Vizrt gets right touch via Perceptive Pixel

Vizrt has inked a deal with Perceptive Pixel, creator of advanced multi-touch display systems, to allow broadcasters to use sophisticated and intuitive multi-touch gestures to control graphics presentations that they create with the full line of Vizrt software, including: Viz Artist 3, Vizrt’s animation and visual effects creation tool for high-quality 2D and 3D real-time graphics; Viz Curious Maps mapping software; and Viz Quattro, a still and clip store workflow solution. Viz Engine supplies uncompressed, real-time graphic and video output. Graphics can be run from Viz Trio character generation software and Viz Content Pilot content management software.

“Extremely large video walls, used as studio backdrops and as interactive tools during election coverage and weather forecasting, represent a fast-growing trend in production,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO, Vizrt. “Our collaboration with Perceptive Pixel affords broadcasters a large, high-resolution interactive surface and creates the possibility of close-ups and more creative shooting angles. But, the major breakthrough is the integration of Perceptive Pixel’s multi-touch feature with any graphical or video element in Vizrt. The possibilities are endless in terms of the creative potential.”

Perceptive Pixel’s groundbreaking Media Wall is 94-inches diagonal, full HD 1080p resolution, and can sense an unlimited number of touch points simultaneously. It is a complete turn-key system that can be used with its suite of bundled applications, easily integrated with existing single-touch applications, or support the development and deployment of advanced multi-touch native applications with its included Perceptive Pixel Multi-Touch Application Framework SDK.

Perceptive Pixel’s Multi-Touch Workstation is a smaller 55-inch diagonal HD display, ideal for a single user interacting for extended periods of time, while its height allows walk-up collaborators quick and easy access.

Going beyond the traditional mouse, trackball, or touchscreen, multi-touch allows one or more users to intuitively perform sophisticated manipulation of information or systems using multiple simultaneous points of contact by one or more individuals.

“Vizrt brings us an established artist-friendly platform, dedicated to the creation of live interactive graphics,” said Jeff Han, founder and chief scientist of Perceptive Pixel. “It puts our technology into a professional workflow, while we completely transform the possibilities for interaction with their graphics. The result is a whole new dimension for dynamic interactive storytelling on a studio floor.”

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