Consistency, Accuracy, Productivity: how to use Vizrt automation like the French

The implementation has gone so well that the channel’s small staff is now more productive and the channel’s improved on-air look is resonating better than ever with viewers.

5 Feb 2020

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Looking to modernize its production operations, French sports and news channel INFOSPORT+ recently upgraded its studio and graphics production facilities in Issy-les-Moulineaux to a fully automated Viz Mosart system from Vizrt that has benefitted its entire technical and creative teams. The implementation has gone so well that the channel’s small staff is now more productive and the channel’s improved on-air look is resonating better than ever with viewers.

Charles Lesolil, Head of Broadcast Engineering at INFOSPOSRT+, said that after making the decision to empower his staff with the tools to create more content with just a few people (a total of three), they initially installed a Viz Opus automation system—which is designed for small to mid-sized production environments—as a test for its 5pm live sports news update program. The channel immediately saw reduced on-air errors and great consistency across all of its programming.
To the in-house staff that Viz Opus system became so well liked that they soon began calling it the “exceptional live recording system.”

“What we did first was to try create a very simple show out of the Opus system and build a workflow where, from an [Avid] iNews rundown, we managed graphics, video clips, two camera feeds, two external feeds and the presenter’s microphone,” Lesolil said.


It worked so well that we began using it three times a day, every day.

Charles LesolilHead of Broadcast Engineering at INFOSPOSRT+

Things went so well, in fact, that over the next few months management decided to expand its operations and install a larger and more fully featured Vizrt production studio automation system called Mosart. The Mosart system helped further simplify operations and soon the team was producing the highest on-air quality programs they ever had before. Lesolil said that due to the Vizrt automation system’s success, the channel has lowered its operational costs.

A new, larger Infosport+ control room was created to accommodate the Mosart user interface panel, where they also integrated Viz Multiplay system—a software tool that offers a single interface for managing graphics, video and stills on every display on the set. Mosart also controls the Multiplay sources, distributing the right signals to the correct monitors on cue.

With this new efficiency in-house, INFOSPORT+ now broadcasts a new 15-minute live show every quarter of an hour between 6 am and midnight (and longer when news is needed), presenting a variety of sports news, as well as two rugby and football talk shows. Combining Vizrt’s studio automation workflow and a Viz Engine graphic engine and video playback server, the Opus and Mosart automation systems have improved every aspect of INFOSPORT+’s program production. 

Lesolil said that while the new upgrade had been a challenge, it was worth the effort to see the kind of programs they can now produce very quickly. 

“We had to change everything,” he said, “the tools editors would use, the sets, the control room, the transmission area; but the only thing we couldn’t change was the economics of the channel. Automation is becoming the normal way to build a gallery."

Today, when we have a new project or show, we build it around these Vizrt automation tools, not in the traditional way, and it has changed everything for the better.

Charles LesolilHead of Broadcast Engineering at INFOSPOSRT+

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