LiberoVision 3D Sports Analysis Tools Enhance Live EURO 2012 Coverage by Broadcasters Worldwide
New LiberoVision Highlight 5.0 to Provide Stunning 3D Replays
June 13, 2012
Bergen, Norway, June 13, Vizrt Ltd.-
Right in time for the kick-off of one of the highest profile sport events in the world,
the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (EURO 2012), LiberoVision, a Vizrt company,
launched version 5.0 of its flagship product, Libero Highlight. As over 100 million viewers worldwide watch 16 European nations
vying for the title, various broadcasters around the globe are utilizing LiberoVision’s 3D
sport analysis software to break down
the game’s key moments.
Among the prominent broadcast networks that are covering EURO 2012 with Libero Highlight: ZDF Germany,
TV2 Denmark, TV2 Norway, Globosat Brazil, Medcom Panama, TSN Canada, and TVP Poland. During their live coverage,
these broadcasters and others will use Libero Highlight 5.0—the latest version of LiberoVision’s powerful
virtual replay system.
Sensational 3D replays
Libero Highlight provides realistic 3D virtual replays and advanced branded virtual graphics that help viewers understand
pivotal game action and controversial plays. Utilizing live camera signals and video clips captured by any video server system,
Libero Highlight’s interactive toolbox lets sports commentators replay the action and apply 3D effects and telestration.
Initiated by a 3D camera flight, this exclusive image processing technology takes the viewers to vantage
points that cameras never captured, such as a referee or linesmen view, on the goal line, or from a bird’s eye perspective.
Libero Highlight 5.0, released June 1, 2012, adds the following features and capabilities:
• Virtual run, which visualizes where and how one player may run in a given play while the remainder
of the players are held in a freeze frame
• Panorama Stitch, which brings all parts of a stadium together for a full, panoramic, 3D stadium virtual view
• Vizrt export to design customized graphics and interactively playout clips via Sports Hub
• 3D Offside Blade for a clearer separation of offside players
• Greyboard to highlight selected players in a vivid color on top of a greyed field
• iPad control of the Libero Telestrator
• Editable graphics playlist to quickly post process clips
• Faster operation and enhanced annotation features
The new features are available not only for football but also for: American football,
basketball, baseball, ice hockey, rugby, and handball. The coming version, Highlight 5.1,
will incorporate volleyball and beach volleyball. Vizrt is already seeing enthusiasm from
broadcasters that intend to use Libero Highlight for the upcoming Summer Olympics as well as other major sporting events.
For a demonstration of Libero Highlight, Version 5.0, please click on:
The broadcasters using Libero Highlight for EURO 2012 coverage are all taking advantage of its flexibility.
Some position it at the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Warsaw, while others are using it from the
studio headquarters in their home countries using live camera feeds backhauled from the EURO 2012 stadiums.
Some commentators operate it interactively from its intuitive user interface; others control it via an Apple
iPad using Viz Anchor, other Vizrt control software, or LiberoVision’s iPad Telestrator with dynamic on-set display
on touchscreen monitors and videowalls.
For example, German broadcaster ZDF is operating the Libero Highlight 5.0 from IBC in Warsaw, Poland. Analysis clips are
be transferred back to their open-air public viewing studio on the Usedom Island in Germany. ZDF is using the Vizrt Sports
Hub in Usedom to ensure tight integration with the Vizrt live graphics workflow at its network facility. The anchors playout
and telestrate the highlight clips from the games interactively using a touchscreen and an iPad, both running on Sports Hub.
TV2 in Norway is using Sports Hub and Highlight 5.0 from its Norwegian studio. TV2 in Denmark is utilizing Highlight 5.0 from
its EURO studio on a houseboat in Copenhagen. Sports commentators there control Highlight 5.0 using an iPad to enhance live game
Winning viewers for televised sports
“Highlight 5.0 was highly anticipated by broadcasters producing live coverage of EURO 2012,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen,
chief technical officer for Vizrt. “In covering such a popular event, broadcasters know they must employ state-of-the-art
tools and techniques to ensure a visually dynamic production. What’s remarkable is how each of these EURO 2012 broadcasters
will be using the same product in such different ways. This is a testament to Highlight 5.0’s versatility, flexibility,
Stephan Würmlin Stadler, LiberoVision’s CEO added: “Libero Highlight 5.0 reflects once again LiberoVision’s innovative spirit.
Broadcasters are keen to air novelties like the Virtual Run, Panorama Stitch, and utilizing the Sports Hub during this summer’s
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