MultiStage: Acting across Distance
We report on a prototype system helping actors on a stage to interact and perform with actors on other stages as if they were on the same stage. At each stage four 3D cameras tiled back to back for an almost 360 degree view, continuously record actors. The system processes the recorded data on-the-fly to discover actions by actors that it should react to, and it streams data about actors and their actions to remote stages where each actor is represented by a remote presence, a visualization of the actor. When the remote presences lag behind too much because of network and processing delays, the system applies various techniques to hide this, including switching rapidly to a pre-recorded video or animations of individual actors. The system amplifies actors’ actions by adding text and animations to the remote presences to better carry the meaning of actions across distance. The system currently scales across the Internet with good performance to three stages, and comprises in total 15 computers, 12 cameras, and several projectors.
Source at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40050-6_20.