BBC rolls out $500,000 Vizrt system

Vizrt Ltd. provider of real-time 2D and 3D
broadcast graphics solutions, has begun supplying the BBC with a $500,000 graphics system as the first part of a four-year nationwide framework agreement
signed between the two parties in 2006.

The first live
implementation is BBC World and News 24. From the beginning of this week both
stations use Vizrt to produce on-screen graphics and captions.

BBC London is also
piloting Vizrt software on behalf of regional stations and will be conducting a
soft launch later this month. The roll-out continues during 2007. The framework
agreement is designed to facilitate purchasing from a tested and approved
supplier and although created primarily for News departments throughout the
country, any department or region can take advantage of it.

Vizrt’s software suite
provides a complete graphics solution including caption generation, content
management and newsroom integration, template graphics, 3D tickers, virtual
studio sets, weather forecasts, virtual sports graphics, SMS interactivity and
large-scale displays. All Vizrt’s graphics products are powered by a single core
renderer, the Viz|Engine, and include highly-customised user interfaces for the
designer, operator, journalist and engineer.

As part of the framework
agreement, Vizrt UK is also assisting with training and support to help BBC
staff adapt to the new software.