ARIADNE visual media service

Create your online showcase for 3d models, images and RTI.

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The ARIADNE Visual Media Service provides easy publication and presentation on the web of complex visual media assets. It is an automatic service that allows to upload visual media files on an ARIADNE server and to transform them into an efficient web format, making them ready for web-based visualization.

Note: the Visual Media Server is NOT to be intended as an archive or a repository. It is an instrument to allow scholars/professionals to publish on the web large visual data and to share them with colleagues, to support cooperative work. We do provide a browsing feature, but only with the scope of showing what users have submitted so far (consider that we had more than 400 single submissions, but most of them are not "public" due to confidentiality reasons requested by the owners, e.g. because those data are part of unpublished current research).
As an example of an archival service which provides features for presentation of 3D data, please check the ADS archive, that is also based on 3DHOP.

3D models

3D representations produced with 3D scanners or photogrammetry are extremely high-resolution and hard to visualize at interactive rate. This service produces a web page that supports interactive visualization of your data, after converting it into an efficient multiresolution encoding.

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RTI images

Relightable images (called Reflection Transformation Images, RTI, or Polynomial Texture Maps, PTM) are becoming an increasingly used media. This service closes a current gap, giving support for easy publication on the web and interactive visualization of RTI images.

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High-resolution images

High-resolution images are a commodity resource in archaeology. Unfortunately, they are most often disseminated and published on the web by using low-resolution versions (a single 40Mpixel images is 120MB in uncompressed format and around 10MB when lossy compressed).

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February 2016, new release!

We added new functionalities, check the help pages for details.

  • 3d model compression
  • point clouds
  • textured models
  • presentation customization