The new football season brought with it a new set for the Monday Night Football studio on Sky Sports. Lots of changes…new projection screens, touch table for the clips and telestration, touch screen for Andy Gray and iPad for Richard Keys. Lots of new lighting effects, scrolling LEDs and wifi meant a busy week or two for us beforehand.
With the usual VizRT systems in place to show the team formations, we could add on the ability to drive the scene over WiFi from an iPad. It seems to be the trendy thing to have at the moment. Many of the execs are wandering around with them, almost actively looking for an application. It’s good for us, as it brings a little budget and a whole lot more excitement into the team. It was a little nerve wracking watching someone press the button live on air, but it worked a treat. We should be confident. All our football systems are preparing the data; stats guy chooses the team as usual; save the player names to the web site. The iPad app to load the teams and give the interface was the only part that was new. Pete Lane is with us doing the touch screen work. He was able to knock out the app, which then interfaced to our Viz command system to send actions to the scene.