慢速英语:3-D Goes From Movies To Real World

Source: VOA    2013-04-09   English BBS   Favorite  
From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.
Movie fans know that their action hero Superman does not really fly. And, in the movie Superman Returns, another visual trick is played on viewers. The man they see flying is not real. He is what is called a virtual actor. The first step in creating this digital actor is to have a real person stand in a room called a light stage. A computer then captures the outlines and shapes of his face and records how they throw off light. Paul Debevec is with the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California.
影迷们都知道,他们的动作片英雄“超人”并不会飞。而电影《超人归来》给观众呈现了另一个新把戏。观众看到的飞人并非真实,他就是所谓的虚拟演员。创造这种数字演员的第一步,就是让一个真人站在称作灯光舞台的房间里,然后用一台电脑捕捉人的脸部轮廓和形状,然后记录下在光线下的效果。Paul Debevec就职于南加州大学的创新技术研究所。
“We can light them with very specially computer-controlled illumination and take photos of them from seven different viewpoints with high resolution digital still cameras.”
Mr. Debevec is part of a team working to create computerized images of people, objects and environments that look and act real. The light stage permits actors to be turned into digital versions of themselves much like the blue creatures in the movie Avatar. The real world could soon be using a similar technology. Computer experts at the Institute are developing a 3-D video teleconferencing system. It would send a video image of a person into a meeting room. That image would be able to work with the people in the room, who would  see it in 3-D without special eyeglasses. Paul Debevec says:
Debevec先生所在的团队负责创造人、物体和环境的电脑仿真形象,灯光舞台让演员转化为自身的数字形象,就像电影《阿凡达》里的蓝色生物。而现实世界很快就会使用类似的技术,该研究所的电脑专家正在开发一种3-D视频远程会议系统。该系统会把人的视频影像发到会议室,这样他就能够和房间里的人一起工作,而且房间里的这些人无需佩戴特制眼镜就能看到他的3D影像。 Paul Debevec说:
“The person who is being transmitted to a remote location can actually look around at the people in the room and everybody in that room knows who they’re looking at. And that’s such a fundamental part of human communication.”
He believes the business world will begin to use 3-D video teleconferencing in the next five years.
The Institute is using its light stage and Interactive 3-D Display technology to record video testimonies of Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Foundation.

"Do you remember any songs from your youth?"

"This is a lullaby that my mother used to sing to me and I still remember it. It's in polish."

The Foundation is also at the University of Southern California. The 3-D images will be shown on special screens in classrooms or museums and will be set up to answer questions about the Holocaust from students and visitors.
“It could be about faith. It could be about love. It could be about beliefs. It could be about identity.”
Kim Simon is managing director of the Shoah Foundation.
Kim Simon是Shoah基金会的常务董事。
“It’s also a medium with which young people today are particularly comfortable. And, the amount of information that comes through seeing a person’s face and hearing their voice at the same time is multiplied.”
A demonstration of an interaction between a Holocaust survivor and students may be possible in a year. In 10 years, we may be able to play 3-D video games without special glasses.

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