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Blossoming cherry trees as high quality video

Okinawa island is considered to be one of the most attractive sites in Japan, particularly when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. In February 2021, the beautiful landscapes of Okinawa will be the location for one of the world’s most ambitious video streaming experiments.

Each year since 2004, national research and education network JGN, Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and a range of national and international partners have combined their skills in order to challenge the limits of video streaming.

In 2020, spectators in remote locations were offered full-resolution 8K non-compressed video streams from the famous Sapporo Snow Festival, which were played back as 3D video.

Most years, the famous Sapporo Snow Festival has been the main location for shooting the video, sometimes in combination with international cities. However, as the 2021 version of the snow festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this years’ main venue will be Okinawa.

Submitted by Morten Andersen

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