Vizrt unveils details of its Augmented Reality set for BBC Sports

Vizrt has recently revealed details of the advanced virtual set graphics ecosystem. This studio has turned from a small simple studio into their “Pres 2” set and a home studio for BBC Sport in Salford, UK.

“We had a small studio space at Media City which was not being used as much as we would have liked so we decided to convert it into a green screen space. With the virtual design and rendering technology we now have a studio that has 5 different presenting positions and is able to house a variety of our sports output”, has commented John Murphy, creative director and head of Graphics for Sport at the BBC.

In April 2021, BBC Sport has been using the Vizrt ecosystem to broadcast a variety of sporting tournaments. Productions include chosen programs from Match of The Day, Euros 2020 and the Summer Games – providing audiences with dynamic graphics to accompany sporting analytics and highlights during the show.

The Vizrt’s system that BBC Sport has used includes Viz Engine 4 with its integrated Unreal Engine 4 render pipeline and Fusion Keyer, coupled with the Mo-Sys StarTracker 6-axis optical tracking system and set designs from BK Design and Lightwell.

“Vizrt was proud to participate in BBC Sports’ celebration of the UEFA Euro 2020 championships and the amazing summer games, and for us the BBC set stands out both in looks and functionality. With the hybrid Unreal 4-Viz Engine 4 studio we were able to solve many challenges for the BBC. The studio provided an operator friendly workflow that enables content change and provides viewers with meaningful information throughout the show”, has said Gerhard Lang, CTO for Vizrt.

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