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03.20.2006
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Toronto’s Weather Network gets animated with Vizrt


In a breaking news situation elements such as a 3-D tornado, 3-D map, and 3-D text can be composited in real-time using pre-created elements.
The Weather Network (TWN), Canada’s 24-hour weather channel on cable and satellite TV, has purchased Vizrt’s Viz|Trio real-time 3-D character generation and graphics system to enhance its on-air look with live, 3-D animated graphics. The system has been fully operational since January.

TWN purchased a dual-channel Viz|Trio CG, along with an optional DVE and Clips System providing two internal 2-D DVEs and two internal DV25 codecs for replay of recorded video clips. TWN also purchased one seat of Viz|Artist, the companion 3-D animation software for graphic design.

In a breaking news situation, 3-D elements can be composited in real-time using pre-created elements to give viewers a better understanding of the forecast. Templates also enable TWN to quickly insert photographs or live video shots of reporters from its bicoastal bureaus, in Vancouver and Halifax, into live, 3-D graphics, without tying up the production switcher and DVE in the control room.

For more information, visit www.vizrt.com.

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