Patent published on November 9, 2023

Sony's Patent Could Transform Live Video Feed Production with Cloud Computing

Sony Group, in its recent patent US20230362315A1, reveals an advanced system designed to revolutionize live video production using cloud computing technology.

Traditionally, live video production has been a labor-intensive and resource-draining process, involving a multitude of cameras, complex wiring and crew members located on-site at the event. Such a system required a hefty investment in terms of time and money in setting up the infrastructure and coordinating the workforce, often causing delays and difficulties in producing efficient live footage.

The patented system aims to streamline this process by using multiple cameras that can be controlled remotely. Instead of using a conventional on-site control vehicle (popularly known as an OBVAN), the inventive system uses a single, powerful computer called a 'cloud server.' The cloud server gathers live video feeds from all the camera units, and according to the instructions it receives, it chooses the best footage to feature or edit for the main broadcast, thus eliminating the need for on-site staff and reducing the resources required at the event location.

This innovation could significantly enhance the world of live event production, concerts, sports events, or news reporting. For instance, imagine being at a football match where multiple cameras are capturing the game from every possible angle. With Sony's patented cloud-based system, a remote team could efficiently switch between various camera angles, zoom in on crucial moments, and edit footage in real time to present the most exciting viewing experience to the audience, all without requiring extensive on-site personnel or equipment.

It is important to note, however, that while this patent presents an intriguing potential transformation in the field of live event production, its actual realization is still uncertain. Like all patents, there is no guarantee that this technology will eventually make its way to market, and when it might do so remains speculative.

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