The cameras are revolutionizing the coverage of London 2012
The Olympics is a tremendous opportunity to see the advances in technology to capture the best moments on screen epic of more than 10,000 athletes participating in London 2012. At these Games, the most important have brought out a robotics equipment never seen before that will allow “from the moment an athlete crosses the finish line, get your photo to a newspaper in Australia in about 180 seconds,” says Ken Mainardis of Getty Images, the official photo agency in 2012.
The robot arms came to photography
One of the characteristics of the media coverage of these Olympics communication is the massive installation of robotic arms with ability to rotate in three axes for taking still photos, something common for television cameras but now makes his debut in sports photography .
However, the technology did not come to replace the human, but to complement it, because the machines are remotely managed by professional photographers with a joystick while watching the screen of a laptop everything the camera records. The idea of these mechanisms is to make pictures from places inaccessible to photographers both physical space issues, for security reasons. “The camera is not thinking for us. The photographer is still there trying to get the picture he wants, ” says Shaun Botterill , Getty photographer sports. “However, it is a big leap for us.”
Several photo agencies will use the robotic arm designed by Fabrizio Bensch and Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters photographers to capture the athletes with a system that allows control of shutter speed, sensitivity, image, size, etc.. “We are able to put cameras in places you’ve never been before (…) I installed a unit up from a beam 30 meters in height, a place where no photographer has been able to be in the previous Olympic Games,” Bensch said.
The first Olympic Games in 3 dimensions
The London 2012 Olympic Games will also be the first where we will use 33 cameras to broadcast 3D TV live events and live as the opening and closing ceremonies and the final 100 meters, swimming, gymnastics and so forth. The idea of the BBC, the television channel in the UK, is to transmit more than 230 hours of TV in 3D within the 2,500 hours of coverage they have planned.
Meanwhile, organizers of the International Olympic Committee also installed over 40 cameras super-slow (High Super Slow Motion, HSSM), and in conjunction with the BBC and Japan’s state broadcaster, NHK, the events recorded in Ultra High Definition Super Hi – Vision, which has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, a size that would achieve 16-screen HDTV-and together with 22 audio channels. A stunning new technology so that even their public displays for London 2012 will be few and limited.
“When you see these images in Ultra HD is like looking through a window,” said Tim Plyming , project leader Super Hi-Vision of the BBC. “It is the highest definition that the human eye can see (…) Many people would say is more 3D than 3D. With 3D you aware that your brain is working, with the Ultra HD you just sit in front of the screen and you relax. “
Matrix camera effect
We find few references on the web about cameras at gymnastic skills in London 2012, which reproduce the jumps of gymnasts with the effect “bullet time”, made famous by the movie The Matrix when Neo and company seemed to stop time with great kicks and dodging bullets.
The truth is that technology seems to be a derivative project of the BBC iView . It is a system to capture images with multiple cameras and then play them using 3D reconstruction algorithms, texture maps and other technologies to create the effect.
Something similar is used for some time in other U.S. sports, like football , also taking advantage of multiple cameras to capture motion. For London 2012, the cameras are installed only in the area of the falls, an area bounded to capture in detail the movements of gymnasts.
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