Broadcast graphics company ChyronHego has launched a new rendering solution that integrates Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) with its augmented reality (AR) and virtual set (VS) software.
Called Fresh, the solution promises to make news, weather or sports broadcasts look more real because the AR graphics, including text and titles, are all integrated into the UE4 scene.
According to New York-headquartered ChyronHego, Fresh does away with the traditional method of broadcast elements being created in a graphics rendering engine and then added as a separate layer on top of the UE4 scene.
Fresh includes a robust primitive library with three-dimensional (3D) graphic objects, including text, that is fully integrated into the UE4 environment. This feature enables producers to add eye-catching titles and other 3D elements quickly and easily without having to re-render them for the gaming engine.
The solution also boasts automatic incorporation of any AR/VS element into a broadcaster’s environment, as well as preview capabilities, built-in screen parallax features and the ability to combine live feeds within the UE4 scene.
Fresh also offers a zero-delay function that, when used with ChyronHego’s robotic tracking head solutions, removes the need for additional equipment and complex audio processing to compensate for the delay between AR/VS elements and other content.
Alon Stoerman, senior product manager for live production solutions at ChyronHego, said: “With ChyronHego Fresh, news, weather, and sports producers no longer need to struggle with multiple types of render engines and toolsets, which can result in varying degrees of quality. Now, Fresh offers a complete graphics solution that’s fully integrated into the Unreal scene.”
“This means producers are able to tell a better story and captivate viewers through high-quality AR graphics that look orders-of-magnitude better than graphics created with traditional rendering engines. They’re also able to do it faster and easier than ever before, since Fresh can be operated as an integral part of the rundown. These are truly unique capabilities in the industry and fill a huge requirement for our broadcast customers.”
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