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Vizrt Provides Dynamic Solutions for Election Coverage throughout Latin America 

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)- Vizrt announces that several TV stations in Latin America recently relied on Vizrt systems, software and graphics to display voting returns during their election coverage. A system made up of Viz Engine, Vizrt’s powerful renderer; Viz Artist animation and visual effects tool and Viz Trio character generator powered the election graphics.

During this summer, Vizrt customers in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil covered their respective election events using Vizrt products. Gizmo studio (www.gizmosite.tv), a Buenos Aires-based service provider and Vizrt partner, used the Vizrt systems to design graphics for Vizrt in Argentina and Mexico.

Gizmo Studio was instrumental in designing and assisting the networks’ development of election shows for Mexico’s Cadena 3 and Argentina’s Artear television network.

Cadena 3, an existing Vizrt customer, had relied upon Vizrt graphics solutions for the past two years. For their election coverage, Cadena 3 wanted to add a dynamic visual impact and real-time results to their broadcast. In June, after a month of planning and preparations, Cadena 3 successfully used Viz Artist and Viz Trio character generator software to create broadcast graphics in HD and SD in real-time for Mexico’s congressional elections. The upgrades resulted in efficient production and streamlined workflows, according to Emmanuel Verruno and Andrea Bacigalupo, Co-owners of Gizmo.

Artear, one of the largest television networks in Argentina, made a similar jump in capabilities for their congressional election broadcast in July. Artear was also an existing Vizrt customer, and wished to improve the branding of both channels, giving them a more dynamic look. Gizmo was brought on board to assist in designing and implementing a new look for TN (Todo Noticias), Artear’s 24-hour news channel.

Gizmo Studio worked with Artear to implement workflow change – a transition simplified by Vizrt solutions. Gizmo also developed graphics through the Vizrt systems that facilitated the transition for Artear’s graphics operators.

“The Vizrt solutions absolutely improved workflow for Artear,? explained Verruno. “Prior to our involvement, the network would display information through 2D tables that were created manually. Not only was the process time-consuming, the look was not up to the station’s standards. With our design and the Vizrt systems, we gave Cadena 3 and Artear the ability to broadcast animated graphics with real-time results, providing the information they need in a dynamic fashion.?

“We’re very proud to provide graphics software systems with help from Gizmo to so many networks in Latin America,? said Pablo Goldzseft, Regional Manager Latin America of Vizrt. “It proves how flexible our systems are and highlights how well Vizrt and Gizmo offer a wide range of workable options to create 3D graphics whether stations have transitioned to HD or not. Election coverage saturates every network at the same time, so the look and graphic impact and information being sent out is highly important. ?

About Vizrt
Vizrt creates leading-edge content production tools for the digital media industry – from award-winning 3D graphics & maps through integrated video workflow solutions and online publishing tools.

We propose a new vision for content creation, management and delivery with an end-to-end solution from conception to multi-format distribution. Through constant innovation and a good measure of fun, we create software and services that push creative boundaries and develop new ways of telling stories.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Frankfurt Prime Standard and on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

Press contacts:
Bjarne Berg
President & CEO
+47 9055 7711

Ofra Brown
+47 5351 8040

SCHWARZ Financial Communication
Frank Schwarz
+49 611 1745 398 11

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