Aqueti demonstrated the qG camera for Sunday Night Football on 21 September 2014 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. This was our second outing with SNF, our first report is available at aquet.com/snf with the password kickoff.
Aqueti's qG camera captures 128 frame bursts at 24 frames per second of 9909 by 4893 video. The camera can alternatively capture 32 frames at 6 frame per second of 20K video. The captured data is downloaded to a solid state disk array over 10 GPS fiber. Currently 2 minutes are necessary to download a burst, increasing the download speed to enable capture of every play is an immediate goal, streaming video recording is planned by the end of 2014.
Aqueti's broadcast platform includes
- Array cameras with 10-100x greater pixel coverage than any previous cameras,
- Streaming fiber links to get extreme resolution data to the broadcast truck,
- A real-time rendering engine to enable broadcasters to mine HD video from the array camera data and
- Cloud services to enable distribution of super-high resolution media.
To get an idea of the field of view and resolution of Aqueti's qG image, take a look at this still image abstracted from our video feed:
This image tells a story that will be important later, pay careful attention to the left foot of the Steeler's Markus Wheaton in the end zone on the near sideline. Scroll your mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Click and drag to navigate. As you interact with this image, imagine that you have similar interactive control over a video sequence with the same resolution and field. When you are in the truck with Aqueti's broadcast platform, that is exactly the control that you do have.
For more information, please watch the brief video report linked below.
On the whole Aqueti's system worked very well. You will notice occasional glitches as the wrong microcamera frame drops into the feed, we are actively working on this bug and expect a fix this week. There are also occasional issues with level balance, stitching and synchronization/rolling shutter at microcamera boundaries. With this in mind, we remain proud to produce panoramas several orders of magnitude faster than all current panoramic stitching software.
We hope that you will agree that something interesting happened this past weekend in Charlotte. In the not too distant future, directors will digitally find their shot and make replays of any point in play. In the near-term Aqueti slash cameras can monitor the entire sideline all the time in focus.
We look forward to continuing our engagement with NBC and the NFL to make this the year that broadcasting changed forever.
Here is the clip of Wheaton's catch with Aqueti's interface zoomed out to full field. Download the media file by clicking here.
Here is the play at 24 frames per second zoomed into the end zone and sideline. Download the clip by clicking here.