Fraunhofer IIS’ Department of Moving Picture Technologies Debuts New Camera Array For Next Generation Film and Video Production

Press release / April 08, 2013

New array offers enhanced flexibility for new creative production methods including high frame rates, high dynamic range and lightfield processes

LAS VEGAS – April 8, 2013 - (NAB Booth C7843) The Department of Moving Picture Technologies of Fraunhofer IIS, the world’s renowned source for audio and multimedia technologies, today announces the launch of its new camera array for next generation film and video experiences. With its enhanced flexibility, the array enables the use of new creative methods including multi-view, high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rate (HFR) and lightfield capturing.

“Cinematographers and technicians are already working on next-generation technologies to enhance cinema and image experiences beyond stereo 3D production,” says Dr. Siegfried Foessel, head of department Moving Picture Technologies at Fraunhofer IIS. “Fraunhofer’s new array has been developed to adapt to a variety of production conditions to enable new creative possibilities that extend beyond traditional cameras.”

Fraunhofer’s new array is highly flexible and reduces complexity for the digital media and cinema workflow. The array transfers trigger information, power and data through a single Ethernet connection that can be controlled and synchronized by one computer. It delivers a preview image for camera alignment, mounting and for quality control, making reconfiguration based on the amount of cameras and alignment set-up easy for the user.

In addition, the new array consists of identical small-sized compact cameras, each consisting of a three-megapixel sensor. Debayering, white balance, and storage are performed in the cameras, with each being able to directly output RGB or raw data without the need for additional external processing.

Arrays provide higher resolution and precision for further processing steps. For example, multiple images from the various camera views are fused to process HDR images. In addition, arrays make it possible to capture the entire lightfield of a scene. This makes refocusing, virtual camera positioning and depth map extraction possible after the scene has already been recorded.

The new camera array will be showcased at NAB from April 8-11. Show attendees can see a demonstration at Fraunhofer’s booth C7843.

Fraunhofer IIS’ Department of Moving Picture Technologies is part of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance, which also consists of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Fraunhofer (IDMT) and Fraunhofer FOKUS. The alliance provides a network of deep expertise and intelligence for the development of scalable technologies and international standards that allow customers to stay ahead of the market.