What is Light-field Technology?#
A light-field is defined by the light rays within a specific area. If all light rays are captured within a scene, it is possible to generate a perspective from any position. Although the complete capture of a light-field for a full scene is currently not possible, a large portion can still be acquired under special conditions. This is a major advantage when editing scenes during the postproduction process.
Researchers in the Moving Picture Technologies department at Fraunhofer IIS are already demonstrating how scenes can be optimized using a set-up with professional cameras in a planar arrangement that capture slightly different scene perspectives. This opens up new creative opportunities such as virtual camera panning and zooming, all with a single light-field recording.