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Smart Close-up System

Using simulated camera movements to create video from stationary images


Many of the photos and images we receive or borrow from third parties are now in digital format. The Smart Close-up System can simulate camera movements upon such images, add special effects like shadows and pixelation, and output the result in a movie format.


●Producing sophisticated camera movements with easy-to-handle controllers

The highly intuitive controller of the system is modeled on robotic cameras used by broadcasters, allowing the operator to simulate various camera movements on the stationary image, like panning sideways, tilting up/down, zooming in/out, and rolling. The shot memory function helps to create complex camerawork, and one can specify the duration of each shot down to a frame.

●Creating HD quality movie files from high resolution photo data

The system can handle photo data of up to 8,192 by 8,192 pixels and is capable of creating HD quality movies with zoomed-in images of up to 1,920 by 1,080 pixels.

●Efficient video production using special effects

The special effect feature includes adding shadows to or pixelating a stationary image. This will give producers room for more creativity than, for example, shooting a simple close-up of a paper document.

Future plans

While continuing with our development to support 4K and 8K systems, we will also work on more sophisticated features such as recreating the subtle quiver of real-life cameras to offer a wider range of video creativity.

● This research is conducted in collaboration with Musashi Optical System Co., Ltd.
● This exhibit is presented by NHK’s Broadcast Engineering Department and NHK Niigata.

Example of using shot memory to create a movie file from a stationary image
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