This is a ground breaking premise. Sports-AR is a bolt on module for all versions of Tactic allowing you to add live Augmented Reality (AR) graphics into a studio show or at venue. It includes a comprehensive set of sports-oriented and user-customisable AR graphics including player head to heads, league tables, fixture lists plus video walls and giant screens that can play out Tactic analysis clips prepared earlier.

Although it only needs an easy to rig, locked-off camera the system includes user definable virtual camera movements adding dynamism to the AR shots. You will not believe how easily Sports-AR can raise your sports productions to the highest level at an affordable price point.

Sports-AR runs on the same low cost PC as the Tactic software, works with a static locked-off HD-SDI or IP (NDI) studio camera and includes an easy to use web-based control application. No expensive camera mounts, no complicated graphics editors, and best of all it’s affordable by all.

Insert stunning AR graphics into your sports show or event – High quality, beautifully rendered live AR graphics that will add significant value to your production. These graphics are comparable to the big name, big budget shows such as BT Sport, Sky, the BBC and many other major broadcasters.

Plug in and go – Sports-AR is just one PC and a web-based control interface (WebControl) so installation and use could not be easier. Simply plug in the studio camera, open up the interface and you will be driving AR graphics into your set in minutes. Training is covered with simple online videos so deployment anywhere is easy.

Includes all the graphics you need for football shows – League tables, head to heads, weekend fixtures, video wall, giant studio screens and more are all included. The style of these is set through the easy to use web interface and multiple styles for multiple shows can be stored away for use when needed.

Works with a static camera – Yet still gives great looking camera movements. Sports-AR uses virtual cameras in its software thus removing the biggest downfalls of traditional approaches to AR, the cost and complexity of working with tracked cameras. 

Sports-AR Product Details

Stunning, Affordable AR GraphicsFull set of easy to brand AR graphicsTwo systems in one: Analysis and AREasy and flexible to UseNo need for camera tracking hardwareBring your analysis into AR spaceNew revenue opportunitiesFuture proof

Bring your sports presentations to life

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The graphics are stunning, rivalling those used by the biggest names in broadcasting.
Through the easy to deploy web user interface you can set the system up, personalise the graphics and go to air.

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Full set of easy to brand AR graphics

Video wall – sized and positioned in your studio with just a few mouse clicks


League tables – with easy to update content


Bring EPL players into the studio, with various options for wrap around stats


Or use the EPL player clips with stats alongside


Giant screens – where you need it, perhaps animating out of the floor.


Add sponsors logo to the studio floor or wall, such as the RT Software on here


Player head to heads


Weekend fixtures


Two systems in one: Analysis and AR

The smart thing we have done is to provide a hybrid system that will work in a typical sports production. During the game it’s an analysis system, delivering live or near to live graphics such as off sides, highlighting regions, and so on. But in just a matter of minutes, the system is ready to use as an AR system, whether pitch side or in the studio.


Of course, the studio shows will typically need some analysis sequences, and they are taken care of using the virtual AR screens to play out the analysis sequences.


Easy and flexible to Use

Deployment of the system in the studio is very straightforward as all that is required from vision is a static camera mounted to give a wide angle shot of the studio. There is no need for expensive camera tracking hardware as all the camera moves are achieved in software – the studio camera is completely static and locked off.


The hardware specified is a low cost, locally sourced Windows workstation, such as the HP z440 workstation utilising AJA video i/o boards and an nVidia GPU. Just plug it into an SDI or IP camera and within minutes you will be inserting informative and compelling AR graphics into your studio set.

No need for camera tracking hardware

Deployment of the system in the studio is very straightforward as all that is required from vision is a static camera mounted to give a wide angle shot of the studio. There is no need for expensive camera tracking hardware as all the camera moves are achieved in software – the studio camera is completely static and locked off. This cuts out one of the biggest costs of AR as camera tracking technology can easily be tens of thousands of pounds per camera.

In addition, no hardware based camera tracking means no lens calibration is required. This in turn gives the benefit that setup and rigging times are massively reduced making it possible to use Sports-AR in temporary studios  or pitch side with no prior access.

Custom graphics can be created using the Edit-3d editor (not included).


Bring your analysis into AR space

Your studio show is likely to need analysis clips, and the hybrid nature of this product makes it possible. Simply use the Tactic or  tOG-Sports system to prepare your analysis clips as usual and save them on the workstation. Later, when the system is switched into AR mode these clips can be played out either as full screen graphics or as VT on the virtual video wall or a pop up virtual video screen. This can include cue points to give the presenter control over the clips if required.

It is worth stressing there is no live telestration by the presenter but this is possible using the Tactic or tOG-Sports system.

New revenue opportunities

One of the key benefits of AR is the ability to customise and change things quickly. Included as one of our standard graphics, sponsors logos can be added to physical elements of the set quickly through the web based operator interface. This is so easy they can be changed during a show if needed. In addition, custom AR graphics such as 3D sponsor logos can be created for more visual impact.

Future proof

Just like all the RT Software products, Sports AR is future proof. The heart of the system is a modern rendering engine using floating point colour definition. It’s not just UHD ready but higher resolution formats too along with HDR.

In addition, the system supports traditional SDI cameras alongside IP cameras (currently NDI).


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