Software that can identify the significant events in live TV sports broadcasts will soon be able to compile programmes of highlights without any help from people.
The technology will save broadcasters millions in editing costs- and should eventually lead to new generations of video recorders that will let people customise their own sports highlights packages. But developing software that understands sport is no easy task.
Picking out the key events from a game- whether it be pool, rugby, baseball, soccer or basketball- is labour-intensive. As the footage streams into a TV station or outside-broadcast truck, a sports editor has to watch the action and keep notes on what happens and when. Only after that are the clips retrieved and put together to form a highlights package.
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