Students benefit from Vizrt equipment


Date: 8th Jan 2018

Students in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Buckinghamshire New University feature in a latest case study by Vizrt, which provides real-time 3D graphics, sports analysis and asset management tools for the broadcast industry

It shot the 2min 15sec film at the University’s High Wycombe campus, which is one of the first academic institututions in the UK to have a Vizrt broadcast virtual studio system installed, preparing students for a career in media production.

Stephen Partridge, Head of Media & Creative Industries, said: “The goal was to have professional-level graphics, operating software and a green screen studio where the students can learn how to do live TV productions. The University chose Vizrt to provide the software and hardware, giving students a unique opportunity to learn using the same tools as all the major UK broadcasters.”

The Bucks New University studio has 6 Viz Engines for rendering real-time 3D graphics, virtual sets (VS), and augmented reality (AR) graphics. It uses character generator Viz Trio to operate the graphics during the live productions. Vizrt’s partner, Motion Analysis Corporation, provides tracking for the VS and AR graphics. Bucks New University also has 10 Viz Artist licenses with which students learn how to design and create graphics for live TV productions.

The equipment has been used in the Hornet Show, a monthly magazine programme filmed at Bucks New University for Premier League side Watford Football Club. The students have created a virtual set with AR graphics, lower thirds and stats table. They are also using Viz Trio to operate the graphics during the live production.

Students studying BA (Hons) Film and Television Production; BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production; and BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects work each month with Watford FC on the Hornet Show, which is filmed on a green screen background in the University's Gateway building and also using an outside broadcasting unit belonging to the University.

The virtual set used as the backdrop for the show is designed by Animation and Visual Effects students, while Audio and Music Production students manage audio capture and sound design. The Film and Television Production students involved are studying a sports and live events production pathway within their degrees.

Third-year BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects student Richard Green said: “Vizrt helped with the live production. We essentially couldn't have done it without them. The system has capabilities to do things live that I haven't seen in any other software.”

Mark Pizzey, Vizrt UK’s key account manager, said: “Vizrt is proud to take part in the academic world and even more so to help students in the future media career.

“This collaboration shows a unique way Vizrt can be used in a University for both educational and broadcast purposes.”

Picture caption: The Hornet Show.


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