The world's biggest media companies covered the 2016 U.S. Election with Vizrt

See behind the scenes videos, photos and highlights showing how media companies from around the world covered the 2016 U.S. Election with Vizrt graphics, video and automation tools.

 

ABC News  

ABC News took over a large part of Times Square with their election studio and displayed election results on the big screens around the square. They used four Viz Engines to power all the screens which displayed election results coming from Astucemedia's data controller. In addition they used four Viz Engines for preview purposes. In total 18 outputs on 8 Viz Engines. Astucemedia designed the Times Square graphics and in-studio graphics including interactive screens using Viz Artist.

 

The night before the election ABC News did a test of the screens and the staff from Astucemedia were on-site to provide this image.

The live broadcast also used graphics designed in Viz Artist and rendered by Viz Engine for multiple in-studio screen on and on-screen graphics.

ABC News also live streamed 360 video. Click and drag on the video to see every angle of Times Square.

 

 

Al Arabiya

Al Arabiya has created some stunning augmented reality (AR) graphics over the Dubai Media City lake. Using Viz Virtual Studio and Spidercam, the map over the lake is over 100,000 square feet and the AR graphics on the side of the MBC building are 30 meters tall.

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360 video, while not a main source for content on election night, does make an interesting viewing experience when consuming video and graphics. Al Arabiya added their augmented reality graphics to a 360 video outside their studio in this sample below. Viz Engine is able to place live, data-driven graphics into live 360 video feeds, tracking accurately to a position in the video. Click and drag in the video below to see it in action.

 

 

Al Jazeera

As part of its live coverage of this year’s U.S. Presidential race, Al Jazeera Media Network provided viewers with up-to-the-second voting results. The results were visualized by an integrated data analytics and real-time graphics rendering solution from Astucemedia and Vizrt. The solution allows broadcasters to take real-time voting data and easily turn it into compelling on-screen graphics to help viewers at home get a better understanding of election results.

 The video wall is controlled by Viz Multiplay while the AR graphics are from Viz Virtual Studio. A custom data controller was created by Astucemedia and the system is designed so that the same content is automatically distributed in each language covered by Al Jazeera including English, Arabic and Bosnian. Learn more

 

 

 

Before the election, Al Jazeera America gave us a tour of their Washington D.C. studio where they are using Viz Engine for graphics rendering, Viz Pilot for newsroom workflows, and Viz Ticker. Thanks to Jonathan Garrett, Manager of Operations and Technology for giving us a tour!

 

BBC

BBC News used Viz Virtual Studio to show demographics and the electoral count while in the studio they used a touchscreen running Viz Engine to give an interactive look at the election.

BBC News did a special Facebook Live stream with their virtual set to explain the election. The set was controlled with Viz Virtual Studio and uses map elements from Viz World.

 

 

CBC

The Canadian national broadcaster used Viz Engine to drive their live graphics during the election coverage including monitors int he studio and data-driven full screen graphics. Images courtesy NewscastStudio.

 

CBS News

CBS News redesigned their studio for the live coverage and added a video wall and interactive screens that featured maps from Viz World. they also used augmented reality graphics with Viz Virtual Studio to show voter demographics, sentiments and election results.

 

 

Chilevision

While not showing content from the U.S. Election, this video comes to us from Chilevision who recently covered their local elections. They used Vizrt graphics tools including Viz Pilot for the newsroom workflow, Viz Multiplay to control the video wall, and Viz Engine to render all of their graphics. 

 

 

CNN

CNN's election studio featured multiple video walls driven by Viz Multiplay. On the news desk CNN used a transparent screen from Leyard with Viz Engine graphics. All on-screen graphics were controlled by Viz Trio through playlists created by the journalists in the newsroom using the Viz Pilot template-based newsroom plugin.

 

We were able to go behind the scenes in the CNN control room as they produced their live election broadcast.

 

 

DR

Denmark's national broadcaster, DR, used Viz Virtual Studio to bring their viewers election results. Social TV Chrome Extension for all SoMe elements, Viz Pilot for controlling every aspect of the Map and fullscreen graphics. Transition logic was used for all the Lower third result graphics, and standalone scenes was used for the fullscreen graphics. We also got a look behind the scenes into their control room.

 

 

Expressen

Swedish newspaper Expressen went live earlier this year with Expressen TV, an online channel completely driven by Vizrt automation, video and graphics systems. Here is a behind the scenes look at their live election coverage tonight.

 

 

Fox News

Fox News built new election studio with Viz Multiplay controlling three video walls and Viz Engine drove graphics and video in every screen in the studio. Fox News also used Viz Pilot to allow the journalists to build playlists of graphics and video on air.

Fox News had several studios in use for the election. Earlier int he evening they used Viz Engine to drive content for several aother videos walls and all of their on-screen graphics and video.

 

N24

German broadcaster N24 – part of Axel Springer –  used Viz World and Viz Engine for their video wall production. In addition, they added augmented reality graphics to the studio using Viz Virtual Studio. Their live production was controlled using the Viz Mosart studio automation system.

 

 

NBC News

NBC News debuted their augmented reality (AR) graphics on the face of the 30 Rockefeller Center building and on their Democracy Plaza.

The augmented reality content was created by Girraphic and is completely data driven to account for a large number of races. NBC is using 4 tracked cameras - 2 jibs (8 meter arms) and 2 PTZF fixed position cameras. The tracking systems are provided by stYpe and they send data to the Viz Virtual Studio tracking servers.

A total of 5 Viz Engines were used for all the AR graphics. That's 2 for NBC, 2 for MSNBC, and 1 for Telemundo – NBC's Spanish language network.

 

 

NBC expanded their 4th floor studio and added an additional video wall to the space. The video wall, controlled by Viz Multiplay, featured real-time data-driven graphics rendered by Viz Engine and heavy use of maps using Viz World. Read the full story by NewscastStudio.

 

 

NRK

Norway's public broadcaster NRK used an interactive map to display predictions and results. The map and video wall was driven by Viz World and Viz Engine.

 

 

RCN & NTN 24

Colombia's RCN and NTN 24 used Viz Engine to drive their video wall, Viz Virtual Studio for augmented reality graphics, and Viz Pilot for their newsroom workflow.

 

 

 

RT

Russian broadcast RT provided live coverage of the election in several languages. Their studio used Viz Engine to drive graphics in several monitors and a large video wall, while Viz Virtual Studio was used for a virtual set and augmented reality graphics. Images courtesy NewscastStudio.

 

 

RTL

RTL went with a full virtual set using Viz Virtual Studio for their U.S. election coverage. Live election data feeding Viz Engine ensured that they had up to date numbers throughout the night.

 

 

Sky News

The UK's Sky News has built a studio on Times Square in New York for the U.S. Election. Special editions of “Sunrise,” “All Out Politics,” “Sky News Tonight” and “Murnaghan” were broadcast from the location.. Sky News makes extensive use of Viz Engine for rendering their graphics in their large video wall and Viz Pilot for their newsroom workflow. Read the article from NewscastStudio

 

Société Radio-Canada

Société Radio-Canada (CBC) covered the U.S. election for their viewers in French. The broadcaster used Viz Virtual Studio to add data-driven augmented reality graphics in the studio, while Viz Engine rendered lower thirds, fullscreens and video walls.

 

Telemundo

American Spanish language channel Telemundo used Viz Virtual Studio to create augmented reality (AR) graphics in the studio. They also used one Viz Engine to drive AR graphics in Democracy Plaza in New York. Telemundo is part of the same broadcast group at NBC News. The English language AR election graphics from NBC News and those by Telemundo used the same templates and live data feeds. This automated the content of the graphics so that both language displayed the same results.

 

Televisa

In Mexico, Televisa controlled their live coverage with the Viz Mosart automation system and used Viz Virtual Studio to add augmented reality graphics to the studio.

 

 

TV 2 Denmark

The Danish broadcaster used data-driven graphics for their live coverage to ensure the most up to date content was always on air. Viz World was used to create and manage election maps, while all the graphics were rendered with Viz Engine. Viz Pilot was the tool journalist used in the newsroom to build the playlist of graphics while Viz Pilot for the control room was used to playback the playlist.

 

 

TV 2 Norway

TV 2 Norway, the largest commercial broadcaster in Norway (and founder of Vizrt), provided analysis of the election results from a panel of experts and used a touch screen driven by Viz Engine to give insights into the details of the election. Multiple screens throughout the studio were also provided content through Viz Engine. Other graphics used for the coverage, including fullscreens and lower thirds, were built by journalists using the Viz Pilot newsroom plugin inside their NRCS. In the control room, the entire production was controlled using the Viz Mosart studio automation system.

 

 

Univision

Univision put together a very visual and interactive presentation for the election using Viz Virtual Studio to add augmented reality graphics, Viz Engine to run interactive graphics and full screen graphics.

 

 

Vice News

Vice News broke the mold with its election coverage - and used Vizrt automation and graphics tools to create their unique production. Read the article from NewscastStudio

 

Washington Post

The Washington Post launched live coverage of the election online. Design firm Polygon Labs was on-site and built their presentation using Viz Artist and the Vizrt Social TV solution. Here's a quick look into the control room.

 

 

ZDF

German broadcaster ZDF used a combination of maps from Viz World and interactive graphics from Viz Engine for their U.S. election coverage.

 

The following posts are from the Vizrt 2016 Live U.S. Election blog

 

23:43, 8 November 2016

RCN & NTN 24

Let's go to South America and take a look in the studio of Colombia's RCN and NTN 24 as they use Viz Engine to drive their video wall, Viz Virtual Studio for augmented reality graphics, and Viz Pilot for their newsroom workflow.

 

 

 

22:52, 8 November 2016

Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera, celebrating their 20th anniversay, created a massive election studio that combines a video wall and augmented reality (AR) graphics seamlessly. The video wall is controlled by Viz Multiplay while the AR graphics are from Viz Virtual Studio. A custom data controller was created by Astucemedia and the system is designed so that the same content is automatically distributed in each language covered by Al Jazeera including English, Arabic and Bosnian.

 

 

Here are some behind the scenes shots from Al Jazeera's rehearsals from their control room. They were testing their virtual set which uses Viz Virtual Studio and their video wall which uses Viz Multiplay. Astucemedia created the data platform for bringing in live data feeds and controlling them live on air - they provided these photos.

22:33, 8 November 2016

Televisa

In Mexico, Televisa is driving their live coverage with the Viz Mosart automation system and using Viz Virtual Studio to add #augmentedreality graphics to the studio.

 

 

21:56, 8 November 2016

Al Arabiya

Al Arabiya has created some stunning augmented reality (AR) graphics over the Dubai Media City lake. Using Viz Virtual Studio and Spidercam, the map over the lake is over 100,000 square feet and the AR graphics on the side of the MBC building are 30 meters tall.

 

 

21:43, 8 November 2016

ABC News

ABC News has taken over a large part of Times Square with their election studio and displaying election results on the big screens around the square. They are using only two Viz Engines to power all the screens which display election results coming from Astucemedia's data controller.

 

 

20: 46, 8 November 2016

BBC News

Across the pond, BBC News is using Viz Virtual Studio to show demographics and the electoral count while in the studio they use a touchscreen running Viz Engine to give an interactive look at the election.

 

 

20:19, 8 November 2016

NBC News

NBC News just debuted their stunning augmented reality (AR) graphics. So let's take a moment to talk about how this is done – I love this stuff.

The augmented reality content was created by Girraphic and is completely data driven to account for a large number of races. NBC is using 4 tracked cameras - 2 jibs (8 meter arms) and 2 PTZF fixed position cameras. The tracking systems are provided by stYpe and they send data to the Viz Virtual Studio tracking servers.

A total of 5 Viz Engines are being used for all of tonight's AR graphics. That's 2 for NBC, 2 for MSNBC, and 1 for Telemundo – NBC's Spanish language network.

 

 

19:46, 8 November 2016

The Washington Post

The Washington Post has launched live coverage of the election online. Design firm Polygon Labs is on-site and built their presentation using Viz Artist and the Vizrt Social TV solution. Here's a quick look into the control room. You can see the live stream here.

 

 

19:27, 8 November 2016

Univision

Univision has put together a very visual and interactive presentation for the election using Viz Virtual Studio to add augmented reality graphics, Viz Engine to run interactive graphics and full screen graphics.

 

 

19:10, 8 November 2016

CNN

We are behind the scenes in the CNN control room as they produce their live election broadcast with Viz Engine, Viz Pilot, Viz World and Viz Multiplay.

 

 

18:29, 8 November 2016

CNN

CNN is live with John King at his famous magic wall to give us county by county updates, but take a look at the graphics on their news desk! Is that augmented reality? No - It's a clear screen from Leyard with Viz Engine graphics!

 

 

18:10, 8 November 2016

Fox News

Fox News has just gone live with their amazing new election studio! Viz Engine is driving rendering the graphics and video in all those screens with Viz Multiplay controlling the configuration and content.

 

 

17:48, 8 November 2016

I've shown you behind the scenes at a few broadcasters... Let's go behind the scenes where I'm monitoring feeds from around the world to bring them to you.

 

 

17:31, 8 November 2016

BBC News

BBC News did a special Facebook Live stream with their virtual set to explain the election. The set was controlled with Viz Virtual Studio and uses map elements from Viz World.

 

 

17:28, 8 November 2016

Fox News

Fox News is making use of the many screens throughout it's studio to tell the story of the U.S. election with maps, polls and live data. Each screen is running on Viz Engine.

 

16:52, 8 November 2016

Expressen

Swedish newspaper Expressen went live earlier this year with Expressen TV, an online channel completely driven by Vizrt automation, video and graphics systems. Here is a behind the scenes look at their live election coverage tonight.

 

 

16:19, 8 November 2016

NBC News

We can expect to see some very interesting graphics from NBC tonight. Here's a behind the scenes look at their Democracy Plaza which will be the site of some augmented reality graphics from Viz Virtual Studio and tracking from stYpe

 

 

15:45, 8 November 2016

NRK

Norway's public broadcaster NRK are using an interactive map to display predictions and results. The map and video wall is driven by Viz World and Viz Engine.

 

 

15:14, 8 November 2016

Vice News

From NewscastStudio: Vice News breaks the mold with its election coverage - and uses Vizrt automation and graphics tools to create their unique production. Read the article from NewscastStudio

 

 

14:57, 8 November 2016

Al Jazeera

Here are some behind the scenes shots from Al Jazeera's rehearsals from their control room. They were testing their virtual set which uses Viz Virtual Studio and their video wall which uses Viz Multiplay. Astucemedia created the data platform for bringing in live data feeds and controlling them live on air - they provided these photos.

 

 

14:42, 8 November 2016

This beautiful piece of software is Viz Multiplay. a large number of the videowalls you will see tonight will be controlled by this system. This particular one is ready to start displaying for a U.S. broadcaster right now.

 

 

14:38, 8 November 2016

CNN

CNN's election team is using Viz Engine to power an interactive screen displaying the electoral map. Live data can be displayed here and the presenter has the ability to manually change content as well as telestrate.

 

 

12:15, 8 November 2016

ABC News

The ABC News team along with Astucemedia did a late night test of their screens on Times Square. All the screens you see (except for the beer in the middle) are driven by just two Viz Engines.

 

 

4:37, 8 November 2016

Sky News

The UK's Sky News has built a studio on Times Square in New York for the U.S. Election. Special editions of “Sunrise,” “All Out Politics,” “Sky News Tonight” and “Murnaghan” will broadcast from the location with main coverage led by Jeremy Thompson, who is working his sixth US election, with Adam Boulton, Kay Burley, Gillian Joseph, Sarah-Jane Mee, Dermot Murnaghan and Jeremy Thompson. Sky News makes extensive use of Viz Engine for rendering their graphics and Viz Pilot for their newsroom workflow. Read the article from NewscastStudio

 

4:15, 8 November 2016

Al Jazeera

We visited Al Jazeera America yesterday to take a look at how they are preparing for today's election. They are Viz Engine to render all of the graphics you will see on election night, Viz Pilot for newsroom workflows, and Viz Ticker. Thanks to Jonathan Garrett, Manager of Operations and Technology for giving us a tour!

 

 

19:02, 7 November, 2016

The Washington Post

The Washington Post is getting ready for their U.S. Election coverage using the Vizrt Social TV solution integrated with graphics designed by Polygon Labs. Thanks to Creative Director Julio Negron and Deputy Creative Director Osman Malik for taking time to show us the system today!

 

16:51, 7 November, 2016

Al Arabiya

Dubai's Al Arabiya English prepares for their coverage of the U.S. Election with augmented reality graphics above the Media City like powered by Viz Virtual Studio and Spidercam. Learn more

 

15:12, 7 November, 2016

Fox News

Congratulations Fox News with the beautiful new election studio! The studio includes a large video wall, "LED chandelier", interactive screens, and a large number of monitors to display real-time election results.

 

 

13:45, 7 November, 2016

With the US Election just one day away, NCE Media spoke to Vizrt CTO Petter Ole Jakobsen to find out why every major global broadcaster is using Vizrt to cover the event. Learn more

 

8:20, 7 November, 2016

NBC News

NBC News' Lester Holt gives a tour of the NBC Election Center which they have been using on-air since the weekend. It takes advantage of a video wall to show election results as well as live views out to Democracy Plaza where they will show election results using augmented reality graphics.