The Single-Shot 3D Movie Camera

The Single-Shot 3D Movie Camera

3D videos of fast scenes with unprecedented data quality

The information theoretical efficiency of triangulation (‘structured light’) systems is limited by the ‘ambiguity problem’. The concept of the ‘single-shot 3D movie camera’ solves the ambiguity problem without relying on spatial or temporal codification of the projected signals. This enables the single-shot acquisition of 3D data with unprecedented resolution. The sensor delivers 300,000 independent 3D points with high resolution from each 1 Mpix camera frame. A 3D sensor with these features allows for a continuous 3D measurement of fast-moving or deforming objects, resulting in a continuous 3D movie. Like a hologram, each movie-frame encompasses the full 3D information about the object surface, and the observation perspective can be varied while watching the 3D movie (see videos).



Selected Videos

Visit the Osmin3D YouTube channel for more Videos.

Color 3D Movie of a talking face - RAW data (no post processing)


Color 3D Movie of another talking face - RAW data (no post processing)


Real-time 3D movie of a boncing ping-pong ball - RAW data (no post processing)


Real-time 3D movie of a folded paper - RAW data (no post processing). High object frequencies are preserved


How to watch a ‘3D movie’


3D movie of a talking face with unidirectional lines - RAW data (no post processing).



News and Press

Optics Express title image (OE 25(19), 2017)
OSA image of the week October 2017

Single-Shot 3D Sensing Close to Physical Limits and Information Limits
F. Willomitzer.
Dissertation, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Published as book in the series “Springer Theses” in 2019

Single-shot 3D motion picture camera with a dense point cloud
F. Willomitzer, G. Häusler.
Optics Express 25(19), 23451-23464

High Resolution Single-Shot 3D Imaging with the “3D movie camera”
F. Willomitzer, G. Häusler.
OSA 3D Image Acquisition and Display: Technology, Perception and Applications, 3M3G. 2

Single-shot 3D sensing with improved data density
F. Willomitzer, S. Ettl, C. Faber, G. Häusler.
Applied Optics, 54(3), 408-417

Flying Triangulation – Towards the 3D Movie Camera
F. Willomitzer, S. Ettl, O. Arold, G. Häusler.
Fringe 2013, The 7th International Workshop on Advanced Optical Imaging & Metrology, W. Osten, Springer, Berlin, 895 898.

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Florian Willomitzer
Research Assistant Professor