24 7 News Channel BFMTV Upgrades Camera Tracking and Launches HD Virtual Studios with Hybrid

Date: 27/04/2011
24 7 News Channel BFMTV Upgrades Camera Tracking and Launches HD Virtual Studios with Hybrid BFMTV, a 24-hour French free-to-air news channel, has been using Hybrids virtual studio and robotic camera tracking systems to generate virtual studios for 15 hours per day of live production since 2005. Over the years, BFMTV have made multiple upgrades to their Hybrid virtual studio system, upgrading camera tracking systems, moving from 2D to 3D sets, and recently upgrading from SD to HD.

In 2005, when BFMTV first launched with Hybrid, they wanted to create a news channel with a look and feel similar to CNBC or CNN but they required a solution that would fit their space and budget constraints and could grow with the channel. After studying the products available on the market, they opted for a Hybrid solution as this enabled them to launch a complete 2D virtual set solution featuring a virtual video wall and including Hybrids precision robotic camera tracking systems with zero video or audio delay. The system was future proof, enabling them to expand the number of graphics engines and robotic heads, as well as migrate to 3D and HD over time.

The recent leap to HD involved the upgrade of 6 virtual studio systems to Hybrids latest Krypton 3, with a new intuitive User Interface as well as the upgrade of their 6 PTZF camera tracking systems to Hybrids latest Titanium precision robotic heads. BFMTV now have an integrated workflow with a total of 6 PTZF robotic heads as well as two Cobalthardware and two Mercury software controllers. The upgraded solution also includes a new depth-of-field shader, which can be remotely controlled via a robotic controller.

BFMTV is a valued repeat customer for Hybrid and an excellent reference, said Olivier Cohen, Hybrid CEO. They have showcased our technology for many years now, broadcasting a range of engaging virtual studios live for their 24/7 News Channel, and they experience high audience ratings as a result.

Krypton 3key features:

  • Powerful real time 3D engine
  • High-end HD/SD Virtual Set Solution
  • Seamless integration with Hybrid camera tracking with zero video/audio delays
  • Tracking interface to 3rd party motion tracking device (XYZ and infra red tracking)
  • Import of 3D scenes, models, shaders& lighting from standard modelling software (3D max, Maya, Softimage.)
  • Complete 3D graphics overlay module (tickers, OTS, crawls)
  • Extensive 3D library of objects, sets, textures & images
  • Key frame animation module
  • Support unlimited number of pre-recorded video files including 32-bit alpha
  • Ability to control via external commands
  • HD/SD live video insertion
  • High level of anti-aliasing
  • Automatic real-time reflection with the click of a button
  • Powerful autotracking and depth-of-field functionalities

www.hybridtv.tv.



Tags: Hybrid | Neon | BFMTV | virtual studio | camara tracking | Eurontoit | Krypton | NAB 2011
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