imcube labs GmbH, in Berlin, Germany, is the R&D center of the imcube Technologies Group, with operations in Germany, China, Hong Kong and the UAE. It is a spin-off of the Communication Systems Group of the Technical University in Berlin and it has close ties with the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute for Image Processing. imcube’s founders have been involved in “3D Quality” research and development for over 10 years, in the fields of Computer Vision, 2D to stereoscopic 3D Conversion and native stereo 3D repair. Recent projects have extended into an alternative hybrid stereoscopic 3D post-production workflow for feature films and into a dedicated 2D to stereo 3D conversion workflow for broadcast and internet applications. This includes semi-automated tools for stereographers, such as the imcube 3D Instructor for easy conversion instructions, the imcube 3D QC Player for conversion quality control, and the imcube 3D Daily for quick scribble-based test conversions, pre-visualization and mobile conversions.
The Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies (3IT)
In the middle of Berlin, just a couple of square miles around imcube labs, a broad array of research bodies ranging from research institutes to private sector development labs, from universities to broadcasting stations, TV companies and telecoms are engaged in planning and developing 3D production, 3D content and 3D distribution.
The 3IT in Berlin offers the whole cast of actors a platform and a pre-competitive environment where they can exchange views and opinions, build contacts, put their products and systems to the test and present them jointly to a diversity of target audiences.
3Flex – Depth enabled workflow for flexible 2D and multiview video production
The 3FLEX project aims to define and develop a new advanced workflow for flexible 2D and multiview video production capable to deal with and take advantage of the Video + Depth content approach and to develop the building blocks to implement it. This workflow enhances current 2D and 3D production workflows, and regarding the 2D to 3D conversion processes promises further cost savings and further improvements in terms of production efficiency and workflow automation.
3DQC – 3D Quality Control
The 3DQC project is 18-month project under the ProFit programme funded by the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) and the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union. The project’s objective is to develop advanced tools for assessing and improving the quality of 3D content that goes beyond the capabilities of existing solutions by supporting different application scenarios and providing missing functionalities. It is a collaborative project between imcube labs and Fraunhofer HHI and involves external partners for providing an end-user perspective during the analysis and evaluation phases.