MAGICS – Making telepresence almost authentic

Aalto Studios hosting MAGICS tech infrastructure in Aalto University Photo: Sami Perttilä Aalto University, the University of the Arts Helsinki, and Tampere University have received a research infrastructure grant of €2.4 million from the Academy of Finland for the MAGICS project. The universities are forming an infrastructure network to support research into motion recording and …

Virtual production in the Mandalorian style

How to visit locations and sets that don’t actually exist? How to operate the camera in a greenscreen studio when all you can see is just green? How to understand what the framed composition will finally look like?  ELO Film School Helsinki, Virtual Cinema Lab and Aalto Studios arranged a virtual production workshop in the …

Aalto Studios Open Call grants funding and resources to three projects

Panorama depicting the Tom of Finland room in The Tom House. Photo: Márton Jelinkó The Aalto Studios Open Call in co-operation with AVEK, The Promotion Center for Audiovisual Culture, has granted funding and resourcing for three extended reality themed projects. ”The House of Tom” produced by the studio Donkey Hotel receives 6000 € of AVEK …

Games and Virtual Reality in Performing Arts – Minor Programme Application Open

Aalto Studios is happy to provide a wide range of our facilities for this ambitious, interdisciplinary minor programme arranged by departments at both Aalto University and the University of Arts. The application time for exchange students is 15.9-15.10.2019 so there’s still a few days to act. Find out how at: https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/games-and-virtual-reality-in-performing-arts-gvripa-minor-apply-now For any questions on the …

Welcome to VR Hub Open Doors on Thursdays 15-17!

Curious about VR but don’t know how to start? Search no more, since VR here for you! VR Hub Open Doors Thursdays are especially for those new to VR. Located at the Harald Herlin Learning Centre, we give you a hands-on introduction to VR and all the possibilities it offers for the new forms of experiential …

Glue Workshop – a customizable platform for collaboration

You’ve heard about using extended reality for collaboration. Meetings, working together over long distances, experiencing shared spaces. But how exactly do you do that? We’re hosting a workshop on Glue, a platform for virtual face-to-face collaborations in custom environments, on a variety of hardware platforms, such as VR, AR, mobile, and desktop. Matti Pouhakka from Fake …

Mirages film and Event Cinema breaks barriers of filmmaking, performing arts and artistic research

Aalto Studios’ multi-camera studio at Roihupelto doubles as a motion capture studio. Infrared cameras that capture movements are located on the walls. The motion capture function is currently in use by an exciting film production, Mirages. To be released in late 2019, the music and dance film is breaking barriers in modern filmmaking in many …

Basics of VR Film Creation at the VR Hub

On Wednesday two weeks ago, the VR Hub at Vilho room of Harald Herlin Learning Centre was the busiest it’s ever been during its existence. Every other week, instructor Eero Tiainen hosts a themed walk-in session, that is open for all students and staff interested in VR. This time the session was about VR film creation. …

Andrea Mancianti: Inventing VR Blindphones

Andrea Mancianti, a doctoral researcher at Aalto University, worked on a very challenging and fascinating project all summer. As the project has recently come to an end, the researcher himself will be traveling to Linz, Austria for the Ars Electronica Festival from September 6th to 10th, where he will present his innovation. Mancianti’s innovation is …

Call for Proposals for Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018

Hybrid Labs is a new symposium focused on hybrid knowledge creation, hosted at Aalto University this year from 30 May to 1 June, and the call for proposals is now open, with full details available at the link. The third and latest in a series of Renewable Futures conferences, which began in 2015 in Riga and continued last year in …

VR and AR developers share experiences at Aalto Studios over breakfast

Last Friday, more than 70 researchers, artists, practitioners, and students interested in virtual and augmented realities joined us and the Aalto Digi Platform for a morning of presentations, discussions, demos and breakfast at Otakaari 7. After an introduction from professor Jaakko Lehtinen,the morning began with Vinh Truong of 3D software organization Umbra, and continued with Jukka Huiskonen, of …

Interested in AR and VR? Like breakfast?

Join us on Thursday, 14.12 for breakfast and a morning of AR and VR conversations and demos hosted by Aalto Studios’ in our canteen space at Otakaari 7! This event serves as a stage for researchers, students, artists, scientists and AR/VR enthusiasts to showcase and learn about existing and future work in the area. As …

ACE Producers Examining New Forms for Audiovisual Storytelling

Our partner’s ACE Producers’ 27th annual training programme got off to a good start in Helsinki last week in a Content Development Workshop supported by Aalto University. Along with other topics, their week-long workshop focused on examining new forms and formats for audiovisual storytelling. We spent an interesting evening with ACE at our Kallio Stage talking about the future …

A!OLE – Changing the Educational Culture at Aalto University

Aalto Online Learning –A!OLE pilots are using and creating new pedagogical methods and tools, and essentially creating contents for online/blended learning settings within Aalto University. Two of the focus themes of A!OLE are around video production and VR/AR. Aalto Studios are supporting the AV production of A!OLE and its pilots in many ways. We provide …

ACE Producers and Aalto Studios Presents: VR – the Future of Film Making?

Aalto Studios is hosting a workshop day for our partner ACE Producers about VR as the future of storytelling. The event is part of ACE’s annual training programme for experienced international producers. We would like to invite Finnish film producers to join us and meet them all on Friday 13th October 4.30pm – 7pm  at our Kallio Stage. …

State of the Art in VR – Guest Lecture by Steven LaVille

Mobile Systems Programming course at Aalto presents a guest lecture about “State of the Art in VR” by Steven LaVille, Vice President and Chief Scientist of VR/AR/MR at Huawei Technologies. LaVille’s research interests are robotics, virtual reality, sensing, planning and human-computer interaction. He was an early founder and the chief scientist of Oculus VR and …

Get in on VR/AR/MR. Free meetup event by FIVR at Microsoft Flux.

Our friends at the Finnish Virtual Reality Association FIVR still have free tickets for their June 20th meetup at Microsoft Flux. If you want to get in on the local VR/AR/MR/XR (etc) scene, this is a great place to start. Talks, snacks, drinks and demos with a headset on. A perfect summer’s day. Learn more …