Live event broadcasting, especially in sports and major public events, often faces challenges in delivering a truly immersive experience to viewers. Traditional methods tend to limit the viewer’s perspective and can be burdened with high production costs due to the need for specialized personnel.
Our lab is pioneering a broadcasting system tailored for immersive live events. Our innovative multi-camera approach promises a richer viewing experience, empowering audiences to select their preferred vantage points, thus promoting immersion. By strategically deploying Embedded Cameras throughout the event space, we achieve comprehensive coverage without causing any disruptions to the participants or the ongoing event. These cameras transmit real-time footage to a dedicated server designed to manage high-resolution streams seamlessly.
Our approach continues beyond advanced image acquisition. We utilize cutting-edge computer vision techniques to craft 360-degree panoramas. Additionally, our system incorporates a synchronization mechanism, ensuring that the merged images are captured simultaneously, preserving the real-time nature of the event. We’ve also developed a novel method to estimate optimal viewer vantage points and identify key hotspots within the panoramic display, resulting in a fully interactive and navigable environment. Our initial evaluations highlight the robustness and efficiency of our system, indicating its potential to set new benchmarks in immersive live event broadcasting.