Amsterdam – Sept. 7, 2012 – IBC booth 8.B80 – The Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance, the driver of enhanced moving picture and audio experiences, at IBC announces the SpatialAV project for media production. As part of this project, experts from the four member institutes of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance will pool their experience and expertise in video and audio technology for the automation of workflows. The goals of the SpatialAV project are to promote and ensure high quality, cut technical production costs and enhance the future of digital cinema.
During this project, Fraunhofer will develop an intelligent, modular, multi-sensory recording and production system for immersive audio-visual media that allows spectators to feel as though they are a part of the scene. The system will include intelligent, networked cameras, microphone arrays and additional sensors providing positional, inertial or depth data. It will also automatically adjust recording parameters, supplies additional supporting data for post-production and is sufficiently versatile for a wide range of production and reproduction scenarios.
Producing a high-quality feature film, particularly in 3D, is time-consuming and expensive. Therefore productions with a limited budget have difficulty achieving high quality 3D, making it very unlikely for success in the box office and limiting the number of high-quality 3D films. Through the SpatialAV project, Fraunhofer aims to create practical, marketable technology solutions to address this issue.
“The SpatialAV project aims to develop innovative technologies to explore new creative ways of making films,” said Dr. Siegfried Fößel, spokesman of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance and head of the Department of Moving Picture Technologies at Fraunhofer IIS. “The idea is to allow production professionals to go back to concentrating on mise-en-scène and to avoid cluttering them with camera settings, lighting, sound and other kinds of technical data that have been swamping film production sets since the advent of 3D.”
The SpatialAV Project will use recorded data to derive visualization and auralization data optimized for a specific type of reproduction such as 2D, 3D, free-viewpoint or panora- mic video. The recording and production systems will be suitable for classic 2D and 3D reproduction on planar (e.g. theater and television) screens and three-dimensional screens in panoramic and dome theaters.
Research and development activities are scheduled to last three years, starting in 2012. IBC attendees can see a first set of demonstrators from individual strands of the project at the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance booth 8.B80
Further information is available at: http://www.dcinema.fraunhofer.de/en/.
About the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance
The Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Cinema consists of four Fraunhofer institutes specializing in video and audio technologies. With the start of digitalization in the moving picture industry, these institutes joined forces in 2004 to offer R&D expertise with one face to the customer. The institutes are all well known in the industry for award-winning developments and standards like MP3, H.264, the DCI Compliance Test Plan for Digital Cinema, IOSONO etc. In addition, they are contributing to ISO, SMPTE, ISDCF, EDCF. Members of the Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Cinema are the Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS (Coordinator), Fraunhofer-Institute for Digital Media Technologie IDMT, Fraunhofer-Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich-Hertz-Institute HHI, Fraunhofer-Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS - Location Adlershof.