Izmir, Turkey – 29.10.2019 – Zero Density announced today that NASCAR Race Hub has received the award for Excellence in Virtual Studios and Real-Time VFX at the Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards 2019. Joining Broadcast’s list of prestigious annual awards, the inaugural Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards were presented on October 17 in London, where they celebrated innovation, collaboration, and creativity in production, post-production, and broadcast.
The award for Excellence in Virtual Studios and Real-Time VFX is recognition of FOX Sports’ success in taking virtual studio production to new heights, creating a hyper-realistic, agile, and dynamic environment for broadcast. Powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, Zero Density’s “Reality”—a real-time, node-based compositing platform—provided the FOX Sports team the tools to actualize their creative vision of providing captivating content in a 360-degree environment.
From massive racetracks to a single screw, NASCAR Race Hub integrates distinctive augmented reality elements with real-time data visualization, massive player cards, race cars, and other real-time visual content and effects, providing unprecedented access to race day coverage.
Zac Fields, SVG Graphic Technology and Integration at FOX Sports said: “It’s an honor to be acknowledged for this award on such a special project. We set out to achieve something that had never been done before in this space and feel like we were able to do that with our partners at Zero Density and Epic games. We are incredibly excited for the future with this technology.”
“FOX Sports continues to up the standards on virtual studio production on television, and we are proud to assist them on this pioneering project,” said Ulas Kacmaz, VP of Sales and Marketing at Zero Density. “This award is representative of the skill, ingenuity, and creativity of all teams involved.”
Built upon Epic’s leading Unreal technology, Reality provides additional features for real-time graphics, furthering the visual experience of broadcast through photoreal environments. The creative teams at FOX Sports leveraged the power of Unreal, as well as the full suite of Reality’s advanced features, to create a show that stands apart from the crowd at their state-of-the-art NASCAR virtual studio in North Carolina.
“We are elated that FOX Sports has been recognized for their distinct contributions to broadcast,” said Andy Blondin, Technical Product Manager at Epic Games. “Real-time technology continues to bring richer and more engaging content to live event coverage, and we’re truly excited for the future.”
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios, which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.
About Zero Density
Zero Density is an international technology company dedicated to developing creative products for the industries such as broadcasting, augmented reality, live events and e-sports. Zero Density offers the next level of virtual production with real time visual effects. It provides Unreal Engine native platform, “Reality”, with advanced real-time compositing tools and its proprietary keying technology, Reality Keyer. Reality Virtual Studio is the most photo-realistic real-time 3D Virtual Studio and Augmented Reality platform in the industry. https://www.zerodensity.tv/
About Unreal Engine
Epic Games’ Unreal Engine technology brings high-quality games to PC, console, mobile, AR, and VR platforms. Creators also use Unreal for photorealistic visualization, interactive product design, film, virtual production, mixed reality TV broadcast and animated entertainment. Follow @UnrealEngine and download Unreal for free at unrealengine.com.