Overview

tOG-Vista will provide new options for working with 4k UHD content and 2k HD content, reducing production costs and increasing production values. The products typically take the live outputs from 2 side by side static cameras and stitch them together in real time to create a single, panoramic view of the entire field of play. Joysticks can then be used to move virtual cameras around the panoramic view to produce multiple HD or SD outputs.

Users have full pan, tilt and zoom control of the virtual cameras and a single system can produce two outputs – either two independent outputs or automatically framed together tight and wide shots.

There are also options to add telestration for sports analysis and virtual advertising on the field of play. Setup is quick and easy, typically taking 10-15 minutes once the cameras are mounted. Everything required is available through a graphical operators interface.

The system is camera agnostic, and works on both UHD 4k and HD 2k capture cameras that are statically mounted and completely locked off – meaning that with some thought about how aperture settings are controlled these could be unmanned at the venue during the game.

In summary, tOG-Vista is an affordable solution that adds value to all sports and at all levels.

 

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Use Cases – Tier 1 Sports. 4k capture means high quality HD content can supplement the traditional production environment. This can include off the ball incidents, telestration and virtual advertising.

Lower Tier Sports- tOG-Vista can be the basis for a reasonably high value production at much reduced costs.

At Venue Production or Remote Production – The cameras and realistically the tOG-Vista hardware need to be at venue, but the use of proxy views plus KVMs over a decent network and acceptance of a small delay mean remote production can become a reality. Capturing the traditional off camera incidents. The cameras are capturing the entire field of play meaning with the addition of a replay capability action can be captured of any incident.

Superb quality telestration – Static cameras mean no need to worry about camera tracking technology for “tied to pitch” graphics such as player trails. Included in the telestration package is the ability to add team logos and game scores on the pitch. They are always rock solid while the virtual cameras pan around..

Virtual Advertising The “Virtual Advertising” option puts advertising tiles directly on the field of play – in the correct perspective and with the players keyed on top. Throw in our unique “luminance keyer” that handles changes in lighting during the game and we believe the highest quality VA can be achieved.

Make use of all 4k content. “tOG-Vista 1” (dubbed the “Pan and Scan” solution) creates output from single camera 4k capture that is compatible with a HD TX chain.

tOG-Vista Product Details

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 tOG-Vista in Action

Monitoring View
HD out 1  
HD out 2
In Operation
 Setup and Calibration Procedure

tOG-Vista requires predictable data in the view of the camera – such as lines on a sports field – with two cameras in the same location pointed at different ends of the field of play. There must be a shared overlap between the two camera views that contains some of the predictable data, such as field centre line. The operator aligns a supplied model of the field of play to the camera views and the system is ready for use.

With everything available through a GUI interface an experienced operator is typically up and running in 5 minutes. 

 tOG Vista Features and Benefits

Feature

Comments

Benefit

Easy setup.

The simple procedure is well documented and can be performed quickly at the start of the game by anyone comfortable using a PC.

Lower production costs and less staff in the gallery.

Real time with low delay.

Delay through the system the system is comparable with existing broadcast solutions.

Suitable for all live events.

Entire field of play captured.

The capture cameras see everything by default meaning the virtual cameras can track action across the entire field of play.

No traditional cameramen at venue contributes to lower production costs. See additional benefits below.

High quality.

The native quality of the stitch is near to lossless meaning users determine own quality with their choice of cameras.

Suitable for contribution to TX where quality is important.

Low cost.

Broadcast specification PC, annual low cost licences and minimal technical requirements.

Suitable as an add on to traditional production, for volume roll outs or where budgets are constrained.

Remote production friendly.

It is an IT based solution, meaning the controllers, proxy outputs, KVM etc can all be handled over a decent network connection.

Provides options for new lower cost broadcast production paradigms.

2 HD output channels.

A single system replaces 2 traditional camera chains.

High production values and lower production costs

Virtual cameras controlled by joysticks.

This means a new generation of “camera” operators, and they can be located in the gallery.

Lower production costs

Locked “Tight and Wide” outputs.

A single operator creates two camera outputs.

Lower production costs.

2 independent HD outputs.

Two operators can share a single system.

Lower production costs.

Dual joysticks.

Joysticks can be set up to control cameras and / or zoom and focus.

System can be configured for user and production preferences.

Support for UHD cameras.

UHD capture means the virtual cameras can zoom in tight before there is degradation in the HD output.

High quality HD production.

Support for HD cameras.

Opens up options for low cost, reasonably high production value content to all sports events.

Support for existing cameras resulting in lower costs.

Camera agnostic.

Users can choose the price / performance cameras that suit their needs and budgets.

User choice.

Static at venue cameras.

The use of static cameras means no traditional camera men required and all “tied to pitch” graphics such as telestration and virtual advertising are rock solid.

Easy to rig, less intrusive, reduced at venue costs.

Archiving games.

With a “Record” capability the game across the entire field of play can be captured for use later.

Can be analysed off line to produce in depth player stats and clips.

Optional live “Telestration”.

10m circles, distance to kick, naming tools and other graphics can be applied to live video during the game.

Increased production value.

Optional “Telestration” on replays.

Add in the tOG-Sports product of choice for a full range of telestration capabilities.Requires suitably configured external DDR.

Enhance half-time, full-time and highlight show content with top end analysis graphics.

Replay “off camera” incidents.

Requires suitably configured external DDR.

Overcomes a critical weakness of traditional production techniques, the possibility of missing crucial incidents.

Optional “Virtual Advertising”.

Add in the highest quality virtual advertising capability in the industry. Advertising tiles can even be tweaked for changing light conditions.

Generate new revenue streams.

Low cost licences.

Available on long or short term rental.

Only pay for use when in use, reducing Cap Ex.

Low cost hardware (PC workstations and AJA video).

Dell 7910 workstations are supported, along with AJA Corvid i/o and nVidia GPU broadcast specification cards.

Hardware can be sourced locally and is affordable for volume deployments or niche sports.

Multi-purpose systems.

Stitch, replays, telestration and virtual advertising can all be provided from one system (with caveats around concurrent use).

Lower financial outlays and reduction of the footprint required in rack.

Options

Record

Adding the Live Record feature provides a replay capability during the game, enables telestration and allows the game to be archived for use later.

TBC

Currently reqs Grass K2

Live Telestration

Adding the Live telestration feature allows telestration graphics to be added to live video during the game.

TBC

Replay Telestration

Currently requires a suitably configured external  DDR, with  Grass Valley K2 looking like a suitable solution. Provides the ability to add analysis graphics to the video. This includes “tied to pitch” analysis graphics such as arrows and trails on the pitch with players keyed on top.

TBC

Virtual Advertising

Allows advertising tiles or club logos and scores to be added to the live video.

TBC

Live so available now

UHD 4k PC

Dell 7910. With all cards. See RTSW web site for specifications.

£13,500

HD 2k PC

Dell 7910. With all cards. See RTSW web site for specifications.

£9,000

Joystick Controllers

See RTSW web site for specifications.

£400 each

Monitoring Screen

UHD 4k – Any 50/60P 3840 x 2160 HDMI TV / monitor

HD 2k – Any 50/60P 1920 x 1080 HDMI TV / monitor

Varies

Varies

Support

Having selected RT Software to supply your broadcast graphics solutions, on-going help and advice are critical in delivering user satisfaction. This, along with bug fixes and free of charge new releases of the software is included as part of our annual Software Support contract. Click here to download a copy.

Support on our hardware is easy too. We use industry standard, low cost and from reputable manufacturers with worldwide availability and good after sales service. Furthermore, all our products can run on the same platform meaning you can enjoy low cost n+1 redundant hardware strategies.

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If you need to contact RT Software Support – phone +44 (0)20 7168 8820 or email support@rtsw.co.uk

  • Software Support. Available through an annual contract for any of the tOG family of broadcast graphics products and solutions. Customers with a valid contract are entitled to reasonable telephone based assistance during UK office hours (UK 09.00 to 17.00) plus new interim releases of the software free of charge. Please note that as standard this does not include any on-site assistance.
  • Out of Hours Support. Customers requiring out of UK office hours support can extend their contracts to include this.
  • Hardware Support. We pass through the manufacturers warranties and can provide telephone assistance during office hours on the products that we qualify or supply. In addition, we may hold these products in stock ready for prompt shipment to you.
  • Additional Support. We appreciate that as a broadcaster you will have times when graphics can be critical. We can tailor a package of additional support to assist as required and this can include being on site with you – wherever that is.
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