Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance Announces New Spatial-AV Project Developments

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 13:26 -- Nick Dager

Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance has announced new developments and workflow solutions from its Spatial-AV Project, the Alliance's initiative to automate the procedures of 3D production and provide intelligent, modular, multi-sensory recording and production systems for immersive audio-visual media.

“At Fraunhofer, we’re dedicated to developing new, technical opportunities that let professionals return to the simplicity of cinema's past, while achieving the highest-possible quality and standards to be competitive in today’s market,” said Dr. Siegfried Foessel, spokesman for the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. “The Spatial-AV Project makes it possible to focus on creativity, as opposed to the complex technical adjustments and resources that come along with 3D production.”

Under the Spatial-AV Project, scientists from the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance pool expertise to develop future oriented systems for the enhanced production of 3D. This includes the introduction of first-of-its-kind prototypes of cameras, computational imaging methods and audio-visual coherence. Recent developments include camera settings for auto-stereoscopic 3D recording, omnidirectional camera set-ups for 360 degree recording and promising new methods based on lightfield acquisition technologies for professional video and movie productions.

Launched in 2012, research and development activities under the Spatial-AV Project are scheduled to last three years. Further research and development under the project will follow over the coming two years to deliver additional, future-oriented systems.

Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance