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Qoncept Inc. uses Blackmagic DeckLink SDI Micro for Baseball Pitch Tracking System Baseboy

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K was used to shoot baseball in play, with feed sent to Baseboy via a Blackmagic DeckLink SDI Micro

Blackmagic Design announced today that Blackmagic’s DeckLink SDI Micro was used for capture and playback with the pitching tracking system “Baseboy,” a newly announced system by Qoncept Inc. capable of visualizing a ball’s path and interlocking with a camera feed. Baseboy was first used, in conjunction with a Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K, in the recent Japan/US international baseball match, Samurai Japan Series 2019, broadcast by TV Asahi as Japan’s first real time baseboy analysis system.

Qoncept owns their own image process technology centered on AR (Augmented Reality), and offers technology to various fields, such as real time composite, data analysis, and tracking players and balls used in sports competitions. Baseboy can analyze the movement of balls from baseball pitching and batting and make real time composites using analysis result which is 3D image data. It will be installed in many broadcasters, baseball stadiums and sports federations in Japan.

For the Samurai Japan Series 2019 match, a Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K was used to shoot baseball in play with its feed sent to Baseboy via a Blackmagic DeckLink SDI Micro. Baseboy then analyzed the camera feed and produced real time composited graphics, overlaying CG which shows the path of the ball thrown by the pitcher. These images were then sent to TV Asashi for broadcast.

“I was able to miniaturize Baseboy thanks to this small card which allowed me to build it so that everything can be processed without an operator. The single DeckLink SDI Micro handles capturing and playback simultaneously. Input feed is processed for marking a ball’s path using Intel’s NUC, then output via the DeckLink SDI Micro. There is no other choice than DeckLink SDK Micro which is capable of capture and playback simultaneously up to 1080p60 with such a small size. If you have this small a box in your equipment booth in the relay site, you can add something more creative to your program. Without the DeckLink SDI Micro, Baseboy 2D couldn’t be born,” said Kenichi Hayashi, CEO of Qoncept.

Hayashi continued: “Blackmagic Design allows me more flexible product development because they offer an open SDK. As the SDK supports Mac, Windows, Linux, I can develop a system on various platforms, it is easier to develop softwares. Also, with DeckLink’s software update, I can do more new things which greatly expands our product development possibility.”

“We’ve been used many Blackmagic products. I can say, without Blackmagic Design, we could not succeed as a company,” Hayashi concluded.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.