Bergen, Norway, March 31, 2010 Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)
On March 14th TopVision, the Berlin-based OB-Van production company, presented the first live 3D HD Bundesliga football match in Germany. Nine 3D camera rigs (18 cameras in total) provided the video and Vizrt’s software generated the graphics. The Viz Trio character generator and the dual-channel Viz Engine created and synchronized graphics for the left and right eyes, creating the 3D effect.
The 3D football game was transmitted by satellite to a closed-circuit audience in Munich where all viewers were given RealD 3D circular-polarized glasses. Achim Jendges, TopVision’s CEO, said the 3D production and transmission was a full success, and the company plans to continue producing more sport events in 3D.
“Sky Germany and Sportcast specifically requested that we do this production in 3D,” Jendges said. “We’ve worked with Sky on other important TV milesstones, for example the first HD production from a Bundesliga football match in December 2005.”
For the 3D HD graphics, Vizrt supplied a 3D HD Trio character generator and Viz Engine rendering system. Out of the switcher, the right eye and the left eye images were streamed in full HD 1920 x 1080 to 3D HD monitors. Using circular-polarized 3D glasses, the TopVision crew could view flicker-free 3D HD images and work on the production with no eye strain.
“Live Stereo-3D productions have different needs than film, where you can change the stereo-3D parameter in post production,” said Johann Rückel, Sales Manager at Vizrt. “In a live production you need real-time tools like the Viz Engine, where you can change every parameter and see the changes right away.”
Worldwide interest in 3D is growing and broadcasters are eager to put the technology to use on live sports events. With Viz Engine, Viz Trio and Viz Virtual Studio, Vizrt has a range of 3D products that are now field proven at high-profile live productions.
Visit Vizrt at NAB booth SL5408 next month in Las Vegas to see the Stereo 3D Vizrt solution in action.
Vizrt creates leading-edge content production tools for the digital media industry – from award-winning 3D graphics & maps through integrated video workflow solutions and online publishing tools.
We propose a new vision for content creation, management and delivery with an end-to-end solution from conception to multi-format distribution. Through constant innovation and a good measure of fun, we create software and services that push creative boundaries and develop new ways of telling stories.
Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.
Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.
For more information on TopVision, please go to: www.topvision.tv