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Computer-Generated Holography - Concepts, Techniques and Effects

Instructor: Jacques Desbiens

March  2024

Recent developments in holographic technologies allow the use of computer graphic images in the creation of highly detailed dynamic holographic content. This approach opens up possibilities for content that were previously unattainable in analog holography. Subjects such as landscapes, moving objects, transformations and other visual effects are now possible to display as three-dimensional elements in holographic space.

This course is not designed to teach synthetic image techniques, nor to build a hologram production system. Rather, this course aims to impart information about compositional concepts, techniques and procedures for creating source images used in the development of content for computer generated holograms. This course is divided into two parts: 1- Holographic Space will cover the main topics related to the geometry, parameters and characteristics of the visible 3D space in CG holograms. 2- Holographic Time will deal with kinetics, content animation and time distortions in CG holograms. Topics such as chromatics, display requirements, possibilities and limitations of content and visual effects, and CG holography as a new medium will also be included in this course.

While this online course doesn’t require experience in holography or 3D computer graphics, a basic knowledge of their techniques is an asset. There are a wide variety of CG tools that can be used to create source images for holography. However, this course will focus on the use of 3D computer graphics software (blender, Cinema4D, Maya, etc.) since they are the basic creation tool for CG holography. Based on experimentation, this course also encourage the students to experiment with Computer Generated Holography to develop their own visual language using this 3D dynamic images creation technology.

The Session presentations :

The coursework will be presented in PowerPoint format. Additional online Support Material, and links to articles and helpful videos, will be available to registered students for one year after the completion of the course. During the 6-week course, the instructor will be available by email for any questions students have which are not answered during the course sessions.

When :

There will be six classes, one 3-hour session per week. The sessions will start at 12:00pm EST. Students who enroll but cannot make the sessions due to time restrictions will have access to each recorded session. This six-week course will start March 19th 2024.


If you have any questions please contact Jacques Desbiens at

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