Vizrt Displays Newly Acquired Curious Software Solutions At Broadcast Asia 2005


Combination of Vizrt 3D Graphics Tools and Curious Mapping Software Provides Most Comprehensive Broadcast Graphics Solution on Market

Last Updated: June 13, 2005 4:03 pm GMT
(Singapore, Singapore Expo, Stand 1J2-07, June 13, 2005) Along with its Viz|Trio suite of real-time 3D- and HD-compatible broadcast graphics solutions, Vizrt, the world’s leading producer of real-time 2D and true 3D graphics systems for television, will officially unveil the Curious Software product line at the Broadcast Asia 2005 convention.

Vizrt completed acquisition of all assets of Curious Software on June 1, and is currently integrating the Curious Software solutions within its product line. The first level of integration, between Viz|Trio and the Curious Map Server will be demonstrated during the Broadcast Asia show.

The Asian broadcast market has been critical to the growth of Vizrt, with major customers in the region including: NHK, Nippon TV, TV Asahi, KBS, SBS, MBC, CCTV, Astro, MediaCorp, and TVB.

Curious Software’s core product, Curious World Maps, is the industry standard for digital map creation in broadcast television news, documentaries, and video and film production throughout the world. This powerful software solution provides users with the total creative control needed to produce visually stunning maps, graphics, and animation that can quickly and easily be incorporated into many types of programming, from news and documentaries to sports, travel programs and traffic reports.

Alongside its World Map software, Curious will show its new Producer and Presenter product ranges. These software solutions are designed to expand map creation beyond the graphics department and into the newsroom and studio. The first product from the new ranges is Curious Traffic Producer, which enables non-graphics professionals to instantly produce and air maps to accompany traffic reporting.

The combination of Vizrt’s graphics-creation tools with Curious World Maps will provide users with an unsurpassed, template-based mapping system employing sophisticated 3D animation and design tools for mapping amendments—all running on Vizrt’s high-performance renderer, Viz|Engine.

“Maps are a requirement for the world’s broadcasters,” said Bjarne Berg, President and CEO of Vizrt. “They’re fundamental content to the reporting of news and weather. Therefore, it’s essential for a graphics company like Vizrt to offer the best product in the market to our clients. By joining forces and integrating Curious World Maps with our Viz|Engine renderer, broadcasters now have a mapping solution that allows them to produce maps faster, with a better look, and less effort.”

Vizrt solutions include Viz|Artist, which allows broadcasters to create sophisticated 3D graphics and animation through a simple, icon-based drag-and-drop user interface; Viz|Trio, Vizrt’s flagship real-time 3D character generator; the new Viz|Trio NV character generator, an entry-level version of Viz|Trio; Viz|Content Pilot, a template-based content management system; Viz|Weather for local and national weather forecasts;  Viz|Ticker™ and Viz|Ad™ for real-time advertising; Viz|Arena™ software for live virtual sports graphics; Viz|Virtual Studio™ and the lower cost 2D virtual studio software, Viz|Ibis™, as well as the Viz|Engine™ renderer. Vizrt’s product line represents a full range of graphics solutions for today’s broadcasters.

Vizrt is the world’s leading provider of real-time 2D and true 3D broadcast graphics. The company’s software suite offers a complete graphics solution including: character generation, content management and newsroom integration, 3D tickers, virtual studio, weather data integration, virtual sports analysis, information display and virtual effects. All Vizrt’s graphics products are powered by a single core renderer, the unique and powerful Viz|Engine™. Vizrt’s graphics solution goes beyond the visual aspect and includes highly customized user interfaces for the designer, operator, journalist and engineer. The world’s leading broadcasters, such as ABC, CNN News Networks, CBS, Fox News, ESPN, BBC Sports, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today and NHK, use Vizrt’s solutions, mainly in 24/7 operations, for both conventional digital and high definition content delivery. Production houses and corporate institutions, including the New York Stock Exchange, are Vizrt customers.

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