Eye-Popping Streaming Film Debuts

Bandwidth-intensive information can now be streamed live from remote locations, over ultra-fast optical networks, as demonstrated at this week’s iGrid conference in San Diego:

“Jaw-dropping demos abounded, promising just as much for scientists as for Hollywood.

One experiment on Tuesday featured the first-ever live, IP-based transmission of high-definition video from the bottom of the sea.

HD video cameras nearly two miles below the ocean surface and 200 miles off the Washington/Canada coastline relayed impossibly crisp live footage of sea life near 700-degree Fahrenheit volcanic thermal vents known as ‘black smokers’ on the Pacific floor.

Back at iGrid, that 20-mbps MPEG2 video stream was projected in such high resolution that close-ups of tiny, translucent tubeworms the size of quarters filled the entire wall-sized screen. It was as if the theater itself became a gigantic microscope.

During a subsequent demo session, the cameras were aimed in the opposite direction — at the scientists on board the ship above the ocean’s surface. This time, high def proved to be a little too real for comfort when powerful ocean storms pitched and rocked the research vessel Thomas Thompson. The ship’s crew were visibly woozy, but audience members more than a thousand miles away reflexively turned from the screen to avoid seasickness.” (Wired News )