Virtual LiVe

Virtualization of live events

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The Virtual LiVe project aims to digitize physical event formats through the use of new immersive media formats (e.g. 3D audio, 360° video, light fields, volumetric video). Virtual LiVe explores how today's solutions can be extended through high-quality virtual presence with immersive content to create new formats for virtual and hybrid cultural events as well as platforms for conventions and trade shows. Fraunhofer FOKUS, Fraunhofer HHI and Fraunhofer IIS are working together to find applicable high-end solutions for the event streaming needs of various players from different industries.

The project is funded as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's SME acute program “Research for SMEs”.

Technologies and competences of Fraunhofer IIS

Light-field technologies


A high degree of freedom (DoF) can be achieved by incorporating light-field technologies.

By using multi-camera arrays to capture a scene from different angles or taking multiple photographs with a DSLR camera to scan/digitize an object, novel views can be rendered at arbitrary positions, which enable a full 6DoF experience.

Additionally, light-field approaches also allow for view-dependent effects to be properly reconstructed which assures photorealism.



Our expertise extends to ultra-low latency video codecs such as JPEG XS, which is a mezzanine codec targeted for professional/industrial applications.


In the course of the project Virtual LiVe, a feasibility study on JPEG XS was carried out to better understand the constraints and requirements for an ultra-low latency video connection via a wide area network (WAN).



One important aspect to realize immersive experiences is 3D audio and our competences in that domain stretch from the actual audio recording with multiple microphones over the compression and streaming to the final rendering on the client side.

The current key technology to use here is MPEG-H Audio, which not only deals with the compression of the audio signals but also enables the listener to interactively adapt the mix during playback.

Current challenge and solution

Current challenge

Due to the Corona crisis, face-to-face events such as concerts, trade fairs or workshops are no longer possible in the classical format with physical presence. This leads to cultural impoverishment and endangers business and cultural exchange in society.



Virtual LiVe will develop a toolbox with individual elements from the technological expertise of the project partners. SMEs can put together a customized program from this toolbox depending on the needs and requirements for their respective event needs and thus obtain a technology-based solution for the realization of their formats.

Project Details

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The aim is to develop and evolve:


Platforms and distribution: Identification, evaluation and implementation of technical and non-technical requirements and corresponding design of a platform for near-real-time and protected transmission of media content and interactions, of marketing options (pay-per-use (tickets), subscription or advertising-supported models), and of necessary changes and adaptation along the distribution chain.

360° video and 3D audio: Identification, evaluation and implementation of requirements for high-quality 360° video and 3D audio livestreaming for concerts, compatible with various end devices.

Interactive 3D content: Identification, evaluation and implementation of workflows and tools for audiovisual interaction with realistic spatial perception through the combination of representation formats (i.e. 360°-video, light-fields, or 3D-audio), data reduction for immersive interactive content, efficient use of interaction possibilities and integration into communication platforms.

Fraunhofer Virtual LiVe – Making Of Hybrid Live Concert

Note: When playing the video, data is transferred to YouTube.

3IT Berlin - Virtual LiVe



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