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360 Camera System Lets You Capture It All, Frame It Later

A new multi-angle and live 360 camera system from AZilPix made its debut at NAB. Studio.One was developed by a team of European academics in partnership with national broadcasters and manufacturers.

Studio.One uses up to six 12-megapixel cameras with wide angle lenses to capture footage of a live event from multiple angles. The system integrates into a traditional or IP broadcast environment and can be used for remote internet or broadcast live productions such as concerts, sporting events, church services and conferences.

Studio.One is composed of three integrated components, a camera, capture server and processing software. The server ingests raw, wide-angle video data from the cameras and allows recording and live processing of data into one or more rectilinear views and a view mosaic. Although framing can be performed live, framing can also be selected offline in the post production stage.

The Studio.One server computes multiple simultaneous rectified or panoramic virtual cameras from any input camera in real-time live or in post-production. Overlapping cameras are real-time stitched into a panoramic or 4K full 360 video. 

Using software-based pan-tilt-zoom “virtual camera” cut outs, a single operator can capture shots from multiple vantage points. A football match could be recorded with a crew of only one or two, using three or four static wide-angle high res cameras. Adding a camera with a zoom lens on a pan-tilt unit for close up views can provide more immersive action shots.

“By generating multiple ‘virtual’ cameras from a single physical camera and by using wide angle lenses that ensure every aspect of a live event is captured, Studio.One gives program makers endless creative possibilities when it comes to deciding how they want their program to look,” said Dr. Philippe Bekaert, the CTO of AZilPix and one of its founders. “The cameras are very small and unobtrusive, which means they can be used in places where you wouldn’t normally put a camera. It’s also possible to automate the system using pre-programmed camera motions or motion tracking, while our server allows cameras to be shuttered precisely and simultaneously and frames to be time stamped with an SMPTE LTC or other timecode.”

AZilPix demonstrated a working Studio.One system on its booth at NAB, where visitors could zoom in and mix different camera views in real-time. Full resolution pre-recorded material was available so that the pan and scan features can be used to define new views in post.