While HDR (High Dynamic Range) is not a must have feature in sports broadcasting, it is a ‘good to have’ since the action needs to be captured, analyzed, and streamed mostly outdoors. The lighting conditions not only vary but are also subject to unpredictable weather patterns. For instance, if the sky turns cloudy, does that mean viewers will be okay with poor content?
Solving this problem requires a camera with a good dynamic range so that it can instantly adapt and adjust to the changing lighting conditions. The HDR feature also helps capture the brightest and darkest areas of the same scene.
However, the HDR feature can be compromised by properly placing cameras in the stadium in a way that direct sunlight does not fall on them. So, the decision to choose a camera with HDR capability depends on camera placement in addition to the lighting conditions.
As earlier mentioned, multiple cameras are needed to 스포츠중계 any sporting event to capture all possible angles during live streaming. So, the camera solution should be capable of operating synchronously. The number of cameras to be used can vary from 2 to as many as 4-6 depending on the coverage required.
While the camera solution is equipped with effective panning and tilting features to record multiple angles, it must also have the ability to stitch together images from multiple cameras to get a 180-degree view. This also helps to reduce the number of camera units to be placed in a stadium for creating a complete view.
IP rated enclosure design
Again, as earlier discussed, sports broadcasting applications primarily are deployed in outdoor conditions. It’s a no-brainer that the camera must be protected against dust, water, and solids. This makes IP-rated enclosures a highly sought-after feature during the product designing and development process.
As you may be aware, IP rating of a camera depends on the type of environment and the level of protection as per the use case. For those looking for end-to-end protection, a rating of IP66 or above is strongly recommended.
Compatibility with embedded platforms
Effective sports broadcasting solution must be compatible with popular AI based embedded platforms like NVIDIA Jetson processors. The platform has to be chosen predominantly based on the bandwidth requirements. While in some cases a processor such as NVIDIA Jetson Nano can do the job, for high resolution streaming, a high end processor like NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier might be required.
Why e-con Systems is your automated sports broadcasting camera partner of choice
E-con Systems offers high-performance embedded cameras with the ideal combo of image sensors, lens assemblies, interface, and host processors. Our cameras can power sports analytics and broadcasting applications with ready-to-develop kits that offer image data in a form that can be used for all types of sports analytics. E-con Systems’ experience in building camera solution for a large Europe based automated sports broadcasting provider is a testament to its ability to weave together the perfect camera solution for sports analytics and broadcasting. e-con’s vast camera portfolio comes with features like HDR, 4K/1080P resolution, multi-camera synchronization, 1080-degree stitching, IP rated enclosures, and more.