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Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet Dive Into IMAX(R) 3D Adventure Deep Sea 3D
3D-News Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2005 (0:41 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Acclaimed Actors To Co-Narrate and Danny Elfman to Score Underwater IMAX 3D Expedition

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that their upcoming original IMAX® 3D production, Deep Sea 3D, will be co-narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and will feature an original score from award-winning composer Danny Elfman. The film will be the first documentary ever to boast the voices of Depp or Winslet, and be the first original IMAX production to be scored by Elfman, who has provided the musical backdrop for major Hollywood productions such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chicago, Spider-Man 2, Men in Black and many others.

Slated for release exclusively to IMAX® theatres on March 3, 2006, Deep Sea 3D is Warner Bros. Pictures' second original IMAX 3D production, following the highly successful release of NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, which has now grossed nearly $23 million around the world.

"Our last original IMAX production was the aecond-highest-performing documentary of 2004, so we're very excited about the potential for Deep Sea 3D, especially as it marries the magic of IMAX 3D with an engrossing story, an all-star filmmaking team, and, the talents of Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Danny Elfman," said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

"Deep Sea 3D is loaded with breathtaking shots designed specifically for the spectacular IMAX 3D format, and the addition of these major talents makes the film even more attractive to both moviegoers and exhibitors," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "This film represents another milestone in our quest to bring the thrill of Hollywood entertainment to our compelling original IMAX 3D productions, and we're delighted to be the first to join Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet with exotic scorpion fish, tiger sharks and the giant Pacific octopus."

Deep Sea 3D was shot by award-winning Director/Cinematographer Howard Hall and produced by Toni Myers. The producer for Howard Hall Productions was Michele Hall. The film was executive produced by Graeme Ferguson and Brad Ball, and associate produced by Judy Carroll.

Deep Sea 3D offers audiences astonishing up-close encounters with some of the world's most exotic undersea creatures. Howard Hall, Michelle Hall, Ferguson and Carroll were 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.

Christie presents ogre-whelming experience in 4D
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2005 (23:53 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Christie CP2000 D-Cinema® projectors used for Shrek 4D Adventure™

Christie, a leading provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, is pleased to announce Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Australia, is using Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema® projectors to project its latest ogre-whelming attraction. The DreamWorks® Shrek 4D AdventureTM is a cutting-edge, multisensory attraction with spectacular visuals and multiple special effects yet to be seen, heard and felt in a "4D" attraction in Australia.

As the first animation to be created for a theme park by the animation wizards at PDI/DreamWorks, the creators of Shrek®, the new attraction at Movie World adopts the elements of the new OgreVision multisensory experience — including three-dimensional depth to the animation and in-theater effects — created by attraction designers at Universal Creative.

To achieve high-resolution and high-brightness projection for this state-of-the-art 3D animation, the technical team at Warner Bros. Movie World uses two high-resolution Christie CP2000 projectors in the main theater with an uncompressed digital video server in a custom configuration. The projectors display high-resolution stunning 3D images onto the 15m (49 ft.)-wide Harkness screen. When viewed through the specially-designed "OgreVision" 3D glasses, the audience receives the maximum peripheral vision and the desired depth to enjoy the animation.

"Due to brightness losses caused by filters and glasses, it is difficult to achieve high levels of brightness in a stereoscopic presentation. With the Christie CP2000 projectors, we were able to achieve high brightness levels and dazzling image clarity," comments Henry Noel, Project Engineer, Christie Asia.

Designed for automatic operation during screenings, the projectors together with the sound and server system are completely controlled by the show controller interfaces. The operation staff need to switch on the system only once in the morning.

"The Christie CP2000 projectors are amazing. They're brilliant with their true-to-life 35-trillion colors. They're an absolute pleasure to work with and are definitely the future of film. So far, they've operated without error for 500 hours, and the Shrek 4D Adventure is now running at 21 shows a day," says Terence Brown, Group Chief Projectionist, Technical Supervisor, Ride Photo Systems, Warner Village Theme Parks. "These incredible projectors are backed by an equally incredible support service."

"Warner Brothers Movie World is one of the most frequented attractions in the world. I'm extremely excited that they have brought Shrek percent Adventure to Gold Coast, Australia, which is frequented by many Asian visitors," notes Jonathan Lim, Regional Sales Manager, Immersive Portfolio.

New Virtual Reality Headset Unveiled
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2005 (4:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Kopin Corp., the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays for mobile consumer and military electronics, today announced that Shenzhen Oriscape Electronic Co., Ltd. of China has unveiled the CyberMan GVD510-3D stereoscopic head-mounted display (HMD), which incorporates Kopin's CyberDisplay VGA color displays.

The stylish, lightweight CyberMan GVD510-3D offers users a high definition virtual image equivalent to a 40-inch flat-panel screen at a distance of seven feet. The GVD510-3D enables gamers to experience immersive stereo 3D at an affordable price. The PC-compatible headset can be used with over a thousand games and is now available to consumers worldwide.

"Gamers are excited about our headset's ability to replicate the large-screen, Virtual Reality experience," said Oriscape President Bill Ho. "The CyberMan GVD510-3D capitalizes on the superior image quality of Kopin's microdisplays in our established video headset line, and is compatible with all PC games supported by Direct3D and OpenGL, the industry's major language platforms."

The CyberMan GVD510-3D is built on the "Page Flipped 3D Stereo VGA" signal format which was developed for the LCD shutter glass system. The headset uses a signal format that is available on NVIDIA-based graphics cards for fast market penetration. In addition, this product has a automatic scaling function that makes it compatible with various VGA display output formats and it can also accept composite video and S-Video, which can be driven by the Microsoft Xbox, including the new Xbox 360, and the SONY PlayStation 2 game console.

"We are extremely pleased that Oriscape, one of our long-term partners, is moving so quickly into the untapped 3D virtual reality game market," said Dr. John C. C. Fan, Kopin's president and chief executive officer. "Our VGA CyberDisplays are a natural choice for high-quality, lightweight 3D HMD systems. Now Oriscape and Kopin are making it affordable to many gamers."

Built with nanotechnology, the Kopin CyberDisplay VGA product is the world's smallest, lowest power VGA-resolution (640 x 480) color microdisplay. The active matrix liquid crystal display packs 921,600 color dots in a 0.44-inch-diagonal size. The device is capable of 16.7 million colors and extends battery power by consuming a mere 60-70 milliwatts of power while displaying a vivid full-color video image. The transmissive CyberDisplay products can use simpler, thinner optics, which are ideal for compact wearable devices, viewfinders for camcorder and digital cameras, and most portable consumer, military and industrial applications.

New Survey Finds 39 Million Adults Would Go To The Movies More Often For Feature-Length 3D Films
3D-News Posted: Monday, December 19, 2005 (23:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Survey Also Finds 43 Million Adults Would Pay More at Box Office for Unique 3D Experience

More than 39 million American adults would go to the movies more often if Hollywood offered more feature-length films in 3D, according to a new survey by Opinion Dynamics Corporation. Results from a nationwide survey of 900 adults show that 12 percent of Americans - roughly 26 million adults - would go to the movies more often to see 3D movies. Another 6 percent - 13 million adults - would go more often depending on the types of films offered in 3D.

In the early 1950's, movie studios were losing audiences due to the rising popularity of television. Studios lured audiences back with 3D films, but their success was short-lived. Today, the movie industry is again faced with diminished ticket sales. In 2003, there were 29 films that grossed $100 million or more in the U.S.; in 2004 there were 24 such films and only 15 to-date in 2005.

Ticket price increases have somewhat offset the decrease in ticket sales, but the movie industry as a whole is showing signs of wear. Studios, movie theaters, production and distribution companies, projection systems makers and other industry players are trying to determine the content, formats and dissemination methods that can lure consumers back to the theater. Once again, players in the industry are investing in 3D technology, which has been updated and refined for the modern audience. According to the latest public opinion research, moviegoers are warming to the trend.

The survey by Opinion Dynamics gauged consumers' attitudes toward feature-length 3D films, which have been primarily limited to animated fare. Last year, Warner Brother's blockbuster, The Polar Express, grossed close to $290 million worldwide; almost $50 million of that came from the 3D version of the film, which aired in IMAX® theatres. This year, Disney funded the nationwide installation of 85 digital projection systems with brand new, state-of-the-art 3D capabilities for the release of Chicken Little, which also showed significantly higher per-screen averages for the 3D version of the film.

"Given that there were only two feature-length 3D films released in 2005, there appears to be pent-up demand for 3D films, especially when feature-length, live-action 3D films come to market," said Richard Greif, project director at Opinion Dynamics Corporation. "Studios and theaters need something compelling to offer movie-goers, and 3D could be a big draw if enough highly entertaining films can be made. A well-made 3D movie can provide an audience with an unparalleled cinematic experience."

The Opinion Dynamics survey, entitled "Measuring the 3D Film Revolution: Understanding the Impact of New Technology on Movie Theater Visitation," is available in white paper form at http://www.opiniondynamics.com/audience.html. Key findings include:

  • Fourteen percent, or 30 million adults, would pay $2-3 more to see a feature length film in 3D, and another 6 percent, or 13 million adults, would also pay more depending on the films offered in 3D.
  • Almost one-half (48 percent) of Americans have seen a 3D film (of any length), with 22 percent seeing it at a regular movie theater, 19 percent at an IMAX® theater and 7 percent at both types of theaters.
  • If they were to see a 3D film, Americans are somewhat more likely to prefer 3D effects that appear to come out of the screen at them (37 percent) as they are to prefer 3D effects that give better depth to images on the screen (31 percent).
  • More than one in four (28 percent) Americans go to the movies once a month or more; 29 percent go several times a year; 23 percent go once a year or less, and 20 percent do not go to the movies at all.
The future of the 3D movie is the latest research effort by Opinion Dynamics Corporation to measure consumer attitudes regarding entertainment.

Kodak and REAL D to Deliver Digital 3-D Cinema in Australia; Strategic Alliance Provides Exhibitors with a Complete Digital 3-D Cinema Solution
3D-News Posted: Monday, December 19, 2005 (17:10 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


KODAK Digital Cinema and REAL D announced today that the companies have formed a strategic alliance to roll out digital 3D cinema throughout Australia. Installation of digital 3D cinema systems will be complete in time for the country's upcoming premiere of Disney's "Chicken Little" in 3D starting January 1, 2006.

Kodak has a legacy of innovation in entertainment imaging and offers a complete solution for digital preparation and display of motion pictures. Over the past 10 months, the company has prepared, delivered, and shown major releases for a number of studios, including Disney, Fox, Warner Bros. and others.

REAL D is the worldwide inventor and provider of key stereoscopic technologies used in entertainment, marketing, science and other industries. REAL D Cinema is the entertainment industry's preferred standard for the delivery of premium 3D cinema experiences and is the exclusive provider of Disney's "Chicken Little" in 3D.

As of Thanksgiving weekend, REAL D's presentations of "Chicken Little" in 3D have grossed more than $7 million on 88 screens - almost three times the 2D per-screen average - since its November 4th opening in North America.

This alliance allows Kodak to offer exhibitors the industry-leading REAL D Cinema solution as part of Kodak's comprehensive digital cinema strategy.

For this international launch, Kodak will provide the systems, including Kodak CineServers driven by unique Kodak software, as well as Barco DP100 projectors equipped with the REAL D Cinema solution. Installation will be a joint effort by Kodak, Barco, and Atlab Image and Sound Technology. Kodak will provide all image preparation, as well as on-going service and support.

"This is the next logical step forward for KODAK Digital Cinema - and a major leap for Kodak into the world of high-quality 3D motion pictures," said Bob Mayson, general manager and vice president, KODAK Digital Cinema. "Kodak has worked with Disney on a number of 3D films in conjunction with their theme parks, but this is our first adventure in 3D digital. We're thrilled to be working with REAL D because they're pioneers of 3D."

"We look forward to working with Kodak to address the digital 3D needs of the global exhibition community, which have escalated as a result of the historic success of REAL D Cinema's presentation of "Chicken Little" in North America," said Michael V. Lewis, chairman, REAL D. "Our alliance with Kodak better enables REAL D to meet increasing international demands, beginning with our Australian theater partners."

""Chicken Little" in 3D is proving to be more than a movie, it's a brand new entertainment experience," said Mark Zoradi, president, Buena Vista International. "We're thrilled to be working with Kodak and REAL D to bring that experience to a wider audience and, in the process, to bring new excitement to the future of theatrical entertainment."

Kodak said that the sites chosen were suggested by the exhibitors themselves.

"This is a first use of digital 3D technology in traditional cinemas in Australia," said Mayson, "and a great opportunity for Kodak and REAL D, as well as all our partners. Our exhibitors bring a highly-successful Disney movie to their part of the world. And, audiences get to enjoy an entertainment experience that's unique to the cinema. Everybody wins."

Digital Dimension Dives into World's Largest Aquarium
3D-News Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2005 (17:30 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Award-winning visual effects studio Digital Dimension makes a splash in fully animated entertainment with the completion of Deepo, an underwater adventure piece that marks the company's entry in the all-CG film industry. Renowned themed park attraction developer Gary Goddard entered a partnership with Digital Dimension to produce and direct the film, which is the centerpiece of the 4D theater presentation at the recently opened 500,000-square-foot, $250-million-dollar new Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Both of Digital Dimension's studios were involved with the project. Digital Dimension Montreal handled storyboarding, layout, modeling, animation, rendering and compositing of the 12-minute movie, which features more than a dozen characters in stereoscopic 3D. Digital Dimension's executive producers Ben Girard, Jerome Morin and producer Chris Del Conte regularly held meetings with Goddard in Los Angeles to review shots sent from Montreal via the company's virtual private network. The success of the production has led to an all-CG feature film deal with ex-Disney producers. Digital Dimension Montreal is currently recruiting additional CG staff to support this animated motion picture project, already in production.

The Georgia Aquarium houses over 100,000 animals in eight million gallons of fresh and salt water and is now the largest aquarium in the world. Deepo plays in the site's theater and has audiences donning 3D glasses to see a colorful, musical story about marine life and the responsibilities of humankind.

"This is our first fully animated project and, following our horse animation on Racing Stripes we were ready for it," said Michel Heroux, VP Post Production, Digital Dimension Montreal. "The biggest challenge was working in 4D stereoscopic, because that meant doing everything twice. Deepo has a stage/live-show feel; the characters know we are looking at them and they're looking at us, so it was important to get into a looking at the camera, kind of wink-wink interact-with-the-audience animation style."

Characters fish, sharks, sea turtles who talk, swim and sing were modeled based on concepts by character designer Phil Mendez. 3D animation was done using Autodesk 3ds Max, while Eyeon Digital Fusion was used for stereoscopic compositing and Mental Images' Mental Ray for rendering. Final, rendered animation involved dozens of different passes backgrounds, light rays, colors, shadows, translucency, passes on the fish for shininess, etc. to create the vivid personalities and surroundings under the sea.

Deepo was sponsored by Home Depot, who made possible the aquarium's new theater in 4D.

Gary Goddard is one of the leaders in theme park attraction design and content for motion picture, theatre and live entertainment properties. His credits include many of the world's foremost themed attractions, including "Terminator II 3D " for Universal Studios, "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" (3D Ride) for Universal Studios, "Star Trek: The Experience" for Paramount Parks and Hilton Las Vegas, "Jurassic Park: The Ride" for Universal Studios Hollywood, "Jurassic Park River Adventure" for Universal Studios Florida and "The Enchanted Laboratory" for Busch Gardens.

Digital Dimension's other stereoscopic work includes the IMAX feature "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D ," produced by Tom Hanks. The studio recently wrapped visual effects on the motion picture "Zathura."

Patagonia in 3D! in Hamburg, Germany, Jan. 20, 2006
3D-News Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2005 (17:21 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The 3D show "El fin del mundo" by 3DTIEFENRAUSCH.de takes you along to the end of the world. In extraordinary 3D impressions from Chile and Argentina you will see fascinating landscapes and people.

Equipped with 3D glasses and accompanied by chilling music the viewers immerse in the widths of South America. The animated stereo images create a new documentary art form between photography and film, which seems to bypass space and time.

Travel to Chile and Argentina, to a region of overwhelming beauty, which ranges from the extreme dry deserts in the north over the distinctive landscapes of Patagonia and Fireland to the perpetual ice of the Antarctic in the south.

3DTIEFENRAUSCH.de invites visitors to a free of charge wine-tasting of South American wines at the end of the 3D show.

The projection takes place on Friday, January 20, 2006, at 8.15 p.m. at Globetrotter Ausrüstung, 3rd floor, Wiesendamm 1, 22305 Hamburg, Germany. Entrance is 8 Euro, which includes 3D glasses. Tickets can be reserved by phone: 49 (0)40 291223 or directly at Globetrotter Ausrüstung, Wiesendamm 1 in Hamburg. For further information about the location check http://www.globetrotter.de.

'The Magic Mirror' 3D Photo Exhibition in Hong Kong
3D-News Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2005 (15:37 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


"The Magic Mirror" is a 3D photo exhibition by Henry Chung. It is shown at 3 Boxes, 35 G/F Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, from December 12th through December 30th,2005. The Gallery (Phone: 852 28504822) is open 12:00-22:00 weekdays and 14:00-19:00 sundays. For more information, see http://www.3boxesbooks.com

Henry Chung is a cinematographer in Hong Kong shooting feature films, commercial films, corporate films, documentaries and short films. Beginning his career in advertising still photography, he had worked with film directors Tsui Hark, Ann Hui, Wayne Wong, Allen Fong. He then went to Hollywood to work with Oscar Winner Star Wars special effect wizards Peter Kuran and Chris Casady.

He had won in Deauville, France, March 2002, Lotus de la meilleure image, Awards for Best Cinematography on the film 'Peony Pavilion' in the Festival du Film Asiatique de Deauville mars 2002, as well as Best Cinematography of the Golden Bauhinia Awards from the Hong Kong Film Critics Association.

Besides his expertise in lighting and camera work, he has been creating three dimensional photographic and cinematographic arts.

He has had 3D photo exhibitions at Fringe Club in February 1996, a 3D Exhibition of the Kai Tak Airport in Pacific Place, in 1999, "Europe, China", a joint 3D photo exhibition in Broadway Cinematheque in 1999, "Big City Small Scene" 3D exhibition in Seoul Korea,2002, "Trickery Wonderland" 3D cinematography and photography Exhibition in the Hong Kong Film Archive 2004 to 2005 and "Trickery Wonderland" 3D cinematography and photography Exhibition in the Hong Kong Cyperport 2005.

Innovative use of two Canon Realis SX50 projectors meets 3D presentation needs of major pharmaceutical reserach facility
3D-News Posted: Friday, December 9, 2005 (4:11 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Crisp Stereoscopic LCOS Image Projection Enables Scientists to View 3-D Computer Graphics of Molecules and Complex Chemical Compounds

Beyond its occasional use for Hollywood movies, stereoscopic 3D image projection can provide a powerful and effective means of communicating complex visual information for science and industry. High-resolution systems capable of such display, however, tend to be large and expensive. One corporate AV specialist, however, recently discovered a smaller, more affordable, and yet high-resolution alternative for providing stereoscopic 3D image projection for his company. Tony DeFrancisco, AV Manager at AstraZeneca R&D Boston, harnessed the imaging power of a pair of Canon's new Realis SX50 Multimedia Projectors — featuring SXGA (1400 x 1050) resolution — to provide effective and compact 3D image display for the company's research facility in Waltham MA, one of nine research and development centers operated worldwide by the pharmaceuticals giant.

"Most of the 3D systems out there are packaged units, and the system that we had before wasn't capable of the resolution that we needed," DeFrancisco explains. "We went to one 3D vendor and they wanted $60,000 for their system."

Necessity and Invention
DeFrancisco needed a high-resolution means of displaying 3D computer graphic renderings of complex molecular structures created by the scientists at AstraZeneca R&D Boston. He sought an alternative to the costly stereoscopic 3D image presentation systems currently on the market. He also required a system that was compact, easy to operate, and affordable.

"I went out and did some research and found this gem — the Realis SX50," he recalls. The world's smallest and lightest LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) projector, Realis SX50 features 2500 ANSI lumens, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a Canon zoom lens, and patented AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical technology. "I bought a pair of Realis SX50's and mounted them in a unit I had, a special frame that calibrates the projection so it overlaps at just the right distance. There's also a little interface box that works with the computer outputting the 3D image; it gets the signal to the projectors in the right format. Our scientists create 3D graphics of chemical compounds and molecules using computer software. Then they bring those files to the AV room, put the 3-D glasses on, and view the stereo images.

"Realis SX50 was the right projector at the right time for our needs," DeFrancisco continues. "This custom stereoscopic 3D image display set-up with the two Realis SX50's has definitely impressed the scientists, which is my goal. Realis SX50's make a sharp, clear picture and the lumens are there, so it's a bright picture too. We have optimum lighting in our AV room, which is no light at all. And we have a 3D screen, so the images really show up well with our setup. If Realis SX50 was lacking in any way our AV room would show it, but the projector does exactly what I was looking for. And I think the biggest selling point of the Realis SX50 is its size. It's a very compact unit, and if you have to travel to make a presentation you can just put it in a case, take it with you, and really wow people with these high-resolution images."

Realis Facts
Canon's proprietary AISYS optical technology is key to the Realis SX50's projection power, enabling it to achieve both the high brightness of 2500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 1000:1 while also reducing projector size. AISYS fully maximizes the performance of LCOS technology, which has major advantages over traditional projection methods. These include higher (SXGA ) resolution, seamless imagery, enhanced performance on motion images, and crisp, clear display of text.

The Realis SX50 projector is completely designed and manufactured by Canon. The projector weighs only 8.6 lbs/3.9 kg. and features a genuine Canon high-performance 1.7x optical zoom lens that can project a 100-inch image on a screen from 9.8 feet away. A native SXGA resolution data projector that can accept a wide variety of digital and analog computer-display formats, the Realis SX50 can also accept DVI video and all major component, composite, and S-video inputs; it can also display true 16:9 720p HDTV images.

The Realis SX50 It also features Multiple Image Modes that provide a wide range of options depending on user needs. These Image Modes include four Color-Preset Modes, which are designated as Standard, Presentation, sRGB, and Cinema. A Dynamic Gamma Correction mode is included for optimum contrast balance, and the Realis SX50 also offers Six-Axis Color Adjustment to fine-tune tone and contrast adjustments on both RGB and CMY color axes. Colors can be matched and adjusted with great precision for a wide range of professional applications, including those of science and industry. The Realis SX50 has a list price of $4,999.

Conclusion
"With the scientists using their specific applications and programs, they're getting a lot of use out of our custom stereoscopic 3D image display set-up," DeFrancisco concludes. "With its two Realis SX50's it makes for a great presentation. And if you're looking for something different, to catch people's attention, it definitely does that."

DTI Releases Virtual Window 17 Display
3D-News Posted: Friday, December 9, 2005 (3:52 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


DTI has released its next generation Virtual Window® 17 2D/3D switchable desktop display

The Virtual Window® 17 allows viewers to look at 3D images on a flat screen, without the need for special glasses or viewing aids. The display also functions as a regular 2D computer display at the push of a button. Significant improvements in brightness, contrast and resolution have been made in the new Virtual Window® 17.

Software included with the Virtual Window® 17 will allow a user to watch 2D DVD movies in 3D! The software automatically converts normal DVDs on-the-fly into 3D. Now users can watch their favorite DVDs in 3D without glasses on the Virtual Window® 17. Additionally, Nvidia offers a stereo driver for their graphics cards which allows thousands of PC games to be viewed and played in 3D on the Virtual Window® 17.

Additional software is available through DTI for users of Amira®, BioMedCaChe® Workstation, FracSIS, GOCAD, OrthoCAD®, Cortona® VRML Client, Discovery Studio® DS Viewer Pro, SolidWorks eDrawings, SpinFire Professional, Spartan, and vCollab. The software will allow these applications to output 3D to the Virtual Window® 17.

The Virtual Window® 17 is available now and the list price is $1,999.00. The Virtual Window® 17 can be purchased directly from DTI or through one of its’ authorized resellers.

Disney to Release Newest Animated Feature in REAL D Cinema Following Historic Success of 'Chicken Little' in 3D
3D-News Posted: Friday, December 9, 2005 (3:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


REAL D Expands to Japan for Presentation of "Chicken Little" in 3-D

REAL D, the leader in the delivery of premium 3D experiences, announced that Disney's newest animated feature, "Meet the Robinsons," will be presented in REAL D Cinema starting December 2006. This announcement follows the historic success of REAL D Cinema's presentation of Disney's "Chicken Little" in 3-D, which has generated more than $7 million through Thanksgiving weekend - nearly three times the screen average of 2D - since opening Nov. 4. REAL D also announced today plans to expand to Japan with the installation of the first two REAL D Cinema screens at Oriental Land Company's AMC Ikspiari 16 and Warner Mycal's Tama for the presentation of "Chicken Little" starting Dec. 23, 2005.

"Meet the Robinsons" is the latest feature film to be added to the growing roster of REAL D Cinema presentations. Earlier this year, Columbia Pictures announced plans to present "Monster House" in REAL D Cinema starting July 21, 2006.

"The success of 'Chicken Little' in 3D validates the success of the REAL D Cinema format," said Michael V. Lewis, Chairman, REAL D. "We look forward to continuing to work with Disney and other studios, along with our exhibition partners, to make digital 3D a mainstream reality for theater audiences worldwide."

"The tremendous performance of 'Chicken Little' in 3D proves how dramatically REAL D Cinema is changing the theatrical landscape," said Chuck Viane, President, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. "We're thrilled with the possibility of amplifying the success of Disney Digital 3D by delivering 'Meet the Robinsons' to hundreds of REAL D Cinema screens next year."

Currently, 89 theaters in the United States, Canada and Mexico are equipped with REAL D Cinema systems. REAL D will announce additional exhibition partners in the coming months as the company works towards its goal of equipping more than 1,000 screens globally over the next two years to accommodate the future release of 3D content, including motion pictures and live events.

3mensio Medical Imaging Announces the Launch of 3viseon™ SD1710 stereoscopic software application
3D-News Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2005 (14:29 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


3mensio Medical Imaging BV announced the first release of a 3viseon™ SD1710 stereoscopic application as an extension to the existing 3viseon™ product line.

The 3viseon ™ product line consists of software products being used on standard PCs to visualize 3D images based on volumetric datasets derived from CT and MR. The latest application of the 3viseon™ product family, 3viseon™ SD1710 stereoscopic application, will be used in combination with the recently released stereoscopic display of PLANAR SYSTEMS (http://www.planar.com).

The 3viseon™ SD1710 stereoscopic application has been designed for both viewing and advanced 3D manipulations of medical images and can be used both inside and outside the radiology department.

The software combined with the advanced 17 inch display SD1710 using StereoMirror™ technology from PLANAR SYSTEMS, is available as a turn-key solution which will add depth to the medical images. By adding this additional dimension, healthcare professionals can be better prepared for surgical procedures based on pre- or post-operative CT or MR image data.

"We are working with 3mensio Medical Imaging BV to develop and provide turn-key solutions for usage both inside and outside the radiology department", says Patrick Herguth, vice president and general manager Planar's Medical Business Unit.

"This offering fits within our strategy to deliver 3D functionality to a broad customer base around the world based on excellence in image quality and high resolution solutions", says Frank Wessels, CEO and Founder of 3mensio Medical Imaging BV.

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