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Televirtual,the Norwich, England, company which built and operated the world's first ever animated TV presenter (BBC's Ratz the Cat) over a decade ago, has reprised its pioneering work by producing an entire animated TV studio, co-presented by a computerised Monkey and a Parrot.
Oscar and Petra, are sophisticated Digital Puppets, designed to be operated by behind-the-scenes human talent.
Their tree house virtual set comes equipped with multiple cameras and there's also a video link to allow the colourful duo to conduct live interviews with real celebrities.
The whole arrangement is powered by Televirtual's RAP (Real-time Animation Pipeline) Software system.
The system which has been developed with the aid of a UK regional government SMART award, will now be offered under licence to operators of children's TV channels around the world. Bosses at both CITV and CBBC have already booked demonstrations.
Oscar and Petra are however, unlikely to achieve stardom. Televirtual boss, Tim Child explains: 'we designed and built them as demonstrators of this new interactive animated system, and it's far more likely that any of our broadcast clients will want to introduce their own unique character designs.'

Oscar and Petra benefit from a new live image rendering process being introduced later this year by graphics giants Nvidia , when a combination of RAP software and Nvdia's SLI (Scaleable Link Interface) configuration will produce the most powerful live animation performance available to television.

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