3D-News Archive December 2012

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Lattice Semiconductor Will Feature Real-Time 3D Video Converter at CES 2013
3D-News Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 (16:36 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced it will demonstrate 3D Impact Media's RealityBox, a low density LatticeECP3™ FPGA-based real-time 3D video converter, in its private "Mobile Innovation" meeting suite at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 8-11 in Las Vegas. Lattice suite 2980 will be located in the East Tower, Las Vegas Hotel.

Using the RealityBox, any 2D as well as stereoscopic 3D video stream can be converted and shown on glasses-free 3D displays in real-time, enabling new applications such as broadcasting of live events in public venues or digital signage, where 3D content is seldom available and expensive.

The RealityBox hardware is designed to support full 1080p resolution up to 60 fps, or 720P up to 120fps, using an HDMI interface. The video pipeline supports 2D/S-3D to S-3D/AS-3D conversion, real time playback of 2D Z videos and allows disparity analysis of S-3D input signals. The main building blocks are an input/output scaler, disparity/motion estimator, temporal stability filter, image peaking, contrast, brightness adjustment and a programmable multi-view generator. The hardware can be used for barrier and lenticular technology-based glasses-free 3D displays. All parameters are freely programmable to support different types of 3D displays, including fractional views. The maximum amount of views that can be generated is 1024.

The cost attractive, high quality 3DIM conversion pipeline has an onboard OSD (on-screen display) that can be customized and includes ticker and image overlay options that can be added to the video stream. Due to its flexible design and low latency, as well as the LatticeECP3 device's low power, the RealityBox can be used in many different 3D applications, including next generation gaming machines and in-flight entertainment. In medical applications, the RealityBox can help improve depth perception, allowing for more precise surgical procedures, and in automotive applications it can be used for object recognition and assistance to make driving safer.

"The combination of Lattice's innovative, low density FPGA technology and 3D Impact Media's conversion IP creates an ideal product for customers who want a cost effective, high quality conversion pipeline," said Laurent Mueller, Chief Executive Officer at 3D Impact Media.

"It is exciting that 3D Impact Media has selected the LatticeECP3 FPGA as the processing engine in their RealityBox, enabling the best 3D viewing experience without the need for special glasses," said Kambiz Khalilian, Lattice Marketing Manager for Industrial Markets. "This is another example of how Lattice's portfolio of low density and ultra-low density FPGAs is finding broad use in a wide variety of new applications and markets."

Dimenco's glasses-free 3D displays on view at Covent Garden Christmas Event
3D-News Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 (16:36 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Get in the festive mood with the special Christmas event at Covent Garden, featuring fantastic light decorations, an advent calendar made entirely of Legos, gourmet food markets and now for the first time Dimenco's glasses-free 3D displays! Covent Garden, one of London's greatest and most beloved shopping malls, is bedecked with Christmas themed decorations from 7th of November until January 2nd 2013.

The displays are decorated entirely to fit the Christmas atmosphere and are used to play festively themed commercials.

Covent Garden has chosen Dimenco's glasses-free 3D Displays for its truly immersive and exciting 3D display quality with the aim to maximize the holiday shoppers' experience. The installment at Covent Garden is a truly great achievement for Dimenco. It shows that our displays meet the still increasing demand for innovation and display quality and are worthy of being placed at Covent Garden, known worldwide for its Christmas events.

Dimenco and Philips announce MacBook Pro Retina 3D
3D-News Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 (12:20 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

During the Flat Panel Display show 2012 held in Tokyo, Dimenco exhibited a fully functional MacBook Pro Retina 3D. The display makes use of the lenticular technology, which permanently attaches a lens on top of the screen with a thickness less than 3mm. This technology allows the viewer to perceive perfect 3D images without the use of clumsy eyewear.

The lenticular technology in the MacBook Pro Retina 3D is optimized for a single person with the use of face tracking. The onboard camera tracks the movement of the user and adjusts the 3D image to the position of the viewer for a continuous and optimal 3D experience.

Normally glasses-free 3D displays use a technique called "Multiview". This technique allows multiple users to view 3D at the same time with a reduced resolution. The MacBook Pro Retina 3D, however, suffers much less from the resolution loss due to its single person optimization with face tracking.

Combined with a Retina Display (2880 x 1800) the screen holds up to modern day standards and delivers a truly exciting 3D performance! This does not mean the display can't handle 2D content. Within the blink of an eye the screen switches back to its native 2D mode.

As well as other Dimenco glasses-free 3D displays, the MacBook Pro Retina 3D has a superb 3D viewing angle of 140°, which ensures an optimal viewing experience for the user.

LA 3D Movie Festival Announces 2012 Program
3D-News Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 (12:19 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The LA 3D Club announced the program for the 9th Annual Los Angeles 3D MovieFestival to feature program of international 3D short and feature films The LA 3D Club is pleased to announce the program for the 9th Annual Los Angeles 3D Movie Festival, to be held on Friday, December 14th through Sunday, December 16th, 2012, at the Downtown Independent Theater. The festival will showcase a selection of over twenty international 3D shorts in competition, two 3D feature films, a special presentation, and a memorial celebration of the life, work, and legacy of Ray Zone. All events will be held at the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. For the complete schedule and online ticket sales, visit the festival website, http://www.LA3DFest.com

The 9th Annual LA 3D Movie opens Friday, December 14th at 8pm with Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood 3D, a 2012 feature from Germany, directed by Oliver Krekel and starring Martin Thon as Robin Hood, Tom Savini as the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Kane Hodder as Little John. The characters are familiar, but in this version of their story, Robin and his Merry Men are undead and haunting Sherwood Forest.

Short films in competition will screen at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, December 15th, followed at 5pm by a special presentation of 20th Century Fox's Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare', a 2012 3D animated short film starring the youngest family member from The Simpsons. The short was released with Ice Age: Continental Drift in theaters. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with members of the creative team behind the film, including director David Silverman. At 7pm, the top award winners will be announced and will receive prizes from festival sponsors Sony Creative Software, Fujifilm, and Goat&Yeti.

The festival's Closing Night will showcase the feature U2 3D, the 2008 concert film directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington that was shot in South America during the band's "Vertigo" tour. U2 3D is considered to be the first digital, multi-camera, real-time 3D film. 3ality Digital shot over 100 hours of footage with the largest collection of 3D camera technology ever used on a single project. The award winning, technically innovative film is a multi-sensory experience that is praised by fans, critics, and the film industry. U2 3D will screen for free at 8pm on Saturday, December 15th and will be introduced by 3D Producer and 3ality Technica CEO Steve Schklair.

Sunday, December 16th will be dedicated to remembering and celebrating the life of Ray Zone, LA 3D Club Vice President and 9th Annual LA 3D Movie Festival Co-Chair in a free public memorial at the theater. Ray was an author, 3D film producer, speaker, and awardwinning 3D artist who passed away on November 13, 2012. The reception, hosted by the International 3D Society, begins at 5pm, followed by family and friends speaking in memorial to Ray in the theater. The evening will include displays of Ray's art, writing, and film work.

emotion3D announces Stereoscopic Suite X3 plugins for Adobe After Effects, discounted 25% until the end of 2012
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (14:43 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

emotion3D announced the upcoming release of the third version of its award-winning suite of plugins for Adobe After Effects on December 18th, 2012. The Stereoscopic Suite X3 for Adobe After Effects features numerous critical improvements for working with stereoscopic material, providing the functionality and interactivity production and post-production professionals need to make SSX3 a pipeline foundation. To commemorate the release of SSX3, emotion3D is offering 25% off the price if purchased prior to December 31, 2012.

New functions available in the SSX3 include automatic stereoscopic color matching, improved disparity map generation and depth budget adjustment tools, as well as numerous optimizations resulting in render times being reduced by as much as 50%.

Key features of the SSX3 include

  • New color matching plugin for automatic matching of image histograms, providing a choice of which eye to match to.
  • New Disparity Map manipulation tools, for refining disparity maps.
  • Improved Wizards for fast project setup
  • Image weighting options for newly created views, which allows artists the option of choosing the 'good eye' for focus matching issues, or the issues that arise when creating new views for complicated backgrounds.
  • A revolutionary depth LUT manipulator tool, providing artists the ability to not only change overall scene depth, but to change the depth of objects within a scene. This truly unique feature will revolutionize visual effects work in stereoscopic films, both for removing the 'cut out' effect sometimes seen in S3D material, but also for placement of CG elements in stereoscopic scenes.
emotion3D's SSX3 plugins will be available for download on the emotion3D website http://www.emotion3d.tv as of the 18th December 2012. Pricing is set at €7795 per license, with annual support and maintenance contracts available.

'TOP GUN' To Be Released In IMAX 3D For The Very First Time
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (10:44 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

"TOP GUN," Paramount Pictures' 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, takes off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX® theatres beginning February 8, 2013. The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX® 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.

TOP GUN was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film's director, Tony Scott. Rendered in 3D, the film's complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action. From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story.

The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of "TOP GUN" captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of over $350 million upon its release. The film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick and Kelly McGillis as his civilian instructor. The film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

The "TOP GUN" Blu-ray 3D disc presents the film with pristine high definition picture and sparkling sound in spectacular 3D for the ultimate home viewing experience. The Blu-ray 2D includes the re-mastered film in high definition, along with a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with Tom Cruise, commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and more. The two-disc set available for purchase also includes a digital copy of the film and will be enabled with UltraViolet technology.

Founder of Presente3D Helps Launch International Stereoscopic 3D Community for 3D Education
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (10:08 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Presente3D, a stereoscopic 3D add-on for Microsoft PowerPoint, announced that their founder, Dennis Cafiero has been appointed a leadership role in the International Society for Technology in Education newly formed Special Interest Group for 3D Education (SIG3D).

SIG3D was formed as a community for bringing together educators, researchers, educational technology developers, instructional technology innovators, and others interested in emerging technologies and proven applications of educational stereoscopic 3D. The community strives to provide and showcase high quality resources, pertinent research and instructional best practices for the growing stereoscopic 3D community.

The Sig3D leadership team consists of educators that have been recognized globally for their advancements in bringing 3D into the classroom. Team member Kristen Donley, Colorado Teacher of the Year, was one of the nation's first 3D educators. Megan Power, Educator at Poway Unified School District, recently won two awards from the San Diego County Office of Education Innovative Video in Education for their student's 3D movie, "Flashback in Time." This leadership team of 3D pioneers was established to help other educators become more versed in 3D and create a community of educators around the world who are using 3D in education.

"I am happy to be a founding member with such an incredible group of educators. To be able to participate in a community that has so much influence on the future of education globally is overwhelming. Establishing this community will help in bringing together educators from around the world who are using 3D in education," says Dennis Cafiero, Founder/CEO, Presente3D.

Educators, researchers, educational technology developers, instructional technology innovators, and others interested in emerging technologies are encouraged to become a member of SIG3D by visiting the official special interest group for 3D education page.

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