The EU-funded project “3FLEX: Depth-enabled workflow for 2D and multiview video production” (http://3flex-project.eu) aims to enable existing 2D and 3D production workflows to use and take advantage of available depth information for new degrees of flexibility, cost savings and improved efficiency.
The main result of 3FLEX project is an advanced workflow for flexible 2D and 3D production based on the extension of existing post-production platforms with a set of plugins based on cutting-edge computer vision techniques covering the whole post-production chain from the extraction of depth information over the use of depth information for visual effects to the rendering of different 2D and 3D output formats.
The 3FLEX workflow and tools can be used for a wide range of 2D and 3D productions including fiction, documentary and commercial. On the input side the workflow supports various camera setups including stereoscopic and trifocal cameras as well as image depth sensors. Existing post-production tasks are improved and extended such as depth and object based visual effects or depth based colour grading and finishing. On the output side different 2D and 3D formats can be rendered without considerable effort.
3FLEX impacts the post-production industry and market with differentiating technologies based on video+depth for live action scenes. 3FLEX improves not only the efficiency and flexibility of common post-production tasks but provides also extended creative possibilities. The 3FLEX workflow and tools overcome some of the major issues in current 3D post-production workflows such as native 3D and 2D/3D conversion and improves visual effects for 2D productions thanks to the use of depth maps.
The 3FLEX project and its results have been presented in several events including the 3FLEX booth at the Future Zone of IBC 2015 where near-to-final results were shown. That allowed the project to generate a strong impact in the audience and foster interest for future exploitation of the results.