Jeroen Van Baar (Disney Research Zurich)
Traditional cinematographic cameras consist of a single camera, while two-camera cinematographic rigs have also become common with the recent wave of 3D cinema. Taking camera design a further step, this project proposes a system in which a central cinematographic camera is augmented with a clip-on frame of satellite sensors. The satellite devices include compact cameras, a depth sensor, and a thermal camera. The result is a FusionCam that supports more powerful post-production analysis than is possible with a single camera or a two-camera rig, and is able to synthetically generate stereoscopic 3D imagery with specified stereo parameters.
The core research challenge is to produce better depth maps by integrating the high-resolution image from the central cinematographic camera with the information from the satellite sensor modalities. Performing fusion of these different modalities raises questions regarding how the strengths of the modalities can be best exploited, and how the weaknesses of each can best be compensated for. Current work is on analysis of the data at a single time instance, and new work will extend this to temporal analysis of video.