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MOOV serves up augmented reality graphics for BBC’s Wimbledon coverage

MOOV is employing RT Software’s AR solution on a three camera setup

Sports events and graphics company MOOV has been working with the BBC to create augmented reality graphics for the broadcaster’s coverage of Wimbledon.

MOOV is using RT Software’s AR solution on a three camera (two pedestals and one jib) setup which utilises the StarTracker camera tracking technology from Mo-Sys. The optical tracking system gathers reliable and highly-precise tracking data, enabling studio cameras to be moved when overlaying augmented graphics.

This is the first time both Mo-Sys and RT Software have had their Augmented Reality solutions used at Wimbledon. AR graphics generated for this year’s coverage include virtual life size cut outs of players on glass plinths in front of the presenters, and a virtual “Magic Window” looking out over a 3D render of a tennis court with results and match data laid on to the court surface.

Each camera feed is passed through RT’s render engine which drives both the player cut outs and the magic window in real time.

Nev Appleton, director and co-founder of MOOV said: “This is our 18th Wimbledon for BBC Sport and we are happy with the results that we have achieved using the 3D-Live render engine from RT Software. We also use StarTracker on many projects and Mo- Sys have always delivered great results. We are always looking to bring best in field software and hardware for Wimbledon and this year is no exception.”