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On November 6, when results from the United States Presidential election came pouring in, nearly 90 percent of the world watched live video and graphic results produced with Vizrt equipment as Vizrt continues to be the company the world is truly watching. Thousands of Viz Engines worked for this event, performing real-time video and graphic composites and rendering 2D and 3D animations in SD and HD.
In the United States alone, six national networks and more than 150 local channels covered this election with Vizrt tools. Approximately 1,000 Viz Engine renderers drove election results for U.S. broadcasters.
“With our installed base clearly the majority around the world, Vizrt customers will again produce graphics that most of the world will watch on November 6,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO of Vizrt. “We’re proud of what our customers are creating with our technology and of the added excitement our tools enable on such mission-critical, high-profile, live events.”
The way in which the equipment was useded for election coverage was expanded along with the number of installations. More U.S. broadcasters used Viz Engine within the studio than ever before. Interactive screens, video walls, virtual studios and immersive graphics powered through both Viz Engines and Viz Media Engine server-based media asset management systems. Viz Anchor, an iPad control application, was used with greater frequency by news anchors to manipulate video clips and graphics running on Viz Virtual Studio and Viz Video Wall. With Viz Virtual Studio, existing sets are enhanced with immersive graphics, with which the anchor can interact.
Viz World has become the defacto standard in broadcast mapping. With live data feeds, the maps are updated in real-time on air, in touchscreens, virtual sets, and fullscreen.
Playlists are created and managed in Viz Content Pilot, a template-based graphics and video file management system which gives complete control of all graphic and video content from within the newsroom control system. Graphics are edited via a plug-in for the Viz Trio CG software that enables all major non-linear editing systems to access Trio templates to change text, images, 3D objects and clips. And live election data was continuously displayed with Viz Ticker3D. In the Control room, Viz Trio displayed live graphics and video with content constantly being updated live from various data sources. Many broadcasters used Viz Trio operators in the control room but in the U.S. many of the local stations controlled Vizrt graphics through control room automation systems.
Vizrt’s hands-on support of its customers was apparent this election season, with over 20 Vizrt staffers providing on-site and creative services, data integration instruction, final set up of election show related devices, and equipment rental management to its U.S. broadcast clientele.
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry - from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt's products are used by the world's leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems. Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.