On June 12, 2018, the first commercial volumetric studio on the European mainland opened at the fx.center in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. There, people and other moving objects can be scanned in lifelike, three-dimensional quality in a circular space using 32 cameras. These hologram-like representations can be processed similar to computer animated models and transferred into real and virtual environments. In addition, viewers can enter these worlds with the help of VR glasses and view the recorded persons or objects from every possible angle.
To develop this completely new market, Volucap GmbH was founded with ARRI, Fraunhofer HHI, Interlake, Studio Babelsberg, and UFA as shareholders. As an innovation cluster, the company aims to promote the networking of different market participants in the field of VR/AR production and to substantiate this with the volumetric recording service offered. The operator consortium expects high demand due to the rapid market developments in VR and AR. The technology can be used for professional commissioned productions in the fields of eLearning, automotive, games, or medicine, for example. This opens up completely new possibilities, especially for the film industry, including “walk-in films”.
ARRI takes part in Volucap Volumetric Studio
As co-partner of Volucap, the first volumetric studio on the European mainland, ARRI is driving the development and marketing of recording techniques for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).