One-man operated video capturing solution from AZilPix captures live events from all angles – in broadcast quality and at reduced cost

HASSELT & LEUVEN (BELGIUM), May 4, 2017 – AZilPix, a start-up from imec and Hasselt University, has developed a game changing solution that makes capturing video content at live events considerably easier and much more cost-effective. AZilPix’s ‘Studio.One’ can be operated by a single person. It includes stand-alone, ultra-high-resolution cameras equipped with wide-angle lenses to literally cover all possible viewing angles during live events (from concerts and music festivals to sports events and even instruction classes at surgical operation theatres). In combination with its unique software suite, Studio.One makes it possible to capture and edit content with just one operator – bringing efficient video capturing within the reach of organizations of all sizes. Last week, the solution won the IABM Game Changer Award in the ‘Acquisition & Production’ category during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. 

Today, capturing video at live events is a highly labor intensive  process. It requires a highly specialized and sizeable team of cameramen and technicians to make sure on-site cameras capture the right things at the right time. And even if all highlights are properly captured, the director at the end of the chain can only select a singly camera view to dispatch at any time – no matter how many camera (and operators) are in the field.

AZilPix’s Studio.One changes all of that. A start-up from imec and Hasselt University, it builds on 15 years of research in video capturing and advanced pixel processing to fundamentally change how video content is captured and disseminated – thereby finding the ideal trade-off between quality, cost and ease-of-use.

“The basic premise of Studio.One is pretty simple: an array of high resolution cameras with wide angle lenses register an event from all relevant angles – without the need for human operators. Features such as camera pan, tilt and zoom are altered live or during post-production. As such, it becomes possible to capture and edit complex events with just a single operator. We are the only ones who offer this today,” says Philippe Bekaert (imec - Hasselt University), one of the co-founders of AZilPix.

“Studio.One is a readily-deployable video capturing system that comprises both the required hardware and software components in a single package. Besides its custom-built servers to process the video feeds, Studio.One comes with high-resolution cameras that can be equipped with wide-angle or fish-eye lenses to capture a very wide field of view. From a software perspective, the solution is complemented with advanced, ultra-high performance, algorithms implementing a full computational videography pipeline with monitoring tools. And it has been extended with a very easy and intuitive user interface,” adds Jan Looijmans (CEO of AZilPix). 

With Studio.One, the AZilPix team targets a wide variety of customers – from broadcasters and A/V rental companies to luxury hotels that host corporate and public events. Importantly, Studio.One is an open system that can easily be integrated in existing production environments. It can even be controlled remotely if operator access to the event site is undesirable (when the system is used to capture surgical interventions, for instance). Studio.One and its components have already been subjected to several field tests – capturing events such as the Main Square (rock and pop) Festival in Arras (France), the Gay Pride in Amsterdam and the ‘Dwars door Vlaanderen’ UCI World Tour bicycle race. Last week, the solution won the IABM Game Changer Award in the ‘Acquisition & Production’ category during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. According to the jury, Studio.One contains an exceptional feature set, and comes with a significant reduction in cost of production as well. They claimed that, in today’s world of remote control, AZilPix produced the ‘Mother of All Features’.

“We are using Studio.One for high-quality live broadcasts and streaming of events such as talk shows and university lectures,” says Jan Derksen, Managing Director at Digital & Media Solutions (The Netherlands). “We opted for the Studio.One solution from AZilPix because of the quality of its cameras, its limited latency, the flexibility that comes with its open architecture, and its one-man operation. Obviously, we compared Studio.One with other systems, but none have the same level of flexibility or the open control structure. Also in terms of picture quality, no competitor comes close to what AZilPix can achieve.”   

Want to see Studio.One operating in real life? The system is being used at the imec Technology Forum (ITF) Belgium 2017 conference (Antwerp, May 16 & 17) – to capture and broadcast the video streams in the main conference room.

 

About AZilPix

AZilPix is a start-up of Hasselt University and imec, founded by Jan Looijmans (CEO), Philippe Bekaert (video capture and processing engine), Michel Dewolf (integration and interfacing), AXON (headquarters, broadcast sales and support) and Carrosserie Akkermans. Studio.One is the result of know-how gained in 15 years of research and development supported by the European Commission, FWO and VLAIO. More info: http://www.azilpix.com/ 

About imec

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. In 2015, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 415 million euro and of iMinds which is integrated in imec as of September 21, 2016 52 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at www.imec-int.com.

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited), imec Florida (IMEC USA nanoelectronics design center).

About Hasselt University

Hasselt University (Dutch: Universiteit Hasselt, UHasselt) is a university with campuses in Hasselt and Diepenbeek, Belgium. True to its baseline 'Knowledge in action', Hasselt University is an innovative and dynamic university – an institution which provides for a qualified workforce, locally adapted research, appropriate services and technologies for the region. The university has six faculties (Law, Sciences, Business Economics, Medicine & Life Sciences, Architecture & Arts and Engineering Technology) and six research institutes (which cover a wide range of research areas: biomedical, environmental, statistical, material, transportation research and media technology research). UHasselt is home to about 6,000 students and 1,200 academic, administrative and technical staff members. More info: www.uhasselt.be (Twitter: @uhasselt / Facebook: www.facebook.com/uhasselt)

Contact

Hanne Degans, Press Officer, +32 16 28 17 69 // +32 486 06 51 75 // Hanne.Degans@imec.be

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