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Live Video Stitching with Argon360 – Québec 2016

The prominence of 360-degree video (immersive video, Cinematic VR) is increasing with users at all levels from consumer to film studio. Stitching of the video output from multiple cameras is crucial when capturing 360-degree content. A combination of Argon Design's video domain experience and electronics design skills has enabled us to conceive and realise a unique approach to live video stitching, Argon360. We are very pleased to be presenting at the IVRPA 360-degree Virtual Reality Panoramic Photography & Video Conference on May 23-27 2016 in Québec City, Canada, which will become the world capital of Virtual Reality 360-degree Panoramic Photography and 360-degree Video!

Real-time video stitching with Argon360

As a part of our internal R&D program over the last year we have been developing Argon360, scalable technology for live video stitching on a hardware platform. Our ultimate goal is to create a semiconductor IP block for use in next generation cameras and smartphones featuring an array camera or 360-degree camera, performing video-rate, state-of-the-art, photographic quality, depth-compensated stitching of multiple camera inputs to create a composite output, but there are opportunities in the interim for ground-breaking hardware-based live streaming systems for a range of applications.

Live stitching at IVRPA

We are delighted to be going to the IVRPA Conference 2016 to show the first phase of this development, with a live demonstration of Argon360 on a hardware prototyping platform streaming real-time video from our 6-camera GoPro rig. This first step demonstrates the feasibility and promise of a hardware-based approach, enabling compact, powerful and energy-efficient systems for live streaming of panoramic video.

Presentation session

In our presentation we will start by recounting the R&D journey that led us to Argon360's hardware-based live video stitching, via projects investigating SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) and stereo depth perception. We will then talk about our study of the stitching technical landscape and the possible technical approaches – the challenge in real time is balancing image quality, processing power and physical demands of the application. We will describe where we are right now, the proposed road-map and the challenges ahead. We will of course be very pleased to hear and discuss the comments and ideas of the experts attending the conference.

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Related links

Argon360 product page

Read about the IVRPA Conference, 2016

See Argon360 at the NAB Show

See Argon360 at CW SIG Meeting at Ravensbourne

Read about Argon's image and video processing skills