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A neutral network that controls match broadcasts

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Main information

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Client

Task

Sportrecs.com - Russian startup, a sports broadcasting service.
Automate match streaming using AI-controlled cameras.
The neural network broadcasts games, monitors ball movement, and switches between camera angles when necessary.

How it works:

Problems we have faced

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It is difficult for neural networks to recognize the ball because it is indistinct in the video.
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There is not enough data to train the algorithm. To broadcast a match from a smartphone, you need a watch of mobile video
Processing multiple video streams requires a lot of computing resources
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Development process

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Found source

Finalized

Added functions

Increased reliability

Merged with service

Released

Took a ready neural network that can track a big ball

Taught neural network to «see» big and small balls

Added model for recognition of players in the frame

Integrated neural network with Sportrecs service

Prepared a system for working with four synchronous real time video streams

How does the service work

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Smartphones are installed at different points on the field
Sportrecs streaming service starts on devices
The program connects to smartphones cameras
Every few seconds the neural network switches the camera so that the viewer does not get bored
Selects optimal plans where the ball is clearly visible

Demo video

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What have we learned

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Process multiple video streams simultaneously
Make the neural network fast enough for live mode
Demo video

Project team

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ComputerVision engineer
Project manager
Backend developer
MLOps
Techlead
Vladislav Vinogradov
Andrey Chertkov
Konstantin Kubrak
Aelita Shaikhutdinova
Alexey Zhuchkov
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1 second of video is 30 frames, which the neural network must process instantly.

Interesting fact:

Our plans

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To teach a neural network to broadcast in any conditions, including large stadiums. Now it knows how to manage the show of games in the hall.

New conditions

Teach the neural network to control video cameras on tripods and cut the best moments of the match.

New features

New sports

Add new sports to the system, such as basketball, volleyball, hockey, boxing

Emotions from the project

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Konstantin Kubrak
Project Manager (Smashed a window with a ball during tests)
«99.9% of the world's population do not know about neural networks what we know now».

«While learning how neural networks work we also get to know ourselves»
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