For houses of worship looking to increase the quality of their video content, the manufacturer states that the solution enables users to create video content in real-time without the need for professional training, additional staff or equipment.
The REA-C1000 itself is described as a ‘compact and lightweight’ machine. It receives the inputs from cameras, automatically extracts the object in focus using AI-based video analytics technology to analyse the content, and combines it with other images in real-time on a GPU (Graphics Processor Unit). The system does this by using motion and face detection and colour/shape recognition algorithms to produce professional content designed to keep audiences and congregations engaged.
‘Video content has become a key method of communication and the demand for solutions that create high-quality content, offer a hassle-free shooting experience and help distribute content quickly is rapidly increasing,’ explained Lawrence Tang of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific. ‘At Sony, we want to provide organisations on a limited budget with cost-effective, yet powerful solutions that allow them to easily create professional and engaging video content.’
4K/HD input and output are supported and the REA-C1000 has also been designed to connect directly to Sony’s PTZ cameras and XDCAM camcorders. With an HDMI network connection, the REA-C1000 can also be integrated into AV setups commonly found in houses of worship, such as those with multiple displays, large screen projections and live streaming.
Additionally, five optional features can be chosen for the REA-C1000. The first is handwriting extraction and presenter overlay, which can extract hand-written objects by optimising parameters and processing the images received by the camera, using the manufacturer’s moving/still object detection algorithm. In practice, this makes written content and diagrams clearer for the congregation to see.
Second is PTZ auto-tracking, which can track a subject – say, a worship leader – throughout a service, keeping them in shot automatically when using PTZ robotic cameras.
Close-up by gesture is the third optional feature. This allows the REA-C1000 to detect and react to the gestures of the audience, displaying an overview image and zoomed image in real-time. For example, if a member of the congregation were to stand up, the REA-C1000 can command the camera to zoom automatically in to that person.
The fourth option, chroma key-less CG overlay, is based on Sony’s motion detection technology. It extracts a subject from the shot and overlays them onto a background, ideal for placing a praise leader on an imaginary beach.
Finally, the focus area cropping tool takes an overview image from one camera and displays it as two different output images: an overview in 4K and a cropped version in HD. The cropped HD image can be either static, like the overview image, or can be used to track the subject, making it appear as if it were from a separate camera.