Volucap GmbH: the cinema of the future
Have you ever dreamed of being part of your favourite movie as a child? To chase villains like James Bond or take a walk through wondrous worlds like an Avatar? Then hold on tight, because all of this and more could be possible soon. Let us introduce you to: VoluCap GmbH.
VoluCap was founded as the first continental European volumetric studio at the beginning of the year, by shareholders ARRI Cine Technik und Co. KG, Interlake System GmbH, Studio Babelsberg AG and UFA GmbH. The potential of the Berlin-based startup seems gigantic: »to be able to revolutionize cinema and subsequently the entire media production in a few years«, says Sven Bliedung – Managing Director of Volucap GmbH.
Volumetric Capture: Reality’s digital twin
The VoluCap Studio is now located on 170 square metres in the fx.Center, on the grounds of Studio Babelsberg. The almost 4 metre high light rotunda is equipped with 32 cameras that capture and process a persons every movement and facial expression from a 360° perspective. Inside the room, people and objects can be scanned three-dimensionally and lifelike. Recordings are later transformed into structured and animated 3D surfaces by intelligent software algorithms. Eventually filmed subjects can be placed into any AR, MR, VR, 360, or 2D video / web application on a variety of devices – such as phones, holographic headsets, and Windows Mixed Reality Immersive Headsets. The Berlin-based Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI), has developed the basic technology consisting of a unique 360° dynamic stage exposure system, a custom audio surround system and the installed software “3D Human Body Reconstruction”. The previous prototype had been put into operation in October 2017 and merely used for laboratory purposes.
VoluCap Studio as an innovative solution for a variety of industries
However, VoluCaps interests do not only lie within the cinematic industry. The studio can also be used for professionally commissioned productions in many other areas such as the health-, automotive- or even the gaming industry. In this context, VoluCap GmbH sets itself apart from existing competitors in London and San Francisco, with its innovative concept, which aims for future-oriented high quality.
The VoluCap Studio enables the beginning of a new era, in which content can leave the picture, digital people become reality and viewers are no longer passive, but can actively interact with and witness the portrayed worlds – a walk-in movie. The discovery of the infinite cosmos „virtual reality“ has now come a bit closer and better to explore.
Potsdam now holds „a piece of the future“, says Carl L. Woebecken, CEO, Studio Babelsberg AG.