TUDN in Tokyo 2020

Coinciding with the Olympic Games, the sports channel TUDN (owned by Televisa and Univision) launched a virtual set developed by Polygon Labs Powered by Unreal Engine (Epic Games) and Vizrt.

The set allowed the presenters of the program Tokio Our One and appear in four different settings, all of them Japanese-themed.

The sets were built by Polygon Labs using Epic Games' powerful real-time 3D creation platform, Unreal Engine 4. The technical setup uses a Vizrt workflow, which includes Polygon's Porta solution, providing a gateway between television content production workflows and the Unreal engine. Polygon Porta allows the operator to access the Viz Trio control interface to control the Unreal engine at the same time, and with the same playlist, used to control the Viz engines.

Production uses Viz Engines for lower thirds and full screen content and Unreal Engine for everything else, all from a single playlist thanks to the teams at Porta. Unreal Engine's four-camera virtual set uses Stype Follower tracking, el plugin Stypeland UE and Green Killer as an internal keyer.

TUDN in Tokyo 2020Marco Antonio Abad, director of Televisa and TUDN, comments that “this innovative technology allows us to be creative and efficient. It means that while our presenters are hosting the show in Mexico, they all seem to be in Tokyo bringing sophisticated graphics to our viewers without leaving Televisa's studios in Chapultepec. The Polygon team quickly caught on to our ideas and were able to bring our creative vision to life with these four virtual worlds that blend with real-life programming in a spectacular way. When you produce live content as sophisticated as this, you can't go to just any company and expect these perfect results."

“We are really proud of this project for TUDN, which turned out to be a highly creative collaborative process with everyone involved,” he acknowledges. Miguel Yabrudes, Creative Director of Polygon Labs. “TUDN came to us with the concept of four Tokyo worlds and we all worked tirelessly for four months to create this exciting Japanese virtual world. The finished designs look amazing and we couldn't be happier with the results,” he adds.

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By • 17 Aug, 2021
• Section: Study, graphics