A very enterprising fellow by the name of James George has developed theRGBDToolkit, a workflow that allows you to marry the two tools with some very intriguing results. You shoot through a DSLR attached to a Kinect, and after calibrating both devices to a checkerboard, you can start creating some incredible imagery.
The RGBDToolkit invites you to imagine the future of filmmaking.
Repurposing the depth sensing camera from the Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion Pro as an accessory to your HD DSLR camera, the open source hardware and software captures and visualizes the world as mesmerizing wireframe forms. A CGI and video hybrid, the data can be rephotographed from any angle in post. ( source http://www.rgbdtoolkit.com)
On their website, you can find tutorials, and more about how this technology works.” http://www.rgbdtoolkit.com/tutorials.html ”
Below you can see a video on how this technology works, in a 2 min video recording.
You may now think; What is this doing for me, well it can do many things for researchers, to create an environment, where you can actually film a 3D human body, but still at this point, this tool, is doing a lot for experimental filmmakers, as it’s creating some very cool experimental imagery by itself. And here we are, having two off-the-shelf tools along with free open-source software that let us start dipping our toes into that world!
Who knows? Perhaps volumetric scanning will become a common feature on future cameras, allowing for 3D projections, holograms and other assorted weirdness. Which is the technology I’m hoping to achieve when my X100 will be available to be manufactured. Hoping that with this technology, my camera will come to life, sooner then I thought.