Let’s get immersed – we are now on Meetup!

We are happy to announce our first “Immersion Berlin Meetup” on 27 June 2018. From now on we will offer a Meetup every month!

The event is open to everyone interested in immersive imaging technologies, like Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 3D with or without glasses, 3D scanning and printing  or 360° video, to just name a few.

The fascinating and truly mesmerizing field of immersive imaging technologies is constantly evolving. During a guided tour, we are going to introduce the subject to you by means of our exhibits. The tour follows an open format – everyone participating is welcome to share their personal experience and thoughts as well as to exchange their views and ideas with the other participants. We are happy to adapt the tour to the main interests of the group, whereby the tours will be followed by a casual get-together.

For further information, please check out our Event.

If you would like to attend the event, pleaser register at Meetup!

Inauguration of Volumetric Video Studio Run by VoluCap GmbH: 12 June 2018 in Babelsberg

At the 8th Medientreff 2018, taking place on 12 June 2018 in Potsdam, Babelsberg, we celebrate the inauguration of the first commercially operating volumetric video studio in Europe!

With the rapid market development of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), the demand for volumetric video content increased massively. To meet this demand Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, ARRI Cine Technik, Interlake System, Studio Babelsberg, and UFA founded the VoluCap GmbH together. The commercially operating volumetric video studio will be situated at the fx. Center in Medienstadt Babelsberg.

To get a first impression of the volumetric video studio watch the video from 3Sat (starting at 2:38 min) which introduces the first prototype at 3IT and the teaser of the VoluCap!

If you want to visit the volumetric video studio and talk to the developers and actors of VoluCap GmbH, please register!

For further information see also the website of media:net berlinbrandenburg.

Date: 12 June 2018

Time: 6.30 pm (entrance at 6 pm)

Location: fx. Center auf dem Gelände des Studio Babelsberg
August-Bebel-Str. 26 – 53
14482 Potsdam

Beverly Hills Infinity Film Festival

Beverly Hills Infinity Film Festival (BHIFF), from 01. – 04. November 2018, invites to “Experience the Future” of Content and Technology!

In today’s marketplace, there are “INFINITE” choices for viewing content and “INFINITE” technologies with which to both create and experience this content. Los Angeles has long been the entertainment capital of the world and now Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach have become critical forces in this ecosystem. Yet, there has been no film festival to address all of these converging industries… until now.

By using several venues in Beverly Hills, BHIFF will feature the 10 most compelling content and technology experiences of 2017 with formats including: Mobile First, Social Media, Location-Based, Streaming, AR, VR, MR, 360, Game Engine, Real-Time Rendering, Volumetric Capture, Light Field Technology, Photogrammetry, and Scene-Building using A.I.

Thereby, the film festival will not only serve as a platform for premiering effects-driven blockbuster films but also for cutting-edge independent films and documentaries.

Kathleen Schröter the Executive Manager of the 3IT and Head of Communications of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) is part of the technology and international committee of the Beverly Hills Infinity Film Festival.

To get an impression of the festival check out the Beverly Hills Infinity Film Festival Presentation!

SeeFront at the SID Display Week

New SeeFront 3D monitors at SID Display Week in Los Angeles

Meet SeeFront at SID Display Week in Los Angeles on May 22-24, 2018 and see for yourself what the award-winning SeeFront 3D® Technology is capable of.

At SID Display Week 2018, SeeFront will exhibit its latest glasses-free 3D monitor models:

Firstly, the 32” 3D monitor SF3D-320MP with an Ultra HD LCD panel that offers high resolution along with color fidelity, high brightness and true 3D depth will be presented. Designed for low latency it is suitable for demanding real-time applications.

Furthermore, SeeFront will exhibit its new display SF3D-156MP, which is a 15.6” 3D monitor with a separate image-processing unit. Also based on an Ultra HD LCD panel, the monitor’s 3D image quality and high resolution are exceptional. This model is pre-series and will be on offer as a SeeFront 3D technology evaluation kit.

All SeeFront 3D monitors use an integrated tracking system to give the user freedom of movement in all directions. SeeFront 3D monitors display the 3D image contents original spatial depth, whether the content is from a 3D live video stream, a 3D movie, a game, a 3D microscope or a 3D endoscope for industrial and medical applications.

SeeFront’s booth #611 is located in the German Pavilion.

NAB Show 2018

At NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas Fraunhofer HHI will present a future video coding proposal beyond HEVC, 3D Human Body Reconstruction for VR and AR, and continuous live video streaming of high-resolution 360-degree video for virtual reality (VR360) at Fraunhofer Booth SU4916. These innovations are presented shortly in the following as well as a list of 3IT partners who also exhibit at this year’s NAB Show.

1.   Future Video Coding beyond HEVC

One of the future needs is efficient video compression that goes beyond the current state of the art High Efficiency Video Coding standard (HEVC). In order to master this demanding challenge, the Joint Video Experts Team (JVET) issued a call for proposals for video coding technology with compression capability beyond HEVC. Fraunhofer HHI has responded to the call by submitting cutting edge coding technology. The new standard is planned to be finalized by 2020. At NAB 2018, Fraunhofer HHI will display its codec to the public for the first time. Significant coding efficiency improvements over HEVC are shown for content ranging from standard High Definition (HD) to High Dynamic Range Ultra-HD content.

2.   3D Human Body Reconstructions for Virtual and Augmented Reality

Fraunhofer HHI is presenting a novel and uniquely integrated 360-degree multi-camera capture and lighting system for the creation of highly realistic Volumetric Video content of moving persons. A set of 16 stereo cameras create 3D information from all different viewpoints around the person. This 3D information is then fused and transformed into a consistent, natural and dynamic 3D representation of the person.The automatically computed sequence of meshes can be integrated in VR and AR applications. The capture system supports diffuse lighting from any direction, which offers best possible conditions for re-lighting of the dynamic 3D models, afterwards, at the design stage of the virtual reality experience.

3.   Live End to End Streaming of VR360 10K Video with MPEG-OMAF and HEVC Tiles

At NAB, Fraunhofer HHI presents the world’s first demonstrator for continuous live video streaming of VR360 videos with a resolution beyond 4K. This includes high-resolution VR360 10K video capturing and live rendering from the Fraunhofer HHI Omnicam-360, tile-based live encoding with the Fraunhofer HHI HEVC encoder, packaging according to the MPEG-OMAF Viewport-Dependent Media Profile and high-quality playback on VR glasses and TV screens.

For further information see also the Fraunhofer HHI website.

 

List of Partners Exhibiting at the NAB Show with Booth Number

Platinum Partners:

ARRI                                      Central Hall – C7925

Gold Partners:

Fraunhofer IIS                          South Hall (Upper) – SU4916 (joint Booth with Fraunhofer HHI)

Silver Partners:

Dolby                                     South Hall (Upper) – SU1702

Bronze Partners:

Lawo                                      North Hall & Central Lobby – N2813

Rohde & Schwarz                     South Hall (Lower) – SL6610

Sony                                      Central Hall – C11001

 

FKT Journal – Call for Papers

FKT, the trade magazine for television, film and electronic media, is looking for in-depth articles or case studies (in German or English) presented in an objective manner and on a professional, technologically advanced level.

If your topic is not covered in the upcoming issues, please contact the editors anyway to discuss a possible release. For some topics, the focus is a little wider so that a post might fit. In addition, the next FKT issues are already in the pre-planning!

If you would like to publish or have questions, please contact Angela Bünger.
More information is available here.

Upcoming key topics and deadlines for contributions to FKT are:

FKT 5/2018
Codecs & Standards in theory and practical application

Extended deadline: March 15, 2018

 

FKT 6/2018
Streaming Solutions
Overview of current trends and tendencies in the streaming market

Deadline: March 29, 2018

 

FKT 7/2018
AI and Machine Learning
What is their role in the media market?

Deadline: April 30, 2018

VVoW – Volumetric Video Workflow

VVoW is a new project run by the 3IT partners Trotzkind GmbH, reallifefilm international GmbH and the Fraunhofer HHI’s Vision and Imaging Technologies Department.

Using the new volumetric video studio (VoluCap), which is part of the 3IT facilities, the aim of VVoW is a new 3D reconstruction and modelling method for real people based on a multi-camera recording system. The new system will be used for future film productions, walk-in entertainment and infotainment experiences.

Until today, the integration of real content into virtual and augmented reality application is only possible to a limited extent. Virtual characters are only realistic to a certain degree when one, for instance, regards the diversity of facial expressions and details in the movement of cloths.

In order to develop a marketable recording and production system for the integration of real recorded content into virtual reality (VR) applications and to evaluate and develop the production process further, the realization of the project needs to accommodate certain requirements.

First, methods for the temporal stabilization of dynamic 3D models need to be provided. Second, mesh reduction and smoothing techniques need to be developed. Third, for a successful realization of the project plug-ins for commercial 3D post-production tools for efficient post-processing of 3D meshes are required. Thereby, the volumetric video studio (VoluCap) – that is a multi-camera recording system consisting of 32 cameras and 120 light panels positioned around the filmed object or person developed by Fraunhofer HHI – creates the conditions for the successful realization of VVOW.

VVOW is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

For further information, take a look at the website of VVOW.

“Virtual Play, after Samuel Beckett”

V-SENSE conducts creative experiments to explore the new potential opened by its cutting edge technologies when combined with creative arts in real productions. In collaboration with the School of Drama and the School of Engineering of Trinity College Dublin, V-SENSE produced a reinterpretation of Samuel Beckett’s ground-breaking 1963 text “Play” with a view to engaging a 21st century viewership that is increasingly accessing content via virtual reality technologies. The viewer is immersed into the play and can interact in six degrees of freedom (6DoF). The technology used for this production called “Virtual Play, after Samuel Beckett” was meanwhile spun out into a startup company, Volograms Limited. The production itself received the NEM Art Award in November 2017 and was submitted to other festivals too.

For more details and a video, check out the website of V-SENSE.

About V-SENSE

V-SENSE is a team of 20+ researchers (half postdocs half PhDs) in visual computing at the intersection of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Media Signal Processing. We are building a dynamic environment where enthusiastic young scientists with different backgrounds get together to shape the future in fundamental as well as applied research projects. Directions include but are not limited to:

  • Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality (AR/ VR/ MR)
  • Free View-point Video (FVV)
  • 360-Video
  • Light-Field Technologies
  • Visual Effects and Animation

The research project “V-SENSE – Extending Visual Sensation through Image-Based Visual Computing” is funded by SFI over five years with a substantial budget to cover over 20 researchers. This is part of a strategic investment in creative technologies by SFI and Trinity College, which is defined as one of the strategic research themes of the college. V-Sense intends to become an incubator in this context, to stimulate further integration and growth and to impact creative industries in Ireland as a whole.

V-SENSE aims to establish Trinity College Dublin as a world leading center of excellence in creative technologies, as part of an even bigger endeavor to establish Dublin and Ireland as a center of creative industries in general, including technology and creative production.

For more information and details click here.

AIS Awards Kathleen Schröter with the AIS Distinguished Leadership Award 2018

In January 2018 the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) honored 13 women in entertainment, arts and technology with the Distinguished Leadership Award. Kathleen Schröter, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI, received the award for her efforts to bring the scientific approaches of imaging technologies into the media industry. She accepted the award at the official luncheon in Beverly Hills.
Kathleen is the Executive Manager of the 3IT Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies since its founding in 2011 (as 3D Innovation Center at that time) and leads the Marketing and Corporate Communications department of Fraunhofer HHI since October 2014.
Managing the 3IT lead to understanding the industry and so she started to host, curate, and moderate events with a focus on digital media and immersive technologies. In her numerous speeches at different conferences, she translates academic scientific approaches into real use cases and daily life scenarios.
Jim Chabin, President of the AIS, explains: “The jury concluded that Kathleen is known for her outstanding ability to connect the scientific and academic research communities with senior entertainment industry stakeholders. A leader with her level of accomplishments in both of these industries is rarely found”.
Please find more information in the press release on the Fraunhofer HHI Homepage.

Fraunhofer HHI’s 3D Human Body Reconstruction Honoured with AIS Technology Innovation Award 2018

Each year the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) honors outstanding technical achievements in the entertainment, arts and technology sector. Developers of technologies and processes, which have demonstrated both innovation and impact in advancing the creation or delivery of quality content, are awarded.
In particular, Fraunhofer HHI won the AIS Technology Innovation Award 2018 for the development of the 3D Human Body Reconstruction.
The 3D Human Body Reconstruction technology captures real persons with multiple cameras simultaneously and uses the video information to create a natural moving dynamic 3D model, which can be viewed from 360 degrees and can be placed into any virtual environment.
Please find more information in the press release on the Fraunhofer HHI Homepage.