LAS VEGAS — Netherlands-based AzilPix (www.azilpix.com) is making its NAB debut with Studio.One, a new camera system for multi-angle and live 360 video production. Studio.One employs cost-effective, ultra-high resolution cameras with wide angle and/or fish eye lenses to capture every aspect of a live event from multiple angles. The system is designed to integrate into a traditional or IP broadcast environment and blend seamlessly with virtual reality video production, making it well suited for remote Internet or broadcast live productions.
Studio.One consists of three tightly integrated components: camera, capture server and processing software. The server ingests the raw, wide-angle video data from the cameras and allows recording and live processing of this data into one or more rectilinear views and a view mosaic. Although framing can be conducted live, a key advantage of this system is that framing can be carried out offline at the viewing or post production stage. Using software-based pan-tilt-zoom ‘virtual camera’ cut-outs, a single operator can capture shots from multiple vantage points.
“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,” says professor Dr. Philippe Bekaert, one of the founders and CTO for AzilPix. “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.”