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Satellite: SES and Fraunhofer broadcast live 360-degree video

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 | Gadgets

SES, together with Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, will be broadcasting a 10K x 2K panorama video signal live on satellite at this year's IBC. This was announced by the institute on 14 September 2017. For this, the panoramic camera Omnicam-360 of the Fraunhofer HHI will be placed at lively places in Luxembourg. The Panoramabilders are sent to the satellite via a transmission wagon.

Through the HEVC encoder of the institute, it is possible to compress the large data volume of the panorama video so far that it can be transmitted via satellite. Together, the Luxembourg satellite operator Société Européenne des Satellites (SES) and the Fraunhofer HHI show this at the IBC trade fair. The International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) is one of the most important trade fairs for film, television and radio. The trade fair will take place in Amsterdam and will be opened today.
The panoramic signal is received at the SES booth at the show and displayed on a UHD screen. The viewer can navigate and zoom in or out with a 360-degree remote control.
Ralf Schäfer, Head of Video at Fraunhofer HHI, said: "With this demonstration, we want to demonstrate that 360-degree video can be consumed without the use of VR glasses by television viewers, as well as demonstrating our camera and HEVC coding techniques that 360-degree video can also be transmitted to the end user in high quality. "

Last year visitors were able to view the panoramas on a UHD screen or to have head mounted displays (HMD) to enter the scene.
The panoramic camera consists of ten cameras arranged in a circle. The single images are mounted in real time to a 360-degree image with a resolution of 10,000 x 2,000 pixels. The researchers have developed the software Real Time Stitching Engine at Fraunhofer HHI.


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