3D-News Archive October 2007


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Qube XP-D Digital Cinema Server now equipped with stereoscopic playback capability
3D-News Posted: Monday, October 22, 2007 (8:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Qube Cinema announced that the Qube XP-D Digital Cinema Server is now available with 3D playback capability. This feature has been implemented in compliance with the DCI specification and draft SMPTE standards and works with single stereoscopic 48 fps Track Files.

The Qube XP-D is equipped with two independent dual-link HDSDI (2 x SMPTE 292M) outputs and has the capability to output 12-bit 24 fps 4:4:4 images to two different projectors or 48 fps images to a single projector in 4:2:2 mode.

The Qube system has the capability to work with multiple 3D technologies including active shutter glasses and the Z-Screen for single projectors and fixed polarizing filters on dual projectors.

Qube Cinema's end-to-end solutions for digital cinema provide the ultimate combination of quality, reliability, ease-of-use, security and flexibility. Designed from the ground up to operate in mission-critical applications, the architecture of the Qube product family has been conceived with the future in mind and provides an integrated workflow, from mastering to distribution, playback to reporting and archiving. Being almost entirely software based allows the Qube system to leverage developments in the computer industry and bring to the market format independent, powerful and flexible products.

3D Comes to the Desktop with Panoram's Circular Polarized, Passive Stereoscopic HD LCD Display
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 (9:06 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Panoram Technologies, a leading provider and integrator of visualization technologies, announced the release of its PSP 2400, a breakthrough high definition 24 inch LCD monitor that provides a passive stereo, 3D solutions for the desktop.

The circular polarized, passive stereoscopic, LCD panel is designed for high-end desktop applications at a fraction of the cost of 3D projection systems. While "Auto-Stereoscopic" displays are good for consumer 3D visioning applications like point of purchase displays, commercial visualization applications require high definition 3D imaging without having to keep your head in a very specific place.

"We are pleased to bring this new technology to the commercial CAD, oil/gas, scientific and educational markets. The PSP 2400 is a breakthrough solution in 3D imaging at the desktop that meets the needs of both individual and small collaborative group," said Theo Mayer, CEO of Panoram Technologies. "Best of all, the solution can be instantly switched from an excellent 1920 x 1200 24" computer monitor to a superlative 3D stereo display. It is a dual purpose device that can change the way commercial users access the power of 3D imaging."

The PSP 2400 LCD monitor features 1920 x 1200 mono and combined eye resolution at a 0.27 mm dot pitch within a rugged aluminum construction. The circular polarization enables an extremely wide field of view, as well as accommodating head tilting when viewing images. This technology eliminates the need for users to move their head to find the "sweet spot" required from most auto stereoscopic (no glasses) 3D monitors; meaning, with the PSP 2400, one can stand back, sit close, or have more than one viewer for a more collaborative environment.

The elegantly designed and easy to use PSP 2400 LCD monitor is a "Plug-And-Play" solution for most applications adapting automatically to high-end graphics cards from companies like NVIDIA. The form factor offers a small footprint allowing for easy integration with multiple display setups. It accepts many stereo formats including Frame Sequential, Side-Field, Sub-Field, and Interlaced. In addition, desktop users can instantly switch between standard 2D and 3D stereoscopic display modes with a simple ON and OFF at the press of a button, making the display a perfect second monitor for general applications as well.

The basic configuration of the PSP 2400 is designed for a one or two user environment as a desktop monitor. There is also a second configuration available for one to three user environments with an optional VESA mounting plate allowing the display to be mounted on a wall or tradeshow stand.

Four types of comparatively low cost passive stereo glasses are available, all light weight and durable at the size and weight of regular sunglasses. These include theme park style glasses with fixed template, upgraded aviator style glasses with a hinge frame, wrap around glasses, and flip up clip-ons to put over existing corrective lenses.

At an MSRP of $4,995, the PSP 2400 is a fraction of the cost of a 3D projection system, and it works with low cost passive stereo glasses (compared to active stereo glasses for CRT solutions that cost over $700 each pair). The PSP 2400 is now shipping and is available through Panoram for direct purchase at http://www.panoramtech.com

Visual Molecular Dynamics Now Supports DTI Displays
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 (7:08 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Dimension Technologies Inc. (DTI) announced that Visual Molecular Dynamics (VMD) now supports the full range of DTI 2D/3D switchable displays.

VMD is a molecular visualization program for displaying, animating, and analyzing large biomolecular systems using 3D graphics and built-in scripting. VMD supports computers running MacOS-X, Unix, or Windows, is distributed free of charge, and includes source code.

VMD uses OpenGL to provide high performance 3D molecular graphics and stereo viewing capabilities. Visit VMD's Web site for a full listing of compatible graphics cards required to view stereo: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/vmd/

TRIDIX brings 3D to DVDs
3D-News Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2007 (6:34 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


French start-up TRIDIX will be present at MIPCOM in Cannes, France from October 8 to 12, 2007 with their revolutionary solution that easily allows 3D movies to be watched and enjoyed on the ordinary television screens that are already in living rooms around the world. TRIDIX is the only solution available on the market that allows people to enjoy 3D entertainment on the DVD players and TV screens they already own, immediately, inexpensively, enjoyably and comfortably. The TRIDIX solution can be used today on any movie or video that has been produced in stereoscopic 3D. The original 3D images are simply processed with TRIDIX's technology. The DVDs are then manufactured as usual and shipped with special TRIDIX glasses. Unlike the red-and-blue 3D glasses of the past, the innovative yet inexpensive TRIDIX glasses render 3D entertainment with beautiful, natural colors and sharp images, and without any "ghosting." There is no discomfort, fatigue, eye strain or headaches. With TRIDIX , 3D movies can be enjoyed on all LCD and plasma screens, all CRT and DLP television sets, and even any laptop computer. TRIDIX-processed films can be played on all DVD players, including HD-DVD™ and Blu-ray.™

TRIDIX's patent-pending breakthrough technology is live, available today, and unique on the market. Christophe Brossier, CEO of TRIDIX, points out the immense potential: "In the next few years, hundreds of millions of people will watch dozens of major Hollywood movies in thousands of cinemas equipped with 3D digital projection technology – including highly anticipated big-budget movies from Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, and Robert Zemeckis; as well as animated pictures from Walt Disney™, Dreamworks™, ImageMovers Digital™, nWave Pictures™ and Focus Features™. The 3D cinema release of a movie usually draws in three times more spectators than its 2D version. Still, half of the total revenues of a Hollywood motion picture generally come from DVD sales. And until now, there was no way to release and sell a decent DVD version of a 3D movie to the mass market. TRIDIX has solved that problem."

Following a successful IBC show in Amsterdam in September, Brossier (CEO) and Véronique Chalandar (Business Development) will be at MIPCOM, demonstrating TRIDIX with a new 3D showreel on an ordinary 42" HD plasma screen, on the "Ile de France Film" booth (#06.06).

National Geographic's 'Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure' is first 3D giant-screen film to release simultaneously in both Real D and large-format theaters
3D-News Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2007 (6:24 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


"Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure" will be the first large-format 3D film to release simultaneously on both giant screen and REAL D® digital 3D screens nationwide, it was announced by National Geographic. Already setting records as the biggest release for a film of this genre, the film will open worldwide this month on more than 190 REAL D® screens and 75 giant screens.

Narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber and with an original score by longtime musical collaborators Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel, the film brings to life the extraordinary marine creatures of the dinosaur age on the most advanced and captivating cinematic mediums, creating an unparalleled visual encounter for audiences of all ages.

Launching the film in Real D® digital 3D theaters will significantly expand the reach of National Geographic's 3D film by offering access in markets not being served by existing giant-screen theaters. REAL D® cinema also offers audiences a state-of-the-art digital 3D experience unlike anything currently available.

"'Sea Monsters' on Real D® will make your jaw drop," said Lisa Truitt, president, National Geographic Cinema Ventures. "Like the giant screen, Real D® is an immersive medium that takes audiences on an eye-popping journey in a way never thought possible. In teaming with Real D®, we not only double the film's reach but also are able to bring the most fantastic imagery to life via the most cutting-edge cinematic delivery."

Funded in part through a grant from the National Science Foundation, "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Journey" submerges the audience in the ancient waters populated by saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid - the relatively unexplored world of the "other dinosaurs."

Screamfest Horror Film Festival Presents 25th Anniversary Screenings of Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D
3D-News Posted: Friday, October 5, 2007 (10:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles is presenting the 25th anniversary and reunion of the classic 3D horror film Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D on October 13th.

Both screenings will feature special appearances by cast and crew Tracie Savage, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker, Larry Zerner and Harry Manfredini.

Tickets are available at http://www.screamfestla.com

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