Case Study: Fox Sports brings 30 days of virtuals to women’s soccer fans

Vancouver, Canada. Fans of FIFA Women’s World Cup had a chance to enjoy the exciting duels during June 6th – July 5th, 2015. The exceptionally long period for live broadcast was not something Fox Sports took lightly. A special studio was built just for the occasion and the production crew relied heavily on 3D broadcast graphics throughout the day and during the whole show. “Honestly, I wish that other parts of the show were as effortless. It would make my job almost too easy.“, said David Faller, Director at Fox Sports about working with virtuals and the Stype kit.

In the studio, Fox Sports used a Stanton Jimmy jib, equipped with the Stype kit camera tracking system. Outside, in the yard, there was a 50ft SuperTechno crane also encoded with the Stype kit. This was the first time that the Stype kit was used on a SuperTechno crane. “Absolutely an amazing product!“, Said Paul McKenna, the TechnoCrane camera operator on set. Paul was particularly satisfied because the Stype kit did not change the way he operated the TechnoCrane and did not have to manually adjust the tracking points every day. Virtual graphics were rendered with Vizrt’s virtual studio.

Stype kit gave the production team the very necessary stability and reliability when working with virtual graphics. It was used ten times a day on average and always delivered precise results. This kind of confidence is not usual when working with virtual graphics, so it made life a lot easier for everyone involved. Geordie Wimmer, Coordinating Director for Fox Sports studio and remotes, even added: “I do not envision another remote, that I am a part of, that will not use Stype“.


Case Study: Nova TV virtual studio with immersive graphics │ Stype and Vizrt

Croatian commercial broadcaster Nova TV utilized the Stype kit camera tracking system in their coverage of national presidential election 2015. Technology framework consisted of a large Stanton Jimmy jib equipped with a Stype kit and two more cameras for still frames. Virtual graphics were placed within the green studio and election data was fed to the graphics in realtime.

Case Study: Tianjin TV virtual graphics │ Tech by Stype and Orad

Tianjin TV, a renowned Chinese TV station, ceased its search for an ideal camera tracking system for VR and AR broadcast after finding the Stype kit.

Paul Slater, director at Fox sports Australia talks about the Stype kit and 3D broadcast graphics

In this interview Paul Slater, director at Fox sports Australia, talks about their new NRL season and how they used the Stype kit in combination with Vizrt to achieve some amazing augmented reality visuals for their real time studio shows.

“We looked at the Stype system, it was a fantastic price for something that was costing ten times more from companies that have been doing this in the past.”

“We’ve been really surprised and really happy with how well it worked and everybody who sees it is amazed by its results.”

The Stype kit, together with an encoded Stanton Jimmy Jib camera crane, provided Fox sports Australia 3D virtual/augmented reality studio capabilities while Vizrt delivered astonishing 3D computer graphics and animations.

Innovative technology behind the augmented reality set

Andrew Moss, Vizrt graphics manager, explains how an augmented reality set is achieved and shows basic principles behind automatic aiming and focusing. Andrew also discusses the technology used to create and utilize these advanced graphics for purposes of engaging the Fox sports audience in an innovative way.

We’re working with the company called Stype who provided us with the kit – Stype kit that goes onto the standard Stanton Jimmy crane, delivers us data – pan, tilt and arm positional data that we can replicate then inside Vizrt. Additional features assist less experienced jib operators to deliver a great shot every time – automatic aiming feature is fantastic”