Vizrt Offer ‘FirstLook’ Breaking News
August 14, 2012
BERGEN, NORWAY: Vizrt recently launched a new service called DigitalGlobe Online that
gives Vizrt customers access to DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery library. Part
of the DigitalGlobe Online service is FirstLook, a fast, cost-effective way to
capture events from around the world.
As the name implies, Vizrt customers will get a “first look” at any digital
satellite imagery captured by one of DigitalGlobe’s three commercial
satellites. When an event happens globally, DigitalGlobe activates the service
by tasking their constellation of satellites to the event location, taking new
high-resolution images. Within hours these images are available to all
DigitalGlobe Online customers with the option to purchase. Customers are sent
notifications from Vizrt when an event collection is activated and can preview
the collected content to decide if they want to purchase them.
Upon launch, the service was providing Vizrt’s DigitalGlobe Online customers
with new images from the Olympics, a Typhoon in the Northwest Pacific and
images from the Hungarian Grand Prix. Customers could also find images for
older stories such as mudslides in Japan, wildfires in the American west and
images from the civil unrest in Syria.
From within Vizrt systems—such as Viz World for branded, animated, template-based
maps; Viz Trio for live graphics creation; Viz Weather; and Viz Artist for
graphics and template design—customers can use search, purchase, and
incorporate FirstLook images into their own content.
Using Viz World 12.0’s map editing tools, including zoom, crop, pan, trim, or
label, Vizrt artists can manipulate FirstLook satellite imagery to create
animated maps. They can also string together images that DigitalGlobe
satellites captured before, during, and after an event to show how the
situation progressed over time.