Hollywood – Oct. 17, 2012 – SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition - Fraunhofer IIS, the world’s renowned source for audio and multimedia technologies, announces that the Department of Moving Picture Technologies’ scientists Dr. Siegfried Foessel and Heiko Sparenberg will speak at the 2012 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. Foessel and Sparenberg will provide their extensive knowledge on the newest solutions and innovations for creation, playback and control of digital cinema packages in post production.
New imaging systems and procedures based on High Frame Rate (HFR), High Dynamic Range (HDR), Lightfield and real 3D capturing methods will soon become a reality for the industry. However, these innovations can cause a drastic increase in data per frame. This in turn results in higher storage needs, an increase in human resources and an overall slowed post production workflow. The Fraunhofer IIS Department of Moving Picture Technologies, a contributor to SMPTE standardization, anticipates these challenges and continues to develop future-oriented solutions that keep the digital cinema workflow intact for today and tomorrow.
Fraunhofer will address these issues during the following presentations at the 2012 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition:
- Head of Department Dr. Siegfried Foessel will provide Fraunhofer’s insights to creative, technical and production staff on the future challenges presented by HFR during the SMPTE Symposium. Foessel will present the results of a test shoot performed with the support of ARRI Munich, Stereotec GmbH and award-winning cinematographer Tom Fährmann. Using the test shots, Foessel will demonstrate the advantages of high frame rate shooting for sequences with fast motion and discuss post production requirements for converting a captured movie into different presentation frame rates.
- During the Technical Conference Program on day two of the show, Heiko Sparenberg, head of the Digital Cinema Group for the Department, will present his paper “Real Time File Transfer for Content Distribution.” The scientist will discuss the development of a real-time capable file system for scalable media such as JPEG2000 and H264.SVC. He will describe new data unit-based cache-filing methods, such as the substitution strategy and enhanced user rights management, that ensure real-time processing and playback of scalable media data for increased data rates, frame rates and image sizes.
Attendees can see Dr. Foessel’s discussion on HFR for digital cinema post production on Monday, October 22 at 11:30AM.
Sparenberg’s presentation on real time file systems for content distribution will be held Tuesday, October 23 at 11:45 AM.
Fraunhofer IIS and the Department of Moving Picture Technologies are part of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. The Alliance provides a network of deep expertise and intelligence for the development of scalable technologies and international standards that allow customers to stay ahead the market.
About Fraunhofer IIS
Founded in 1985 the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, today with more than 750 staff members, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. As the main inventor of mp3 and universally credited with the co-development of AAC audio coding standard, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. It provides research services on contract basis and technology licensing. The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research organization and is partly funded by the German government. With 20,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is composed of 60 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of research areas.
About the Department Moving Picture Technologies
The Department Moving Picture Technologies develops new innovative imaging systems and procedures based on High Dynamic Range (HDR), Lightfield and 3D capturing methods. Main application areas are the motion picture and TV industry, but also other areas will be covered. The algorithms will be used to extend technical and creative opportunities on the set and in the post production. To achieve practical use specific components like image processing ASICs, software tools or complete prototypes and devices will be developed.
Well known software developments will be used, e.g. easyDCP for creation, play back and control of Digital Cinema Packages. Actual and future extensions will work for enhanced 3D distribution packages, multi-format mastering or archiving of media content. The department is well connected to other organizations and associations and is working in several international standardization organizations.