Panasonic to demonstrate 64:9 Ultra-Wide Camera System at Integrate 2013

Aug 29, 2013

At the upcoming Integrate exhibition in Sydney this month, Panasonic will preview a unique ultra-wide angle camera system (UWCS) that stitches together the images of four High Definition Cameras in real time to create a dramatic 64:9 panoramic image.

Mathew Alexander, Product Marketing Manager – Broadcast, Panasonic Australia, said: "The ultra- system (UWCS) has primarily been designed for sports coaching analysis, such as football games. With a 160-degree (4 x 16:9) wide angle view, the entire field can be captured at once, so the moves and formations of all players are clearly visible."

The system operates on so players do not need to wear tags or tracking devices for it to work. Being able to operate by visually tracking players means that coaches can effectively analyse games as well as practice matches, consequently increasing the actual amount of 'coaching time' for clubs.

Mathew Alexander added: "At the recent SMPTE broadcast exhibition in Sydney, there was a lot of interest in the ultra-wide (UWCS) from major Australian sporting codes, cable and free-to-air and representatives from live entertainment. The level of interest from sports and outside of sports is really exciting. The applications are proving to be very broad-based."

High-speed stitching produces seamless panoramic images in real-time. The HD 4x (5120 x 720) resolution is sharp enough so the numbers of all players are easily seen even when enlarged.

Installation is straightforward, with four of Panasonic"s AW-HE120 HD integrated cameras assembled into a single rig configuration for easy carrying and setup. The signals from the AW-HE120 cameras are fed into a specialist workstation running Panasonics and displays across multiple screens or projectors.

The automatic PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) adjustment function for the four camera angles means the system is ready to use within minutes of positioning and connection.

Integrate 2013 is being held from August 27-29 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

Specifications:

  • Cameras: AW-HEW120 x 4
  • Viewing angle: 160-degrees (horizontal)
  • ND filter: 1/4, 1/6, 1/64
  • Output: HD SDI x 4
  • Power Consumption: 95 W
  • Operating Temperature: 0-40 degrees C
  • Operating Humidity: 5% to 80% (no condensation)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 70cm x 60cm x 36cm
  • Weight: Around 40kg

Explore further: Google's new self-driving cars cruising Silicon Valley roads

Related Stories

Panasonic steps up 3D camera tech for virtual world tours

Jan 14, 2013

(Phys.org)—If you can't afford a world tour's price of air tickets, hotels, and meals this year, know that Panasonic has worked up technology to bring the world to you. Its system is titled "DIVE into World ...

Recommended for you

Global pharma firms grilled about tax in Australia

5 minutes ago

The world's top pharmaceutical companies Wednesday told an Australian parliamentary hearing they were compliant with local and international laws, despite claims they are charging higher prices to minimise tax.

New China law to boost cyber security

19 minutes ago

China's has passed sweeping new legislation reinforcing government controls over cyberspace in the wake of what it called growing threats to Chinese networks.

Solar Impulse reaches half way in Japan-US leg

21 minutes ago

A solar-powered aircraft flying between Japan and Hawaii as part of a round-the-world bid passed the halfway point of the perilous Pacific Ocean crossing Wednesday, and smashed its own endurance record.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.