Vizrt Quattro offers graphics/video breakthrough at NAB
Sports graphics professionals will now be able to bridge graphics and video workflows via Vizrt Quattro, a new character generator that enables an operator to create fully animated graphics containing multiple videos from a single desktop interface. Viz Quattro was developed as an extension to Vizrt’s Viz Content Pilot content management and Viz Trio character generator to access Vizrt’s Media Asset Management solutions.
“With Viz Quattro, our users now have access to a station’s entire video database from one desktop,” says Petter Ole Jakobsen, Chief Technology Officer of Vizrt. “They no longer need to go to other work stations to perform different tasks.”
Viz Quattro fully integrates with Vizrt’s media asset management technology, which allows the user to search all of a station’s media files from one desktop. Viz Quattro can interface with an initial storage space for up to 40 hours of DV25 video and 100,000 still images. The Viz Video Hub 40 solution can be upgraded to the Viz Video Hub plug-and-play media asset management system, allowing for a storage capacity of up to 2,000 hours of DV25 video. In addition to DV25, other formats supported by Viz Video Hub include: DVCPRO, DV50, IMX30, IMX50 and HD DV100 format.
Also new this year is the latest version of Viz Curious Maps, a template-based software system that enables users to create branded maps and geographic animations. The new system has improved connectivity between programs through the Viz Curious Maps server. Another significant enhancement to Viz Curious Maps Clients is within its labeling feature so that labels that are too close together on a map can be separated but still point to the correct place on the map. Templates can also be designed using Viz Curious Maps Clients to show the terrain of a particular area automatically.
NAB attendees looking for media asset management will want to check out the new version of Viz Ardome, the core software module within the industry-leading Vizrt media asset management system. Version 4.6 of Viz Ardome offers increased HD support. The new version is also fully integrated with all major newsroom computer systems such as Avid’s iNEWS, Associated Press’ ENPS, Avstar, and QNews. The software enables users to produce an audit trail – a series of records of computer events that monitors system activity.
Isak Jonsson, Head of Research and Development for Vizrt, says “ Because it allows multiple users to edit and access the same source material from multiple PC’s over a web interface, Viz Ardome offers increased productivity and cost savings over competitive solutions.”