Sub-millisecond Video Synchronization of Multiple Android Smartphones

2 Jul 2021  ·  Azat Akhmetyanov, Anastasiia Kornilova, Marsel Faizullin, David Pozo, Gonzalo Ferrer ·

This paper addresses the problem of building an affordable easy-to-setup synchronized multi-view camera system, which is in demand for many Computer Vision and Robotics applications in high-dynamic environments. In our work, we propose a solution for this problem -- a publicly-available Android application for synchronized video recording on multiple smartphones with sub-millisecond accuracy. We present a generalized mathematical model of timestamping for Android smartphones and prove its applicability on 47 different physical devices. Also, we estimate the time drift parameter for those smartphones, which is less than 1.2 msec per minute for most of the considered devices, that makes smartphones' camera system a worthy analog for professional multi-view systems. Finally, we demonstrate Android-app performance on the camera system built from Android smartphones quantitatively on setup with lights and qualitatively -- on panorama stitching task.

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