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2018 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR) (2018)
Tuebingen/Reutlingen, Germany
March 18, 2018 to March 22, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5386-3366-3
pp: 446-9
Feng Xu , Tsinghua University
Tianqi Zhao , Tsinghua University
Bicheng Luo , Tsinghua University
Qionghai Dai , Tsinghua University
ABSTRACT
Recent breakthrough in consumer-level virtual reality (VR) devices brings an increasing demand of VR live content. As converting real life content into VR need complex computations, current techniques can not synthesize 360° 3D VR content with high performance, not to mention real time. We propose an end-to-end system that records a scene using a tripod panoramic rig and broadcasts 360° stereo panorama videos in real time. The system performs a panorama stitching technique which pre-compute 3 stitching seam candidates for dynamic seam switching in the live broadcasting. This technique achieves high frame rates (>30fps) with minimum foreground cutoff and temporal jittering artifacts. Stereo vision quality is also better preserved by a proposed weighting-based image alignment scheme. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on a variety of videos delivering live events. And our system has been successfully used in broadcasting live shows to mobile phone users on a professional live broadcasting platform with about 390 million user visits per month.
INDEX TERMS
Stereo vision, Cameras, Switches, Videos, Real-time systems, Broadcasting, Electronic mail
CITATION

F. Xu, T. Zhao, B. Luo and Q. Dai, "Generating VR Live Videos with Tripod Panoramic Rig," 2018 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), Tuebingen/Reutlingen, Germany, 2018, pp. 446-9.
doi:10.1109/VR.2018.8448283
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