Live from the Ryder Cup with augmented reality graphics

Sky Sports UK is on site at the Ryder Cup with Viz Virtual Studio for augmented reality graphics.

The following is an excerpt of the article by SVG.

“The NCAM system is interesting,” says David Culmer, Sky Sports, production manager, of the camera system that allows for Vizrt augmented reality graphics of the Ryder Cup players to be integrated into live shots out of the studio, giving the appearance that that the players magically appeared in the studio. Similar to the last Ryder Cup the production team on location at the Ryder Cup shot video of the players and then was able to send those files, each about 4 GB in size, back to the UK via File Catalyst for final post. About 200 GBs of files were then returned to Minnesota for use by the studio production team.

The NCAM system is attached to a Sony camera in the studio and allows augmented-reality graphics created with the Viz graphics engine (in this case, video avatars of players and captains) to be placed in the studio alongside the talent. Another change since the Open is that Sky Sports now owns the NCAM system that allows augmented-reality graphics to be brought to the studio.

“There was a good case for buying it after it was successfully used at the Open,” explains Jason Landau, design director, Sky Sports.“By owning it, we give our guys the opportunity to learn more about it.”

Earlier in the week, the Sky production team had 15 minutes with each player and captain and was able to shoot video of individual players and captains taking a couple of steps forward and folding their arms or stepping forward and doing something like pulling out a yardage book or putting on a golf glove.

“It brings a bit of life to our coverage, so that, when there is a discussion about a player, their image isn’t frozen,” says Landau. “We also put in shadows this time, which really helps.”

Sky Creative’s Phil Madge was lead Viz specialist on this, and Dom Hudson, of Sky’s graphics and data team, was lead technical specialist.

“The director for the Ryder Cup, Mike Allen, was, of course, involved, working with the cameramen to ensure the visualization was as strong as it could be,” adds Landau.

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