Augmented reality helps Al Jazeera explain Winter Olympics sports

Al Jazeera is leveraging augmented reality to help explain the wide variety of sports represented at the Winter Olympics.

The explainers, which have been created for a variety of sports, are produced out of the network’s newly updated studios in Doha, making use of the space’s large video walls to add a stylized polygonal mountainscape that matches the network’s Olympic open.

Augmented reality elements are inserted into the center of the studio, with a variety of 3D models ranging from mannequin-like figures to snowy slopes dotted with trees to the serpentine path of the bobsled course.

These augmented reality scenes are created through Vizrt’s Viz Virtual Studio and rendered by the Viz Engine with motion tracking from Motion Analysis.