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Volumetric Player Format Technical Specification


Capturing real-world events using volumetric video to capture real-world events currently poses multiple significant challenges. One of the biggest challenges is the lack of interoperability and standardization. Another problem, particularly for the capture and acquisition of segments of the volumetric video creation pipeline, is the lack of industry-accumulated knowledge defining guidance and best practices.

The Volumetric Format Association aims to unite many organizations and groups actively involved in volumetric video to develop interoperability specifications and best practices.

Capture and Acquisition Guidance Portfolio

The Capture and Acquisition Guidance Portfolio is a collection of documents created by the VFA Capture and Acquisition working group, intended to provide helpful guidance on key aspects of the capture and acquisition processes for volumetric video.

1. Capture Stages White Paper – Introduction

Volumetric capture is rapidly becoming an essential tool for the entertainment industry, allowing producers to create highly realistic 3D models of real-world environments and objects. This technology makes it possible to produce lifelike animation and special effects that can be used in movies, video games, virtual reality experiences, and more. As volumetric capture becomes increasingly popular, understanding the different stages involved with this process is critical for creating successful results.

The white paper aims to help someone consider using volumetric capture by outlining key considerations for different scenarios representing different events or activities. Each of these events and activities have key characteristics and considerations, and through this document, we use the term “stage” to refer to the volume where such an activity or event takes place. The white paper, we will explore each stage of volumetric capture—from pre-production through post-production—and explain how they work together to achieve impressive results.


 2. Camera Array Design – Introduction

The volumetric camera array (VCA) is an innovative imaging system that has the potential to revolutionize the way we capture and analyze 3D images. It combines multiple cameras into a single array, rapidly capturing high-resolution 3D images in real-time. This technology has applications in many areas, including medical imaging, motion tracking, security systems, robotics and autonomous vehicles. Using VCA technology, it is possible to create detailed 3D models of objects or environments with unparalleled accuracy and speed.

This White Paper will discuss the design considerations for creating a VCA system and its various applications across different industries. The white paper aims to explain how camera placement, camera characteristics, lens characteristics, static or dynamic subjects and subject placement within the scene, are all important factors that need to be taken into consideration for successful capture. The paper provides guidance on how to take advantage of all these factors for the highest quality captures.

3. Video Capture System Setup

The world of video production is constantly evolving, and with the rise of virtual reality (VR), capturing content in 3D has become a much more accessible process. Volumetric Video Capture Systems allow digital creators to capture images and videos from real-world environments and objects in three dimensions, creating highly realistic immersive experiences for viewers. This technology can be used to produce high-quality films, commercials, music videos, sports coverage and much more.

In this white paper, we will discuss how volumetric video capture systems work and how they are used today to create compelling visual content. The whitepaper aims to describe necessary steps and procedures to ensure that the capture system will capture good quality raw data and facilitating the highest quality end result after processing. We will also explore the potential future applications of this exciting new medium and give some tips on setting up your own system. By understanding these factors, you can make an informed decision about whether or not investing in a volumetric video capture system would benefit your production needs.

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