Broadcasting Live Sports Automatically using Robotic Cameras

It is now possible for anyone to broadcast a live video stream over the web. As a result, niche sporting events are now accessible to fans anywhere. Although recent technology has made the distribution aspects of broadcasting affordable, creating high quality content is still expensive.  In this talk, we show how sporting events can be filmed automatically using player tracking technology to drive robotic pan-tilt-zoom cameras. In order to mimic the anticipatory skills of human camera operators, our proposed approach includes a virtual camera operating on a short delay. Smart venues, incorporating technology such as this, may be part of the future of sports broadcasting.

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