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14. Tracking a Baseball for Broadcast Television
Monday, Tutorial, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Room 6 C-F
Level: Beginning/Intermediate

An overview of what it takes to bring an image-processing special effect to live, unscripted, broadcast television coverage of a sporting event before TV viewers nationwide each Sunday night. The emphasis is on technical image-processing challenges.

Prerequisites
Interest in image processing and knowledge of basic techniques. Minimal mathematical background for section on Kalman Filters, which are discussed at a very simple level.

Topics
Image-processing, mathematical, algorithmic, and engineering components of a system that uses two video cameras to reliably track the flight of a baseball. Overview of the industry. Human aspects of participating in development and operation of a special effect for live TV.

Organizer and Lecturer
André Guéziec
Triangle Software LLC

Schedule

10:30 Introduction
Guéziec
10:45 Part 1: Real-Time Tracking
- Overall System
- Processing Full-Resolution Video
- Detecting the Ball
- Kalman Filtering
- Calibration, 3D Reconstruction
Guéziec
11:30 Part 2: Operation of the System in the Field
Guéziec
Noon Part 3: Other Applications, Videos
Questions and Answers
Guéziec



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