BBC R&D is to carry out stereo 3D tests as part of the live Super Hi-Vision (SHV) transmission trials it is conducting with NHK this week.

The corporation’s research team will carry out the experiment as part the collaborative i3DLive project which aims to develop tools for the multi-camera capture of live action, allowing a virtual camera to synthesise views from any angle or stereoscopic data.

The test transmission of the 7680 x 4320 pixel Super Hi Vision is being done to ensure that the corporation can get signals from London to Japan.

Lead technologist Oliver Grau, the man carrying out the 3D experiments, said: “During the Super Hi Vision test transmissions BBC Research & Development will carry out two experiments, the first aims to generate 3D and special effects such as crane shots and steady cam from the footage generated by a static Super Hi Vision camera.

“The second will attempt to add stereo to Super Hi Vision using one Super Hi Vision camera and 10 High Definition cameras placed strategically around the studio.”

3D footage will be for capture only and will not be transmitted.

I3DLive builds on the work of the earlier ORIGAMI and iview projects which set out to develop new tools for the creation of high-quality scenes incorporating both real and virtual objects.

The BBC hopes to show SHV footage during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Roger Mosey, the BBC’s director of London 2012, said earlier this year: “The Super High Vision screen in your home is many years away. But BBC R&D will be carrying out tests this September with a view to showing SHV footage during the Games at one or two cinema-style locations.”

Picture: BBC FM&T’s Erik Huggers at a Super Hi-Vision transmission in 2008.