Computational artists through a virtual lens: CLOUDS documentary and depth enabled

Speaker  James George

Affiliation  Carnegie Mellon University

Host  Desney Tan

Duration  00:58:49

Date recorded  30 November 2012

We present CLOUDS, an upcoming documentary featuring new media artists in conversation about computational art and visual technology. The film contains interviews with over thirty international leaders in the field, captured using a Kinect paired to a DSLR video camera. Rendered in a realtime environment, CLOUDS depicts the artists as computational forms coexisting with their creations and engaging in an infinite conversation. The viewer navigates the virtual space following topics of interest and choosing who to watch. The film has been developed using our RGBDToolkit software, an application and code library for depth-enabled filmmaking. Using computer vision techniques to rectify the Kinect’s depth image to a high definition RGB video stream, the toolkit visualizes the combined data as a textured mesh. The scene may be re-photographed from new angles using a virtual camera, offering potential for new cinematic techniques that take advantage of this CGI and video hybrid.

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