Immersive Media and Audio - The Future of Storytelling?

Thursday, July 25, 1 p.m. EDT/1700 UTC.

The quality of digital video and audio has continued to advance over the past decade, with remarkable progress in Ultra HD (UHD) television, high dynamic range (HDR), increased frame rates, wider color gamut, and object-based immersive sound. But, for the most part, these technologies have been stagnant in one area: They've preserved the paradigm of a planar (flat) rectangular viewing window, whether displayed on a mobile phone, a large-screen TV, or a giant theater screen. What would happen if you could remove this constraint and create a viewing experience that was indistinguishable from real life — like the holodeck from science fiction?

This dream is still many years away, but surprising advances are already being made in capturing volumetric images, displaying light fields, and enabling a truly immersive sound field. In this webinar, you'll learn what technical parameters are required to enable a true immersive viewer experience, and where some current technologies (such as HDR, 3D cinema, and VR) hit or miss these goals. We'll survey the latest advancements in immersive sound, light-field imaging, and computational cinematography. Some of these new tools are already being prepared for commercial launch within the next few years, and new efforts have been launched to create interchange and distribution standards for these new immersive technologies.

Pete Lude

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SMPTE will offer a brand-new virtual course, "Imaging System Fundamentals: From Light to Lenses," in August. The course will introduce the imaging chain as the basis of all imaging system design and focus explicitly on the physics of image capture. Instructors will give numerous examples to help the attendee better understand lighting, color science, lenses, and imaging technology.
More information on the course is available here.

Notes: Press Release – SMPTE – July 8th, 2019