FascinatE Introduction talk from training day

Georg Thallinger (JRS) introduces us to the FascinatE project, it’s history, goals and acheivments.

AV acquisition talk from training day

Graham Thomas (BBC) and Rob Oldfield (UOS) talk respectively about the video and audio capture techniques developed for the FascinatE project.

FascinatE delivery talk from training day

Jean-Francois Macq (ALU) and Omar Niamut (TNO) guide us through the principles of delivering the large amounts of data to end users over a network with different bandwidth constraints.

Virtual Director talk from training day

Rene Kaiser (JRS) explains the principles and workings of the FascinatE virtual director and how it makes automatic production choices based on salient content.

Audio Rendering talk from training day

Rob Oldfield (UOS) and Holger Kropp (DTO) describe the format agnostic audio rendering engine in FascinatE .

Gesture interaction talk from training day

Javier Ruiz Hidalgo (UPC) talks about gesture interaction within FascinatE.

FascinatE Training day feature on Quays TV

TNO iCombiner

TNO Tiled Streaming

Gesture Control Demo

2nd Test Capture – The making of

HandBox TV Gesture Control

Demonstration of the HandBox hand tracking algorithm developed at UPC. In this case, HandBox is used to control the omnicam renderer powered by Technicolor.

NAB 2012, Live Navigation in UHD Panoramic Video by Fraunhofer HHI and FascinatE

Welcome at the Fraunhofer booth at NAB 2012. This year, Fraunhofer HHI and the European research project FascinatE are presenting an ultra high definition live panoramic video acquisition system.
The so called Omnicam developed by Fraunhofer is an omnidirectional camera based on a mirror rig. Six HD cameras are mounted in portrait format allowing parallax free stitching from 2m up to infinity. The resulting panoramic video offers a viewing angle of 180 degrees and an overall resoulution of 6k times 2k.
On the large screen, the live video panorama is displayed. The stitching, warping and blending of the six video streams is performed by the so-called Real-time stitching engine. This software package runs on a single PC and allows multiple renderings of the panoramic video or special regions. A user interface offers interactive navigation capability such as pan and zoom. The user can dive into the content and select his own preferred viewing direction.
This system supports media production for live events for the following applications. Live events can be captured and the UHD panoramic video can be transmitted to a remote location offering immersive viewing experience in a 180 degree panoramic cinema. The second application is dedicated to sports, where this systems allows the functionality of a virtual camera man. Events happening in the scene and which are not captured by any broadcast camera can be replayed as this omnidirectional camera is observing the complete field of view.

HandBox TV Gesture Control

HandBox TV Gesture Control from Xavier Suau Cuadros on Vimeo.

HandBox allows you to pan, tilt and zoom on a virtual canvas. The system is demonstrated using the Panoramic Video Renderer powered by Technicolor. This work has been carried out within the FascinatE project.

FascinatE – TNO Tiled Streaming Demonstration

Within the EU FP7 project FascinatE, a capture, production and delivery system capable of allowing end-users to interactively view and navigate around an ultra-high resolution video panorama showing a live event is being developed. Network-based processing is used to repurpose the content to suit delivery towards different device types and user selection of regions of interest. In this video, Omar Niamut, Research Scientist at TNO, demonstrates the FascinatE delivery network functionality. He shows how spatial segmentation and tiled streaming can be harnessed to allow for efficient content delivery while maintaining high interactivity.

3D Scan of Stamford Bridge for FascinatE Test Shoot

This video shows a fly-through of a 3D point cloud of Stamford Bridge captured with a Faro laser scanner ( as part of the FascinatE Project. The laser scan is used to provide accurate positional data of all the cameras and microphones used for the first FascinatE test shoot. This geometric data is used for camera calibration and matching as well as generating a common 3D scene which can be used to sync all camera and microphones for given regions of interest.

3D scan of Stamford Bridge for FascinatE test shoot from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Demo of the FascinatE Rendering Node

This video demonstrates an initial panorama rendering tool developed by Technicolor for the FascinatE project. It allows the user to navigate freely around stitched panoramic video content using pan, tilt and zoom functions. Additionally, script controlled regions of interest areas can be selected for automatic navigation.

FascinatE rendering node from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Live real-time head and hands tracking demo by UPC using Kinect camera.

Live demonstration of the real-time head+hands tracker developed by UPC. The Time-Of-Flight camera has been replaced by a Kinect sensor. The current version allows a preliminary detection of closed/opened hand.

The demo was performed at the FascinatE plenary meeting in Antwerp, 16/3/2011.

Live head+hands demo by UPC from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Hand tracking from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Head Tracking experiments done by UPC using time-of-flight camera.

Head Tracking Experiments from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Initial time of flight sequence experiments done by UPC.

Sequence captured with a SR4000 Time-Of-Flight Camera.
Amplitude, Depth and Confidence channels are shown.

Time of Flight Sequence from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Initial head tracking experiments done by UPC using ToF Camera

Initial head tracking experiments from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Take a video tour of one of the wave field synthesis systems at the University of Salford

A tour of he wave field synthesis at Salford Univeristy from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Finite Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) simulation of WFS reproduction in a real room

FDTD simulation of WFS reproduction in a real room environment from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Finite Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) simulation of WFS reproduction in a real room

FDTD simulation of WFS Reproduction in a real room from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

Finite Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) simulation of WFS reproduction in a room with Complex geometry

FDTD simulation of WFS reproduction in a room with complex geometry from Fascinate Project on Vimeo.

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