From 2009 to 2011, the INTELSIG Laboratory of the University of Liège (ULg)1 produced 12 live “retransmissions” in stereoscopic 3D (S-3D). For each of them, INTELSIG acted as organizer and technical coordinator for the whole retransmission chain (capture, transmission, and visualization). These retransmissions were carried out for purely experimental, illustrative, and educational purposes, with the aim of pushing the boundaries of the state of the art. Each experiment involved a large number of partners, bringing to bear their expertise and technical means.
The idea behind the experiments initially arose in the course of the first 3D Stereo MEDIA (3DSM) event, in 2009. This international event was the brainchild of one of the authors of this chapter (Jacques G. Verly). It is devoted to all aspects and all applications of all forms of 3D. It aims to provide a meeting point for the scientific, technological, artistic, and business aspects of 3D.
These 12 retransmissions included four shows of varying types (2009), two surgical operations (2010), three steadicam interviews (2010), a transatlantic video presentation (2010), and two bicycle races (2011).
Our first experiments with live S-3D retransmissions were carried out in the course of the first 3DSM event, which took place in the Palais des Congrès of Liège in Belgium, in 2009.