NAB 2016

SVG@NAB Perspectives: RCS's Mike Ward Goes Inside LaunchPad Graphics for EURO 2016, COPA America

Stationed at Vizrt’s booth at the 2016 NAB Show, Reality Check Systems (RCS) showed off its latest LaunchPad graphics system, which will hit screens during this summer’s EURO 2016 and COPA America soccer tournaments. Mike Ward, European Managing Director at RCS gives SVG’s Jason Dachman the latest.

LaunchPad facilitates plug-and-play full screen graphics and highlight analysis for studio programming surrounding the soccer competitions. The intuitive technology, which fuses Opta data with dynamic RCS templates, the Vizrt graphics and video compositing solution Viz Engine, and Viz Libero 3D analysis toolset, was on display in 4K at NAB 2016 in Vizrt booth SL2417.

Available as an end-to-end offering for the duration of both competitions, LaunchPad enables seamless integration of full screen graphics directly into broadcasts via switcher or on-set via a touchscreen controlled by talent. Using the solution, a comprehensive range of graphics for Euro 2016 and Copa America — including results; standings; fixtures; touch, pass, and shot maps; player and team profiles; and more — are instantly available on-air. The turnkey offering includes the graphics hardware and software, Opta data and a 65″ touchscreen.

Key system features include:
— Intuitive UI: An easy-to-use interface ensures simple setup and navigation without requiring engineering or IT expertise. Quickly save pages, create playlists, set up defaults and build rundowns on the fly.
— Web Control: An advanced web portal with drop down menus for Euro 2016 and Copa America teams and players, and optimized performance make it easy to create, preview and instantly display graphics.
— Remote Access: The RCS Navigator Apple iPad app can be used to access and control LaunchPad from any network to which the Viz Engine is connected.
— Social Media Integration: Track and share relevant Twitter activity in real-time.