Alexander Porter & James George want to democratize volumetric capture with Depthkit. Depthkit combines depth sensor devices like the Kinect or RealSense cameras with high-end digital SLR cameras. They’re able to create a 3D mesh from the captured depth sensor data, and then fuse it together with the DSLR camera footage, which becomes the texture. This is an extremely affordable approach for independent filmmakers and VR experience creators to combine commercial off-the-shelf devices for volumetric capture in immersive narratives.
I had a chance to catch up with Alex in July where he talked about how Depthkit came about through a desire to merge photographic thinking and documentary work with computer science, as well as some of the early experiments with the CLOUDS documentary and Blackout VR
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