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Overcam

CATEGORY: Production - Cameras

EVS

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Driven by artificial intelligence and using robotic cameras, the Overcam system is designed to automate key camera positions around the field of play, helping live sports productions capture more content, more efficiently.

Powered by VIA Mind, EVS’ AI engine that integrates machine learning methods, the Overcam uses smart tracking to analyse the game’s key parameters, such as player and ball positions and steers the cameras to find the right framing of the scene.

The real-time processing means the system can integrate with existing multicamera live production workflows where the robotic cameras are mixed with manually operated cameras. This provides live sports productions with additional content to work with for enhanced storytelling capabilities. It is also seen as a real opportunity to allow the coverage of live sports that don’t normally get broadcast.

The Overcam system provides optimal visual results since it operates real cameras and is trained on real-life customer footage to mimic the traditional camera framing for each position. It runs on a 2RU COTS server provided by EVS which can be located either locally in the venue or a remote operation center. On match day, there is no lengthy setup time, the system is deployed smoothly with cameras calibrated automatically.

Overcam has been created to help organizations save money, expand camera coverage, standardize hard-to-achieve viewing angles, and position cameras in costly or constrained areas to avoid blocking the sale of seats.

While the debut iteration of the solution is intended for live football, in particular, smaller leagues with tighter production budgets, the system can ultimately be used for other sports such as basketball and hockey television channels and production houses.