• Robotic Film Crews for Sports

    If you work in sports coverage you'll have a strong reaction to this story. A system called Autonomous Production of Images based on Distributed and Intelligent Sensing (APIDIS) is being developed to provide multi-camera sports coverage without the hassle and expense of hiring camera operators.

    Christophe De Vleeschouwer of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium, explains that the system works by tracking a ball and automatically calculating the best shots to show surrounding action. Algorithms mix close-ups and wide shots in ways that supposedly maintain viewer comfort. APIDIS can even be tailored to viewers' preferences, for example, by devoting more screen time to certain players.

    Is this the future of sports coverage, or is it a ridiculous plan dreamed up by clueless media n00bs? To help you decide, you might like to research the scientific paper: Personalized production of basketball videos from multi-sensored data under limited display resolution. Or not.

    A short video at New Scientist shows the basics, and plenty more videos are available here. The clip below shows the system tracking an individual player.

    Comments 1 Comment
    1. lake54's Avatar
      lake54 -
      I haven't watched the video yet, but this is poor in my opinion.

      I work with computers doing coding, and cameras doing... um... filming... and you can never make a computer do something like a human.

      The most obvious things are what if someone hacked into the computer during the American Superbowl? Chaos!

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