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RCS scores with graphics workflow for SBS Discovery

SBS Discovery enlisted Reality Check Systems (RCS) and sports production company Fotball Media to reimagine its on-air image

SBS Discovery enlisted Reality Check Systems (RCS) and sports production company Fotball Media to reimagine its on-air image after acquiring broadcast rights for all UEFA Euro 2016 football qualifiers and European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Collaborating with Fotball Media, RCS overhauled SBS’s studio with an integrated graphics workflow that includes two video walls powered by VizRT solutions and an interactive touchscreen solution for match analysis. A seven-person RCS crew, including two on-site team members, completed the studio configuration and setup of systems provided by SBS within 10 days.

“RCS has worked with ESPN and NFL, so we knew we’d be in good hands, and they were the perfect fit,” said Jan-Erik Aalbu, head of sport, SBS Discovery.

Fotball Media first enlisted RCS’s creative team to present designs and ideas to enhance the look and feel of supplemental production elements beyond the core studio graphics package provided by UEFA to all broadcasters. RCS’s crew devised a workflow that allows one graphics operator to distribute traditional graphics while providing additional graphics and video content to both a main LED video wall and a smaller, standalone screen built into the desk on-set. The video wall graphics portfolio includes several 3D animations, live video inputs, national flags and a countdown to kick-off clock.

RCS also designed an in-studio touchscreen solution for SBS to allow for match analysis and video telestration, drawing on stats provided by sports data vendor Opta.

“Working with SBS Discovery and Fotball Media was a fantastic experience. They gave us an incredible amount of creative freedom to bring the set to life,” said David Peacock, project manager, RCS.

The upcoming TVBAwards aims to celebrate excellence across the media industry, with an award for Achievement in Systems Integration presented to a company responsible for building an outstanding infrastructure or workflow in support of a TV broadcast. This is just one of 13 awards across four categories.

The event is the first of its type from TVBEurope and sister publication TV Technology Europe, and will take place on Thursday 23 October at the Hilton London Wembley. Winners will be announced during what is sure to be an exciting night, and tickets for the event are available now.