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Vizrt: RTL enters the German Arena

German broadcaster RTL Television is using an array of Vizrt technologies to produce and broadcast the future football games of the German national team. RTL has regained the TV rights to broadcast the current World Cup title-holder’s games for both its qualification campaigns for the Euro 2016 tournament in France and World Cup 2018 in Russia.

The broadcaster and its production house, Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC), have been customers of Vizrt since 2009. RTL is upgrading its production and playout facilities at the CBC in order to support production of the German national team games, which are among the most watched broadcasts in Europe and other regions.

Among the Vizrt solutions to be implemented and used prior to and during games, RTL is using Viz Arena, which utilises a new image-based tracking system for live game enhancements and analysis. This unique camera tracking capability and integration with real-time 3D graphics from the Viz Engine 3D compositor gives broadcasters new creative possibilities for football (soccer) coverage. This makes it possible to apply graphics on the field without mechanical tracking heads.

RTL and CBC will also use Viz Libero for pre-game, half-time and post-game analysis; Viz Virtual Studio for the creation and implementation of immersive graphics both in their mobile studio and on an interview crane camera on the field; Viz Trio to present scores, player statistics; and Viz Artist, used to design template-based advanced 3D elements to be deployed before and during each game broadcast.