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Have you watched the Yankees play this year or how about the Cowboys? Have you noticed the replays are now in virtual 3D? This is thanks to technology designed by Teledyne Dalsa, a proud member of the KW/Cambridge EMC consortium.
Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company, is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1,000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1980, the company designs, develops, manufactures and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing MEMS products and services. This virtual 3D technology is called freeD (free dimensional video) freeD which is a system from our customer, Replay Technologies and it utilizes high performance cameras, powerful frame grabbers, and sophisticated algorithms to create three dimensional photo-realistic real-time scenes, comprised of three dimensional pixels that faithfully represent the fine details of the scene. This information is stored as a freeD database that can produce (render) any desired viewing angle from the detailed information.
The freeD system incorporates 24 Teledyne DALSA Falcon2 CMOS cameras. Twelve cameras are positioned around each end's red zone at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Falcon2 camera's 12 megapixel resolution increases the image quality of the freeD system, allowing it to capture more of the action with the ability to 'go in closer' while retaining HD quality. In addition, Teledyne DALSA Xcelera frame grabbers, which are optimized for the Falcon2 cameras, are installed in the control room at AT&T Stadium to capture the camera data and to interface with the freeD system.
The freeD system made its premiere in major league sports this April on YES Network's Yankees home games - under the name YESVIEW. FreeD records reality not as regular two dimensional video, but as a true three dimensional scene. This enables the production team, and in the near future the actual viewers, to freely roam around a captured scene where no physical camera exists.
It's always great to see local technology on the big screen! Great work Dalsa.