Vinten and Vizrt Record Ryder Cup for Sky Sports

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Vinten, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, supplied a Vinten encoded pan and tilt head to Sky Sports for use in the studio during the September Ryder Cup golf championship in the United Kingdom. The Vinten Vision 250E features a box that supplies positional and lens data for the virtual reality (VR) processing software that was used in studio by presenters to showcase the golfers and statistics in a virtual environment during the tournament.

The VR graphic elements were provided by Vizrt—an expert in the supply of real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the broadcast industry—with the data from the VR processing box streamed to the 3D rendering engines. Says Rex Jenkins, managing director for Vizrt UK, “Vinten VR tracking heads have shown themselves to be solid and reliable for many indoor and outdoor sports events, and integrate well with Vizrt’s graphics system.”

“The Vision 250E is ideal for use in virtual applications as it provides the performance and accuracy required of a manually operated pan and tilt head combined with optical encoders to provide precise real-time digital electronic positioning of pan and tilt,” says Mark Osborn, director of business development, EMEA and Asia, Vinten. “Combined with the VR processing box, the encoded head provides a greater level of versatility and functionality to any studio environment.”