NFL Kickoff 2016: Fox Sports' Tech Effort Builds Toward the Super Bowl

Fox Sports has a Super Bowl on the horizon and viewers can expect an army of high-speed and POV cameras and use of Vizrt virtual graphics on the SkyCam Wildcat aerial camera system

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Skycam Wildcat Takes Next Step With Virtual Graphics

After debuting the use of virtual graphics, including the 1st-and-Ten line, on the Skycam Wildcat system last year, the feature will become standard this year on all Fox A games. Fox worked with Skycam, Sportvision, and Vizrt during the preseason to perfect the virtual-graphics-on-Skycam workflow and plans to make it a staple moving forward.

"Virtual graphics and augmented reality have been a big part of football coverage for 25 years now, since the yellow line came out. Now we’re finding ways of pushing the envelope," says Davies. "We had some really good results in the preseason game in Houston, where we were able to put 3D graphics on the field and maneuver the Skycam around it. It is very, very cool, and we’re just scratching the surface in terms of what we can do with that.

"And then," he continues, "the 1st-and-Ten line on Skycam was not just something that could be done even a couple years ago [but has] become much more standard. The way Fox uses the Skycam, where we use it live and sometimes as an iso, is very aggressive. It made for a tough job for Skycam, Sportvision, and Vizrt to keep up with it, but, this season, we’re pretty happy about that and looking forward to the possibilities of what we can add to the game through augmented reality for the NFL."

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