There has been much recent interest in 3D video technologies and processing techniques. However, with the standardisation of 3D video coding well underway and researchers studying 3D multimedia delivery and users' perception and quality of multimedia experience in 3D video environments, there exist few publicly available databases of 3D video content and even fewer sources of uncompressed 3D video content for flexible use in a number of research studies and applications.
What is RMIT3DV?
RMIT3DV is a library of uncompressed stereoscopic 3D HD video, designed to represent a diverse range of content and visual conditions to enable its use in a variety of (research) applications. Currently composed of 31 sequences, shots were designed taking into consideration: level of 3D effect, aesthetic composition, variations in colour, environment (e.g., natural/urban), motion (e.g., traffic/pedestrian/natural), texture (e.g., water, natural greenery, buildings, people, transport), and light (e.g., day/night, natural/artificial, light reflections/shadows). The sequences were all filmed at various indoor and outdoor locations around RMIT University (City Campus) and the Melbourne CBD region.
The database was natively filmed on a Panasonic AG-3DA1 HD 3D camera using Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttles and Intel SATA3 SSDs (formatted as HFS+) to record the uncompressed video content. Sequences are 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV at 25 fps (no audio content - yet!) More technical details about the camera rigging, pre-production, stereography, filming and post-production processes and workflows are available in the research paper cited below and here.
Funded by the Smart Services CRC, RMIT3DV is part of a research collaboration between a team of researchers led by Prof. Ian Burnett (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University) and Alex Joseski and Jonathan Burton (Alex and Jono Films) in Melbourne, Australia.
The database is freely available online via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. This license allows users to utilise the database for commercial and non-commercial purposes, where the content and authors must be credited. Researchers are encouraged to contribute 3D content to grow the resource for the 3D video research community, however, all new content must also carry this same license.
RMIT3DV would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Glenn Matthews in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMIT University and staff at Panavision and Videocraft in Melbourne for their assistance with the hardware used in the film production.
If you use this database, please reference this website and the following
publication where appropriate:
E. Cheng, P. Burton, J. Burton, A. Joseski, I. Burnett, "RMIT3DV: Pre-Announcement of a Creative Commons Uncompressed HD 3D Video Database," in Proc. 4th International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX 2012), Yarra Valley, Australia, 5-7 July 2012.