During the project new immersive content has been created that was used to demonstrate the creative and immersive capabilities of the new formats, and to test, improve and assess the tools developed in the project. Below are descriptions of contents created as well as of major demonstrations.
Dziekanowice Ethnographic Park
The idea of the movie is to show a typical cultural place in the form of a music clip. Near Poznan there is Wielkopolski Ethnographic Park Dziekanowice which presents the reconstruction of historical Wielkopolska village architectures from the 17th to early 20th centuries. This place in combination with an invited local folk band performing on contrabass, hurdy gurdy and singing ethno songs created scenic background for the three extraordinary 8K video clips.
Baltic Legend Opera
In December 2017 PSNC was contracted to produce live TV content and streaming from the premiere of “Baltic Legend”, an opera of Feliks Nowowiejski performed in Poznań Opera House. During rehearsals of the spectacle there were opportunities to shoot some additional 8K footage together with immersive 360° videos. By this, we created demonstration content for two H2020 projects: Immersia TV (synchronized 4K TV content and 360 4K movie clips) and Immersify (8K content). Some parts of 8K clips were made behind the stage showing the work that is not visible to the audience, making the final content more interesting.
TV Anniversary Gala
PSNC and Polish Television are long-term partners. In 2017 TVP had its 60th Anniversary of operating in Poznań. PSNC as an organisation researching new media technology was invited to document this very special moment using the most up to date video techniques. The outcome is a detail-rich content with vivid colors and wide dynamics.
PSNC film crew in cooperation with two other companies did an 8K experimental shooting on Racetrack Poznan and at an old military airport in Bednary. The choice was made on the racetrack, mainly because one of our Polish broadcasters was shooting “Automaniak”, a Polish version of well known TV show “Top Gear” and they brought a few nice cars which we could use for our experimental 8K shooting with big gimbal installed on the follow car. During two day shooting session mainly sports car were filmed, but also professional cyclists were caught “on tape” during their training.
Due to the fact that this year winter in Poland was quite cold and snowy we had a chance to try 8K real winter shootings in Polish mountains. Our choice was Szklarska Poręba, beautiful small town located at the foot of the mountain range of Karkonosze.
Frozen waterfalls and winter mountain panoramas from the Szrenica peak (1362 m above sea level) were the main goal, but additionally we recorded the Wang Temple, built originally from pine logs in Norway at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries. Another place that was visited and filmed was a glassworks called “Leśna Huta”, where our film crew was very warmly welcomed and the glass-specialists showed our camera their work.
Prima Materia 8K
Ars Electronica subcontracted Nohlab to provide an 8K version of Prima Materia, a stereoscopic piece taking the audience on an audiovisual journey.
Ars Electronica subcontracted Martin Heck of Timestorm Films to provide a Timelapse video of Atacama Desert.
Pano LA 10K
Ars Electronica subcontracted photographer Joe Capra of Scientifantastic.com to provide a Timelapse video of Los Angeles
Ars Electronica Festival 2018
The ongoing progress of R&D was presented in the form of demos in the Deep Space of the Ars Electronica Center. Two timelapse videos, one of Los Angeles – Pano LA 10K – by Joe Capra (Scientifantastic) and the other of Atacama Desert in Chile by Martin Heck (Timestorm Films) were shown. PSNC presented their latest 8K productions featuring Poznan racetrack and winter shots at negative temperatures in the Karkonosze Mountains. Further Prima Materia from NOHlab, a stereoscopic piece taking the audience on an audiovisual journey, could be enjoyed in 8K.
Singing Sand 2.0
Ars Electronica subcontracted Tadej Droljc to provide an 8K version of his stereoscopic audiovisual work Singing Sand.
Ancient Invisible Cities: The Great Pyramid
The Great Pyramid in 3D: From the BBC series, Ancient Invisible Cities offers users access to a spectacular VR experience inside the oldest wonder of the ancient world: The Great Pyramid of Giza. With a choice of three starting points users can explore the stunning signature scans featured in the Ancient Invisible Cities series in astonishing 12K.
From the Inside – A different view of the Cathedral in Poznań
In May 2018 the PSNC team shot 8K footage of the Cathedral in Poznań. The filming was preceded by scanning the building in 3D with the use of LIDAR technology. The technology enabled a very accurate mapping of the main Gothic nave and the Golden Chapel. The footage can be divided into three parts: the interiors, the external surroundings, the aerial photos and 360° videos.
Cannes XR, Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes 2019
The Immersify project consortium presented two demonstrations at the newly launched Cannes XR: High-resolution panoramic content was screened on a 180-degree Immersive Display composed of 9 tiled curved monitors. Several short video clips in 8K format produced or co-produced by Immersify were projected for 8K Cinema at Palais J movie theater using the INSIGHT 8K projector and the playback tools developed in the project.
8K interactive live streaming at TNC19
PSNC performed an interactive demonstration at the TNC19 conference in Tallinn, presenting solutions developed in the Immersify project for live streaming of high resolution and high framerate video content.
360° ambisonic immersive experience at TNC19
PSNC performed an ambisonic audio presentation at the TNC19 conference in Tallinn, letting visitors equipped with with VR glasses experience a 360° jazz band’s performance in the centre of a sound sphere created by 24 loudspeakers.
Island in the sky II
Ars Electronica subcontracted Timestorm Films to provide a Timelapse video of La Palma, Spain.
Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H. provided us with tx-reverse 360°, a space time cut through cinema. Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich deal with the question of which previously unseen world arises when space and time are interchanged, aptly in a cinema and at full 360°.
Sanbasō 8K Livestream
Under the auspices of the IMMERSIFY research program, the internationally renowned new media art institution Ars Electronica and the Japanese public-national broadcasting organization NHK group companies presented the first intercontinental 8K livestream via a public access internet connection, bringing a unique cultural event from Tokyo, Japan to Linz, Austria.
Ars Electronica Festival 2019
The ongoing progress of R&D was presented at Deep Space 8K in a series of demos developed by artists like Tadej Droljc who premiered “Singing Sand 2.0” and BBC’s “The Great Pyramid in 3D” from the series Ancient Invisible Cities. Also taking place at Deep Space 8K, was an 8K live streaming demo stretching the limits of what is technologically possible today. In the panel discussion “Immersify – Frontiers of European Media Creation” collaborators and researchers gave insights into their latest work and discussed future potentials and directions. PSNC presented the audio installation “Immersive Ambisonic Audio” offering a glimpse into their experiments with 3D-audio in a binaural domain.
8K Live Streaming from Tokyo to Linz at Ars Electronica Festival
During the Ars Electronica Festival 2019 a demonstration of 8K live streaming from Tokyo to Linz was presented at the Ars Electronica’s Deep Space 8K.
8K HEVC live streaming from Poznan to Linz
New technologies of 8K streaming was presented during the Ars Electronica Festival 2019 in Linz, as a demonstration of a remote artists’ live performance between Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (Poznań, Poland) and Deep Space 8K at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria).
8K Live Streaming from Poland to Japan at InterBEE 2019
With the support of the Immersify project, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), Spin Digital, and NHK Technologies, the expert in broadcasting technology, information systems and IT for NHK, the public broadcaster in Japan, demonstrated an 8K live streaming from Poland to Japan.
The translucent St. Stephen’s Cathedral
High resolution interactive tour of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna