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PassmoreLab Wins Audience Award at 3DFF
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 (20:56 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

As momentum builds and the buzz grows louder by the day in the worldwide entertainment industry, the spotlight was on 3D at the inaugural 3D Film & Interactive Festival (3DFF) held in Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida, October 10-19. The event was the first of its kind, featuring a competitive festival program devoted entirely to digital 3D media. Stereoscopic content and technology developer PassmoreLab received the Audience Award (3D Lounge Content) for its video production, "Las Pozas: Reality of a Dream," joining with other notable content award-winners, which included the feature film concert documentary "U23D" (dir. Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington/3ality Digital); feature film, "Scar 3D" (dir. Jed Weintroub/The Scar Company); music video, "Bjork - Wanderlust" (dir. Encyclopedia Pictura 3D, support by UVPA); short music compilation, "Missy Elliot - Ching-a-Ling" (dir. Dave Meyers); and others in the categories of interactive media and display, animation, animated ride film, technical, and various 3D technologies. Key sponsorship was provided by AMC Theaters, RealD 3D, Kerner Optical, The Dream Factory Studio, and View Master.

3DFF was founded by Christopher Crescitelli, chief creative officer of The Dream Factory Studio, who outlined the event's purpose, stating, "3DFF will be dedicated to driving innovations in the 3D entertainment industry and to help perpetuate the art and science of the medium. Through its biannual and touring non-profit festival programs, 3DFF will pay tribute to and honor the many companies, technologists, and content creators, who have in the past and are currently pioneering the future of the 3D stereoscopic motion picture and video game industries."

As part of the event, the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront resort hotel hosted the 3D Film & Interactive Lounge, a unique and innovative environment featuring the new wave of 3D entertainment and technology, including video and game content, virtual worlds, television displays, and 3D cell phone technology. Sponsored by 3D software and content company DDD, along with event partners JVC, Samsung, Hyundai IT Corp., IZ3D, VZILLION, PassmoreLab, and MTBS3D.com, the 3D Lounge treated attendees to the latest in immersive home entertainment.

The award-winning production from PassmoreLab showcased the stunning immersive experience of today's stereoscopic 3D. 'Las Pozas: Reality of a Dream,' examines an other-worldly Surrealist art colony located deep in the jungle of central Mexico and the eccentric British millionaire, the late Edward James, who designed and built its sprawling collection of massive concrete sculptures. Emerald green jungle, shaded pools, and tumbling waterfalls frame James' awe-inspiring sculptures with their themes of nature and the surreal elements of dreams, and are given a contemplative yet powerful visual perspective captured in 3D, which elevates the documentary form to an entirely new level.

Michael Page, PassmoreLab's creative director and music composer, and who produced and scored the Las Pozas documentary, commented, "I congratulate Christopher Crescitelli and The Dream Factory for presenting a very successful and informative 3D film festival. We had an exceptionally wonderful time interacting with people in the industry and the audience of 3D enthusiasts who attended the event, and we're very honored to receive the award for the Passmorelab 3D production 'Las Pozas: Reality of a Dream.' We definitely hope to see everyone again next year, and can't wait to see what our industry comes up with in the months to come. This is an exciting time for anyone who sees the remarkable potential of the 3D medium, and it's events like this that provide an important opportunity to see what's being developed, and to share ideas and move the technology forward."

Alioscopy® to Demonstrate Its Advanced Auto-Stereoscopic 3D Visualization and Display Technology at the Annual 94th Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 (20:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Alioscopy® USA, a leading developer of a wide range of 3D technology products and services, announced it will demonstrate its state-of-the-art, 3DHD auto-stereoscopic (no glasses required) 3D LCD display and content creation technology at the 94th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago at the McCormick Place Convention Center, November 30-December 5, 2008. RSNA 2008 one of the largest medical conferences worldwide and is devoted to the latest advances in radiology products, services and education; attracting over 27,000 healthcare professionals from more than 100 countries.

"Alioscopy USA is attending RSNA in Chicago to show how its powerful autostereoscopic (no 3D glasses required) display technology and content creation solutions and services can deliver one of the most immersive and visually compelling ways for the medical diagnostic and radiology community to create and visualize anything from a cellular model to a fully animated 3D surgery or chemotherapy procedure," said Philippe Roche, CEO of Alioscopy, USA. "The ultimate benefit is an easy way to create state-of-the art 3D visualizations that aids educational, diagnostic and patient understanding."

In development over the past fourteen years, Alioscopy's groundbreaking 3D display product, the 3DHD, developed and manufactured by Alioscopy, features a highly specialized lenticular lens that boasts unmatched quality, clarity and image depth, resulting in a truly immersive and memorable experience for the viewer. Displays are available in a 24-inch (portable) and 40-inch LCD monitor model and can offer content in two, four or eight-views.

Alioscopy's underlying open architecture provides an end-to-end solution that allows standard video to be shown and 3D content to be developed and rendered with leading off-the-shelf 3D software applications such as Autodesk® 3ds® Max, Autodesk® Maya®, Softimage|XSI®, MAXON CINEMA 4D and NewTek Lightwave 3D®. Real-time capabilities enhance the experience even further by allowing the viewer to interact with 3D content as if moving through a video game. Alioscopy offers scripts and plug-ins along with a proprietary mixing software that works with proprietary visualization and 3D software. The Alioscopy plug-in takes any image or animation, and generates eight multiple rendered views for output to the Alioscopy monitors. The company also offers customized support and consulting services geared to get any customer up and running—fast.

Alioscopy's breathtaking 3D technology demonstration is often said to be an experience that must be seen and felt to be believed. RSNA conference attendees and press who wish to "just feel it™" for themselves, are encouraged to come by Booth #141 and experience the unmatched quality and clarity of the 3DHD displays.

iZ3D Announces General Availability of Latest 3D Display Driver
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 (20:38 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

iZ3D LLC, designer, developer and pioneer of advanced stereoscopic 3D visualization systems, announced the latest release of its popular stereoscopic 3D monitor driver. The Version 1.09 Driver began shipping with iZ3D's 22" widescreen 3D/2D switchable monitor in October and is now generally available at http://www.iz3d.com.

iZ3D has been publishing regular S-3D driver updates since its first driver release in 2006. Since then, iZ3D has become the defacto-standard for stereoscopic 3D drivers among gamers, display OEMs, and system hardware providers wanting to enable 3D gaming and entertainment.

"iZ3D is committed to bring S-3D to the mainstream. We recognized the importance of software drivers when developing our second generation display in 2006 and began releasing our own drivers with the introduction of the 22" monitor model," stated Thomas Streigler, iZ3D's CEO. "Since then, our software group has worked closely with customer beta testers to regularly update and improve our drivers and expand functionality to support a broad range of 3D outputs," he added.

Expanded Features
This is the first S-3D driver to feature a user-friendly interface, flexible per-game profile system, and compatibility with multiple popular dual output cards and 3D hardware. In addition to the iZ3D output, the new driver now also supports a variety of additional S-3D outputs enabling it to support a wide range of 3D viewing hardware.

The supported stereoscopic methods supported in Version 1.09 include:

  • iZ3D output
  • Anaglyph output
  • Dual output
  • Interlaced output
  • Shutter output
  • Stereo Mirror output
  • VR920 output
  • 3D DLP output
The driver is compatible with DirectX games and content and runs on Windows XP 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit operating systems.

Driver Price and Availability
The Version 1.09 Driver is available at www.iz3d.com with a licensing fee of $49.99 per driver output. Customers that are buying iZ3D's 22" 3D monitor get both the iZ3D and Anaglyph driver outputs included as part of their 3D kit.
iZ3D also offers drivers for OpenGL Quad Buffer applications with a licensing fee of $99.99 to $499.99 and additional software applications for 3D movie and image viewing

The iZ3D Solution
The iZ3D solution includes a widescreen monitor, viewing glasses, and software drivers. iZ3D developed this unique technology to create an adjustable viewing environment that delivers 3D without the eyestrain, spatial disorientation, or headaches commonly associated with other 3D approaches.

The 22-inch monitor, which is optimized for 3D viewing, can also be easily toggled into a 2D mode when required for productivity applications or email. In 3D mode, viewers see bright, sharp 3D images or video simply by installing the software driver and wearing any of eight iZ3D passive polarized glasses. New or existing PCs equipped with a dual-output video card easily power the display.

Specifications include:
  • 1680 x 1050 resolution
  • Up to 170-degree 3D viewing angle
  • 5ms response time
  • 700:1 contrast ratio
  • 16.7-million colors
  • 300 nits
Most PC games released in the last five years, including many of the most popular multiplayer online, first person shooter, and role-playing games, have already been designed for 3D displays. iZ3D's optimized driver unlocks the third (depth) dimension of these 3D-ready games to allow gamers to finally play them as they were written – in 3D.

Jim Carrey To Narrate Latest IMAX(R) 3D Film Under The Sea 3D
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 (17:18 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. and IMAX Corporation announced that Jim Carrey will narrate Under the Sea 3D, the third IMAX(R) 3D co-production between the two companies. Scheduled to be released to IMAX(R) theatres beginning on February 13, 2009, Under the Sea 3D will offer an entertaining and uniquely inspirational way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans. Moviegoers will be able to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. In IMAX 3D, the images appear to leap off the screen and float around the theatre, putting the audience IN the movie.

"Jim Carrey is a favorite of film audiences everywhere and of every generation, so he is the perfect choice to narrate this undersea adventure for moviegoers of all ages. We are also very proud to be working with IMAX to bring audiences this visually stunning film that reminds us all of the beauty and magic of our oceans, and the importance of preserving them for future generations," said Dan Fellman, President, domestic distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

"With his roots in Toronto, home of the world's first permanent IMAX theatre, Jim is very familiar with The IMAX Experience and we're very excited to collaborate with him on this meaningful project," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "His voice will draw people into this world of mysterious creatures and dazzling colors featured in Under the Sea 3D and we welcome him into the IMAX family."

Jim Carrey next stars in Warner Bros. Pictures' comedy Yes Man, due to be release on December 19, 2008. He previously earned Golden Globe Awards for his performances in Man on the Moon and The Truman Show. His numerous film credits also include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Liar, Liar, Batman Forever, The Mask and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. His upcoming films include Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol, in which he plays Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

Under the Sea 3D is filmed by award-winning director/cinematographer Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers, executive produced by Graeme Ferguson, and produced for Howard Hall Productions by Michele Hall. In addition to the 2006 release of Deep Sea 3D, Hall, Ferguson and Myers were all part of the accomplished filmmaking team behind IMAX's first underwater 3D adventure, Into The Deep, which has grossed more than $70 million since its 1991 release.

Under the Sea 3D follows the 2006 box office hit Deep Sea 3D, which has grossed $75 million worldwide. Deep Sea 3D continues to draw audiences after more than 100 weeks in release, demonstrating the strong legs and tremendous appeal that original IMAX 3D productions have become famous for throughout the exhibition industry.

NEC LCD Technologies Develops 12.1-Inch High-Density Three-Dimensional LCD Module Enabling Naked-Eye Viewing of Stereoscopic Images in Industrial Applications
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 (17:16 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

NEC LCD Technologies, together with its sales and marketing channels in the Americas and Europe, NEC Electronics America, Inc. and NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, announced the successful development of a new 12.1-inch (31 centimeters diagonal) amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) color liquid crystal display (LCD) module with super video graphics array (SVGA) resolution that enables naked-eye viewing of stereoscopic images. Featuring horizontal double-density pixel (HDDP) structure, NEC's proprietary pixel array for stereoscopic displays, this module enables users to view high-density stereoscopic images without special 3D glasses.

The HDDP structure is composed of horizontally striped RGB color sub-pixels; each pixel consists of three sub-pixels that are striped horizontally and split in half lengthwise. As a result, horizontal resolution is double that of 3D LCD modules constructed with vertically striped pixels, and 3D images are produced through data for the right eye and data for the left eye being alternately displayed horizontally by pixel. Moreover, 2D images may also be displayed when the same data is presented for adjacent pixels. Since the LCD module can display both 3D and 2D images at the same resolution, it can display a mixture of 2D and 3D images simultaneously on the same screen without causing discomfort to viewers. Furthermore, high-quality images are ensured through optimization that has reduced 3D crosstalk and produces a wide visible 3D area.

Recently, 3D-based media content has been gaining popularity. In the United States, the number of 3D cinemas and games has been increasing, and 3D broadcasting in Japan was launched in December 2007. Meanwhile, the demand for 3D images has been growing for a variety of applications, such as amusement equipment, digital signage and industrial CAD, medical image analysis and other equipment. As a result, the demand for hardware that can display high-quality 3D images has increased rapidly.

The new LCD module is a result of NEC LCD Technologies' research and development efforts to produce higher 3D image quality that complements the 2.5-inch 3D LCD module with HDDP structure that was developed by NEC Central Research Laboratories. The new module corresponds to the size and resolution (i.e. 12.1-inch SVGA), which are currently in high demand throughout the industrial market.

NEC LCD Technologies continues to promote research and development of 3D displays, and aims to start production in fiscal year 2009 in addition to the development of new applications for the company's primary markets.

Quantel's Stereo3D technology wins 'Innovation of the Year' at the Producción Profesional Awards
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 (17:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Quantel announced that its Stereo3D technology has received the Innovation of the Year' Award from Producción Profesional, one of Spain's - and Europe's - leading industry publications. The Award was collected by Rafael Zapardiel, Quantel Spain Senior Sales Manager.

2008 is the sixth year of the Producción Profesional Awards, which recognise the most important products and innovations in the Iberian market. The jury that judges the submissions comprises the ultimate in independent industry specialists because it comprises all the readers of the magazine. From a final shortlist of three products chosen by the readers, a panel of experts drawn from the industry then votes on the eventual winner.

"Quantel 3D Stereoscopic technology was on everybody's mind, the night the jury got together to vote," said João Martins - International Editor of Producción Profesional (Spain, Portugal, Brasil and Latin America). "After IBC 2008, it was clear that this is an industry-changing development, highly motivating for all creative minds. In our IBC 2008 report, we wrote ‘Quantel's demonstration with 3ality Digital was a decisive moment for anyone who thought 3D production was not practical. Suddenly, a post-production solution becomes part of the all production workflow'."

This prestigious Award brings the total number of Awards made to Quantel over the last three months for its Stereo3D technology to an incredible total of eight - including two IBC Innovation Awards, the HPA Engineering Excellence Award, the IABM Award for Design and Innovation Excellence, TV Technology STAR Award, Broadcast Engineering IBC Pick Hit and TVB Europe's Best of IBC 2008 Award.

Quantel's Stereo3D post production technology has made interactive post production of stereoscopic 3D a practical proposition for the first time. In doing so, it is helping to drive a major new creative and business opportunity for broadcasters and post houses, and giving producers a potent new weapon to attract audiences and increase revenues.

"We are proud and honoured to have won such recognition from Producción Profesional," said Rafael Zapardiel. "It also confirms the market's confidence and expectations for the development of Stereo3D, and we will continue our efforts to drive this new business forward. We would also like to congratulate the organisers of the Awards, Producción Profesional magazine on the launch of its 100th issue - a superb achievement."

Dassault Systèmes selects Barco display system to showcase leading-edge 3D design technology
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 (17:12 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Barco, a technology leader in virtual reality and a Core Technology Alliance Partner of Dassault Systèmes, recently installed a world-unique 3D visualization showroom and a 3D auditorium at Dassault Systèmes' new global headquarters, DS Campus. The seven-channel, three-sided 3D stereo system shows the capabilities of Dassault Systèmes' 3D software to its customers and partners, and also promotes both companies' emphasis on the importance of immersive and collaborative visualization.

Dassault Systèmes is a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. It offers a portfolio of software products aimed at accurately rendering high-quality 3D content for designers, engineers and teams of decision-makers. For their showroom and auditorium at their new DS Campus, Dassault Systèmes wanted the most high-end display system available to best showcase its PLM solutions to customers and partners. These customers represent eleven industries, from the world's most prominent automotive and aerospace companies to consumer goods, construction and engineering industries.

Dassault Systèmes has added Barco as a Technology Partner through its alliance program, while Barco's customers have often used Dassault Systèmes' 3DVIA Virtools software on their display systems. Both companies also worked together on the Kheops project, which sought to raise industry awareness on the importance of 3D stereo visualization in collaborative applications for engineering or public purposes. The system Barco created for Dassault Systèmes is the world's first such system with seven native HD projectors, and superflat, high-contrast Barco screens.

Barco's immersive environment at Dassault Systèmes' global headquarters consists of seven three-chip DLP Galaxy NH-12 projectors, and is the first such system of its kind. Four projectors power the wide front screen, while two are used for the side screen, and an additional one for the floor. Barco's Galaxy NH-12 is the world's first active 3D stereo projector that offers Windows desktop integration. It boasts a light output of 12,000 lumens and a native 1080p HD resolution. Furthermore, the Galaxy NH-12 is designed for multi-channel operation, with built-in features that guarantee one seamless composite image free of color, light or geometry disturbances. Through integration with Barco's XDS Control Center software suite, the system's users can select, control and edit a multitude of sources simultaneously in a familiar Windows user environment.

In addition, Dassault Systèmes' 300-seat 3D auditorium is driven by a 9-meters wide Barco CADWall system with two Galaxy NH-12 projectors.

"We are very excited to start using Barco's immersive environment and 3D auditorium," states Barbara Tabb, Director of WW Alliance Operations for Dassault Systèmes, "Not only does this system create the right environment for our design software, it also shows that both we and Barco believe in the importance of 3D as a key building block for collaboration, PLM and innovation. If you are immersed in your design, construction or data, you suddenly get a much clearer insight in correlations between vital pieces of information. You will immediately see if the pieces of your design fit together well, or if some materials you want to use have the right look and feel."

2009 NAB Show to Spotlight New Content, Platforms and Global Players
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 (17:02 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The 2009 NAB Show, held April 18-23 in Las Vegas, will include new pavilions and exhibitors showcasing the latest developments in 3D, mobile solutions, IPTV and content, show organizers announced today. The NAB Show will once again put content and the content lifecycle in the spotlight through an unparalleled array of 1,600 exhibits, featuring the industry's top innovators, including Show partners Sony, Thomson, Panasonic, Canon, Dolby, Evertz, Harris, JVC, Ross Video and Vitec Group. Other major exhibitors that reflect the leading edge in content development include Accenture, Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco, Google, HP, Microsoft, NEC, QUALCOMM, Inc./Media FLO and Quantel.

"The new pavilions featured on the exhibit floor will allow content professionals from all sides of the broader-casting spectrum to come together to share experiences, explore opportunities and examine new business models for distributing content over next generation platforms," said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. "We look forward to providing the content community with an even sharper focus around the balance between content development and distribution during the 2009 NAB Show."

New pavilions at the NAB Show include:

  • Content Commerce Pavilion is produced in partnership with VideoNuze and located within Content Central. This area will unite all members of the content community to facilitate business to business information sharing and innovation, explore opportunities and examine new business models for distributing content over next generation platforms.

    "I'm thrilled that VideoNuze is partnering with NAB to create the Content Commerce Pavilion at the 2009 NAB Show," said Will Richmond, editor and publisher of VideoNuze. "The broadband video industry is exploding with content and technology choices; this will be a premier opportunity to see the latest monetization, video platform, syndication, and ad support technologies that will expand audience reach for content owners."

  • Mobile Solutions Pavilion is produced in partnership with Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) and will showcase the latest in mobile technologies including: standards, handsets, advertising applications and end-to-end mobile solutions.

    "We are excited about our ongoing relationship with NAB and the partnership to help create the Mobile Solutions Pavilion at the 2009 NAB Show," said Jim Beddows, board chairman for MEF Americas. "The rapid acceleration of video consumed through mobile devices bodes well for cross-platform opportunities and for the content industry as a whole."

  • 3D Pavilion includes the latest in stereoscopic and auto stereoscopic technologies. This area will feature 3D software tools for content professionals looking to create cutting-edge 3D footage. Participating first time exhibitors include Phillips 3D Solutions and 3ality Digital.

    "Exhibiting at the NAB Show is vital for Philips 3D Solutions," said Bjorn Teuwsen, manager of marketing and communications at Phillips 3D Solutions. "The NAB credo 'where content comes to life,' will become reality when you experience the new dimension of our immersive 3D displays."

  • NHK Pavilion will include a super hi-vision theater and an integral 3D television system, a new development in 3D technology that reproduces the 3D effect in HDTV without being sensitive to viewer position. Japan's terrestrial digital broadcasting system, ISDB-T, will also be displayed at the pavilion, featuring an innovative application that shows how mobile DTV services can be utilized for emergency warning systems.
Pavilions returning this year include the IPTV Pavilion, produced in partnership with Telephony and Broadcast Engineering magazines, and an array of international pavilions. Occupying over 15,000 square feet of exhibit space, the International Pavilions at the 2009 NAB Show will include representatives from France, Bavaria, Belgium, Brazil, India, the UK and Italy.

Quantel announces RED conform
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 (16:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Quantel announced the release of RED conform and import for the eQ, iQ, Sid and Pablo finishing and color correction systems. This new development massively simplifies post production of RED projects as it eliminates the need to convert material before finishing or color correction can begin. This productivity-enhancing new facility is available to all customers already running Version 4 software at no cost.

Quantel's ultra-high quality sizing technology can be used during import, giving superb results. 4K originated .r3d RED projects can as easily be finished at 4K, 2K, HD, SD, or even in Stereo3D. Also Quantel's high level offline to online integration with Final Cut Pro delivers massive time savings during the finishing process.

"Our customers told us they are getting a massive surge in the number of post production projects that are shot on RED," said Mark Horton, Quantel Strategic Marketing Manager. "So Quantel fast-tracked the RED conform development, and we think it will make our customers the best place to post RED-shot projects.

"RED conform adds to our systems' ability to handle every aspect of the job – from editing and color correction to compositing and deliverables. Thanks to Resolution Co-existence our customers can freely mix material shot in other formats with RED material without the need for additional rendering or conversions, saving time and disk space and maximizing quality. The picture looks very bright indeed for Quantel and RED users."

One such Quantel user is Generator Post of Helsinki, Finland. "RED is flowing from out of the doors and windows!" exclaims Petri Riikonen, Production Manager/ Post Production Producer at Generator Post. "Quantel's RED importer will make the whole process much smoother and more efficient."

MediArt Productions & The Paso Robles Digital Film Festival Presents the First Annual 3D Indie Film Expo
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 (16:39 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

ediArt Productions announced the 3D Indie Film Expo on November 24, 2008. The 3D Indie Film Expo is designed to bring into focus the independent 3D filmmaker and the inventive spirit of the 21st Century pan-dimensional artist and their creations. This first-time 3D Indie Film Expo will be part of the larger four-day Paso Robles Digital Film Fest and will be held from 2 pm to 6 pm (PST) in the Park Ballroom at 1232 Park Street, Suite 200, downtown Paso Robles, CA.

The 3-DIFE will offer over two-hours of immersive, three-dimensional short film screenings, featuring such award-winning independent 3D shorts, stereoscopic documentaries, as well as the fantastic commercially produced 3D projects. A live gypsy jazz band will be on hand, along with finger foods & artisan chocolates, accompanied by a wine tasting of vintages from local Paso Robles wineries, to set the atmosphere for a casual networking and Q & A.

Another feature of the expo is "The Desktop 3D Revolution" panel, in which six world-renowned stereo media experts will be discussing the emerging future of 3D cinema, from production to delivery. Moderated by the famed 3D historian/filmmaker and 3D comic book artist Ray Zone, this 1 hour panel will cover Indie 3D film making and photography applications for education, advertising, instruction, entertainment, home theater technology, and 3D online.

Sponsors and exhibitors will also be in attendance demonstrating 3D monitor displays, immersive high definition video goggles, revolutionary new stereo camera systems, and a variety of 3D production & presentation tools, as well as live high-definition 3D video demonstrations.

To learn more about the 3D Indie Film Expo, purchase tickets and make travel arrangements, please visit http://www.3difexpo.com

iZ3D Wins Pioneer Award at World's First Digital 3D Film and Interactive Festival
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008 (7:44 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

iZ3D, LLC, designer, marketer and developer, of advanced 3D visualization systems, is announced that it is a winner of the notable Pioneer Award from the world's first digital "3D Film & Interactive Festival" (3DFF). The award was presented in Cocoa Beach, Florida, via "The 3D Film & Interactive Lounge". The event was the first competitive digital 3D stereoscopic film festival in the world. For more information visit http://www.3DFF.org

"For its true pioneering achievements in the world of 3D stereoscopic gaming, I am pleased to present iZ3D with a 3DFF Pioneer Award," stated Chris Crescitelli, 3DFF's Festival Director who went on to comment. "The 3DFF's Pioneer Award is something we give to honor the companies and individual technologists who have paved the way with consumers to get them excited about 3D in the home and in theaters. iZ3d really fits this mold and we are glad to honor them here today."

"iZ3D is honored to receive this award. We believe in 3D and have tried to educate content creators on the benefits of stereoscopic 3D imagery to help tell their story. We support 3DFF's non-profit initiative to acknowledge up and coming independent 3D producers and directors, emerging gaming technologies and other new content creators," remarked Thomas Striegler, CEO of iZ3D, LLC.

3DFF's next big consumer entertainment event will be held in Salt Lake and Park City January 16th-25th 2009 during the film festival season. Through its biannual and touring non-profit festival programs, 3DFF will pay tribute to and honor the many companies, technologists, and content creators, who have in the past and are currently pioneering the future of the 3D stereoscopic motion picture and video game industries.

The award-winning iZ3D monitors feature significant advantages over other 3D display systems. Gamers that want to experience spectacular game graphics will appreciate playing in stereoscopic 3D. Graphic artists have embraced the iZ3D monitor as an essential tool for 3D design. It is difficult to create images in 3D while viewing the design on a flat 2D screen. Movie buffs can now bring the thrill of a 3D movie to their home theater system.

The company developed this technology to create an adjustable 3D environment without eyestrain, spatial disorientation, or headaches. In 3D mode, viewers can see sharp 3D images and video by wearing iZ3D passive polarized glasses. Existing PCs equipped with a dual-output video card powers the display. Specifications include: 1680 x 1050 resolution; up to 170-degree 3D viewing angle; 5ms response time; 700:1 contrast ratio; and 16.7-million colors.

Nat Geo's 'Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure' reaches $30 million at box office
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008 (7:35 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

"Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure" has become one of the fastest giant-screen films to hit the $30 million mark since its release on Oct. 5, 2007, and is one of the highest grossing original giant-screen films of 2008. The announcement was made on Ctober 20th by Mark Katz, president, Giant Screen Film and Distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures.

"We're thrilled with the enthusiastic response Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure has received from audiences around the world. It's a testament to the strength of the story and how beautifully National Geographic captured these characters on screen," said Katz. "We're confident that this film will be enjoyed by audiences for years to come."

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber, with an original score by longtime musical collaborators Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel, takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the often overlooked world of the "other dinosaurs," those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Funded in part through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the film delivers a vision of some of Earth's grandest ocean creatures.

The film, produced in both 2-D and 3-D, had the largest day and date release in the history of the giant-screen industry when it debuted in Oct. 2007, becoming the first film to release simultaneously in IMAX® and digital 3D theaters. It is currently licensed in approximately 140 theaters in 20 countries worldwide, with recent or upcoming openings in Barcelona and Madrid Spain; Borre, Denmark; Athens, Greece; Salmiya, Kuwait; and Regina and Sudbury, Canada; and in the U.S. in Tallahassee, Fla.; Lubbock, Texas; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Louisville, Ky. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure can currently be seen in more than 50 theaters across the U.S.

An audience and critics' favorite, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure was recently honored with awards in the categories of "Best Film," "Best Film for Learning" and "GSCA Marketing - Big Idea," by the Giant Screen Cinema Association. The film has also been awarded the Visual Effects Society's award for Special Venue Project and a Golden Reel award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors Association for Best Sound Editing - Special Venue.

The film is now available in DVD at stores where videos are sold. Also available are Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure companion books for adults and young readers in standard, 3D and pop-up formats; a video game licensed by Destination Software Incorporated, available on Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™; and a line of licensed plush toys, puzzles and apparel, available at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/store

3D Entertainment Summit Expands Speaker Lineup with James Cameron as a Keynote Speaker and Day Two Luncheon Presenter with 3D Visionary, Vince Pace
3D-News Posted: Monday, November 10, 2008 (12:11 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Unicomm LLC, and Bob Dowling, former Editor in Chief and Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, announced the expansion of the 3D Entertainment Summit(TM) which will take place at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, December 1-2, 2008. The event is the first fully dedicated forum bringing the business of 3D Entertainment into focus.

Award winning Director and Producer James Cameron will deliver a special keynote address. Joining Mr. Cameron in discussion will be Vince Pace who, together with Cameron, developed the revolutionary Fusion Camera System allowing for the re-emergence of 3D filmmaking and the advancement of entertainment.

"Stereoscopic 3D is the most exciting evolution in cinema presentation since color and widescreen," stated James Cameron, Director. "The question for film-makers is not 'why 3D?,' since the reasons are obvious, at least to audiences, and the negatives have all been removed. The question should be 'how do I make 3D a part of my art?'"

"The success of current 3D productions continues to validate that a new era in entertainment is here," stated Vince Pace, CEO, PACE. "One that redefines the ultimate experience and advances the future of entertainment across a wide spectrum of categories - everything from films to music to sports to advertising will be a part of this revolution."

In addition, Journey to the Center of the Earth Director Eric Brevig and Producer, Charlotte Huggins will be featured presenters during the Day One lunch and will be interviewed onstage by David Cohen, Associate Editor at Variety.

Cameron, Brevig and Huggins will join previously announced keynote speakers Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer and President of DreamWorks Animation Inc. and David Hill, A.M., Chairman and CEO, Fox Sports Television Group.

The 3D Entertainment Summit management also announced that DOLBY, NEC, PACE and SONY have signed on as Corporate Sponsors. These new sponsors join 3Ality, Avid and REAL D to round out a world-class event that will include educational demonstrations and networking.

"Tomorrow's new entertainment business models must include 3D," stated Bob Dowling, the event's Co-Producer. "As the premier business event for 3D Entertainment we are excited to have these incredible visionaries joining our program. Never before have so many industry experts been together at one event to discuss the coming 3D revolution in entertainment."

The Summit will assemble an estimated 300 - 400 executives from a cross-section of the entertainment industry including film, television, video gaming, content creation, production, technology and distribution.

From movies and theaters to broadcasting in the home, the 3D Entertainment Summit will be the first industry event to educate entertainment executives about content creation, production, and distribution of this exciting and revolutionary technology. Live demonstrations of never before seen content screened on both cinema and 3D television systems will be presented to showcase new production realities as well as new business opportunities.

Attendees will learn how 3D relates to business practices and will hear from a dynamic group of leading experts in 3D who will provide actionable, non-hyped, real and responsible information that will have a positive impact on the entertainment community.

The unique two-day conference format will contain a mix of general sessions and panel sessions presented by a host of industry experts and executives. The highly interactive environment will allow entertainment professionals to gain practical insight into this technology, market size, adoption rates, creative and production strategies, talent & licensing issues, gaining a better sense of how 3D relates to their future.

Additional speakers include: Michael Lewis, Chairman/CEO and Co-Founder, Real D, Joshua Greer, President and Co-Founder, Real D, Sandy Climan, CEO, 3Ality Digital, LLC, Steve Schklair, CEO, 3Ality Digital Systems, John Fithian, President and CEO, NATO, Buzz Hays, Senior Producer, Sony Pictures Imageworks,Chuck Viane, President of Distribution, Disney Pictures, Jim Tharp, President of Distribution, Paramount, Motion Picture Group, Vincent Maza, Solutions Marketing Manager, Avid Technology Inc., David Cohen, Associate Editor, Features,Variety, Charlotte Jones, Senior Analyst, Film and Cinema, Screen Digest, Jeffrey B. Logsdon, Managing Director, Media & Entertainment, BMO Capital Markets, Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Peter Cane, Publisher, Box Office Magazine, Andrew Oliver, Co-Founder & C.T.O., Blitz Games Studios Ltd., Neil Schneider, President, Meant to Be Seen Andrew Fear, Product Manager, SLI and Stereoscopic 3D Solutions, NVIDIA Corporation, Alex Ben Block, Show Business Historian, and Editor-at-Large, The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Marlowe, Digital Media Consultant, Peter Debruge, Associate Editor, Features, Variety, John Nicolard, Head of Digital Production, FotoKem Digital Film Services, Jeff McNall, Cinema Product Manager, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Andrew Stucker, Director of Sony Electronics Digital Cinema Systems

Media partners promoting the event include, Variety and The Los Angeles Times and LA 411. Supporting media sponsors include Screen Digest, Boxoffice Magazine, DC Cinema Today, Below the Line, Broadcast Equipment Guide, Digital Cinema Buyers Guide and Post Production Buyers Guide, Digital Cinema Report and PR Newswire. Additionally, iHollywoodForum, The Hollywood Post Alliance, and Meant to Be Seen (mtbs3D.com), the foremost authority group on consumer S-3D gaming and entertainment have joined as industry partners to the event.

For more information on the 3D Entertainment Summit, please visit the event website at http://www.3d-summit.com or call 203-878-2577 x106.

Spatial View Releases Pioneering Stereoscopic 3D Editing Software for Users of Adobe After Effects
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008 (9:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Spatial View Inc., a leading developer of 3D image processing and display technologies, announced the availability of its new Stereo 3D Editing 2.0 for Adobe(R) After Effects(R) users without the need to alter one's existing design workflows.

"By expanding our portfolio of 3D content creation plug-ins to include After Effects, we will continue to enable artists and directors to easily and readily push their boundaries well into 3D" said Jason King, head of sales at Spatial View.

One company already using the SVI Stereo 3D Editing 2.0 for After Effects(R) to convert existing video clips into 3D is Digital Images in Germany. "It's amazingly easy to convert film clips into high quality 3D video. Impressive depth and pop-out effects can be quickly created for stereoscopic and glasses-free 3D displays from directly within After Effects" remarks Daniel Simon, head of Artwork, Research & Development for Digital Images.

The SVI Stereo 3D Editing 2.0 plug-in enhances the popular Adobe(R) After Effects(R) application with the capability of creating stereoscopic animations and images from compositions within seconds. The striking results can be displayed auto-stereoscopically, and output into several stereo formats usable in post-production workflows.

SVI Stereo 3D Editing 2.0 is easy to use even for those unfamiliar without stereoscopic technology. It is ideal for users looking to produce 3D content that is more captivating and impactful for film and video post-production.

Adobe and After Effects are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

World's first single-chip high-resolution active stereoscopic projector the F10 AS3D is now shipping
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008 (9:45 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Having made its public debut at the InfoComm International exhibition in June, the F10 AS3D projector from Norwegian manufacturer projectiondesign is now shipping.

The world's first single-chip, high-resolution active stereo 3D projector caused a storm when it was unveiled to the world's professional AV community in Las Vegas, and Anders Løkke, International Marketing & Communications Manager, projectiondesign, is delighted that the company has been able to put it into production so quickly.

"We always we felt we had a winner with the F10 AS3D and the reaction at InfoComm showed us we were right. Up until now, the majority of active stereoscopic projectors on the market have tended to be large and cumbersome, not to mention prohibitively expensive. By using our single-chip F10 chassis as the basis for the F10 AS3D, we have succeeded in making active stereo 3D much more affordable, without compromising on performance."

The F10 AS3D operates at a full 120Hz refresh rate from dual-head inputs on DVI or VGA, making it compatible with virtually every dual-head stereoscopic Image Generator on the market. It offers a resolution of 1,400 x 1,050 pixels, and is fully compatible with 1080p inputs. It is also compatible with both IR transmitted and White Light (DLP Link) LCD 3D shutter glasses.

"Customers in demanding scientific applications such as visualization and simulation, not to mention entertainment industry users, have been crying out for a compact active stereo 3D solution," concludes Løkke. "We are confident that the F10 AS3D will be an international best-seller."

TheFoundry releases Ocula stereo imagery plug-ins
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008 (9:42 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The Foundry has released Ocula, a set of plug-in utilities for Nuke 5.1 that assist with editing stereoscopic imagery. The software replicates processes on the left and right channels to help users enhance material. Disparity-mapping algorithms are used to analyze spacial positioning differences and movement between pixels between the left and right cameras. Ocula then applies warping, stretching, or squeezing effects to the areas that need correction.

Artists can also manually adjust the stereo image pairs, with an option to edit channels collectively or individually. The set of plug-ins includes the Interocular Shifter to reduce interaxial separation between cameras; Vertical Aligner to correct camera misalignment; New View to create a single view from a pair of images; Correlate for reducing production time while working with paint or rotoscoping work; and ColourMatch to match the colors between the views.

Ocula is available now as a plug-in for Nuke 5.1, and costs $10,000. Nuke 5.1 is available for $3500. Other rental options and license types are available from The Foundry.

U-DECIDE Initiative Offers Big Prizes for Online Gaming Survey Participants
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008 (9:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Meant to Be Seen, the foremost authority group on stereoscopic 3D gaming has joined with AMD, iZ3D, Blitz Games Studios, The Game Creators and Guild Software to create the "U-DECIDE Initiative." By visiting http://www.mtbs3D.com/udecide.shtml gamers can let their voice be heard and have a chance of winning one of 60 great prizes donated by U-DECIDE sponsors. The survey closes January 1, 2009.

"While we are already very excited about stereoscopic 3D gaming, we want to know what gamers think. AMD is pleased to be working with Meant to be Seen and its partners to make this initiative possible," said John Swinimer, Public Relations Manager for AMD.

"The U-DECIDE Initiative" is a special online survey that is completed by both traditional 2D and modern stereoscopic 3D gamers, and is designed to determine what consumers think of 3D display technologies and why. This will be the basis of a formal report that the industry can use to match product goals with the desires of their customers.

Similar to the experience moviegoers get in 3D theaters, gamers use S-3D technology at home for superior game immersion, visual beauty and game enjoyment. In video games, stereoscopic 3D hardware makes explosions fly out of the screen and adds a depth that makes the display look like a window rather than a flat projection. Sample hardware includes iZ3D 3D monitors, TDVision head mounted displays, and a growing selection of 3D HDTVs.

Once completed in the first week of January, there will be a drawing for nearly 60 prizes including ATI Radeon(TM) HD 4800 series GPUs, iZ3D 22" 3D gaming monitors, and console and PC games from Blitz Games Studios, The Game Creators, and Guild Software.

"Meant to be Seen is a gamers' community first, and the most important opinion is that of our industry's customers. Anyone who has 2D or 3D game playing experience is qualified to share their view and win prizes," said Neil Schneider, President & CEO of Meant to be Seen.

Preliminary survey results will be revealed at the 3D Entertainment Summit on December 1st, 2008 in Los Angeles.

Game developers are encouraged to earn complementary MTBS Certification to confirm S-3D compatibility with modern solutions. Developers who earn certification also benefit from free promotion on mtbs3D.com.

Leading game developers on record for MTBS certification include Epic Games for Unreal Tournament 3, DarkBasic Professional by The Game Creators, and the Unigine game engine, the first modern game engine to natively support S-3D hardware solutions without a driver. More announcements are pending.

Meant to be Seen is made possible by unrestricted education grants from iZ3D LLC and TDVision Corp. Non-proprietary in nature, MTBS welcomes additional industry involvement to help grow the popularity and effective use of consumer stereoscopic 3D technologies.

Ross Video Now Shipping SoftMetal v4.0 Software
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008 (9:00 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Ross Video is now shipping SoftMetal version 4.0 software, which was launched at IBC 2008.

Version 4.0 is currently shipping at no charge to all current SoftMetal customers.

The key features of SoftMetal v4.0 are: MXF Native Record and Playback Support for HD and SD clips; QuickTime Native SD Playout; Close Captioning Support; Embedded Audio Support, 16 Channels per video input and output; Stereoscopic (3D) Record and Playback; and numerous other enhancements.

Jeff Moore, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said: "Ross has been diligently working to advance our SoftMetal video server software. Now that we are shipping, I am excited for our customers to experience first hand the new features SoftMetal version 4.0 has to offer."

SoftMetai is a line of multi-definition video servers designed for live production and master control applications. SoftMetal excels in its ability to support file-based workflows for video clips and graphics.

Further information is available at http://www.rossvideo.com

SENSIO and JVC Professional sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the first high end 3D Consumer Product
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008 (8:58 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

SENSIO Technologies Inc., creator of the SENSIO® 3D technology, and JVC Professional Products Company will join forces to offer the very first high end 3D solution available on the consumer market. That entirely new product will allow consumers to watch high-quality 3D at home by combining two JVC Pro projectors and a media server integrating the SENSIO® 3D decoding technology.

That high end product will allow the viewing of full-resolution 3D content (Full HD: 1080p). With JVC Pro projectors and SENSIO technology, consumers will have access to a solution offering a superior image quality (more true-to-life colors, more brightness, etc.). The product will be developed during 2009 and will be sold and marketed in the United States by JVC Pro.

"SENSIO is recognized as a pioneer in the 3D industry, and JVC Pro is the leading manufacturer in high end home cinema. Combining our two technologies into a single, simple system for the consumer will have broad impact in the marketplace, already thirsty for 3D display." explains Lon Mass, Vice President of marketing for JVC Pro.

"We are honored to collaborate once again with our long-time partner JVC and particularly with its subsidiary JVC Pro with whom we have already collaborated on many occasions. In addition, this is another important milestone reached and we are invariably approaching our ultimate goal of becoming the de facto standard," affirmed Nicholas Routhier, President and Chief Executive Officer for SENSIO.

This initiative came about following the success of the 3D demonstration at the CEDIA Expo 2008 last September, which combined JVC Pro projectors with SENSIO technology. The memorandum of understanding also envisions continued joint promotion efforts between JVC Pro and SENSIO during upcoming tradeshows, such as the 2009 Consumer Electronic Show next January in Las Vegas.

Hong Kong Exhibit showcases survey, mapping services
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008 (8:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The Lands Department will hold an exhibition from November 7 to 10 at the Central Library in Hong Kong to introduce the Survey & Mapping Office's products and services.

It will feature displays, photos, demonstrations, talks and games. Visitors can learn about the latest technology and development of survey and mapping instruments, such as the Geospatial Information Hub System, virtual reality model and stereoscopic aerial photographs.

The event will be held in the library's exhibition galleries No. 4 to 5. It will run from 2pm to 8pm tomorrow, from 9am to 8pm on November 8 and 9, and from 9am to 5pm on November 10.

James Cameron's Avatar to be Released in IMAX 3D
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008 (8:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox announced that they have reached agreement on material terms to release the highly anticipated 3D motion picture Avatar in IMAX®3D simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional 3D theaters on December 18, 2009. Avatar is directed and written by Academy Award Winner James Cameron and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. Cameron will also produce with his Lightstorm Entertainment partner, Jon Landau. Avatar will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.

"Our goal with 'Avatar' is to revolutionize live-action 3D moviemaking, and I have no doubt that it will look and sound incredible in IMAX 3D," said director James Cameron. "The larger field of view and powerful surround sound of an IMAX® theatre will completely immerse the audience in a way that cannot be experienced anywhere else."

"We are delighted to be releasing 'Avatar' in all available theatrical formats, and by including the premium IMAX 3D format, we can give consumers the entire spectrum of choice at the box office," said Bruce Snyder, President, Domestic Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox. "The IMAX theatre network is increasingly becoming an important part of our distribution strategy, as it continues to expand with its new digital projection system."

"'Avatar' is one of the most anticipated movies of 2009 and it is a powerful addition to our film slate," said IMAX Co-CEO's Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "We are particularly pleased with Twentieth Century Fox's increasing interest in the IMAX theatre network, which is largely fueled by the rollout of our digital projection systems and IMAX's track record of strong box office performance."

"James Cameron is a genius filmmaker. His vision and 3D expertise make 'Avatar' a natural fit for IMAX and we believe it will resonate with our audiences as well as the millions of James Cameron fans across the globe," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Every aspect of this film was meticulously designed for 3D, so when audiences experience this revolutionary film in an IMAX 3D theatre, they will feel as if they are actually IN the movie.

Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. More than ten years in the making, Avatar marks Cameron's return to feature directing since helming 1997's Titanic, the highest grossing film of all time and winner of eleven Oscars® including Best Picture. WETA Digital, renowned for its work in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and King Kong, will incorporate new intuitive CGI technologies to transform the environments and characters into photorealistic 3D imagery that will transport the audience into the alien world rich with imaginative vistas, creatures and characters.

'Cross Views into Fractal Fantasies' and 'Sacred Sites' at the 3D Center of Art and Photography
3D-News Posted: Sunday, November 2, 2008 (6:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Two new exhibitions will take place at Portland's 3D center from November 6 through December 28, 2008:

'Cross Views into Fractal Fantasies' by Jerry Oldaker

These brilliantly colorful fractals are the result of many hours of computer time. Oldaker has taken the concepts recognized by Mandelbrot in the 70s to the extreme by creating stereo versions of amazingly whimsical fractals.

"I was interested in fractal art long before I discovered I could move parts of two images around to create depth in my art. I worked completely outside the stereoscopic community because I had never even heard that others were doing what I was doing with my art. I found out on the Internet that others were doing what I was doing. Then, I spent a few years re-doing other people's 2D art, converting their artwork into cross-view 3D stereo. Only in the last five or six years have I been building fractals into stereo art."

'Sacred Sites' by Dale Walsh

"This is a selection of stereoscopic imagery of sacred urban and natural environments at times juxtaposed with their profane counterparts. It is a celebration of different perspectives, cultures and people. It is also an attempt to understand and learn from the other cultures. It is a search for meaning. It is connecting to something beyond one's own individual reality."

The images date from 1986 to present and include photographs from Australia, Asia, North and South America.

The 3D Center also houses a collection of antique and contemporary stereo cameras, viewers and other devices. Information panels and interactive displays explain the phenomenon of 3D vision. The Center's collection of stereocards are available for viewing and the reference library is open to visitors. There are daily 3D slide projections.

Open Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm, Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. First Thursday 6-9pm. Admission $4 adult (over 12),
$7 families, Free all day First Thursdays. 1928 NW Lovejoy, Portland/Oregon, USA. Tel.: 1 (503) 227-6667, Web: http://www.3dcenter.us

VZillion, Inc. Launches Website; Visitors Can Register for Keys to 3D Apartment Inside Highly-Anticipated 3D Stereoscopic VirtuReal Environment
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 1, 2008 (15:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

VZillion, Inc. announced that people can now visit their website and register for an advance set of keys to access their own interactive virtual apartment. The official launch of VZillion, a highly-anticipated Web 4.0 "VirtuReal" (real entity with virtual representation) environment is expected to go live late December. VZillion smashes through traditional, flat, 2D web pages to create an interactive, fully navigable 3D stereoscopic Internet experience.

Named "Best New Technology" at the 2008 3D Film & Interactive Festival earlier this month, VZillion is customizable for individuals, businesses, education providers, entrepreneurs, and casual Internet users. While inside your own 360-degree customizable apartment complete with furniture, wall-mounted flat screens and artwork members can surf the internet from inside their virtual apartment.

"In response to high demand, we are opening our doors and welcoming everyone to register in advance for a set of keys to their own virtual apartment," said Antonio Collier, president and founder of VZillion. "Our award-winning fully stereoscopic platform is built to power a broad range of virtual experiences that live inside the Internet, as opposed to on the Internet. This is the first step to experiencing the Internet in an entirely different way, one we refer to as The New Way To Internet."

Members will have the ability to program and seamlessly navigate through multiple screens and channels including sports, entertainment, shopping, social networking, and countless others. They can also access and share videos and music. This represents only a few of the limitless ways users can customize their experience and surf the web through VZillion.

"To effectively harness the power of virtual environments, consumers need to be able to live, work, and play from within that environment, at all times," added Collier. "It is for this reason we're focusing on portability from the computer to television to mobile devices. With all of these avatars running around who can keep track? VZillion "vspaces" will have the flexibility to be on anything that has an operating system; this makes it easy to integrate into our lives. Your apartment becomes not only an expression but an extension of you."

VZillion is "The New Way To Internet." Visitors can become official "residents" by registering for an account at http://www.VZillion.com

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