Ross Video has enjoyed a working relationship with pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport since early last year and the Ross XPression platform now powers all of Eurosport’s graphics content across 54 countries, in 20 different languages. For tennis fans, these last two weeks on Eurosport have been particularly enjoyable as the French Open – the second grand slam tennis event of the calendar – has served up its usual mix of drama, upsets and thrilling play.
This year’s coverage from the Roland Garros stadium in Paris has a slightly different look and feel, and Eurosport has been taking advantage of XPression’s 3D and augmented reality capabilities to create some incredibly creative and eye-catching content that complements the live tennis. ‘The Coach’ – a twice-daily segment in both English and French where a top tennis coach analyses the playing style of one of the day’s competitors – has drawn particular praise for its use of innovative on-screen graphics that seamlessly blend with the physical set. Commenting on XPression, Eurosport’s Head of Graphics Richard Lievre notes that simplicity and creativity have both been key factors for the channel:
“We needed to evolve from our previous graphics system and we felt that XPression would be the right platform for us; it’s been easy to adopt, simple to use and augmented reality has opened up a great many creative possibilities for our team”.
Patrick Jeant, Head of Post Production at Eurosport, agrees. “XPression allows us to work with one single graphics package across all of the different domains within Eurosport where graphics are required – set up once, deploy everywhere. We’ve been one of the first broadcasters in France to use Ross’ augmented reality solution and we’re looking forward to building on the excellent content we’ve produced at the French Open tennis”.
The XPression family of real-time motion graphics systems, clip servers, workflow tools and purpose-built software applications deliver complete solutions for the most demanding tasks. Perfectly suited to news, sports, elections, entertainment, branding, touchscreen, social media, virtual sets, or augmented reality applications, XPression is used by many of the world’s leading broadcasters to make their content more engaging and creative.