1st October 2019 - Light Fields interview for VFXVoice
Thorsten Herfet of USAAR and other key industry players, were recently interviewed for VFXVoice's article on Light Fields in the VFX industry. Read the full article here

12th September 2019 - SAUCE appears in Film & TV Camera 10/2019
The SAUCE project is featured in this months copy of Film and TV Camera 10/2019. Check it out here

4th September 2019 - Q6 Review Meeting at Brno University of Technology
The partners meet on 4th and 5th September in Brno. Here we are settling down to business in the beautiful converted monastery.

19th August 2019 - Ikinema organise SAUCE workshop
IKINEMA share more about the workshop they held in June with Trinity College Dublin, Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Read the full article here to learn more about how machinelearning can advance the future of motionsynthesis and animation.

25th July 2019 - Foundry Release Flix 6.1
Flix 6.1 has been released today. Congratulations Foundry and the Flix team!

25th June 2019 - Filmakademie attend Symposium on "Next Reality? Immersive Medien" in Berlin
Filmakademie attend"Next Reality? Immersive Medien") to present a talk on Evolution von Virtual Production an der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

25th June 2019 - SAUCE Presentation at Tech Talks, Stuttgart
Volker Helzle and Jonas Trottnow of Filmakademie present a talk entitled EU Project Sauce (Smart Asset re-Use in Creative Environments) at Tech Talks Stuttgart.

17th June 2019 - UPF head to CineEurope
Guillem Antó and Trevor Canham of Universitat Pompeu Fabra head to Film Expos Groups CineEurope in Barcelona to disseminate the SAUCE project and gather market feedback

12th June 2019 - SAUCE Dissemination at VES Megabrain
The topic of SAUCE was discussed at the VES Megabrain after Volker Helzle and Jonas Kluger of Filmakademie presented their talk "Using Machine-learning
to classify a VFX Elements Library"

7th June 2019 - FMX @ SAUCE discussed in Foundry Insights Hub Article
As part of Foundry's Insight Hub, they report on the top five trends in the industry, as seen at FMX. Light fields come in at number one with a mention of our very own SAUCE project.
"lightfields are like a window into another world. They allow you to look at something from any perspective and see it change, or see behind it, just like you would in real life."

5th June 2019 - USAAR Light Field Publication and Talk at IEEE in Asia
Harini Hariharan and Thorsten Herfet present a talk, based on their paper: On the implication of light field compression on post-processing algorithms at (IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting 2019)

4th June 2019 - TCD Talk at ELFI
TCD present a talk at the European Light Fields Imaging Workshop ELFI
The talk entitled Interactive Light Field Tilt-Shift Refocus with Generalized Shift-and-Sum is presented by Weston Aenchbacher who co-authored the piece along with Martin Alain and Aljosa Smolic. 4th June.**
Full press release
4th - 6th June 2019, ELFI, Borovets, Bulgaria

27th May 2019 - SAUCE Presentation at INRIA
TCD's Mikael Le Pendu and Martin Alain present their talk A pipeline for Lenslet Light Field Quality Enhancement at INRIA 2019 on 27th May

27th May 2019 - BUT head to WSCG
BUT Head to World Society for Computer Graphics to present their paper Evaluation of 4D Light Field Compression Methods WSCG isan International Conferences in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision, that has been held annually since 1992.

22nd May 2019 - New Media Formats session at NEM
TCD's Martin Alain presents his talk Light Field Research Challenges at NEM in Zagreb, Croatia. The talk formed part of the New Media Format's session hosted by Thorsten Herfet of Saarland University

17th May 2019 - Catch the SAUCE Light Field FMX talk
You can watch the talk given at FMX here: Thorsten Herfet (USAAR) discusses the technology, Jonas Trottnow (FA) discusses the challenges of filming The Unfolding Production and Simon Spielmann describes the post production process.

16th May 2019 - Professor Smolic visits the STC Research Centre
Professor Aljosa Smolic visited STC Research Centre, Sundsvall, Västernorrland, Sweden from the 13-15 May. He presented two seminars on Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) for Master and Ph.D. students and researchers. Read the full article here. Photo (l-r) Professor Sjöström Mårten with Professor Smolic

30th April 2019 - SAUCE on TV
Experimental production Unfolding will be covered on broadcast channels Tagesschau/ARD (12:00pm), Nano/3sat, SWR-aktuell and featured online in the SWR App and at

April 30th 2019 - SAUCE @ FMX
SAUCE will be showcased and presented at
IP Space, 30/04 at 15:30 - 17:30 and 02/05 11:30 - 13:30

The experimental lightfield production Unfolding will be discussed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Herfet, Simon Spielmann and Jonas Trottnow:
Friday, May 03, Bertha-Benz-Saal, 15:15 - 16:15

22nd April 2019 - VFX SCIENCE talks SAUCE
Technology and media journalist Paul Hellard interviewed Volker Helzle, Head of Research and Development at Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg about SAUCE and lightfield technology. The article outlines SAUCE objectives, as well as discussing learnings and challenges of the project's first experimental production "Unfolding".
A detailed behind-the-scenes presentation of this production will be held at FMX2019, Light Fields for Movie Productions (Friday, May 03, Bertha-Benz-Saal, 15:15 – 16:15).

18th April 2019 - SAUCE @CSITF 2019
The 7th CSITF, China International Technology Fair, takes place on April 18th-20th 2019 at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. The core philosophy of CSITF is “Better Technology, Better Life”, with a theme of “Innovation-driven Development, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Trade Promotion”. Saarland University presents SAUCE and the first results on lightfield technology.

12th April 2019 - Visit SAUCE @FMX 2019
Are you attending FMX this year? SAUCE will be showcased at the Filmakademie booth IP Space Steinbeiss-Saal, come and meet us in person: we'll be presenting an outline of the project and running Q&A sessions on 30th April at 3:30pm and 2nd May at 11:30am!

18th March 2019 - SAUCE @FMX : save the date!
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Herfet (Saarland University), Simon Spielmann (FABW), Jonas Trottnow (FABW) will talk Light Fields for Movie Productions : exploring the possibilities and challenges of integrating lightfield capture into movie production is one aspect of the EU funded project SAUCE. The production Unfolding uses new technologies to generate an innovative trailer for a traditional music festival. Learnings and challenges of this joint effort between partners and especially Saarland University and Filmakademie will be discussed during the talk.
Friday, May 03, Bertha-Benz-Saal, 15:15 - 16:15

16th March 2019 - Progressing Light Field Standards at JPEG Pleno
USAAR's Harina Hariharan presents Light Field Assets and Compression at the 83rd JPEG Pleno Meeting in Geneva. The event aims to develop standards in the industry, with the University of Saarland helping to shape that future.

28th February 2019 - SAUCE Announce big presence at FMX this year
FMX 2019 - Tools of Tomorrow: Light Fields
The Tools of Tomorrow track - curated by Volker Helzle, Head of Research and Development, Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, is dedicated to Light Fields this year.
Exciting new possibilities and associated challenges will be discussed by the software and hardware innovators of this area. This new technology will impact the industry with entirely new camera hardware and a whole new world of possibilities in post-production. LightFields provide the potential to virtually use physically impossible camera lenses, remove green screen usage in VFX and many more - can we unlock this potential now?
Members of the SAUCE consortium will present insight in the Light Field production "Unfolding", don't miss out!

5th February 2019 - Q4 Meeting at DNEG in London
Time for a lightweight post: here's the Team celebrating 1 year of SAUCE... well done us!!
During the Q4 Quarterly Meeting hosted by DNEG in London, the team also discussed progress and plans for the months to come

30th January 2019 - SAUCE Talk at High Vis Computing
Thorsten Herfet gives a talk at High Visual Computing 2019 following the publication Enabling Multiview- and Light Field-Video for Veridical Visual Experiences

16th January 2019 - SAUCE Light Fields on the Radio!
SFR talks SAUCE lightfield shoot, read the article or listen to the radio coverage!

7th January 2019 - Coverage of SAUCE Light Field Shoot
A Lightfield production took place at Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR) studio, shot with Saarland University innovative lightfield capture system. TV station SR-Mediathek covered the production (from 6'30") and radio journalist Reto Widmer, SRF Digital Redaktion, interviewed DoP Matthias Bolliger.

7th December 2018 - Light Field Talk in Emerging Markets
Prof. Thorsten Herfet from Saarland University holds a keynote at IEEE International Conference on Computer and Communications on Enabling Multiview- and Light Field-Video for Veridical Visual Experiences
The conference, set in Chengdu, China, hosted about 500 delegates from 15 countries (USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, etc, several experts in related fields, invited to give keynote and invited speeches. The in-depth discussions among the attendees effectively advanced the academic exchange.

18th October 2018 - SAUCE Light Field Shoot at Filmakademie
Firedancer Miigaa collaborates with the SAUCE team for the first experimental production shoot with University of Saarland Lightfield rig and set-up at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Studios
Lightfield data will become available in early 2019

SAUCE Lightfield Test Shoot 10/18

14th September 2018 - UPF win best student paper award
Best student paper award at CVCS 2018 in Norway awarded to Itziar Zabaleta (UPF ). The paper, titled “Photorealistic style transfer for cinema shoots” will be published at the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

12th-17th September 2018 - UPF at IBC
University Pompeu Fabra attended IBC in Amsterdam. In 2018, IBC delivered another busy event with visitor figures of 55,884. The exhibition grew by 667m2 and conference delegates were up by 14% year on year.

12th August 2018 - SAUCE go to SIGGRAPH
Foundry, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, University Pompeu Fabra and University of Saarland made an entrance at this year's Siggraph in Vancouver. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg also presented a talk on VPET and the animated movie "Einstein". VPET also showcased in a live demo

2nd July 2018 - Foundry Press Release
Foundry just published a short article about SAUCE on their website. The piece, now listed on the News and awards page, gives an outline of the project to Foundry followers.

11th June 2018 - Saarland present SAUCE at Cebit
CEBIT 2018: business, leads, ideas. As a triple-punch event featuring exhibits, conferences and networking, CEBIT covers the digitization of business, government and society from every angle. Its four sections – d!conomy, d!tec, d!talk and d!campus – represent an entirely new approach, but one thing remains: the show’s core focus on generating leads and business for all concerned!
This year Saarland University is presenting Plenoptic Imaging / Lightfields: New Immersive Visual Experiences and part of early stages research for SAUCE.

13th June 2018 - Saarland Press Release
Saarland University is currently involved in a number of exciting EU projects. And of course on their Research page, they also talk about SAUCE

8th June 2018 - TCD talk at QoMEX 2018
Professor Smolic presents keynote speech at the 10th International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience QoMEX 2018
This talk will address the content gap for AR/VR, and present solutions developed by the V-SENSE team, i.e. 3D reconstruction of dynamic real world scenes and their interactive visualization in AR/VR.

Current projects have a strong focus on Digital Actors, Immersion, High Performance Computing and the potential of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR-Now) in narrative entertainment productions. And of course, there is a page dedicate to SAUCE on their website.

9th April 2018 - SAUCE Q1 Meeting in London
The SAUCE Project Team has completed the First Quarter. The review meeting took place in London and was very successful!