Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
IMEC’s Magic Camera
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”, is one of Arthur C. Clarke’s memorable sayings and the remark fits a development from Europe’s No.1 microelectronics institute, IMEC of Belgium.
At a multi-camera covered sporting event, IMEC can position a virtual camera anywhere on the sporting surface.
This seems impossible, but IMEC has created algorithms that convert input from fixed cameras into a 3D space from which virtual camera views are created.
So the director of a video broadcast can choose a spot from which a camera shot would be desirable, and the algorithms will create images of what a shot from that position would look like as if there was a real camera on that spot.
So it’s possible to have images from a camera-position where it would be impossible to put a real camera. Like the penalty spot on a soccer field.
IMEC calls it the Imec Virtual Camera (iVC) and says: ”iVC gives the director a flying camera that he can easily steer anywhere he wants to find the ultimate angle. iVC is also unique because it allows real-time advanced image manipulation on still shots, slow motion and even on live video feed.”
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