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Virtalis ActiveDesk Receives 'Best in Show' at PTC Live Global
3D-News Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 (11:27 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Virtalis, one of the world's foremost Virtual Reality (VR) and Advanced Visualization companies, has won Best in Show at PTC Live Global for the second year running for its ActiveMove Technology in 2013 and now in 2014 for its innovative deployment of ActiveDesk. Virtalis ActiveDesk is a combination of Virtalis' 3D virtual reality software, Visionary Render, the zSpace desktop system or the Oculus Rift. ActiveDesk has been designed to have all the tools capable of bringing stereoscopic, interactive 3D visualization to the desktop.

Writing in CAD Insider, Roopinder Tara of Tenlinks, observed that the ActiveDesk with zSpace, "appears to be an oversized iPad, a wired stylus and not-very-obtrusive glasses, to create a holographic image. Of course, you do have to give up the 1:1 scale provided by Virtalis flagship products but also downsized is the price. Starting at $33,000, this device suddenly makes Virtual Reality far more approachable for engineers and designers."

"Visionary Render is a system that can cope with the most complex data and render it in 3D stereo. By adding networking for interactive, multi-disciplinary design reviews it enhances the training experience." explained Andrew Connell, technical director at Virtalis. "Additionally, zSpace functionality further extends Visionary Render's practical usability, by making it as applicable for the desktop as it is for the VR suite."

Paul Ewing, Virtalis' Vice President North American Operations, explained: "Virtalis is a PTC® PartnerAdvantage™ Gold Partner. Visionary Render software is being offered to PTC users worldwide as part of our worldwide referral agreement. PTC Creo users are able to view their CAD models in 3D thanks to our VR Extension for PTC Creo View."

The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society to Honor Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet with 2015 Harold Lloyd Award for Filmmaking
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014 (3:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society announced that French director and Academy Award nominee Jean-Pierre Jeunet will receive The Society's 2015 Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking at The Society's annual Creative Arts Award Show held on January 28th at Warner Bros. Studios.

Jeunet's latest work 'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,' starring Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, and Kyle Catlett, was produced in 3D and shot at various locations in Canada and Washington D.C. The film has been released in Europe and the Weinstein Company has acquired North American theatrical release rights.

"Jean-Pierre Jeunet has thrilled us with movies including 'Amélie,' 'The City of Lost Children,' 'Delicatessen,' 'A Very Long Engagement,' and countless others," said Society Awards Chairman Buzz Hays of the True Image Company. "With 'T.S. Spivet,' he has graced us with an extraordinary work of 3D artistry," Hays added.

The Harold Lloyd Award is annually presented to a filmmaker whose body of work and specific achievements in 3D filmmaking have advanced the motion picture art form.

"Harold Lloyd was a keen observer and was deeply influenced by the French filmmakers of his era," stated Suzanne Lloyd, Chairman of Harold Lloyd Entertainment. "As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Harold first stepping in front of the camera, I know he would be thrilled that this award, bearing his name, be presented to an artist of Mr. Jeunet's passion and achievement," added Lloyd.

Previous honorees of the Harold Lloyd Award have included James Cameron ('Avatar'), Martin Scorsese ('Hugo'), Ang Lee ('Life of Pi'), and last year Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks Animation).

"This is the first time the Lloyd Award is being presented to a director who works primarily outside of the United States," commented Society President Jim Chabin. "We are a global organization of creative professionals, from Paris to Beijing, and this is a wonderful opportunity to be able to acknowledge the artists whose work is done outside of Hollywood," he added.

The Society's Creative Arts Awards annually honor "extraordinary achievement" in the 3D and advanced imaging arts including movies, television, and other entertainment media.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's work has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival honors, and César Awards in France. Born in Roanne, Loire, France, he bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation at Cinémation Studios. He lives in Paris and serves as director, screenwriter, and producer of many of his works.

Harold Lloyd starred in, directed, and produced more than 200 movies throughout his life. Along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Lloyd founded Hollywood's comedic genre. In 1923 Harold Lloyd sat for an interview with the Los Angeles Times. The conversation was reported in the Times' October 21st edition, before the advent of sound and "talkies." Harold spoke at length about his fascination with 3D, "If the characters could only be made to stand out as they do in stereopticon (3D) pictures, and still retain the action of motion pictures today, I think the ultimate would be reached by cinema." A passionate advocate for 3D, Harold formed Hollywood's first 3D Society in 1950 with actor friends Edgar Bergen and Sterling Holloway (voice of Disney's 'Winnie the Pooh'). Harold served as its first President.

Magnetic 3D Launches Display Product Line with 3D Conversion Capabilities
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014 (3:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Magnetic 3D, a leader in autostereoscopic, "glasses-free 3D" solutions, announced the official launch of its Wildfire3D™ display line, which includes embedded hardware that automatically converts stereo 3D (side-by-side) content into glasses-free 3D in real-time.

"Content creators accustomed to using 3D glasses can now harness the power of our Wildfire3D™ displays and see their work in real-time without having to change workflow, learn new tools, install any special plug-ins, and of course, most importantly, do so without having to wear 3D glasses," said Tom Zerega, the Company's CEO and Founder. "Equally exciting is the opportunity for developers across a wide variety of industries to become engaged with glasses-free 3D for the first time, since Wildfire3D™ accepts a stereoscopic output from virtually any 3D-enabled application - from visualization and gaming to live video - in the popular format."

Wildfire3D™ represents the cutting-edge of multi-view autostereoscopic technology available on the market today. This innovative solution contains a circuit board that, when activated, automatically converts side-by-side stereo 3D content into Magnetic 3D's proprietary multi-view glasses-free 3D format, called E3D™. The technology not only simplifies multi-view workflow but also opens up the glasses-free 3D delivery pipeline to all applications that can output in the side-by-side format, enabling a massive library of existing stereoscopic 3D content to be seen without glasses for the very first time.

"The official launch of Wildfire3D™ marks a major milestone", said Michael Dorin, COO of Magnetic 3D, "I've had the pleasure of demonstrating this technology in beta to select clients and partners over the last 12 months and the reactions were priceless. Wildfire3D™ literally takes the glasses out of the equation for virtually any 3D software, content, or application. In addition, the technology provides a nearly seamless viewing experience from anywhere in the room… and it's great for watching 3D movies."

The launch represents the culmination of a company-wide effort to offer 3D solutions to a broader range of industries that extend beyond digital signage. Any industry that uses 3D can now take full advantage of glasses-free 3D. The technology was recently featured by the New York Stereoscopic Association at the Holocenter on Governor's Island in New York. Magnetic 3D has already provided Wildfire3D™ displays for military, medical, pro-AV, broadcast, simulcast and entertainment applications.

To celebrate the launch of Wildfire3D™, the company offered the first 25 units off the production line at a special introductory price to its valued clients and authorized dealers through a limited email marketing campaign. In connection with the public announcement of the launch, Magnetic 3D is extending that same offer to end customers, systems integrators, distributors, and other affiliates, and is encouraging them to secure displays while supplies last.

"We look forward to providing our glasses-free 3D technology to several new verticals through the use of Wildfire3D™," said Tom Zerega, "Adding value to the 3D production chain and seeing the adoption of our technology across new applications is our main goal, but we are mostly excited that users of Wildfire3D™ will finally be able to ditch those 3D glasses."

SENSIO and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Renew Distribution Deal for U.S. and Enter Into a New Deal for Canada
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014 (3:21 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

SENSIO Technologies Inc. announced the extension of its content licensing agreement with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment ("Universal") for the distribution of 3D movies through its 3DGO!™ video-on-demand service. This pact provides access, depending on windows of availability, to Universal's 3D titles in the U.S Additionally, SENSIO and Universal have entered into a new content licensing agreement to make such 3D titles available in Canada. The 3D titles include such blockbuster animated films as Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, as well as an impressive and exciting slate of upcoming Universal films.

"We are extremely satisfied with both the extension of our U.S. deal and the new Canadian agreement, which will help us expand our movie library and pave the way for our upcoming Canadian expansion," said Nicholas Routhier, SENSIO's President and CEO. "Universal is a key partner for SENSIO, and its content library remains very popular with 3DGO!™ users. Combined, the extension and the new agreement give us access to more high-quality titles for an extended term, in a bigger territory, and is in line with our objectives. With today's announcement, we have just taken a big step forward in our development plans for 3DGO!™".

For further information on SENSIO and its technologies, please visit http://www.sensio.tv

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