Realistic people in virtual worlds - A movie as a true experience
Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2019:
Ingo Feldmann, Fraunhofer HHI
Dr. Oliver Schreer, Fraunhofer HHI
Peter Kauff, Fraunhofer HHI
Walk-in movies, games or training sessions: virtual realities are on the rise, allowing users to immerse themselves in scenes. While the physical setting can now be modeled very realistically, people in such VR worlds often appear artificial, their movements unnatural.
Ingo Feldmann, Dr. Oliver Schreer MD and Peter Kauff of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI, have now developed a novel technology to meet this challenge. It allows humans to be placed into a VR setting who look lifelike and move smoothly and naturally. The data rate required for this feat is a staggering 1.6 terabytes per minute. In the summer of 2018, the researchers set up a dedicated studio on a film site in Babelsberg and to this end founded the production company Volucap GmbH together with Babelsberg Studio, ARRI, Interlake and UFA.
The technology can be used anywhere where authenticity is crucial − for example, with people from social life but also in the fields of fashion, sports, and training and education. In an ongoing project, historical scenes, such as speeches by Cicero at the Roman Forum, are being reproduced.