Sports

From humble beginnings, sports graphics have evolved to become a huge market sector. With many channels now dedicated to sports it follows that graphics are crucial to the live game content, studio analysis and channel branding. In addition, there is often a requirement to provide added value graphics such as sponsorship graphics, tied to pitch virtual advertising or AR graphics on the studio floor or at the stadium.

Why RT Software

Sports graphics is a comfort zone for us. We have many years of experience and have enjoyed the benefits of working closely with household names such as Sky, ESPN and the BBC. In addition, our background of working with large election data sets and data feeds means our core platform (tOG) is ideally suited for the emergence of data feed and database driven graphics.

What Benefits Does RT Software Provide?

Too many to mention here, so take a look at our downloadable “Guide to Sports Graphics”. Of course, our cost effectiveness is at the top of the list, alongside the fact that we allow you to go to air with the very best looking graphics possible. Also, if we take a look at a typical OB environment then we offer huge advantages over our competition:

– Small hardware footprint as one PC handles everything. Render, playout control even a full preview.

– This PC can be repurposed with a dongle change, so scores and clocks one weekend, an away day VR studio the next!

– When doing specials such as tied to pitch graphics, we include software and hardware keyers, maximising simplicity and minimising footprint.

  • Go Completely Virtual with tOG-VR
  • Control applications such as tOG-Football ensure your match graphics never miss the action.
  • Integrate all RT Software solutions for a complete and dynamic sports presentation.
  • Tell a story with tOG-Sports for Match Play analysis.
  • tOG-3D or tOG-2D for live overlay graphics, during game or in the studio.
  • Bring your graphics to life with Augmented Reality using tOG-VR, bring your tables and stats graphics in to the studio.
Key Reference Customers
BT Sport, UK
Namadgi, Australia,
Sky Sports, UK

News

For most broadcasters, the most significant way of defining their identity is through their news programming and along with Sports broadcasting perhaps has the highest volume demand of graphics. With a need for in studio captioning, weather forecasting, traffic reports, coupled with an increasing use of virtual or augmented reality, the graphics in a news program perhaps more than anything else, set its style. Whether for local news, national or rolling 24 hour news, if follows that getting graphics to air quickly and reliably critical.

Why RT Software.

RT Software’s tOG based real time graphics products are based on many years’ experience putting real time graphics systems into the BBC’s News environment. tOG has a unique provenance having been designed, tested and run to air in one of the best and biggest news-gathering organisations in the world. With a suite of products covering overlays, virtual reality, news workflow and automation, RT Software can seamlessly handle all the graphic requirements of any news broadcast.

What benefits does RT Software provide?

tOG’s template-driven approach means high volumes of live graphics can be available with no user intervention required. Support of the MOS protocols (iNews, ENPS, Q-News, Octopus etc.) allows easy integration into existing systems and workflows for control throughout. The tight integration of automated and live operating modes allows breaking News to be handled live.

Graphical content can by created by a journalist working on a Windows desktop. Journalists can add stills and video to graphics using tOG’s inbuilt cut-out tool. tOG creates stunning histograms, pie charts, line charts, and so on using its quick and easy charting tools. In short, tOG is a best-in-class product offering a high level of interaction with a news story.

When it comes to creation, RT Software’s VR and Overlay solutions run on the same rendering platform and same design solution. Designers have complete visibility to all graphic elements to be used in the program from one application.

By providing an integrated approach to Newsroom graphics, combined with the ability to handle a breaking news story faster than anyone else we think you will agree tOG is a winning approach to news graphics.

  • Cost effective over the shoulders and lower thirds, L-Bars and Tickers with tOG-2d.
  • Bring all your overlay news graphics to life in full 3D with tOG-3d
  • Immerse your news production in a virtual studio with tOG-VR
  • Let your presenters interact with graphics on the studio floor with tOG-VR
  • To integrate, control and manage your on air news graphics with RT Software workflow solutions.
Key Reference Customers
SR, Germany
Setanta, Ireland
Sky News, UK

Elections

Local, National and International election programmes push the boundaries of broadcast graphics with a myriad of statistical information pouring in and the need for analysis to accompany that information. Often, broadcasters find themselves  competing against rival channels in covering the same election, so the need to stand out from the competition by providing coverage that engages and informs the audience is key in attracting viewers. As major elections may only come around once every few years, broadcasters only get one shot so they need to be sure that the coverage will be right on the night.

Why RT Software

RT Software’s suite of tOG products were originally developed for the BBC, with elections being one of the main use cases. Thus it was conceived and engineered from the ground up to cope with the heavy and stringent demands made on a studio during election night coverage – and has been an award-winning suite of products ever since. Whether the requirement is for overlay graphics heavy with data driven statistical analysis, virtual or augmented reality graphics or presenter led touch screen based applications, tOG provides the answer.

Any tOG product can be bought outright, but they can also be provided as part of a short term rental to meet the requirement for a one off or infrequent event such elections. But we don’t just stop at providing you the kit, RT Software’s creative team has extensive experience in supporting graphics for election coverage and can provide whatever help or management is required.

What Benefits Does RT Software Provide?

Easy integration with results feeds and charting tools can be used to deliver up to date analysis to the audience ensuring they hear the news from you first. Tickers and crawls can be used to supplement the live action and commentary to ensure that nothing is missed. Large and complex models are handled efficiently so Virtual graphics can be used to explain the impact of news or predictions. Presenter control is provided either by touchscreens or via a handheld device. Automate the management of graphic assets and the control of graphic playout to ensure smooth running throughout the longest of live election programs.

  • Cost effective over the shoulders and lower thirds, L-Bars and Tickers with tOG-2d
  • Bring all your overlay news graphics to life in full 3D with tOG-3d
  • Immerse your news production in a virtual studio with tOG-VR
  • Let your presenters interact with graphics on the studio floor with tOG-VR.
  • To integrate, control and manage your on air news graphics with RT Software workflow solutions.
Key Reference Customers
BBC, UK
RUV, Iceland
HIR TV, Hungary

Virtual Advertising

Use of messages or logos from sponsors during programming opens up new revenue opportunities for broadcasters. However, intrusive overuse of sponsors logos becomes counterproductive as it carries the risk of turning viewers off.

Increasingly, broadcasters are turning to virtual advertising as a way to subtly introduce sponsorship, facilitated by emerging technologies that are removing the traditional caveats on virtual advertising. Now, it is possible to not just insert virtual advertising into the studio, but also in to live video from a sports OB, making it look like the advert is there on the pitch.

Why RT Software

We have many years of experience in working with encoded PTZ heads and of course full 3D camera tracking solutions and understand the importance of lens calibration and land surveys when using camera tracking on an outside broadcast. Furthermore, our developments in image tracking mean that are opening up the options for virtual advertising on multiple cameras without the need for camera tracking, so can even be achieved on video feeds.

What Benefits Does RT Software provide?

Graphics are not limited to locked off cameras, cameras can move in all axis with the correct perspective of the graphics maintained. With internal keying, graphics are not limited to being in the foreground, real objects such as players can interact with the graphics, appearing to walk on them allowing the adverts to be placed directly on the playing surface. So graphics are not limited to camera pans away from the main action and can be placed live, not just edited into replays.

With RT Software, you can be sure of system reliability, guaranteeing your your clients that their branding will go to air, often crucial to meet contract obligations.

All of this results in a more engaging a professional looking experience and you to give the advertising more screen time, which means more revenue?

  • VR sensored support means your virtual advertising  is guaranteed, even when live
  • Advanced video based tracking using pitch lines or video features to allow placement on video feeds.i.
  • Mulitple choices of keyers to put the adverts right in amongst the action.
  • With tOG Vista, place the adverts anywhere in the action without the need for tracking.
Key Reference Customers
Fox, Australia,
Alston Elliot, South Africa
AMP, France

Virtual Studios

Creating a virtual reality for an audience is a particularly demanding task. It calls for tight integration between set designers – working with their preferred software – the presenting talent and the director’s vision.

Creating a virtual set when compared with establishing real sets is financially very attractive and can make some programme ideas viable when otherwise they might not be. The amount of overall studio space used plummets which contributes to lowering costs and the same studio space can be re-purposed for different productions in minutes. The introduction of virtual elements – for example very large monitors – is easily achieved and is also much cheaper than buying equipment. There need be no limit.

Why RT Software

If the aim is to create a full studio as a virtual element it also demands the best possible integration between the real and the virtual and faultless technical competence. RT Software has that competence and can deliver it for your programme ambitions today.

However, our focus with VR is to demystify it, to simplify it and to reduce the entry costs for broadcasters wanting to introduce VR to their programming. And to do it well.

What Benefits Does RT Software provide?

Integrating the virtual creations with real images – typically introducing presenters into a virtual environment – then requires the software to work perfectly. This sort of processing power was recently the preserve of the major players in the industry. We’ve set out to lower radically the entry price to a level affordable to all established broadcasters.

Our VR system provides both tracked and trackless solutions.

  • Full and unrestricted camera movement within the virtual set
  • Lower cost when using integrated ptz cameras
  • Low cost -locked-off- camera options.
  • Discounted software licences for multiple camera installations
Key Reference Customers
MDR, Germany
Setanta, Ireland
News UK, UK

Channel Branding

Channel branding and the consequent playout graphics are a crucial part of the viewer experience and require careful consideration. From entry level broadcasters through to the biggest playout centres there are some consistent requirements – resilience, quality and intelligence. It’s also an evolving sector, with scalability, remote management and maximising utilisation rates becoming the buzz words.

Why RT Software

Our background is the highest quality live 3d graphics and traditionally our products found favour at live sports events, studios shows, elections and the like. But increasingly our OEM relationships have led us into the channel branding and playout space. Straight off we were a good fit – with the ability to handle live video and clips elegantly, with the capabilities for delivering complex automation and crucially the ability to mix automated and schedule driven graphics with live control.

What Benefits Does RT Software provide?

From the technical perspective we deliver a good solution. The key bullet points include:

  • Quality. Branding is crucial to get right – our real time text and real time graphics effects are the best in the industry.
  • Uniquely we offer a modern 2d graphics based solution. Most channel branding actually only involves 2d graphics and DVEs, so why be dictated to go down the more complex 3d route?
  • 3d graphics based option. You can upgrade from our 2d to a 3d based solution, or you can opt straight in with a 3d solution.  
  • Uniquely we offer an option for remote live control of the channel branding resources. So a gallery could use a web browser to drive live graphics on the playout centre resources.
  • Integrated solution. We include in box multi video inputs, streaming from local disks, embedded linear keyer and full audio support.
  • Sophisticated. Our solution can handle the most demanding graphics with the ability to build intelligence into the graphics:

    • Embedded date queries
    • Transition logic
    • Auto size, auto etc
  • Future proof. We are already delivering UHD 4k capabilities, with 10 / 12 bit colour.
  • Open. our plug-in approach to remote protocols guarantees a route to compatibility to you control solutions.
  • Ours is an IT based, scalable solution with virtualisation being deliverable in the foreseeable future.
  • Assistance to get the best from our solutions. Our training courses, online learning resources  and graphics services team make it easy to achieve your on air look and feel on time and on budget.
  • Plenty of options for resilience:

    • You can add additional backup hardware and swap over licence dongles if needed.
    • Hot standby licences are offered at preferential pricing.
    • Scripts can automate failover.
    • Detailed logging capability can trap significant events.
Key Reference Customers
BT Sport – UK
Red Bee, UK
NBC, USA
Astro, Malaysia

Sports Professionals

Access to sporting clips and data is and advantage to the sports broadcaster, for the sports professional however, it is essential. For the modern professional sports team coaching does not stop as soon as the training session is over, it is carried on in the dressing room and classrooms in the form of video analysis and presentations.

Being able to review statistical data or clips of action and present the findings to the audience effectively ensures your players are fully prepared, mentally as well as physically.

Why RT Software

Whilst our Background is firmly in providing solutions for broadcast, we are experts in developing tools that present sporting action and data in a way that draws the audience in an informative and well defined way. From our first deployment in a professional sports club, Arsenal FC in London in 2010, we now have systems in  sport clubs and teams all over the world.

What Benefits Does RT Software provide?

When it comes to capturing the action from the training ground, tOG-Vista ensures nothing is missed. Two wide angle cameras is all that is needed for tOG-Vista to provide a panoramic view of the whole pitch. Field of views can then be zoomed and pan to concentrate on any player or part of the action.

Our premium broadcast analysis and telestration tool tOG-Sports Pro is also available as a non-broadcast version specifically for coaching applications as “tOG-Sports Manager” to run on standard desktop or laptop computers. Analysis can be presented on a large screen in front of an audience or exported as a standard format clip to be played on handheld devices such as tablets, crucial for last minute coaching at away games.

All tOG based tools have easy integration to external data sources such as OPTA. Access stats and view them in graphical format  quickly and easily from anywhere, perfect for scouting applications.

  • Capture all the action from the training ground with tOG-Vista.
  • Use graphic tools to illustrate coaching points with tOG-Sports Manager
  • Let our Services department create the perfect tool for you.
Key Reference Customers
Olympique Marseille, France
Liverpool FC, UK
Bayern Munchen, Germany

O.E.M

OEM – Embedded real time graphics

The broadcast industry is migrating from yesteryear’s broadcast solutions consisting of a myriad of multivendor black boxes to a new, streamlined software based approach. In this maturing market, this delivers the reduced costs with increased scalability and efficiency demanded by modern broadcasters and playout centre providers.

Whilst Channel in a Box is perhaps the most obvious example where embedded graphics make sense, we are also seeing a need within replay servers for sports analysis graphics and on mixing desks and even switchers for CG style graphics. Whatever your need, RT Software can help.

Why RT Software

Selecting the right OEM partner is certainly worthy of careful deliberation. RT Software is unique in that it has many years of experience – not just with real time broadcast graphics, but also with embedding our graphics in third party applications. We solve the immediate requirement for the embedded graphics and also deliver the necessary workflow solutions eco-system combined with high level support around that, a must have for the larger end users.  

You also need a partner with an eye to the future. Virtualisation, distributable web based control, video stitching, support for emerging standards such as IP, 4k and HDR are all important. These are already in our labs and RT Software has an enviable track record of delivering industry firsts.

One of the above is worth stressing for our CiaB partners – web based control. We actually have that deployed at major broadcasters where they are able to use a web page to take manual live control of live graphics on the playout system. So thats a PC in a gallery or truck putting graphics to air from the playout centre.

So if you want an OEM supplier that does not compete against you or compromise on quality, has years of experience with embedded graphics, has a clear vision of the road ahead and knows broadcast from end to end – well, that’s us.

What Benefits Does RT Software provide?

From the technical perspective we deliver a good solution. The key bullet points include

  • Our embeddable graphics library has a small resources footprint and is efficient, easily co-hosted on standard PC hardware.
  • We offer a 2d graphics solution (inherently easier graphics authoring) and a 3d solution (with graphics that are as good or superior to anything in the market).
  • Our embedded graphics can be driven by 3rd party automation or manual control applications, along with our own flexible web based control interface.
  • We are experts on end to end systems and PC hardware. We put scopes on systems and look at bus timings for breakfast.
  • Having a unified development team under one roof means we can fast track strategic customer developments.
  • We make OEM relationships work, having already partnered successfully with many industry leading vendors.
  • Whilst we are experts in graphics, our skill set does not finish there. We know video, we know scheduling, we know camera tracking, we know control – we speak your language.
  • Our support is superb, delivered by professionals with an in depth knowledge of graphics, end to end systems and with a deep technical understanding..
Key Reference Customers
SAM/Grass Valley
STATS