“”ZECTO” Cinematography for Depth-based Live-Action Imaging” by Fujimoto, Kawakita and Inakage

  • ©Go Fujimoto, Masahiro Kawakita, and Masa Inakage

  • ©Go Fujimoto, Masahiro Kawakita, and Masa Inakage

  • ©Go Fujimoto, Masahiro Kawakita, and Masa Inakage




    "ZECTO" Cinematography for Depth-based Live-Action Imaging



    In this sketch, we will propose an innovative form of expression in live action imaging by using “depth” image. We named this type of imaging, “ZECTO”. What if it were possible to extract information that is nonvisible to the human eye with a special camera and it was possible to convert that information on to video, creating a completely new style of live action imaging in motion picture. By using this theory we figured that there are infinite possibilities in creating new expressions in live action imaging in motion picture. To capture the “depth” image, we used the world’s first depth capturing Hi-vision camera named, Axi-Vision. We made a plug-in for a compositing software so we can generate Zecto Images by compositing a color and depth image together (Fig.1).


    Masahiro Kawakita, Keigo Iizuka, Haruhito Nakamura, Itaru Mizuno Taiichirou Kurita, Tahito Aida, Yuko Yamanouchi, Hideki Mitsumine, Takashi Fukaya, Hiroshi Kikuchi, and Fumio Sato, “High-definition real-time depth-mapping TV camera: HDTV Axi-Vision Camera,” Optics Express, Vol. 12, no.12, 2781–2794 (2004)Google ScholarCross Ref
    Masahiro Kawakita, Keigo Iizuka, Tahito Aida, Taiichirou Kurita, and Hiroshi Kikuchi, “Real-time three-dimensional video image composition by depth information,” IEICE Electronics Express, Vol.1, no.9, 237–242.

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