How Al Jazeera explained the GCC crisis to viewers using augmented reality

Al Jazeera used a combination of augmented reality graphics with Viz Virtual Studio, Viz World maps, and a video wall powered by Viz Engine.

Originally published by NewscastStudio.

During the Gulf Cooperation Council crisis in July, Al Jazeera English needed to create an effective way to explain the story to its viewers — so they turned to augmented reality to assist in the storytelling.

In order to help explain the effect the crisis had on the daily life for citizens, residents and businesses, the network needed to explain a wide range of information, namely updated flight paths and import and export transport routes.

Naturally, the network turned to maps to illustrate this type of information — and opted to “place” that map on the floor of its multi-purpose studio in Doha, which was part of the network’s recent upgrade. By producing the segments in an area of the studio that includes a dog-legged video wall, the network’s design team recognized the panels would be a natural place to showcase a virtual view of Doha’s seaside coastline.

Rather than attempt to recreate the buildings in detailed 3D in Vizrt, however, the network opted to use simplified, blocky shapes that not only created a clean and modern look but also helped draw the eye to the map details.

The maps, meanwhile, were rendered as glassy slabs that appeared to be sitting on the floor, a strategic way to leverage transparency to blur the lines between reality and virtual.Bright gold, red and a pale orange shade were used to spotlight countries, routes and other elements on the virtual maps, as well as other 3D elements.

Read the original article by NewscastStudio.

Sign up for the Vizrt newsletter

Get the latest news, case studies, product updates and more delivered to your inbox.


Broadcasting news

April 7th, 2019

NewTek and Vizrt announce NDI® 4 and revolutionize prod…

Breakthrough advancements include dramatic performance and quality upgrades, hig…

April 1st, 2019

Vizrt buys NewTek to become a global powerhouse in adva…

The leading innovators in software driven real-time production systems combine t…

1st April, 2019

Introducing Viz Engine 4

Vizrt, the world’s leading provider of visual storytelling tools for media conte…

April 7th, 2019

Vizrt And Veritone Collaborate For Streamlined MAM Usi…

Vizrt Leverages Veritone’s aiWARE Platform For A Joint Workflow Solution That En…