Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Tokyo Olympics: Six Cool Innovations To Help Viewers Understand The Games in New Ways

23/07/2021

Tokyo Olympics: Six Cool Innovations To Help Viewers Understand The Games in New Ways By Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 8:33 am

Print This Story

Every Olympics provides the team at OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Services) an opportunity to take advantage of new technologies and give the production teams new storytelling tools that can help viewers understand various sports in a deeper way. The Tokyo Games are no different. Here are some of the top innovations to look for:

Hollywood-style replays will be part of the action at the summer games thanks to Multi-camera replays.

What: MULTI-CAMera REPLAY systems

Where: Basketball 3 3, Gymnastics, Athletics Track & Field, Cycling BMX Freestyle and Racing, Golf (Hole 14 Tee), Football Women's Final, Skateboard Street, Sport Climbing, Volleyball

Multi- Camera Replay Systems will help provide replays of the action from a multi-angle perspective, enabling fans to have an up-close look at the action, from various angles, and experience Summer Olympic action like never before.

How does it work?

Relying on a myriad of high-speed 4K cameras, Multi-Cam Replay technology offers the ability to move around the action at any given point of time and watch it from a variety of angles, in near real time. Furthermore, the replay can be paused at different junc tures in the motion. The effect is similar to action scenes in the movie The Matrix where the camera seems to pan 360 degrees around the main actor while floating in mid-air or dodging a bullet. At selected venues, between 60 and 80 4K cameras will be placed in selected locations for optimal viewing without obstruc tions. Spaced at regular intervals on a rig structure, each camera is mounted on a robotic platform capable of precisely panning and tilting the camera in any direction. The camera's zoom, focus and the platform's pan and tilt capabilities are controlled from the production unit. For each replay, a single operator selects the point where the motion is frozen and can manipulate the replay from side to side around the athlete, as well as zoom in without losing resolution (thanks to the 4K resolution). Since the system simply stitches together these feeds and does not have to virtually create filler frames, no rendering is required, allowing Multi-Cam Replay clips to be ready in under five seconds.

2D image tracking will make it easier to keep track of athlete positions on a course.

What: 2D Image Tracking

Where: Athletics Marathon and Race Walks, Cycling Road and Mountain Bike, Aquatics Marathon Swimming, Triathlon, Canoe Sprint, Rowing

As part of a new innovation for the Tokyo 2020 Games, OBS will provide more insight than ever before in selected sports/disci plines by using video tracking technology to help commentators and viewers keep track of the position of the athletes throughout the event in real-time.

How does it work?

Compared to other athlete live tracking solutions that rely on GPS positioning or wireless equipment, 2D image tracking is based on advanced image processing technology that allows motion tracking. A patch' (a square) is defined on selected video frames in order to identify each of the athletes/boats. The computer then creates a label' that is attached to each of the identified athletes/ boats and that will be maintained even as the image changes. This captured data is then made available to a graphics rendering platform for on-screen presentation to the viewers, enabling them to know the exact location of the athletes/groups/boats. Additional data captured using more traditional GPS positioning can be combined with the labels' to identify athletes, their speed, distance to finish or relative position to the leader

Intel and Alibaba are working together to bring 3D athlete tracking to the Tokyo Games.

What: 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT)

Where: Athletics 100m (incl. Decathlon), 200m (incl. Heptathlon), 400m (incl. Decathlon), 4x100m Relay

Developed by Worldwide TOP sponsors Intel and Alibaba, the new AI-powered 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) technology is a first-of-its-kind broadcast enhancement technology using artificial intelligence and computer vision to enhance the viewing experi ence with near real-time insights and overlay visualizations during the athletics sprint events (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m Relay, as well as Decathlon/Heptathlon).

It will provide an inside view into the results of a race and how Olympic athletes perform and compare against one another. Broadcasters will be provided with next-generation graphics showing a broadcast overlay visualization of the race with each runner's sprinting speed at certain points in the race and additional race data. It will offer a more in-depth post-race analysis and reveal an extra layer that wasn't evident during the race itself. For instance, viewers will be able to understand at what exact moment each sprinter reached their top speed and analyze the different phases of the race in detail through a colored visualization of changes in speed.

How does it work?

Four in-venue pan-tilt mounted cameras will be installed at the Olympic Stadium to capture live the sprint athletes' performance. The 3DAT technology relies on massive computing power that can process large data sets. Using the speed of the Intel processors (hosted on Intel-based data centers in Alibaba's cloud infrastruc ture), OBS will be able to deliver this new analytical data as part of the multilateral feed within a fast turn-around time.

Panasonic is helping power biometric data gathering for archery at the Olympics.

What: Biometric Data Display

Where: Archery

Ever wonder what is happening inside an archer's body when they are at full draw, shooting for a medal, without the slightest visible movement in their body? Now you will be able to find out as, for the firs
LINK: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2021/07/23/tokyo-olympics-six-cool-innovat...
See more stories from svg

More from Sports Video Group

24/09/2021

Live From the Ryder Cup: 2021 Production Is a Family Affair for Sky Sports and NBC Sports

Live From the Ryder Cup: 2021 Production Is a Family Affair for Sky Sports and N...

24/09/2021

Ratings Roundup: Peyton, Eli Manning on Monday Night Football Doubles Audience; More NFL, College Football Number

Ratings Roundup: Peyton, Eli Manning on Monday Night Football Doubles Audience; ...

24/09/2021

Behind the Mic: ESPN Set for Network's First All-Women Baseball Broadcast; Sportsnet's Jim Hughson Retires After 42-Year Career

Behind the Mic: ESPN Set for Network's First All-Women Baseball Broadcast; S...

24/09/2021

Live From the Ryder Cup: With 20 Trucks on Site, NEP Group Plays Big Role for Production Efforts

Live From the Ryder Cup: With 20 Trucks on Site, NEP Group Plays Big Role for Pr...

24/09/2021

Global Citizen Live: 24-Hour Live Production Is the Olympics of Music' With a Cause

Global Citizen Live: 24-Hour Live Production Is the Olympics of Music' With...

24/09/2021

Overwatch League Grand Finals: Project Aloha, Cloud Workflows Are Key to Transcontinental Production

Overwatch League Grand Finals: Project Aloha, Cloud Workflows Are Key to Transco...

23/09/2021

SafeSite Offers End-to-End Mobile COVID Testing, Vaccine or Test Results Verification via Apps

SafeSite Offers End-to-End Mobile COVID Testing, Vaccine or Test Results Verific...

23/09/2021

SVG Esports Production Summit Returns to L.A. on Nov. 16

SVG Esports Production Summit Returns to L.A. on Nov. 16 ESL Gamings Simon Eicher and EAs Josephy Lynch will chair the event By SVG Staff Thursday, Septembe...

23/09/2021

2021 Ryder Cup Is a Family Affair for Sky Sports and NBC Sports

2021 Ryder Cup Is a Family Affair for Sky Sports and NBC Sports Collaboration will be key at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin By Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Dire...

22/09/2021

SVG New Sponsor Spotlight: Digigram's Derek Badala, Brittany Hilton on Supplying Reliable Solutions for Remote Audio

SVG New Sponsor Spotlight: Digigram's Derek Badala, Brittany Hilton on Suppl...

22/09/2021

NFL Los Angeles Spotlight (Part 1): How NFL Media Launched a State-of-the-Art Production Facility Amid a Pandemic

NFL Los Angeles Spotlight (Part 1): How NFL Media Launched a State-of-the-Art Pr...

22/09/2021

NFL Los Angeles Spotlight (Part 2): Inside NFL Media's New Facility and the Cutting-Edge Technology Behind It

NFL Los Angeles Spotlight (Part 2): Inside NFL Media's New Facility and the ...

22/09/2021

From Aspiring DJ to Sky Sports: A1 Mixer Alex Judd on Being at the Forefront of Audio Change

From aspiring DJ to Sky Sports: A1 mixer Alex Judd on being at the forefront of ...

22/09/2021

Mixing Clever: Salsa Sound Embraces the Power of AI in MIXaiR 2.0

Mixing clever: Salsa Sound embraces the power of AI in MIXaiR 2.0 By Michael Burns Monday, September 20, 2021 - 10:41 Print This Story Salsa Sound co-foun...

22/09/2021

Go for It? New Decision Data Makes NFL Next Gen Stats a Growing Part of the Live Game Broadcast

Go for It? New Decision Data Makes NFL Next Gen Stats a Growing Part of the Live...

20/09/2021

British Touring Car Championship Test Runs Vista's 5G Create Project for In-Stadium Broadcast Feeds

British Touring Car Championship test runs Vista's 5G Create project for in-...

20/09/2021

Graphics, Signals, and Post: How a New Production Center Is Streamlining and Centralizing Operations for Serie A

Graphics, signals and post: How a new production centre is streamlining and cent...

20/09/2021

Riot Games Rolls Out New LED Stage, Augmented Reality for VALORANT Masters Berlin Production

Riot Games Rolls Out New LED Stage, Augmented Reality for VALORANT Masters Berli...

20/09/2021

Evertz Positions DreamCatcher System for Video Production Powered by Real-Time, AI-Built Metadata

Evertz Positions DreamCatcher System for Video Production Powered by Real-Time, ...

17/09/2021

Behind the Mic: ESPN Signs Dianna Russini to Multi-Year Extension; Turner Sports Completes On-Air Team for Inaugural NHL Season

Behind the Mic: ESPN Signs Dianna Russini to Multi-Year Extension; Turner Sports...

17/09/2021

IBC Gets Go Ahead as Dutch Government Removes Travel and Distancing Barriers

IBC Gets Go Ahead as Dutch Government Removes Travel and Distancing Barriers By Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director Friday, September 17, 2021 - 10:43 am ...

17/09/2021

Panasonic's Manager, Olympic Marketing, Reflects on 2020 Games and Top Trends

Panasonic's Manager, Olympic Marketing, Reflects on 2020 Games and Top Trend...

17/09/2021

Under the Hood: Sportcast on Bringing the Production of the 2021-22 German Bundesliga to Life

Under the hood: Sportcast on bringing the production of the 2021-22 German Bunde...

17/09/2021

Grande Partita! EMG's Fabio Guadagnini on an Intense Start to the Football Season in Italy

Grande partita! EMG's Fabio Guadagnini on an intense start to the football s...

17/09/2021

With Hot Start to College-Football Season, Fox Sports Brings Cutting-Edge Tech to Game, Studio Productions

With Hot Start to College-Football Season, Fox Sports Brings Cutting-Edge Tech t...

16/09/2021

NAB Cancellation Fallout: AES 2021 Goes Virtual, InfoComm Still a Go, IBC Clears Regulatory Hurdle

NAB Cancellation Fallout: AES 2021 Goes Virtual, InfoComm Still a Go, IBC Clears...

16/09/2021

Remembering Jack Walsh: Mobile-Sports-Production Pioneer and Co-Founder of Trio Video Died at 67

Remembering Jack Walsh: Mobile-Sports-Production Pioneer and Co-Founder of Trio ...

16/09/2021

ESPN, Turner Sports To Drop the Puck in October To Begin Special NHL Seasons

ESPN, Turner Sports To Drop the Puck in October To Begin Special NHL Seasons By Kristian Hernandez, Associate Editor Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 2:49 pm ...

16/09/2021

Big West Conference Taps Broadcast Management Group for Championship Events for ESPN+

Big West Conference Taps Broadcast Management Group for Championship Events for ...

15/09/2021

NAB 2021 Show Officially Canceled Following Exhibitor Exodus

NAB 2021 Show Officially Canceled Following Exhibitor Exodus By SVG Staff Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 10:10 am Print This Story | Subscribe Story Hi...

15/09/2021

Tech Focus: A1s' Favorite Mics - Why They Like Them, How They Use 'Em

Tech Focus: A1s' Favorite Mics - Why They Like Them, How They Use 'Em In their own words, audio engineers on their tool of choice By Dan Daley, Audio E...

14/09/2021

Xs and Os: Sky Sports Takes NFL to the Next Level With New Bespoke Studio

Xs and Os: Sky Sports takes NFL to the next level with new bespoke studio By Michael Burns Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 13:58 Print This Story This year ...

14/09/2021

Brainstorm Drops Out of NAB 2021

Brainstorm Drops Out of NAB 2021 By SVG Staff Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 11:06 am Print This Story | Subscribe Story Highlights Brainstorm has cance...

14/09/2021

Serie A Takes a Technical Leap Forward With New Production Center in Lissone to Centralize Broadcast Activities

Serie A takes a technical leap forward with new production centre in Lissone to ...

14/09/2021

Mediapro Tackles the New LaLiga Season With Enhanced Camera Setups, Workflow Innovations, and More

Mediapro tackles the new LaLiga season with enhanced camera set ups, workflow in...

14/09/2021

As UEFA Champions League Returns, CBS Sports Readies Studio Coverage for Paramount+

As UEFA Champions League Returns, CBS Sports Readies Studio Coverage for Paramou...

13/09/2021

Ross Video Officially Withdraws From NAB 2021

Ross Video Officially Withdraws From NAB 2021 By SVG Staff Monday, September 13, 2021 - 1:03 pm Print This Story | Subscribe Story Highlights Ross Vide...

13/09/2021

Live From MLB on 9/11: Fox Sports Deploys 4K HDR, Postseason Tech for Emotional Subway Series

Live From MLB on 9/11: Fox Sports Deploys 4K HDR, Postseason Tech for Emotional ...

13/09/2021

ESPN Debuts On-Field Camera System for Monday Night Football With Sony FX-9 on ARRI Trinity Stabilizer

ESPN Debuts On-Field Camera System for Monday Night Football With Sony FX-9 on A...

11/09/2021

Live From MLB on 9/11: Fox Sports' Brad Cheney on the 4K Efforts in Queens, Impact of Broadcasting the 20th Anniversary

Live From MLB on 9/11: Fox Sports' Brad Cheney on the 4K Efforts in Queens, ...

10/09/2021

Fox Sports Merges Remembrance, Broadcast Technology for Mets-Yankees on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Fox Sports Merges Remembrance, Broadcast Technology for Mets-Yankees on the 20th...

10/09/2021

Panasonic Withdraws From NAB 2021 in Las Vegas

Panasonic Withdraws From NAB 2021 in Las Vegas By SVG Staff Friday, September 10, 2021 - 10:18 am Print This Story | Subscribe Story Highlights Panason...

10/09/2021

Live From the US Open: NEP's Nick Romano on Collaborative Energy, Innovation of 2021

Live From the US Open: NEP's Nick Romano on Collaborative Energy, Innovation...

10/09/2021

Live From the US Open: ESPN's Jamie Reynolds on the Return of Fans and the Rise of a New Generation

Live From the US Open: ESPN's Jamie Reynolds on the Return of Fans and the R...

10/09/2021

College GameDay Feels Like Home Again for ESPN With Crowds, Production Crew Onsite

College GameDay Feels Like Home Again for ESPN With Crowds, Production Crew Onsi...

10/09/2021

Live From the US Open: Veritone, THUMBWAR Drive Content for USTA Digital Platforms, International Broadcasters

Live From the US Open: Veritone, THUMBWAR Drive Content for USTA Digital Platfor...

10/09/2021

Canon Becomes Latest Company to Withdraw From NAB 2021

Canon Becomes Latest Company to Withdraw From NAB 2021 By Jason Dachman, Chief Editor Friday, September 10, 2021 - 4:17 pm Print This Story | Subscribe ...

10/09/2021

Live from the US Open: Gravity Media Effort Finds Success Amidst Protocol, Storm Challenges

Live From the US Open: Gravity Media Effort Finds Success Amidst Protocol, Storm...