RGBD Toolkit Workshop @ ACMI

RGBD Toolkit Workshop @ ACMI

Over the last few days I’ve been helping my friend, Tim Bright, run a workshop on the RGBD Toolkit, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, in Melbourne.

RGBD Toolkit was first debuted at Resonate in 2012, and it’s a really cool video software that uses an XBOX Kinect attached to a DSLR camera, to turn video footage into 3D models. And it’s surprisingly easy to use and setup once you have all the quirks figured out. The models can then be put into a visualiser program to create awesome 3d effects using a range of rendering techniques. It was pretty cool to see too, Tim had the clamp that holds the Kinect and the DSLR together printed from a 3d model :)

It’s a very similar effect to the kind of thing you see in Radiohead’s ‘House of Cards’ Video:

Also – the guys who made RGBD have been putting together a documentary on software art, you can check out the trailer here:

Clouds: beta from DEEPSPEED media on Vimeo.

Each of the participants got to create their own video ‘portrait’, taking live filmed footage and rendering it out using the RGBD Visualizer program. They also had a chance to check out ACMI’s Candice Breitz exhibition, which is definately worth checking out (free!) if you’re in town.

There’s a few different ways of getting similar effects and if you’re interested, you should also check out Vade’s Rutt Etra plugins for VDMX and Quartz Composer, and the Trapcode suite of plugins for Adobe After Effects.

And make sure you download the RGBD software – it’s free! If you have a KINECT and a DSLR then you have no excuse!

We had an awesome few days with the technology and I learn’t a lot myself. It would be amazing to see someone do a feature length film with this process :)

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