Viz Engine Powers Graphics for Premier Soccer League
The Premier Soccer League
(PSL), Africa’s largest soccer league, has
chosen Vizrt solutions and Los Angeles-based graphic design firm Reality Check
Studios to produce its graphics packages. PSL games are broadcast on Super
Sport, an African all-sports television network. The government owned network,
South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) also carries the PSL matches and is
integrating the Vizrt graphics package designed by Reality Check Studios in
collaboration with Johannesburg-based Universal Production.
Reality Check Studios
created the graphics for Super Sport using Viz Artist animation software, and
Vizrt’s powerful graphics rendering engine, Viz Engine, takes them to air.
SuperSport was the first to launch the new graphics package for the Soweto
Derby between the Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates. The match was seen
live in more than 40 countries around the world last November.
Former head of the
Norwegian Soccer League and current Chief Executive Officer of PSL, Kjetil P.
Siem sought out Reality Check Studios to deliver the Vizrt solution to overhaul
the look of the leagues matches on air: “We wanted to set a new standard for
African soccer broadcasts. To do that successfully, we needed a level of
quality that is more in line with the North American and European standard. We
consider Vizrt to be the best platform to achieve this quality shift. We
brought Reality Check Studios on board to make it happen.”
The Viz Artist and
Viz Engine combination enabled designers from Reality Check Studios to create a
standard look for all in-game graphics, which includes lineups, match clock and
score, full screens, lower thirds and player Match-ups. According to Siem,
having an overall look for the league was an important factor in the decision
making process. “As a soccer league, it’s important to be proactive in
designing the look of the content broadcasters will use,” Siem explained.
“Graphics is a much stronger tool for branding and commercialization than most
people realize. When PSL took full control over our own TV product, graphics
solutions including opening sequences, wipes and standard graphical elements
were of very high importance. Vizrt and Reality Check were chosen as partners
because PSL wanted the best products and solutions available. With Reality
Check Studios and Vizrt, we’re part of the development and retain an element of
control over the look of the broadcasts.”