“Massive Arabesque” by Berry

  • ©Jim Berry  Microsoft Research


SIGGRAPH Video Review:




    Massive Arabesque




Company / Institution / Agency:

  • Microsoft Research


    A meditation on music and dance featuring world-champion breakdancer, The Massive Monkees. Two people from diverse backgrounds come together to share their art.

    The video demonstrates automatic generation of depth and matting information from live footage. View interpolation and object editing were accomplished using this information. The virtual footage may be generated and manipulated in real time.


    HARDWARE: Intel 2 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM. Rendering farm: 3 CPUs.


    SOFTWARE DEVELOPER: Modeling and rendering: proprietary software.
    Compositing: Adobe Premiere. Custom software: Almost the entire
    production, except the final compositing, was done with custom
    software developed at Microsoft Research. OS: Windows XP.

Additional Contributors:

    Producers: Jim Berry, C. Lawrence Zitnick
    Contributors: C. Lawrence Zitnick, Jim Berry, Sing Bing Kang, Matt Uyttendaele, Simon Winder, Richard Szeliski

Additional Information:

    Modeling: A two-layer color and depth representation from eightstationary viewpoints. Rendering technique used most: New virtual-camera viewpoints were generated by warping and combining the two nearest real-camera viewpoints using image-based rendering.Average CPU time for rendering per frame: 2-5 seconds. Total Production time: 90 days. Production highlight: All camera movement within this video is virtual. Eight stationary calibrated cameras were used to shoot the film. For each camera, depth maps and matting information were automatically extracted. This information was used for automatic view interpolation and object editing.

Animation / Video Overview: