Multi-view imaging involves surrounding the objects (e.g. sports players) with a number of cameras, which can provide a virtual all-round view of them at any point of time.
Existing systems have only been able to capture the objects from a limited number of vantage points, owing to the fixed direction of the cameras. NHK, however, has come up with a means of ensuring that all of the cameras can maintain the same look-at point, by having eight cameras (for pans, tilts and zooms) move in tandem with one main camera. This enables the cameras to keep up with quickly moving players and provide multi-view imaging of the decisive moments in a sporting event. Moreover, faster image processing and automatic editing and feeds allow for multi-view images to be used in a timely manner during a live telecast of a sporting event.
The new system will be shown to the public at the NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories Open House 2013, which will take place from May 30th to June 2nd. NHK is striving to reduce the size of the remote-controlled cameras and apply the system to range of programs including sport.