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Disney Research Transforms Movie-Quality Animations for Interactive Viewing


Real-time ray casting reconstruction of offline-rendered animated data from a sparse set of viewpoints.

Disney Research has developed a new process that transforms high-resolution animated content into a novel video format to enable immersive viewing.

Credit: Disney Research

Disney researchers say they have developed a process that transforms high-resolution animated content into a novel video format to enable immersive viewing.

The researchers say their end-to-end solution will make it easier to repurpose animated film assets for use in video games and location-based virtual reality venues.

"This new solution promises huge savings on the most costly aspects of interactive media production," says Disney senior research scientist Kenny Mitchell. He says the new approach relies on automated pre-processing, as the three-dimensional scenes are rendered from the perspective of multiple camera positions calculated to provide the best viewpoints for all of the surfaces in the scene with as few cameras as possible, and encode it in a modular video format.

"This process enables consumption of immersive pre-rendered video in six degrees of freedom using a head-mounted display," says Disney's Babis Koniaris. "It can also be used for rendering film-quality visuals for video games."

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