hardware and cloud data from domestic and international soccer matches provided by Opta, the solution boasts a user-friendly interface and is available in a variety of configurations and languages.

“Our history of collaboration with Vizrt dates back to its inception and we’ve worked closely with their engineering team since. They understand virtual enhancements and interactive graphics applications at a deep level. This makes Vizrt an excellent partner for this LaunchPad integration,” said Jeff Heimbold, vice president of business development, RCS. “We’re thrilled to unveil Viz Libero compatibility at NAB, which brings LaunchPad users advanced 3D analysis capabilities that add significant value to their sports coverage.”


At the NABShow2015 In Las Vegas, Vizrt and RCS will provide hands-on demonstrations of this new integration on the Vizrt Booth SL2417.

About RCS:
Reality Check Systems (RCS) ignites on-air viewing experiences for some of the most-watched sporting, eSports and entertainment events on television. With offices in Burbank, CA and London, RCS has partnered with the world's leading sports leagues, federations, networks and social media giants since 1997 to fuel audience engagement through a customized fusion of dynamic graphics, real-time data and social media. To give shape to each client's unique vision, RCS develops sophisticated graphics and production systems that can be seamlessly deployed in a wide array of professional environments


About Vizrt:
Vizrt provides 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, video editing, compositing, and playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide.