Oct. 15 - A visual effect made famous in the blockbuster movie, ''The Matrix'', is being developed for TV sports coverage by Japanese broadcasting giant, NHK. Using multiple cameras and computer technology, the network is making time appear to stand still for a new perspective on sports action. Rob Muir reports.
NHK is bringing a new perspective to sports coverage. The Japanese network has developed a linked system of multiple cameras that simultaneously records action from slightly different angles. In less than a minute, a computer integrates all the video signals into one unified image, that NHK's Kensuke Ikeya says presents exciting new possibilities for action replay. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) NHK THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE RESEARCH DIVISION STAFF,KENSUKE IKEYA, SAYING: "Not only for live sports events, but also for TV dramas or for live music events. We hope that eventually it could be used for all of those." And the network wants to increase the system's capacity, as it looks forward to a new era of 3D televison in the home. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) NHK THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE RESEARCH DIVISION STAFF,KENSUKE IKEYA, SAYING: "At the moment we have nine of these robot linked cameras, but we do eventually want to increase their number and perhaps eventually even get up to 360 degrees of coverage to create very dynamic footage." Footage NHK hopes will focus attention on the technology and produce a spike in viewership.