The 2020 3D Media Project in Berlin

The European project has created immersive and 3D content

With the Berlinale taking place in the German capital, the final showcase of the R+D project 2020 3D Media was held in the Fraunhofer HHI buildings in Berlin, the home of one of the project partners.

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Representatives from the European Union were present to watch the screening of the experimental production, “Double Happiness”, conceived by Crew and surrounded by technologies designed for the project (3D image, 360º immersive imaging, 3D sound and different calibration software solutions, post-production, meta-data management and broadcast software.

For the demonstration itself a 270º screen with 16 3D-sound channels was installed. The development of the 3D sound by Barcelona Media was the work of a start-up company which is integrating its 3D solutions in cinemas around the world. Another of the start-ups from the project is Camargus, a company which sells specialised audiovisual solutions using stitching technology developed at the University of Hasselt. Another of the demonstrations in Berlin showcased the signal distribution solution created by DataSat and the Technicolor warehousing based on a 10Gb Ethernet solution. The technologies developed by the other partners (Joanneum Research, Mediapro Research, University of Reading, Digital Projection, Grass Valley and Doremi), had been exhibited in previous events.

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The final demonstration took place in the TimeLAB in the Fraunhofer offices, a permanent installation which features a 180º panoramic screen, the Infitec stereoscopic system and IOSono around sound with multiple loudspeakers completely surrounding the audience.

In addition to the students in the technical universities in Berlin and the members of the commission, other film and TV world professionals were present in Berlin to see the Final Showcase.

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The 2020 3D Media Project is coming to an end after four years of joint work among the project partners and is being used as a benchmark for future projects by members of the European Commission. The Final Review is slated for this spring in Brussels.

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