Viz Development for 2011 BBC Elections

Idonix were delighted to provide the graphics systems for BBC Scotland’s coverage of the fourth election to the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood

situation

For their 2011 Scottish Parliament election coverage BBC Scotland required a graphics system that integrated with other systems within the BBC whilst building on their existing investment in Vizrt. The system would need to support both the English and Gaelic languages.

Solution

Looking after both visuals and transition logic, Idonix built the required lower thirds Viz scene - encompassing tallies, tickers, flashes, news and name super straps. Additional full form scenes were developed collaboratively with the BBC Scotland graphics team – with the BBC concentrating on visuals, and Idonix being responsible for Viz control and transition logic scripting.

The system was completed by the addition of Viz script interfaces to our IGO automation system (also in use by the London based network programme), which, fully supported by Idonix staff, went on to run the graphics for the BBC Scotland and Alba programmes over a period of two days.

Twisted Wires

Collaborative Approach

Idonix programmers worked collaboratively with BBC designers to produce the Viz scenes, following a structured and iterative methodology.

Butterflies

Transitions and Choreography

The embedding of transition logic within Viz script controllers gave the system huge flexibility along with bullet-proof reliability.

Computer Monitors

Multiple Renderers

IGO’s scripted interfaces allowed the same implementation to control both Viz Engine (in Scotland) and Brainstorm eStudio (in London).

Signpost

Multiple Languages

IGO’s multi-language support allowed us to generate graphics in both English and Gaelic.