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Merging post with production

Project Dreamspace is a three-year European Commission funded project to research and develop tools that enable professionals to work collaboratively and combine live performances, video and computer-generated imagery in real time.

The project comprises some of the top entities from the education, research and commercial sections, including The Foundry, Ncam, CreW, Saarland University, iMinds and Filmakademie.

“The film and TV industry is seeking ways of producing audiovisual media that combine the real world, CGI and 3D animation in real time, at a quality sufficient for major movies, but at a cost that is accessible to European film and TV companies,” explained Sara Coppola, project manager, The Foundry.

“Meeting the demand will need advances on the state of the art in a wide range of areas, including the combination of 2D and 3D methods; depth and lighting capture; surround video and real-time depth-based processing and compositing.

“One part of the Dreamspace ambition is to make it possible for directors, designers and artists to build experiences directly from visual components, working together on set or in the performance space, and see the results immediately.”

The consortium is showcasing the results of its first year’s work at IBC, which focused on the technical components necessary to enable virtual production.