IBC Daily IBC2018 - Day 1 - Friday 14 September - Page 68

     show.ibc.org I #IBC2018   Are AI algorithms the new video director? To meet viewer expectations for instant news and coverage of anything that moves, broadcasters and brand owners are pressured to accelerate their output. At the same time, budgets are shrinking. This prohibits the use of traditional broadcast setups that are expensive and resource intensive. But what about bringing artifi cial intelligence (AI) algorithms and capabilities into news and sport productions? To completely automate news production without the need for a camera crew or a director is perhaps a bridge too far for now. But assisted production is coming right now. Examples already out there include automatic camera operators, virtual directors and automated sports production of, for example, football. These are more commonplace among smaller broadcasters and live streamers but over the next few years we can expect to see large organisations embrace these technologies as well. The same happened with SNG trucks being replaced with live backpacks. Therefore, it is important for our industry to start adopting AI-based technology today and educate ourselves on the matter. A recent example following this path is a Belgian broadcaster which built a fully unmanned news studio around Newspilot using AI. This included depth- sensing technology to create a virtual cameraman, keeping presenters framed correctly, and providing feedback on whether they are present or not. They combine this with a virtual director driven by a web-based GUI to create cost-eff ective additional news bulletins. Another interesting fi eld of use is AI sports production. Smaller or lower level leagues of sports like fi eld hockey, handball and basketball now get a chance to live stream their games thanks to AI. You already see this happening with success using image recognition to follow the game using a single camera. AI will make these productions more interesting because it will enable goal detection and coverage of faults (such as yellow and red cards), corners, timeouts or injuries. Together with player analysis, it is possible to create automatic summaries that will appeal to many more viewers compared to the complete game. Also, AI-based advertisement control will make those games much more interesting for sponsors. We all know that serial commercials scare people away and make them lose interest. Playing an advertisement dynamically and intelligently during a pause in Synapse scores with comms connection Michel Bais, managing director, Mobile Viewpoint the game can increase views. AI will also play an even bigger role in content indexing. AI and metadata are used today but most times based on speech-to-text. The smart combinations of several sources of data and algorithms will create a more interesting and natural way of indexing. AI is here today and perhaps in a starting phase at some levels; but it will bring benefi ts because there is an enormous amount of research going on which will make products become better, automatically. 14.F24 Cosmo logical next step for wireless links Digispot Shenzhen Hollyland Technology By Mark Hallinger By David Fox Synapse is an AoIP intercom system for TV and radio complexes that allows a broadcaster to connect a ‘virtually unlimited’ number of subscribers via an ordinary server and a switch, claims Digispot. The Hamburg-based company claims Synapse provides all of the key features of an intercom system while providing hardware cost savings and easier setup and expansion. Features include easy connection over twisted pair, connection of devices via the internet, the ability to easily access device profi les, complete control over any signal in the complex and The new Cosmo 2000 wireless video transmission system from Hollyland can carry uncompressed 3G- SDI or HDMI signals, up to 1080 at 50/60p, up to about 600m using 5GHz ISM frequency band antennas. Its Broadcast Mode supports up to four multiple transmitter-to-receiver signals – with or without signal encryption – and with zero playback delay. A Point-to-Point Mode is also provided for single transmitter and receiver pairing. Transmitter and receiver provide dual SDI input and output and have OLED status screens. It is also optimised for use with the Arri Alexa Mini, with which it can handle replay without waiting – and no blank screen. 11.B40 Tested: The IP talkback system has already seen extensive use in Russia an effi cient algori H܂X[[][ۋB\[H^\H\Hو[TXHݚY\X[\X\H\]Z\[Y[Y][\[H[X\B[ۚ]ܚ[وH]\ق[]X\˂Xܙ[Y\ B[\H[\H\Y[X\ٝ[H\Yۈޙ[›و[Y[\^\قH[ T\XH]H[]\[ۂ[Y[Y\[\[H H[\[HX[ؘ[[Y\H\XK LM\[\\΂[[8&\][ \[\[Y\B[Z\[ۈ\[