“Presentation of Cultural Heritage Using 4K Real-Time Rendering System” by Takano

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    Presentation of Cultural Heritage Using 4K Real-Time Rendering System


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    Since 1997, TOPPAN has produced interactive content for digital archives of cultural heritage. To achieve higher resolution and fidelity, we developed a 4K system. This title showcases the 4K resolution capability by reproducing the Jeweled Crown of Fukukensaku Kannon Statue of Todai-ji in Nara, a highly detailed Japanese National Treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 3D computer graphics.

    The crown was made in the 8th century, over 1200 years ago. It is a valuable piece of cultural heritage and usually cannot be observed up close. However, the 4096 x 2160 pixel images of the 34.7-inch (88.2 centimeter) high Crown enable you to see it as if it were right in front of your eyes. The precise model of the Crown consists of more than 1,000,000 polygons, including 3D models of over 20,000 spherical jewels. Using high-resolution textures that match the output resolution, our system renders this large amount of data at 24 frames per second.

    Our 4K Real-Time Rendering System allows valuable cultural heritage to be virtually observed at any time and from any angle.

    PRODUCTION AND HIGHLIGHTS: 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution
    Interactive operation at 24 frames per second Highly detailed CG polygon models and high-resolution textures

    Total production time: five months.


    Sony SRX-R105 4K projector, HP workstations with Xeon 2.33GHz, 3GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500G


    In-house real-time rendering system based on OpenGL, Autodesk 3ds Max 8, and Adobe Photoshop CS.

Additional Contributors:

    Director: Junya Takano

    Producer: Jun Furuta

    Assistant Producers: Mariko Hasegawa, Masaaki Sakata

    CG Modeling & Lighting Artists: Yu Nakamura, Takuya Nagami

    Programming and Systems Administration: Takanori Ito, Koichi Yoshino, Katsunori Ishikawa

    Collaborators: Todai-ji Temple, Hiroaki Kaneko, Tokyo National Museum Asuka-en

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