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Multicamera setup for generating stereo panoramic video
Author(s): Stavros Tzavidas; Aggelos K. Katsaggelos
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Paper Abstract

Traditional visual communication systems convey only two-dimensional (2D) fixed field-of-view video information. The viewer is presented with a series of flat, non-stereoscopic images, which fail to provide a realistic sense of depth. Furthermore, traditional video is restricted to only a small part of the scene, based on the director's discretion and the user is not allowed to 'look around' in an environment. The major goal of our research is to develop new techniques for creating stereo panoramic video sequences. A stereo panoramic video sequence should be able to provide the viewer with stereo vision at any direction (complete 360 degrees field-of-view) at video rates. In this paper we explore the possibility of creating stereo panoramic video using a multi-camera approach, thus creating a high-resolution output. We present a setup that is an extension of a previously known approach, developed for the generation of still stereo panoramas, and demonstrate that it is capable of achieving our goal. We further explore the practical limitations involved in a practical implementation of the setup, namely the limited number of cameras and the non-zero physical size of real cameras. The relevant trade-offs are identified and studied. Experimental results are presented to support our conclusions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4661, Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications V, (8 March 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460180
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Stavros Tzavidas, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, Northwestern Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4661:
Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications V
Brian D. Corner; Roy P. Pargas; Joseph H. Nurre, Editor(s)

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