360° Figaro – First Opera Recording Realized For Virtual Reality With The OmniCam-360

In the 25-minute long music film “360° Figaro” , an opera scene was conceived and staged exclusively for Virtual Reality (VR) for the first time, using Fraunhofer HHI’s OmniCam-360.

The OmniCam-360, a panorama camera developed at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), played a significant role in the production of the second act from Mozart’s „Figaro’s Wedding“. In this project, impressive 360° recordings of the live performing singers and musicians were produced. The result shows a unique 25-minute immersive video experience: The viewers are being placed in the center of the performance which enables them to dive into the scene audio visually. Thus, they get the feeling that they themselves are participating live in the opera.

The film project was realized by Pars Media in cooperation with the Leipzig Opera, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and digital images GmbH. The project was supported by the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Nordmedia and the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern.

“360° Figaro” can be experienced at the 3IT! Make an appointment now!

News From Our Partner reallifefilm international

2018 is almost over and it is the time of retrospects. Our Partner Reallifefilm can proudly look back on an eventful year.
Here is a little insight:

  • As part of several German media delegations INVR.SPACE had the great opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal and Tel Aviv – trips full of fruitful networking! Moreover, reallifefilm international and INVR.SPACE were invited to China to give a keynote on K-Lens and the research project VVOW – Volumetric Video Workflow.
  • Back in Karlsruhe, Germany reallifefilm international had the chance to present VVOW and its latest technological achievements about creating holograms and stories in 6DoF at Beyond Festival.
  • Experiencing Basketball Bundesliga live and in 360°? INVR.SPACE made it possible and supported Telekom with conducting the first live broadcast of a Bundesliga basketball match. On 09 December the 360° stream in 6K resolution was available via the Magenta VR App.
  • INVR.SPACE for its part did not only support this year’s VR Now Con & Awards as a main sponsor and hosted its Cinematic VR Movie Theater but also enjoyed taking part in several vibrant panels. Additionally “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, reallifefilm’s interactive volumetric video experience produced in cooperation with VVOW partners Trotzkind GmbH and Frauenhofer HHI, was nominated for the VR Now Technology Award – so proud!
  • Within the frame of Most Wanted:Music and its Hybrid Musik:LabSPACE installed the Immersive Media Exhibition which let attendees experience a selection of staggering audio-visual performances designed especially for VR.
  • Our docu-fiction My Identity Is This Expanse!, a film and an installation about a refugee child, receives funding of the FFF Bayern. This project will be co-financed by Film Fund Luxembourg and the art forum Casino Luxembourg. My Identity Is This Expanse! is a co-production between the Luxembourgian production company a_BAHN and our brand-new Bavarian branch.
  • This years Sana Fest was reason enough for INVR.SPACE to head to Brazil one more time. Furthermore, INVR.SPACE stopped by in São Paulo to offer, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and SPcine, a workshop on 360° filmmaking.
  • Thanks to funding from the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung. Afroroutes director Selim Harbi went on a research trip to India where he could meet protagonists for the next shooting stage, which will start in January!
  • As the EFM’s official technology partner INVR.SPACE is already excited about again hosting the VR Cinema during the Berlinale 2019. Don’t miss out the opportunity to present your company profile and VR creations! Submissions of your 360° VR projects are warmly welcomed – preferably until the end of the year. For further information, prices and submission details please contact ecaps1547738841.rvni1547738841@mfe1547738841.

BEYOND Festival 2018 – Future Design

At the beginning of October, BEYOND Festival 2018 took place in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Festival was dedicated to V-Arts, artistic & artificial intelligence and post-capitalism.

Already in 2013, the 3IT entered into cooperation with BEYOND. Representatives of the 3IT partner network have been present at the conference ever since. This year, 3IT chairman Dr. Ralf Schäfer and Executive Manager Kathleen Schröter actively participated in the conference. The following provides an insight into the BEYOND Festival 2018 with the topic “Future Design”.

Ludger Pfanz, professor in charge and founder of the BEYOND festival invited all attendees to think outside the box and to picture a world beyond their specific professional expertise. Working in interdisciplinary teams, the aim was to address the challenges our digital society is facing and the problems for our economies that are coming with them – whether related to a specific technology or the integration of new technologies in various sectors of the industry. On Wednesday evening the festival was opened with the exhibition “We Buy Storms”. Artists from all over the world were represented by displaying their digital art.

DAY ONE
The symposium was opened by Dr. Ralf Schäfer who introduced V-Art, focusing in his presentation on volumetric video capturing solutions. 3IT partner Sönke Kirchhof (reallifefilm international / INVR.SPACE) presented his latest project: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, a collaboration and publicly funded project by reallifefilm international, Fraunhofer HHI and Trotzkind. Furthermore, Sönke Kichhof demonstrated how his company uses real-time generated point clouds for real 3D dynamic models for the use in VR and AR. Moreover, reallifefilm international and INVR.SPACE were the main sponsors of the entire equipment needed for the VR & AR exhibits, which could be experienced during the festival. Dr. Sebastian Knorr, a Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer within the Communication Systems Group at TU Berlin, a partner university of the 3IT Berlin, presented his work in the university labs. The afternoon session then focused on the artistic approach of VR & AR. Kathleen Schröter initiated the session with a presentation dedicated to the different use cases of VR & AR. During that part the 3IT partner university UNSW gave a presentation about immersive experience “Parragirls Past, Present: Unlocking Memories of Institutional ‘Care’”.

DAY TWO
The second day focused on artificial and artistic intelligence. Starting with an inspiring presentation about human-machine-interaction from Prof. Dr. Barbara Deml from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a highlight certainly was Festo’s presentation: The audience was able to witness how a robot butterfly flew over their heads. This was followed by a stunning afternoon session: The artist Roman Lipski showed how he created fine art paintings with the help of an AI muse created by YQP Birds on Mars. Furthermore, the composer and Artificial Intelligence scientist Eduardo R. Miranda presented his work at the interface of biology and music. He showed how he uses an organism – similar to a mushroom – that generates electricity and collaborates with the artist in a piano music duet. Hence, one could say that he uses a bio computer to collaborate with him.

DAY THREE
The third day focused on the topic of “Post-capitalism” and started with the presentation of three Professors of the HfG, who gave the audience an introduction in the fields of philosophy and arts. Thereafter, the well-known scientist Mark Post gave an update of his work on cultured meat. He provided insight on the opportunities of cultured meat, how it could be an alternative to intensive animal farming and how this addresses climate change and the increasing demand for meat consumption worldwide.

DAY FOUR

On the fourth day, questions emerged about the future of education, about how to find a balance between the digital and the analog world, as well as how to address the major issues of digital society and the growing world population. One of our favorite artists, the dean of the arts and media school of NTU Singapore, impressed the audience with her unusual artwork regarding climate change. This year she showed how to use AI for visualizing how the climate is changing worldwide and how the collection of worldwide weather data can create a multimedia wall integrating LED lights and multi-layer printed fabric from Asia. The festival ended with an inspiring performance from Prof. Vesna Petresin, with an award show and a closing ceremony.

We would like to thank the BEYOND team for broadening our horizons and connecting all professional groups working with digital technology and art!

Schneider Digital @ INTERGEO 2018

See the benchmark for passive 3D stereo monitors with all leading GIS applications live on eight INTERGEO exhibition stands!

Once again, Geo-IT experts will meet at the world’s leading trade fair for the geospatial community GIS and Photogrammetry, INTERGEO 2018, which will take place in Frankfurt/Main from 16-18 October 2018.

As visualization will be an important topic at INTERGEO, Schneider Digital e.K. will exhibit its 3D PluraVIEW monitor family to the professional audience. Visitors will be able to experience 3D PluraVIEW live with leading GIS software applications as well as the highest stereo image quality (up to 4K per eye), maximum brightness (3D work in daylight) and completely flicker free (innovative mirror technology with passive 3D glasses).
3D PluraView will be on display at the booths of key software vendors and partners, such as: IGI GmbH, Aerowest, Trimble, Racurs, TerraSolid, South Surveying & Mapping Instruments Co. Ltd, Agisoft and DAT/EM.

For detailed product advice on the 3D PluraVIEW and GIS hardware solutions (GIS performance PC systems, GIS mice and input devices, high-end graphics cards, etc.) visit Schneider Digital at the TerraSolid booth in Hall 12.0, Booth B.098.

Please get in touch for an appointment!

3IT Summit 2018 – 3IT Berlin Celebrates its 5th Anniversary With a Successful Partners & Friends Event

On 30 August 2018, the 3IT SUMMIT took place in our showroom in Berlin – thanks to everyone who was involved for making it such a special day!

The annual partner & friends event was open to everyone curious about the latest developments in the sector of immersive imaging technologies. This includes technologies like 3D, virtual & augmented reality or 360-degree panorama videos, only to name a few. An important topic of this year’s presentations was the research and development in the medical and industrial sector. We got new insights into the successful projects 3DInMed and M3D and had the chance to learn about how VR technology could soon improve rehab training.

Other topics were the production of high quality 360-degree videos as well as updates on volumetric video production. Please find the complete agenda on our website for more detailed information.

After an afternoon full of fascinating talks and presentations, the official part was followed by a casual get-together. Our guests had not only the chance to see Fraunhofer HHI’s Volumetric Video Studio, but also to experience various brand-new technical exhibits in our showroom.

We had a fantastic day and are grateful for the inspiring talks and for seeing well-known as well as new faces!

OmniCam-360 at “Grünes Gewölbe” Museum in Dresden

A team of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute recorded the Grüne Gewölbe, a museum in Dresden, with the OmniCam-360 with spherical extension. The recordings of the vault are part of a project of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. It aims to present cultural heritage that has been restored using technologies developed by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

Historic mirrors, like those in the Jewel Chamber of the Grüne Gewölbe, have distinctive color levels, considerably lower degrees of reflection (60%) than modern silver mirrors (96%), and are coated by a toxic tin amalgam mixture. To recreate historic mirrors true to the original the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP) not only developed a method for measuring the chemical composition and distinctive properties of glasses and mirror coatings but also a coating technology that recreates historic mirrors without the toxic tin amalgam coating. For further information on the reconnaissance analyses and the coating technology take a look at the website of the Fraunhofer Institute FEP.

The recorded panorama of the OmniCam-360 is the first out of a three productions for the project of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. 360-degree panorama recordings of Pompeii and Benediktbeuern Abbey will follow.

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. 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 are celebrating the inauguration of the first commercially operating volumetric video studio on the European mainland!

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.