How Viz Arena helped RTÉ bring the GAA Gaelic Games alive with live AR graphics

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Find out how RTÉ had its audiences immersed in the Irish sporting experience, using Viz Arena for the GAA Gaelic Games 2021.


The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), founded in 1884, is Ireland’s largest sporting organization. It is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world. It is part of the Irish consciousness and plays an influential role in Irish society that extends to promoting Gaelic games, including the traditional Irish sports of Hurling, Camogie, Gaelic Football, Gaelic Handball, and Rounders but also Irish culture.

The Challenge: In COVID times, it was vital to enhance live coverage with live AR graphics of the hugely popular Gaelic Games and add production value to one of RTÉ’s most important broadcasts without significantly increasing the resources needed.

Viz Arena RTE GAA 
Viz Arena RTE GAA 

The Solution: Viz Arena

 
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Viz Arena was adopted into the workflow of the two graphics operators who traditionally work on RTÉ’s Gaelic Games outside broadcasts. Viz Arena enabled quick calibration with multiple camera feeds, meaning that RTÉ could present AR graphics from different angles within the stadium.

The fact that it is a software-based solution is the best thing about Viz Arena. It was so easy to integrate with our existing systems, very easy to learn and very straightforward to use.

Importantly, Viz Arena didn’t add to RTÉ’s costs of production or to the time and resources required for its match coverage. “That was a huge win,” says Grace Dinan, design operations lead at RTÉ.

“The calibration process was straightforward too. We didn’t need any pitch side calibration,” explains Grace. “It was all done through the feed, which didn’t require any extra time or resources.”

“The fact that it is a software-based solution is the best thing about Viz Arena. It was so easy to integrate with our existing systems, very easy to learn and very straightforward to use.” Importantly, Viz Arena didn’t add to RTÉ’s costs of production or to the time and resources required for its match coverage. “That was a huge win,” says Grace.

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