Intel Studios has created what it claims is the world’s largest immersive media hub — a 10,000 square-foot geodesic dome outfitted with 96 high resolution 5K cameras that is more than four stories tall.
Intel said the geodesic dome can be used by movie directors, musicians or even speakers to tell stories in new ways forming scenes inside the canvas dome from all directions at once. The technology creates voxels, or 3D pixels, which render the visual environment in a multi-perspective 3D. This allows the audience to view a scene from any angle, even the middle of the action.
“Volumetric video opens the door to entirely new kinds of visual storytelling,” said Diego Prilusky, general manager of Intel Studios, which is part of Intel Sports. “It lets moviemakers create lifelike immersive and interactive media experiences that simply haven’t been possible before.”
The volumetric content is sent over 5 miles of fiber-optic cable to more than 90 servers that crunch more than 1 terabyte of data every 10 seconds. Intel plans to expand this capacity to store up to 10 petabytes of data, or about 133 years of HD video.
Intel said it is currently working with two Hollywood virtual reality productions, to be released in early 2019, that use the geodesic dome.