TiME Lab as Platform for Collaborations

The TiME Lab is considered as an open platform. Excellent partners from arts, culture, media, architecture, and other creative institutions – such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the BerlinRundfunkchor (Berlin Radio Choir) and others – are invited to develop and test innovative content and scenarios. Such being the case, the content production was established as an integrated design discipline in the TiME Lab.
By means of the OmniCam, the TiME Lab has proven its abilities in this design discipline many times.

In addition to the partners in the creative business, commercial partners are also becoming aware of the TiME Lab technology. The successful collaboration with the Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railroad Corporation) shows how commerce and research can work together. The 180° panoramic perspective for immersive images alone opens up ways to cinematic and dramaturgical innovations. We pay special attention to this content production. Next to the continued provision of suitable content, the creativity of video producers and institutions is essential to discover the range of potential uses.
Clearly, technology partners are more than welcome to participate. These may be partners who bring in their special expertise or partners with expertise in the areas movie production, camera technique, presentation systems, cinema owners and others who develop solutions for future media.

  • ARRI Open or Close
    ARRI The Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG (ARRI) is a Munich-based business group. The company rents, produces, and distributes digital and mechanical equipment for film productions. ARRI's in-house product lines include lamps, digital and analog cameras, lighting equipment, scanners, and camera accessories. ARRI also distributes camera lenses, tripods, software, and recording devices.
    The OmniCam, a new panoramic camera system, utilizes six ARRI ALEXA M cameras to capture footage in ultra-high resolution for immersive viewing. This system was developed by the FascinatE Consortium (Format-Agnostic SCript-based INterAcTive Experience).
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  • Berlin Philharmonic Open or Close
    Berliner Philhamoniker The Berlin Philharmonic is one of the world's leading orchestras. Under the direction of the renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle, there were significant changes. For example, the orchestra has been transformed into a public-law foundation and a number of youth programs have been introduced.
    Since 1963, the home of the ensemble is the Berliner Philharmonie, which has been designed by Hans Sharoun and is located at Kemper Place in Berlin-Tiergarten.
    One of the Philharmonic's most interesting projects is the Digital Concert Hall. This is an internet-based 'virtual concert venue' that allows users to experience the orchestra's live performances from their own homes.
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  • Deutsche Bahn AG Open or Close
    Deutsche Bahn AG Together with the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the Deutsche Bahn (DB) has developed an interactive media station and a 180° panorama film to demonstrate noise control measures. On two shooting days, more than 60 freight trains and ICE’s that passed by have been recorded with two OmniCam panorama cameras and four 3D sound systems.
In these noise protection projects, the TiME Lab serves as the acoustic reference location. At the TiME Lab, the effects of noise protection measures can be realistically demonstrated using the high-resolution 180° panorama projection and the 3D audio system based on wave field synthesis. This can even be demonstrated to large groups.
    It is the common goal of the German Government and the German Railroad Administration to cut the noise from passing freight trains until 2020 in half. The joint project with the HHI provides data for noise protection plans.
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  • EU-Project Fascinate Open or Close
    EU-Projekt Fascinate The project FascinatE develops a system that allows viewers of a live event to interactively navigate through ultra-high-resolution video panoramas with 3D sound reproduction. The output will be adapted to the particular kind of device – covering everything from a mobile handset to an immersive panoramic display. At the production side, this requires the development of new audio and video capturing systems, and scripting systems to control the shot framing options presented to the viewer. Intelligent networks with processing components will be needed to repurpose the content to suit different device types and framing selections. In addition, user terminals supporting innovative interaction methods will be needed to allow viewers to control and display the content.

    The OmniCam, a new panoramic camera system developed by the FascinatE Consortium (Format-Agnostic SCript-based INterAcTive Experience), utilizes six ARRI ALEXA M cameras to capture footage in ultra-high resolution for immersive viewing.
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  • HFF Konrad Wolf Open or Close
    HFF Konrad Wolf The Konrad Wolf University of Film and Television (HFF) – founded in 1954 as the German Film Academy – is the only art academy in the state of Brandenburg. Moreover, it is the oldest, largest and most modern film school in Germany.

    Thanks to its location at the internationally renowned Studio Babelsberg, HFF has become an integral part of the Potsdam-Babelsberg media ecosystem, which is unique in Europe. The University operates at a unique intersection of film studies, film production, and film distribution, offering an attractive, internationally focused degree program.
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  • Heinrich Hertz Institute Open or Close
    Heinrich-Hertz-Institut Creating tomorrow's innovations in communication technology, digital media, and services is at the core of the Heinrich Hertz Institute's research and development efforts. Our ongoing objective: to further develop information technology principles and to work with industry partners to create new product applications.
    The Heinrich Hertz Institute's competencies encompass optical communication networks and systems, mobile broadband, photonic components, and electronic imaging techniques. A special focus is on photonic networks – ranging from flexible, high-capacity wide area networks (WAN) to broadband local area networks (LAN).

    Our R&D work in the area of mobile communications focuses on resource allocation techniques for expanding UMTS (3GPP LTE); MIMO systems with speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s, WPAN systems up to 60 GHz, and ad-hoc networks. We develop and produce optical and electro-optical components and modules. Our offerings include indium phosphide lasers and photo-detectors for wavelengths of 1.1 to 2.0 µm, polymer light waveguides, and diffractive optical elements. Additional research areas include video and audio encoding and transmission (video over IP), 2D and 3D signal processing, mixed-reality displays, autostereoscopic 3D displays, man-machine interfaces, information management, and image and video archival.
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  • Institute for Digital Media Technology Open or Close
    Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie Since its founding in 2000, the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT actively developed key technologies for tomorrow’s media environments. Its software solutions have made the Institute a vital partner for creative industries in Thuringia, Germany, and the rest of Europe.

    IDMT aims to improve users' interactions with media and information by providing the tools for intelligent signal analysis and developing new methods for controlling and interacting with content. The Institute is developing new, immersive and interactive media formats for 3D audio and image processing.

    With specialized media offerings for children, technologies for hearing rehabilitation, speech-driven communication, and audio technology for an aging society, IDMT directly addresses current social needs and offers appropriate solutions.
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  • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Open or Close
    Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. Since January 1st. 2004, the company has been responsible for attracting businesses as well as for film fundings to the German capital.

    The Film Funding division provides funding for films, high-end drama series and film-related projects, advises filmmakers on financing issues, and supports the development of the film industry. It offers financial advice for filmmakers and ensures that the local film industry has access to ongoing education in the field of content creation and business.
    The Media Business Development division represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location in Germany at international markets and festivals, provides market research and analysis and organizes networking events. The department funds media-related projects, serial formats as well as the development of content in the games, web, mobile and VR categories.
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  • Rundfunkchor Berlin Open or Close
    Rundfunkchor Berlin The Rundfunkchor Berlin is the oldest radio choir in Germany and is one of the most outstanding choirs in the world. In 2008, 2009 and 2011 the choir has won several Grammy and ECHO Awards.

    As a professional ensemble with 64 singers, the choir gives around 50 concerts in Germany and abroad per year. The Rundfunkchor Berlin focuses on the major choral and orchestral works and has a distinctive sound of homogeneity, warmth, and precision. A cappella concerts, scenic projects, and community events round out the program. Its repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present.
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  • Berlinale Talent Campus Open or Close
    Berlinale Talent Campus The Berlinale Talent Campus is an annual initiative intended to support young filmmakers. The Campus is held in conjunction with the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

    Since 2003, the Campus offers a one-week academy parallel to the Berlinale. Here, filmmakers from all over the world have the opportunity to network with one another and to meet international professionals working in their field of interest in workshops, lectures, discussion panels, and meetings. For this purpose, the Talent Campus provides attendees with access to creative professionals from all areas of the film industry – such as lecturers, educators, and discussion partners.

    Young talents from all over the world and from all areas of the movie industry can apply for the Berlinale Talent Campus. The main language on campus is English. Writers, directors, producers, camera operators, actors, editors, art directors, production designers, composers, sound designers, young film journalists, and visual artists are all eligible for admission. Yet, each talent may only participate once.
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