Tuesday, 23 November 2010

3D Video Capture with Kinect

By combining the color and the depth image captured by the Microsoft Kinect, Oliver Kreylos has projected the color image back out into space and create a "holographic" representation of the persons or objects that were captured.

The possibilities of this technology are of great interest to me, could we see a shift back to deep focus small sensor cameras where the defocus is a post effect? If your focal plane could be dialed in after the shoot then producing an extremely shallow depth of field look could become a lot more practical. The same goes for other depth effects such as haze and atmospheric effects. What if depth compositing could eliminate the need for roto? Maybe I shouldn't hold my breath for that one.

The 8 camera projection project that I am working on for the Scottish Arts council could certainly have benefited from multiple depth witness cameras.