wTVision Creates Enhanced AR Graphics With AR³ Football; Covers ‘Volta a Portugal’ Cycling Competition

Designed to generate high-quality Virtual Placements in a football field, AR³ Football enhances broadcasts by adding Augmented Reality into live matches and creating a more appealing and entertaining experience for fans, advertisers, and viewers all over the world. Also, wTVision has been the official provider of the broadcast graphics and data integration of the major Cycling event in Portugal and one of the most relevant competitions of the season.

A New Tool to Generate Augmented Reality in Every Football Match
Following the tendency of a market that continuously relies on new forms of technology to enrich its broadcasts or its product placement, wTVision created an intuitive solution that intends to simplify the use of Augmented Reality in a live event. It comes with the features of automatic calibration and camera recalibration, that simplify the operation and reduce the workload on sight, you can switch cameras with one click only and it takes a couple of seconds to have AR on air.

AR³ Football also allows you to change camera without losing sight and perspective of the Augmented Reality implemented on the field, thanks to its Multi-Camera Augmented Reality system.

This new tool highlights some of the most important moments of a match in an extremely intuitive way. With AR³ Football, it is possible to generate high-quality AR Offside Lines and AR Freekick distances.

The offside tool is ready to generate multiple virtual lines on the same replay, whenever there is more than one moment of doubt in the same play. It also allows the highlighting of players that are crucial for the event under analysis.

A ball speed measurement tool was also included, to calculate the speed of the ball, on any given play, with only two clicks.

wTVision’s AR³ Football is the result of years of experience on the field and the constant thrive for innovation that allowed wTVision to be the preferable choice of thousands of producers worldwide.

“Volta a Portugal” celebrated its 80th edition with wTVision
This year, “A Volta” was once again a truly national competition, covering practically every corner of Portugal in the company of 4 wTVision’s specialists and one OB-Van, that were in all stages guaranteeing all the equipment set up and the live operation services. A larger operation that included 21 teams, 150 athletes and lots of curious fans ready to greet their favorite team all over the country’s beautiful landscape.

From August 1 until August 12, the bicycles dominated the Portuguese roads again and wTVision was there every step of the way, making sure the most relevant information was presented in the most appealing graphics during the long hours of each race and broadcast.

The project included CyclingStats CG (wTVision’s scouting system and on-air graphics controller for Cycling events) that calculates distance to finish line, time gaps between groups or even shows cyclists ID’s, and performances in real time. wTVision also guaranteed the integration with the official timing provider and all the geographic data was collected with wTracker, a GPS system attached to three motorcycles that follow the race, that is able to process the data to convert into graphics.

wTVision’s team worked hard to guarantee nothing was left unnoticed in the different stages and races, and to make sure viewers knew firsthand who were the holders of the famous colored shirts.

Commentators were also provided with relevant information during the live broadcast, thanks to a Web Commentator application designed to report updated statistic and in-depth analysis, that helps professionals give better insights to the audience.

wTVision’s colaboration with “Volta a Portugal” also included a live presentation of the 21 teams, in RTP’s show “Há Volta”, where the most relevant information about each team and athlete was presented with the support of real-time graphics.

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