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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Alfacam Covers Olympics With Vizrt Graphic Stations

The Alfacam control room
The Alfacam control room Vizrt graphics software solutions were used during coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

Alfacam (Lint, Belgium), the leading European HDTV provider and EURO1080, a member of the Alfacam Group, covered the Beijing Olympics with Vizrt (Bergen, Norway) graphics software solutions.

A pair of Viz Trio Character Generator systems were used in two of Alfacam's many OB-trucks. Viz Trio offers 2D and 3D character generation and allows an operator to create seamless context-enabled graphics, making it ideal for sporting events.

"We had an immediate need to cover events surrounding the summer games and knew we needed to upgrade our graphics systems in our trucks," said Gabriel Fehervari, CEO of Alfacam. "We sought out a Vizrt solution because we knew their graphics are the best complement to the top quality video we are known for producing."

Alfacam is equipped with a large fleet of 34 OB vans. Of those, 24 operate in HDTV. The company is responsible for more than 2,500 productions per year, more than half of which are sports related.

Viz Trio is a powerful yet cost-effective real-time 2D/3D character generator. It offers a feature-rich 3D design system for the creation of true 3D graphics and animations. In addition to basic CG functionality, a set of advanced features supply the operator with complex graphical and operational possibilities. Viz Trio supports, amongst other features, connectivity to multiple newsroom systems, seamless context switching on graphics, Look-Ahead Transition Logic™, multiple clients controlling a single output channel, and integration with non-linear editing systems. For more information, visit or

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