August 25, 2010

Fox Sports moves from Chyron to Vizrt

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Along with debuting a new graphics package for its preseason NFL coverage, Fox also debuted a new work flow with Vizrt.

“Viewers can expect to see a much more colorful 3D look overall,” says Zac Fields, Fox Sports’ manager of remote graphics. “Yet at the same time, our production process will be much more streamlined; making life simpler for the artists and operators who create and play our graphics.”

To make this happen, Fox Sports has migrated to Vizrt’s graphics platform, including: Viz Artist, Viz Engine and Viz Trio. Previously, Fox relied on Cinema 4D, 3D Studio Max and Adobe Suite to create graphics, then importing to Chyron Duet software.

“One of the Trios is used for our ‘FOX BOX’ scoring banner,” said Fields. “The second Viz Trio is used for our 3D graphics. Although much of its content is preproduced, it is possible for us to create new 3D animations on the fly.”

Fox Sports plans to roll out the Viz 3D system to its other sports properties early next year, including its NASCAR coverage in February.

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