We had the pleasure of welcoming two high-level political representatives for two tours to our studio in Potsdam-Babelsberg: the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, and the Green Party Member of the Parliament Tabea Rößner.
It’s not uncommon that representatives from political parties or governmental institutions find interest in innovative technology like volumetric capture. Especially as it was co-engineered and brought to life by different stakeholders: Fraunhofer HHI, UFA, ARRI, and Interlake. Each of them are of high importance for the capital region of Berlin-Brandenburg.
As the Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller wants the capital region, which includes Berlin and Brandenburg, to strive and further develop as a center of innovation. And Volucap for sure is one of the most innovative start-ups there is.
So his mission was clear: visit not only Volucap, but the whole studio area of Potsdam-Babelsberg, with its film companies using the newest LED-Walls for production, the broadcaster and the funding partners.
But why is a Green MP interested in Volucap? Let us explain. In Germany, the Green Party has grown from having a sole ecological program in the 1980s to becoming a major party that is covering every political topic and has chances to nominate the next chancellor.
On Tabea Rößner’s political agenda, you will find broadband expansion in Germany as a main point. She is also heavily engaged in the topic of Smart Cities. So her visit wasn’t a sheer political stunt right before an important election (the Federal elections are in September).
Volucap CTO Thomas Ebner introduced our guests to the rotunda studio and to the possibilities of volumetric video. He explained where volumetric capture differs from motion capture in front of green screens and showcased the Tagesschau 2025 experience, which for politicians is of special interest. As the studio with the worldwide highest resolution for volumetric capture, we can proudly say that we sure are an attraction. And for us, as well as for the rest of the XR industry in Germany, infrastructural measures like the 5G expansion plays a crucial role in pushing volumetric video forward.
To stick with this example: The volumes of data generated during volumetric production with 32 cameras filming simultaneously are immense. The 650 megapixel resolution generates 2 terrabyte of data per minute. The processing speed does depend as much on powerful computers as on the capability for data transmission.
Now imagine the data generated during volumetric capture can be accessed in real time. Cameras capture live moments in TV studios and make them available for all kinds of devices. The vision of being able to jump onto the sports field during a match finally becomes true, whether for the viewers themselves or for expert rounds in the broadcast follow-up.
Access to training apps and maintenance will be easier and more flexible, without long waiting times for downloading massive amounts of data. Remote work with volumetric capture will become easier and faster. And it goes on and on.
While we are doing our part in making volumetric capture a great experience from the moment of the shooting to the post production, with the highest resolution, exact tracking and little to no artifacts, we’re hoping that 5G will become the accessible standard for data transmission as soon as possible – especially considering that our country has missed the boat on fiber expansion in the recent past.
This is why we believe that inviting representatives from political parties to the studio can make a difference. We do it to show the possibilities and advantages that will come when players in the innovative industries are supported by a responsible and foresighted digitalisation policy.
Because as a result, we will be able to concentrate on shooting and producing great content.