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Bayerischer Rundfunk creates real-time 3D maps with Vizrt

German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) is producing live, real-time 3D maps and geographic animations using a variety of Vizrt software. BR presents the graphics with an interactive touch-screen display during educational TV, and possibly in prospective sporting programs.

While BR has been a long-time user of Vizrt’s Viz Curious Maps, the network recently added other Vizrt products, including Curious Maps Editor, Viz Artist, Viz Engine, Viz Trio and an interactive whiteboard display, to give its maps an enhanced 3D look and get them to air in real time. By adding Viz Engine to Curious Maps, BR can now “render” or immediately generate both 2D and 3D maps as well as the most complex 3D animations and send them to air instantly.

Thanks to Vizrt’s interactive whiteboard display, BR presenters can interactively change the way the maps and videos are displayed simply by touching the screen’s surface while they are giving their live report. The interactive whiteboard system was configured by placing a U-Touch interactive touch screen over a 42in Panasonic display.