Super Bowl LI on Fox - Powered by Vizrt
Earlier in the 2016-2017 NFL season, Fox Sports introduced augmented reality (AR) graphics to select games using Viz Virtual Studio. Tracking partner Skycam provides additional camera angles of the game, including bird’s-eye views and the view behind the quarterback. The tracking data from Skycam along with optical tracking data from SMT allow Viz Virtual Studio to place AR graphics such as scoreboards, player lineups and statistic charts on the field.
“Our temporary Super Bowl set will allow us to take advantage of many different parts of Vizrt’s enterprise products. We have come a long way from only utilizing real time graphics for simple lower thirds and fullscreens,” said Zac Fields, SVP graphic technology and innovation, Fox Sports.
The FOX Sports Super Bowl studio will be set up at Discovery Green in Houston. This large area will feature three separate operating sets along with 14 large LED screens. These monitors will include graphics and video content produced by four dual channel Viz Engines.
In addition to populating 14 LED screens, FOX Sports will use Viz Engine to populate two touchscreens and one 50' Techno crane with AR capabilities.
Fox Sports will also use Viz Trio to produce lower third graphics, full screen graphics, real-time stats and interactive charts. Viz Trio will control graphics displayed on Viz Engines from the mobile units during the live game as well as all pre- and post-game shows.
“We are extremely proud to be working with Fox Sports again on another major event,” said David Jorba, President, Vizrt Americas. “Fox Sports continues to push the boundaries of what technology can do for efficient and outstanding sports live production, and we are happy to be by their side supporting their latest innovations.”
Fox Sports has used Vizrt technology for its graphics production since 2010, in the studio as well as onboard the various mobile production trucks. This includes generating the popular “Cleatus” CGI robot that appears during program interstitials during every NFL on Fox telecast.
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, video playout, studio automation, sports analysis, journalist story tools, and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, social media, video editing, compositing, and multiplatform VOD and live playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Sky Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, 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. Vizrt is a privately owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII.