This software is a work of science fiction; hinting towards a potential future and enabling a community to imagine the possibilities.
The RGBD Toolkit is an experiment in a possible future of film making, where photographic data captured in 3-dimensions will allow for deciding camera angles after the fact, combining the languages of photography and data visualization. This hybrid computer graphics and video format would allow for a storytelling medium at once digitally synthesized and photo real.
The RGBD Toolkit is a software work flow for augmenting high definition video with 3D scan data from a depth sensor, such as an Xbox Kinect. First, a recording application allows you to calibrate a high definition video camera to the depth sensor, allowing their data streams to be merged. Secondly a visualization application allows for viewing the combined footage and applying different 3D rendering styles, camera moves, and exporting sequences.
DepthKit is an ongoing labor of love by the main developers:
- James George, developer
- Alexander Porter, experimental photographer, hardware & design
- Jonathan Minard, documentarian
- Mike Heavers, web & design
Inspired by many authors, futurists, and theorists who think creatively about the future of imaging, technology and culture:
- Towards a Philosophy of Photography by Vilem Flusser
- Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling
- Vision Machine by Paul Virilio
Support for the Toolkit
The DepthKit has been made possible by the ongoing and generous support of institutions through grants and residencies