German commercial broadcaster RTL Television will use a range of Vizrt technologies to produce and broadcast its national team’s football matches. 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.
Among the Vizrt solutions to be implemented for the broadcasts is Viz Arena, which utilises a new image-based tracking system for live game enhancements and analysis. It features camera tracking capability and integration with realtime 3D graphics from the Viz Engine 3D, making it possible to apply graphics on the field without mechanical tracking heads. Data-driven graphics, sponsor branding and analysis content can be added live before, during and after the match.
“We recognise that viewership will increase due to the team’s recent 2014 World Cup Championship,” said Manfred Loppe, head of sport, RTL, “so we have to deliver a captivating broadcast and that’s where, amongst others, Vizrt comes in.”
RTL and its production house Cologne Broadcasting Center (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; Viz Trio to present scores, player statistics, etc.; and Viz Artist, used to design template-based 3D elements.