Bringing Piero into play in Six Nations

February 2005
Engineer (00137758);2/11/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7668, p7
This article presents information on Piero, a virtual stadium created by BBC Research and Development for BBC Broadcast. Piero, named after the Italian painter and pioneer of perspective Piero della Francesco, creates a virtual stadium in which virtual players can be tracked from any angle, providing more information for the viewer. The technology works by taking telemetric data from a number of fixed camera positions and sending the information inside the video signal to a PC, which renders it into 3D graphics to create a virtual stadium. Pictures of real play are transposed into the virtual stadium, where it is possible to view and analyse the match from unique angles in animated sequences.


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