I-Movix will show its new d-flicker automatic de-flickering system at IBC. It is designed for use with I-Movix SprintCam Vvs HD and X10/X10+ systems and promises to deliver flicker-free ultra slow motion shots in realtime, without any of the flickering problems typically encountered by high-speed camera users in almost any situation lit by artificial lighting.
It is “the first and only fast processing automatic de-flickering solution,” claimed company CEO, Laurent Renard (pictured). “After many years of hard work in R&D, the result is a world-first: an efficient and simple to operate automated de-flickering solution for live broadcast. For use exclusively with the I-Movix camera systems, this major technological advance meets the most demanding requirements of live sports broadcasting.”
The I-Movix X10 and X10+ realtime continuous ultra-motion systems were developed with EVS. The X10 delivers continuous access to instant replays at up to 10 times the normal frame rate, while the X10+ system also adds an extreme slow motion mode at up to 2,600fps in 1080i50 or up to 5,600fps in 720p60 (100 times slower than live action) with instant replay.
CCTV Sprints in
China’s CCTV has installed another SprintCam Vvs HD ultra slow motion system for use in sport events, documentaries and entertainment productions.
CCTV initially encountered the SprintCam system when it was used during the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, and in 2011 took delivery of its first SprintCam Vvs HD (pictured being set up for a recent table tennis tournament).
“From the moment CCTV first contacted I-Movix in 2008 we have paid close attention to the system’s development,” said Jiang Baining, senior engineer, who used to serve as CCTV’s VP of Broadcasting Department. “CCTV first purchased the SprintCam Vvs HD through Instec [the I-Movix agent in China] and put it into use for broadcasting in international and domestic sports events.
“It creates wonderful effects for live broadcasting, and we used it to great effect in FINA 2011 and China Open Tennis broadcasting. Our experience led CCTV to enlarge its fleet of SprintCam Vvs HD systems, and we are looking forward to more new products from I-Movix in the future.”
The system can output images at 25 to 2,600fps in 1080i or up to 5,600fps in 720p, with instant replay. It is based on the latest generation Vision Research high-speed HD camera, and includes: an operational control panel that provides broadcast-quality colour matrix and control of frame-rate choice; a slow-motion remote that allows the user to select a video sequence and instantly replay it with an HD-SDI output for live broadcast or storage on any EVS server for later use; and the camera control unit, which provides control of the slow-motion instant replay, camera control, and data interface between the camera and the EVS server.
“Extreme slow motion photography technology did not exist in China when I-Movix first established a presence in Beijing in 2008,” said Wan Yan, general manager, Instrimpex Instec Import & Export Corporation. “Since then, we’ve had very strong interest in these systems, with several important Chinese TV stations purchasing SprintCam, and many more including it in their purchasing plans. We have a lot of confidence in this technology and our ability to maintain I-Movix as the market leader in China.”
By David Fox