Put simply, “Free-Viewpoint Video” uses 30 cameras to “capture a scene from almost every angle”, and then the resulting film gets processed by special software that “mashes the images together to generate a 3D computer model like those used in video games.” Video demonstration after the jump.

So, just like you can walk around a virtual room Halo 3, you can zoom through a real-live scene in Free-Viewpoint. And KDDI is considering providing various sorts of 3D eye candy for cellphones. But the technology�s designer said Free-Viewpoint could also be used for serious-business, like virtually-there video conferencing

[via GizmodoPopsci]