The Super Bowl of cycling, the Tour de France, expands its TV program this year by Augmented Reality.
Denmark's TV 2 has built a new studio for the show, featuring on-air personalities, virtual backgrounds and behind a large touchscreen tabletop that will display 3D content to aid in the analysis of the race.
"We did not use virtual sets in the studio last year," said Klaus Bøgeholdt, production manager at TV 2 Sports in a recently published blog post. "Instead, we used a large circular horizon with the pressure of an alpine landscape, and this year we decided to create the entire background as a virtual graph (blue screen)."
TV 2 used 3D graphics software from Vizrt virtual content. The Viz Engine platform demonstrated the studio's virtual backgrounds, AR content and touchscreen board, while Viz Pilot enabled the production team to create 3D content using journal templates.
"Working with virtual graphics is pretty new to us, and we've been working with AR graphics for a few years now a virtual background connected to our physical elements in the studio was a fun challenge, "said Bøgeholdt.
"I think virtual graphics can be very special when used with physical scenography, and when both elements interact (physical scenography and virtual graphics) it is sometimes hard to say what is physical and what is virtually on set "I think we've achieved something unique this year by taking advantage of the best of both worlds."