AE Live (AE) is proud to be partnering with Star Sports India on its seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). AE is again delivering a wide array of graphics, in six different languages, at Star’s production hub in Mumbai, and for the first time in the competition’s history, AE is also producing augmented reality (AR) remotely.
On-site at venues, AE staff are installing a Stype tracking system on two cameras, the main camera one and on a Jitacam or Jimmy Jib camera, depending on the venue. The data from these cameras is being delivered to Mumbai and being used by AE operators to remotely produce a range of AR content, including a jumbotron, mascot animations and player profiles, in two languages, English and Hindi, as well as on-court graphics using Vizrt’s Studio Manager.
AE is also sending match information, such as clock, scoring, player and team data, to the production hub. AE’s bespoke software applications are integrating with this data to compliment the delivery of core match and presentation graphics in six languages, English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Marathi. The combined delivery of core and AR graphics is using a total of 16 Viz engines, which are being housed full-time at Star’s production hub.
AE’s Director of Business Operations in Asia, Sudeep Saha, commented, “Last season we took the first step towards remote AR production by sending camera data from the venue to the production hub and integrating this to test a range of AR content remotely. After successfully delivering this POC several times throughout the season, we felt confident to take the next step and move towards a complete remote solution for the PKL. I am very hopeful that the successful implementation of producing AR graphics remotely will open up multiple avenues for regional, commercial and language customization, that the PKL and Star always strive for.”