The new video formats like 3D, 4K (Ultra HD) 360 and will generate lots of applications that will literally overwhelm the markets of TV and video in the coming years. iMinds, digital research center brings together researchers from five Flemish universities, has this week introduced the industry solutions to a number of challenges in this area.
iMinds working on issues such as how the content 3D, 4K and 360 ° can be captured and optimally treated, or that all those heavy video can best reach the audience, without overloading the network. “Many developers prepare hardware devices supporting ultra-high definition, but it is also innovating in the software,” says Professor Peter Schelkens (iMinds / VUB).
Several new recording techniques come to market, including “light fields” by which light is collected from different directions. “This will be the future of photography to the consumer,” says Schelkens. “As the image is recorded from several directions, one gets a sort of 3D effect, to make them more vivid shots before they can even adjust the focus.”
iMinds also performs important advances in terms of screen technology. As for curved screens (curved screens) iMinds develops software to convert images without the appearance of deformities or having to reduce vision in depth. For the 360 ° technology, it is about control of the spectator viewing angle in order to transfer the images on this basis. In doing so, we will save a lot of bandwidth.
iMinds also already has a 1 tonne screen on which are reproduced images from seventy sources. This kind of display is already used in the medical and industrial applications. Here iMinds especially prepared solutions to calculate more flexible and rapid switching between different sources and deliver superior display.
But the “holy grail” of 3D imaging will certainly holographic technology, where the environment is recorded in 3D as seen. Through research of iMinds, the computing power necessary for this purpose has already been reduced by a factor of 3,000.
“What we see is not what we record,” summarizes Professor Peter Lambert Ghent. “Many treatments are hidden behind how we capture the world and behind the image that ultimately we see.” (Belga / WK)