Digital Creativity Center (CCD)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa - Centro Regional do Porto
Rua Diogo Botelho, 1327, Escola das Artes, Porto, PO: 4169-05 Porto (Portugal)
1327 Rua Diogo Botelho, Centre of Digital Creativity (CCD), Escola das Artes, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Porto, PO: 4169-005 (Portugal)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2012
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The CCD activity is focused on the following vectors:1) Centre of Creative Expertise and Excellence:Including a production facility, using cutting-edge technology in Audiovisuals and Digital Arts. Articulated with the Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR), it providing the infrastructure that enables the development of the PhD Program on Science and Technology of the Arts (starting its 6th edition, with a total of 38 students enrolled and 23 already graduated).2) Business Incubation This project is a result of the creative incubation programme ARTSpin, which allows the development of innovative technological and creative business projects, and involves teachers, students and former students (even from outside of the UCP), centered in the Master in Management for the Creative Industries.3) Interdisciplinary Space for Creative Meeting and ConvergenceThe CCD provides the resources to develop public events, namely outdoor large-scale video-mapped projection on buildings, as well as interactive multimedia installations. These public events, catalyze the inherent creativity in contemporary programs of arts and culture. In addition, it is included in this vector the organization of large impact events such as the audiovisual festival Black & White.By means of a new paradigm of multi-disciplinary production, the CCD paves the way to the promotion of productivity and competitiveness, pushing forward the development of the creative industries in the region and in the country, while at the same time fostering the wellbeing of the community.The CCD presents itself as high impact initiative for the development of the Creative Industries Cluster, leveraging the existing experience and the synergies that result from the cooperation with the main agents in this sector, both nationally and internationally.

RI Keywords
Computer Music, Digital and Interactive Arts, Computer Simulation, Digital Media, Audiovisual, Arts, Sound Design, Audiovisual and Cinematic Arts, Human-computer interaction and multimedia, Computer Animation
RI Category
Software Service Facilities
Scientific Domain
Humanities and Arts
ESFRI Domain
Social and Cultural Innovation
Video Production and Post-Production

The CCD is equipped with state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras and lighting equipment for exterior and studio recording, as well as a TV studio which includes a chroma-keying wall. In addition, it also provides production cells equipped with industry standard software for video editing and post-production. This allows to offer a range of advanced services that go from TV studio/chroma-key session booking, to the access to cameras and lighting systems, and the use of post-production cells.

Digital Artworks Preservation and Restoration

Digital Art works (e.g. video Art, computer Music, digital photos, Digital Art, etc.) are already facing the challenges of time, due to the fact of their supporting technologies tend to become obsolete over time, making their visualization, exhibition and archive difficult challenges. The CCD, with its current infrastructure and expertise, offers such specialized digital preservation and restoration services.

Sound and Music Recording, Sound Design and Post-Production

CCD's audio recording and post-production facilities include state-of-the-art sound recording and surround mixing equipment and studios, allowing to offer advanced services in the areas of: music, dialogue and exterior sound recording; sound design for cinema, animation, TV, Web and computer games; mixing, editing and post-production of music, sound for cinema, animation, TV, Web and computer games.

Advanced and Experimental Digital Creativity Services

Taking in mind its mission, all services provided by the CCD should follow established market tariffs, in order to observe market and competition laws. All service revenues will be primarily used to support operating expenses, and equipment maintenance and upgrades. Furthermore, the CCD offers specialized services, which by their own advanced and highly experimental nature, are not easily available as mainstream commercial offers in the region or in the country.

Digital and Interactive Arts Consulting and Project Development

The CCD offers consulting services for Digital and Interactive Arts projects. These services usually involve CCD researchers and technicians, any necessary facilities and equipment, as well as any required custom hardware and software development, depending on the specificities of each project (that may range from interactive installations, computer games, serious games, virtual scenography, video mapping, physical and mobile computing, augmented and virtual reality, web art, etc.).

Motion Capture (MoCap) Sessions

The CCD has one of the few state-of-the-art MoCap systems available in the country, an infrastructure that is essential for many computer animation, game design, interactive art, interface design and gesture analysis projects. The CCD offers a booking service for its MoCap lab, including include any required technical support and supervision, to students, researchers, artists, companies and other R&D centers and universities, who need to conduct MoCap sessions in the scope of their projects.

Multi-purpose Auditorium for Cinema, Music, Sound Performances and General Events

The CCD includes privileged access to a multi-purpose auditorium (which makes part of the UCP), with a Seating Capacity for 470 people, 15X13 m2 Stage (15X7 m2 with the curtains up), 8X5 m Projection Screen, HD Video Projector with 6000 AnsiLumens - SONY VPL-FW300L, Sound Amplifying System with 6 sources and D&B Subwoofers – P1200 A, 18,000 w Lighting Capacity, and a TV Régie Digital Recording (TV Studio) with 4 video sources (HDV) and 24 Audio routes (24Bits, 48KHz).

Digital Photography Lab

The CCD has a small Digital Photograpy Lab, equipped with a large format photo-quality plotter, 2 high-performance workstations with calibrated 21’ ands 27’ LCD screens, and industry standard software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, etc.). The studio includes 5 CANON EOS6D cameras (with assorted lenses).

3D Computer Modeling and Animation Lab

The CCD has a 3D Computer Modeling and Animation Lab, equipped with 10 high-performance workstations, inlcuding Wacom Cintiq drawing tablets, and installed with industry standard and state-of-the-art software (e.g. AUTODESK Maya, Smoke, V-Ray, Nuke; Unity 4, Blender).

Digital and Interactive Arts Lab

This 50 m2 acoustically treated lab has a Yamaha Disklavier Grand Piano Robotic Performance System, a Notomoton Percussion Robot, two Reactable Live and one Reactable Media Bench Systems, various Microsoft Kinects, Nintendo Wiimotes, LeapMotion sensors, Webcameras, Arduino and Raspberry Pi systems, and various sensors and actuators for Digital and Interactive Digital Projects. It includes a 30m2 atelier for hardware and electronics projects.

Video Production Systems for Cinema, TV, Videomapping and Outdoors Video Productions

CDD has a Sony Anycast Station AWS-G500HD portable video switching and audio mixing system, two Panasonic – AW-HE100E Robotic Cameras, one Sony Digital Cinema F3 camera, three Sony HD EX1 cameras, a Barco FLM HD14 Projector (14.000 ANSI Lumen), 3 Sony VPL-FH35 HD Video Projects (5400 ANSI Lumen). Video editing and post-production software licenses include Apple Final Cut X, Adobe After Effects, Davinci Resolve, Resolume Arena 4, (also available in the 7 CCD video editing cells).

TV, Cinema and Chroma-Keying Studio

This 50m2 Video Recording studio includes a Chroma-Keying wall, a camera crane, and a high ceiling, where a lighting grid is installed. This studio is equipped with several lighting systems, including a recent state-of-the-art DEDOLIGHT led lighting system for motion picture, television, still photography, architectural lighting and fine art display. It also includes a 10m2 analogic TV regie (which at some point should be upgrade to a digital solution, with capacity for live webTV productions).

Motion Capture (MoCap) Lab

This 60 m2 studio is equipped with: a Vicon Motion Capture System; ten Vicon T40S-NR18, 4 Mega pixel cameras; full body suits and equipment for MoCap; two Dell T7500 Workstations; two High Speed Video Cameras; twelve GigE Gigabit Ethernet with 210 FPS frame rates; and a 25m3 service lift with direct access to the outdoor parking lot. This Lab also includes a 16.1 Genelec speaker sound system for multichannel sound reproduction, which can be used for surround interactive sound projects.

Surround Music and Sound Recording and Mixing Studio

A 50 m2 acoustically treated studio regie with: an ICON 64 Fader D- Control ES Bundle System; Pro Tools HD with 16 preamplified inputs; 7.1 Blue Sky preamplified sound monitors with Sky System One 5.1 + two SAT 12 monitors; Hardware Dolby Surround (DP570 - Multichannel Audio Tool, DP564 - Multichannel Audio Decoder, DP570 - Multichannel Dolby Digital Enc.); and sound synthesis software, including Waves Diamond, Native Instruments Komplete 8 Ultimate and Vienna Symphonic Orchestra.

Sound and Video Production Cells

The CCD has 10 sound and video production cells (~10m2 each), which include audio and video computer workstations installed with industry standard software (Apple Final Cut X, AVID ProTools 10, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, etc.), where sound and video editing and postproduction projects can be developed. Most cells include a small sound recording booth for simple tasks as voice overs, narration recording, etc.

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