How do the university and Fraunhofer IIS benefit from your dual roles?
Let’s begin with the university: The focus here is on teaching, leaving little time to engage with new technologies. Following the switch from analog to digital cameras, however, digitalization now finds its way into other parts of the production chain. Having someone bring technological expertise to these creative processes can only be a good thing. This type of collaboration makes sense for Fraunhofer IIS, too, because more often than not, technical or technology-related sectors don’t receive feedback on how technology is being used. This is why this opportunity to test new technologies at HFF is so important to Fraunhofer – as we will see in forthcoming tests on light-field production, for example.
What milestones have been reached in digital cinema in recent years?
For me, digitalization of cinema marked the beginning of scenic movie production. As early as 2005, we put together initial specifications and carried out certification tests for Hollywood. More important, however, is the question what comes next. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be real spatial movie production not only stereoscopic. In addition the impact of streaming services and podcasts will also have to be considered. We’ll also see a greater focus on process integration and optimization in digital movie production, very much in keeping with the trends in other areas of the Industry 4.0 movement.
What is your department at Fraunhofer IIS currently working on?
We have three main working areas at the moment. The first is the development of cinema production tools as well as tools for immersive sound. The second is the development of codecs and systems for video over IP. The third focus is the development of tools for light-field technology where scenes can be edited as needed during postproduction.
The interview was conducted by Dr. Janine van Ackeren