Fulldome Discussion at Western Alliance in Denver
- As previously announced on this list, the IPS Fulldome Video
Committee is holding three public meetings this year in an effort to
increase discussion about the needs of the fulldome planetarium
community. Ryan Wyatt (wyatt@...) will lead the second of these
discussions at the Western Alliance conference on Saturday, 10
September, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with brunch included!
Our primary goal is to create an industry standard for dome masters.
We see dome masters as the "low lying fruit" of standards formation
and a great way to get the ball rolling. Anyone actively producing
fulldome content is welcome to participate. In preparation for these
meetings, Ed Lantz (ed@...) has developed a draft
specification for dome master formatting that serves as a starting
point in our work; Ryan will have copies of the specification
available during the conference, or you can find it online at:
The meeting will also serve as a recruitment tool for IPS members who
wish to serve on the Fulldome Standards Subcommittee. You do not need
to be an IPS member to contribute to the meetings, but IPS membership
is mandatory for committee membership. Once drafted, the proposed
standard for dome masters will be posted for public comment and
additional revisions prior to ratification by IPS.
The first meeting was held on Sunday, 17 July, in conjunction with
DomeFest in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the LodeStar Astronomy
Center. David Beining hosted a discussion that primarily drew
producers of fulldome content, and much talk centered on production
guidelines and budgets.
The third meeting will be held in conjunction with the Immersive
Cinema Workshop in Espinho, Portugal, on Tuesday, 13 September. We
welcome participation from fulldome planetarians worldwide in the
standards formation process.
We hope you can join us bright and early on Saturday morning! Even
if you cannot, however, please feel free to take a look at the
aforementioned draft specification and get back to us with feedback.
A version of this email is online, complete with links, etc., at:
(A URL which I plan to keep updated with upcoming fulldome standards
topics, in case anyone is interested.)
Let me know if you run into any difficulties with the standards page,
BTW, because I've noted a few myself -- e.g., the draft specification
PDF doesn't load consistently and sometimes requires that you re-load
the page. Also, let me know if you run into any problems with the
layout of the PDF, since I created it in a cheesy and
Ryan Wyatt, Science Visualizer
Rose Center for Earth & Space
American Museum of Natural History
79th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10024