Plug-and-play graphics system for soccer to debut at NAB

Reality Check Systems (RCS) is again teaming up with Vizrt to offer a specialized version of its LaunchPaid system, an interactive plug-and-play graphics and analysis system, for two upcoming soccer events.

Build around Euro 2016 and Copa America, the LaunchPad provides an end-to-end solution for networks wanting to cover the events and includes seamless integration of full screen graphics directly into broadcasts via switcher or on-set via a touchscreen.

The technology, which fuses Opta data with dynamic RCS templates, the Vizrt graphics and video compositing solution Viz Engine, and Viz Libero 3D analysis toolset, will be on display in 4K at NAB 2016 in Vizrt booth #SL2417.

Pre-build graphics include: results; standings; fixtures; touch, pass and shot maps; player and team profiles; and more – are instantly available on-air. The turnkey offering includes the graphics hardware and software, Opta data and a 65″ touchscreen, with pricing starting at 60,000€.

Key system features include:

  • Intuitive UI: An easy-to-use interface ensures simple setup and navigation without requiring engineering or IT expertise. Quickly save pages, create playlists, set up defaults and build rundowns on the fly.
  • Web Control: An advanced web portal with drop down menus for Euro 2016 and Copa America teams and players, and optimized performance make it easy to create, preview and instantly display graphics.
  • Remote Access: The RCS Navigator Apple® iPad® app can be used to access and control LaunchPad from any network to which the Viz Engine is connected.
  • Social Media Integration: Track and share relevant Twitter activity in real-time.

“Data and analytics have become standard for programming surrounding major sporting events, and this version of LaunchPad gives broadcasters a flexible solution to engage Euro 2016 and Copa America viewers with real-time tournament graphics and in-depth data,” said Jeff Heimbold, VP of Business Development, RCS. “By collaborating with partners like Vizrt and Opta Sports, we’ve created an affordable solution for both data-driven graphics and interactive analysis, allowing broadcasters to bypass traditional integration pains and costly infrastructure investments.”

“Viz Engine is an extremely powerful rendering engine and real-time video and graphics compositor, making it the perfect fit to power LaunchPad’s data-driven graphics and video replays. We’re excited to team up with RCS to bring broadcast clients an ideal solution for delivering graphics and analysis tools for these two tournaments,” said Stephan Würmlin Stadler, EVP of Sports, Vizrt.

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