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IBC2008 New Technology Campus promises peek at the future of television

Ways to let TV viewers select their point of view on a scene, a new video codec that offers greater compression efficiency than MPEG-4, and a trio of projects focused on storage and network access for digital archives will be among the numerous exhibits at the New Technology Campus during IBC2008.

In its 14th year, this year’s campus will be moved to the new International Pavilion at the front of the RAI Convention Center where it will provide IBC conference paper authors a forum to elaborate on the technology featured in their presentations. The campus also gives the industry a venue to unveil leading-edge technology being developed in the lab.

Among the many featured technologies and participants scheduled to appear are:

  • Nagoya University in Japan, which will demonstrate its work on Free-viewpoint television, which gives viewers the ability to select the point-of-view;
  • Nippon Television Network, which will show its interactive 3-D virtual world “Second Life;”
  • NHK Research Laboratories, which will show its work on multiple, mobile robotic cameras for studio use;
  • Television Research Institute of St. Petersburg, Russia, which will highlight its work on a codec with a higher compression ratio than MPEG-4 and a video processing speed 50 to 100 times faster than MPEG-2 or MPEG-4;
  • VTR, which will explain its development and use of an automated news production system that lets viewers create their own news bulletins of content within the system.

The three projects focusing on storage and network access for digital archives include the PRISM project, AVATAR-m and the Phosphorous project.

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