Vizrt partners with Google Maps for stunning satellite imagery

Viz World users now have better maps, created quicker and with more flexibility than they ever had before.

At the 2017 IBC Show, Vizrt (stand 7.A20), the world leader in advanced real-time 3D graphics, sports analysis & asset management for the digital media industry, will unveil the latest version of its popular Viz World application that now includes an absolute integration with Google Maps. Now journalists, producers and graphic artists have the highest quality satellite imagery available to them within their editorial tools. The imagery is accessed and used in a variety of ways and improves viewer retention and ratings by helping to streamline the creation of local and world maps and other geographic-related imagery while strengthening storytelling.

Viz World is the broadcast industry standard for the creation of branded maps and geographic animations. It is available in a server/client workflow or as a standalone version.

Thanks to a new partnership with Google, Vizrt has integrated Google Maps as an image layer in Viz World. And because Google has data centers located throughout the world, loading a new image is fast and easy. For users it means better maps, created quicker and with more flexibility than Viz World users, and users of the standalone Viz World Classic, have ever had before.

“When artists design their maps, they design them with the Google Maps layer stack already in place, so you have full access to beautiful real-time images that can be delivered on any platform,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO at Vizrt. “This means better imagery, in easy to use templates, at your fingertips.”

Graphic artists take their original designs and convert them into a Viz Pilot template that the journalist then can manipulate within the Viz Pilot News and Viz Pilot Edge tools that are tightly integrated with all standard newsroom systems. When the journalist pulls up a template of a map, they simply type in where they want to go, and get the most crisp and highest quality satellite imagery available anywhere.

In addition, Google Maps images are automatically processed and color corrected so users can create geographic maps that feature a nice crisp, smooth transition from all of the different graphics tiles in a stack so that it has that perfect look each and every time. 

Google Maps imagery is integrated across Vizrt’s various tools. Users of Viz Story, Vizrt’s social media story creation tool, will also benefit from the new integration because they can use Google Maps to make quick stories with great-looking maps for social media.

“This new integration is really about providing our customers with better imagery, quicker and making these maps available for everyone that uses Viz World,” Jakobsen said. “Viewers have come to expect the highest quality images and this helps journalists tell their stories in a more detailed visual way.”

The new Google Maps integration is available as a simple software license upgrade for existing Viz World user and as part of the latest version (.17) of Viz World software.

About Vizrt

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing, compositing, and playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide. Vizrt is a privately owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII.

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