World Cup Ultra HD OmniCam: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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World Cup fans were awed by the technology used to film the FIFA World Cup 2014 Final. The Ultra HD OmniCam technology is a pretty amazing way to enjoy the game. Learn more about how this technology works, and how you can re-live the OmniCam footage of the game.

1. Ultra HD OmniCam Invented in Germany

In the interesting video above, predictions are made about the kind of camera and video technology that might be used at the 2022 FIFA World Cup…including holographic TVs.

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute writes that the OmniCam camera system weighs just 15 kilograms (or about 33 pounds). Here are some tech specs from their website:

“The OmniCam consists of a scalable, mirror-based multi-camera rig and enables panoramic video to be shot at a resolution of 2 thousand x 10 thousand pixels. 10 digital cameras using ten 36 degree mirror segments deliver single segments which are stitched together in a real-time processor to generate a parallax-free, high quality video panorama.”

4. You Can Watch More Than the World Cup on OmniCam

In addition to its use at the World Cup, the OmniCam has also been used to film other events that are not related to the world of sport. The OmniCam was previously used to film Places of Music, a music documentary. The doc featured performances by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, and the Rundfunkchor Berlin.

5. OmniCam Footage Will Have ‘Second Screen’ Functionality

FIFA notes that OmniCam video content will be used as “second screen” apps to tablets, smartphones, and laptops. According to FIFA, “users will have the opportunity to navigate through the stadium and thus become their own camera operators.”

The timetable for this functionality is a little unclear at present, but it is still an exciting development.

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