VR experience at Berlinale 2017 – on the red carpet with the OmniCam-360 from Fraunhofer HHI

February 17, 2017

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI in cooperation with ARRI has produced a 360-degree video on the red carpet outside the Berlinale Palast on the occasion of the 67th Berlinale. Visitors to the Audi Lounge at Potsdamer Platz not only had the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of the Audi Q7 afterwards but, with the help of virtual reality glasses, could drive themselves to the movie premiere over the red carpet. This gave the user the feeling of driving past rows of fans like a movie star. The high-resolution, 360-degree video was recorded with the OmniCam-360 from Fraunhofer HHI.

The OmniCam-360 is a development of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, which was optimized in cooperation with ARRI for use at Berlinale with Alexa mini-cameras. The system consists of six Alexa mini-cameras arranged in a mirror rig to record a 360-degree panorama of unrivalled quality. Five cameras form a ring panorama while the sixth camera represents the zenith. The system also includes a workstation that generates a livestream of the panorama in HD and UHD resolution, and software plugins for After Effects® used to subsequently render the panorama in film quality.

Based on the proven ARRIRAW recording format, this high-quality panorama sets itself apart with a native resolution up to 14K x 3K, high dynamic range imaging and full synchronicity of all cameras. In the course of cooperative research, ARRI and Fraunhofer HHI are evaluating application scenarios in the fields of film and VR production on the basis of field tests, making further improvements to the system, and establishing fundamentals for a joint business model.