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IBC Future Zone

IBC Future Zone contained exhibitors with cutting edge projects and prototypes liberated by IBC from the world’s leading R&D labs and universities.

The IBC Future Zone was also home to the Posters, the highly respected, rigorously peer-reviewed ideas chosen by the IBC Technical Papers Committee for their relevance to the subjects of IBC’s Conference Programme and their ability to startle your imagination.

Among the intriguing topics were: HEVC in the studio; Perception of 3D audio; Crowd-sourced music; DTV mobile surveillance; Object-oriented storytelling; Visual Quality Metrics; 4K Broadcast on a Budget; and more.

The IBC Future Zone was a portal to view our future directions, rather than just a glimpse of the future!

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IBC2014 Future Zone Exhibitors


The IET Future Zone Event and Publication Launch  - Friday 12 September at 16:00 - 18:00
Exhibitor/Project Origin Technology on Show Stand
4EVER Project France Enhanced Video Experience 8.F12
Academy of Broadcasting Science of SARFT  China Future Broadcast Radio 8.F05
BBC Research & Development UK Object-based Media 8.F18
Cisco - Connected Life US Connected Life Platform 8.G11
DAVID project EU FP7 Future-proofing AV Content 8.F22
ECMA-407 International 3D Audio Broadcasting Codec 8.F38
ETRI S Korea Future Broadcast Projects 8.G08
FTV Project of MPEG Japan Multi-view Natural Video 8.F45
LinkedTV EU FP7 TV & Web Content Interlinked 8.F42
NHK Japan 8K Ultra HDTV Theatre 8.G21
NTT Network Innovation Labs Japan Ultra HDTV Delivery 8.F25
VRT  Belgium Future Media Production 8.F02


Table of Posters
Name Company/Country Poster Title Poster
Ralph Kessler PINGUIN Ing. Buero, Germany

The Depth of Immersion. First Results of a 3D Audio Perception Experiment

Gleb Rogozinsky The Bonch-Bruevich St.Petersburg State University of Telecoms, Russia Distributed System for Collaborative Music Generation 2
Louis Clift
University of Essex, United Kingdom
Delivering Live 4K Broadcasting Using Today's Technology
Jon Harris Altera and Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
De-interlacing SD/HD for UHD delivery
Manfred Lueth
Kolpi S.A.S, France/Germany
Real-time editing stereo/3D video from multiple feeds during live TV broadcasts 5
Byungsun Kim Korean Broadcasting System, South Korea Application of HEVC to studio profile codec 6
Martin Fleury
University of Essex, United Kingdom
Joint Unicast/Multicast Mobile Video Surveillance
Viktoriia Chafonova
St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television, Russia
Algorithm for Creating 3D Images Based on Automatic Assembly 8
Maarten Lauwaert
VRT, Belgium
Here Is Today; A object oriented approach to storytelling
Javier Taibo
CITIC-MADS Group, University of Coruña Syntheractive, Spain
Cloud-based Architecture for Interactive TV Sports 10
Steven A. Silva
21st Century Fox, US
UHDTV-IP Live Production Studio 11
Evgenia Grinenko St.Petersburg State University of Film and Television, Russia
Audiovisual Interaction-based Bit Rate Reduction in Bandwidth limited Multimedia Systems
Jaekwon Lee Technical Research Institute,  Korean Broadcasting System, South Korea Emergency Wakeup System: Remote Activation for DTV Receiver in South Korea 13
Prabhakar Srinivasan
SPVTG, Cisco, India
Audience Segmentation: Data-Science, Big Data Architectures & Solutions

IBC2013 Future Zone Exhibitors

Exhibitor Project Name
HBB-NEXT Next Generation HBBTV
BBC R&D Experimental Projects
 Cisco Project Fresco

Smart TV: Augmented Broadcast Technology and Technologies for Smart Advertising on TV

UHDTV: Satellite UHDTV broadcasting service Ka-brand with rain fate mitigation

goHDR / WMG, University of Warwick goHDR
Technische Universität Braunschweig A Tower Overlay over LTE-A
 PINGUIN Ing.Büro Acoustical Holodeck
Real-Time TV
Audience Behaviour Analytics
BiLi BiLi
ACB 1-3-9 longitudinal media lab
Barcelona Media Scene

IBC2012 Future Zone Exhibitors

Exhibitor Project Name
Mediapro Research Project FINE
Actual Customer Behaviour LLP Industry Neutral 1-3-9 Longitudinal Media Lab
School of Engineering and Design, Brunel Unviersity 3d VIVANT
Computer Graphics, Technische Universitat Berlin Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera
Faceware Technologies, Inc. Faceware Technologies, Inc.
DeCS Media DeCS Media

IBC2011 Future Zone Exhibitors

A Look at Previous Future Zone Projects and Where they are Now

Project FINE (Freeviewpoint Immersive Networked Experience)

Exhibitor: Coordinated by Mediapro. Backed by EVS, BitManagement, EDM Hasselt, KTH, Tracab, BCN Media, AbertisTelecom.

Concept: Generating video of action where there were no physical cameras.

At IBC Future Zone: 2012

Why was it innovative? Data from a series of remote controlled cameras recording multiple views of a live event is used to compute 3D geometry and marker-less motion capture. This allows a director - and remote viewers - to place a virtual camera in a real live-action scene and move it freely in space and time, heightening the sense of presence.

Where is it now? The three year European Commission-funded project concluded in October 2013. Mediapro's team expect a functional prototype in 2015. It also derived a number of different products from the research: football analytics tool Mediacoach (which is being tested by clubs of La Liga); second screen app virtualarena (under consideration by major TV soccer right holders) and a third being launched at IBC2014.

High dynamic range enabled television

Exhibitor: goHDR

Concept: The first demonstration of a full HDR pipeline from capture to display.

At IBC Future Zone: 2011 & 2013

Why was it innovative? HDR video requires vast data and computational requirements, but researchers at Warwick University (spun out to goHDR) devised a means to achieve at least 100:1 compression with minimal perceptual loss. Its live HDR video system used two Canon 5D cameras encoded at 30fps used to capture a wide variety of demonstration footage for display on HDR monitors.

Where is it now?

Since feedback from IBC2013 a single camera HDR video system has been produced (capable of capturing up to 18 f-stops). goHDR has begun selling a range of beta HDR products, including a complete HDR pipeline to address the growing industry and academic demand to experiment with the format.

Throwable panoramic ball camera

Exhibitor: Technische Universität Berlin

Concept: A unique camera kit that can be thrown into the air to capture panoramic still images.

At IBC Future Zone: 2012

Why was it innovative? Conventional techniques for capturing panoramic images had either a low resolution or caused ghosting with moving subjects. Using a highly sensitive internal accelerometer, this prototype instantaneously snapped a 360-degree image at the peak of the ball's toss, on 36 x 2-megapixel mobile phone camera modules without artefacts.

Where is it now? Reduced in size by half, capable of 108MP images and rebadged as as Panono, the camera is now shipping, priced €549.

DOTS (Digital Optical Technology System)

Exhibitor: Group 47

Concept: A digital storage media that is archival for 100 years

At IBC Future Zone: 2011

Why was it innovative? A non-magnetic, chemically inert, electromagnetic immune method for long term storage of digital files. With sufficient magnification, digital information can actually be seen.

Where is it now? Originally developed by the Eastman Kodak Company, Group 47 acquired the DOTS patents in 2008 and continues to develop it. It has a patent pending concept dubbed bit-plane imagery which is a means of visually representing the binary value of each R,G,&B pixel in an image. It has also designed and constructed a prototype of a DOTS recorder/reader and received a proof-of-concept contract from the US Government for DOTS archiving; their point being that there has never been a successful archive medium where you cannot 'see' the information.

Super Hi-Vision

Exhibitor: NHK

Concept: An ultra high definition TV system 16 times the resolution of HD with a 60 frames a second progressive transmission and 22.2 channel surround sound.

At IBC Future Zone: 2006, 2008, 2010-14

Why is it innovative? NHK brought the world HD then showed the first glimpse of 8K Ultra HD at IBC in 2006. Rebranded Super Hi-Vision on its return to Amsterdam two years later when it made a live camera link to London, NHK chose successive IBC's to reveal advances to its pioneering vision for the future of TV. It's still streets ahead of anyone else.

Where is it now? The stated goal of domestic satellite broadcasts by 2020 – year of the Tokyo Olympics – is in sight, with test transmissions just two years away. Catch up with the very latest developments at IBC2014.

3D Vivant

Exhibitor: Coordinated by Brunel University, the consortia included Holografika, Arri, Rai Research, RBB, IRT.

Concept: Investigation into a novel 3D video technology, based on mixed 3D holoscopic video content capture and associated manipulation, and display technologies.

At IBC Future Zone: 2012

Why was it innovative? Aimed to capture events in 3D and deliver them for realistic, interactive and immersive play back to the home on autostereoscopic displays. 3D holoscopic content is captured using an array of microlenses in a single aperture camera so that conventional live capture and display procedures can be adopted.

Where is it now? The EU-funded project completed mid-2013. Its holoscopic optics demonstrated the basic idea of the project but further work is required for exploiting it commercially, as is the case with the holographic camera system. The 3D audio component was considered a success and Holografika is marketing a 32-inch 3D autostereo monitor. 

Format-Agnostic SCript-based INterAcTive Experience

Exhibitor: FascinatE

Concept: Experiments into capturing every angle from a live event and giving viewers the ability to control what they watch.

At IBC Future Zone: 2011

Why was it innovative? An ambitious attempt to unify several research strands including: the Omnicam which used six HD cameras on a circular rig; software to stitch the images into a 180º panorama; integration of that feed with other broadcast cameras; virtual camera angle creation; wavefield synthesis for audio; interactive rendering techniques and intelligent media processing for home networks.

Where is it now? The four year EU-funded €9.5m project ended in 2013 but findings from individual research areas are being used to inform other technologies at stakeholders Fraunhofer, Alcatel Lucent, Technicolor and the BBC.

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