3D-News Archive April 2012

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Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Announces Higher Frame Rate Review
3D-News Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012 (8:05 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI), announced that it is currently reviewing the development of voluntary guidelines or specifications related to the distribution of motion pictures in stereoscopic 3D at frame rates above the current 24 frames per second per eye.

DCI seeks to work cooperatively with industry participants to establish reasonable requirements to maximize quality and interoperability of equipment that can process and project higher frame rate content. DCI’s analysis will consider other system aspects related to frames rates, including compression bit rates, flash rates, and screen luminance when in 3D mode.

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) was created in March 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. The primary purpose of DCI is to establish and document specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, interoperability, reliability and quality. See www.dcimovies.com for more information.

Golden Gate 3D Launches New Stereoscopic 3D Creative Agency and Production Company
3D-News Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 (16:37 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Golden Gate 3D (GG3D), a full service stereoscopic 3D creative agency and production company, has opened for business. With an award-winning, international team headquartered in San Francisco and equipped with leading edge technologies, the company has the ability to produce dynamic, native stereoscopic 3D productions anywhere in the world.

"We're very happy to now offer film studios, television networks, and corporate clients an exciting new option for the creation of world-class 3D productions," said GG3D founder and director Peter Chang. "We believe our ability to place small, highly-mobile 3D crews anywhere in the world on a cost-effective basis will open up the 3D marketplace for a wide array of clients."

"The explosive growth of 3D in cinemas and consumer electronics has created a huge demand for content, yet the supply of quality 3D material has been lacking," observed Christopher Frey, GG3D Executive Producer. "Our goal is to meet this demand by delivering best-of-class content regardless of the final medium."

The new company features several lightweight 3D field production units built around cutting edge digital cinema camera systems as well as a state-of-the-art 3D post-production facility. "We're thrilled to be featuring the latest technology in truly mobile 3D production," said Emmy-winning GG3D producer and television veteran Steve Gibby. "It opens up a huge range of exciting new production scenarios."

GG3D director and cinematographer Paul Leeming added, "We're also very mindful that the majority of productions are still presented in 2D, so we provide both 2D and 3D masters to our clients for maximum future-proofing."

"It's rare to have such diversity together on one team. Each member has a unique background and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, awards, and creativity to the table," said GG3D director and action sports veteran Brad Kremer.

GG3D demonstrated its high-quality production capabilities with the release of "Deus Ex Homine" which was Nvidia's unanimous choice for Best 3D Video of 2011. Several other in-house projects are in the works along with various client projects both in the US and internationally, some of which will be previewed at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Dolby and Philips Unveil 3D HD Format Capable of Bringing Full HD 3D to Glasses-Free 3D Devices
3D-News Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 (10:09 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and Royal Philips Electronics unveiled Dolby® 3D, a 3D HD format and suite of technologies designed to deliver full HD 3D content to 3D-enabled devices, including glasses-free displays. Dolby 3D is being demonstrated at the NAB Show® (April 16–19, 2012) at booth SU1212.

The two leading companies have undertaken the joint project to improve the 3D viewing experience on displays of all sizes, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and televisions. Dolby 3D is a complete system designed to work throughout the chain to deliver clear glasses-free 3D content that operates over existing distribution systems.

"Philips® has a long history in 3D technologies and video innovation, and Dolby has a proven track record of enabling technologies to enhance entertainment experiences. Together, we identified a business need where we could bring a unique offering to the market that improves the end-user experience," said Ruud Peters, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Philips. "By unveiling Dolby 3D, we introduce a 3D HD format capable of powering glasses-free 3D displays of any size, enabling broadcasters, operators, content aggregators, and device manufacturers to deliver HD-quality 3D on any device."

Ramzi Haidamus, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Dolby Laboratories, stated: "We believe that Dolby 3D can help drive the adoption of 3D - creating a comfortable, customizable, truly enjoyable glasses-free 3D viewing experience while enhancing 3D display performance. Armed with the innovative glasses-free 3D display technology from Philips, based on years of extensive research and development in the field, we plan to bring the same philosophy to 3D that Dolby has brought to the audio space - integrating our technologies and strengths throughout the entire content chain. Consumers will know that when they see Dolby 3D content on a 3D-enabled device, it will look its very best."

"Dolby and Philips are committed to taking the 3D experience to the next level and delivering a high-quality solution for all 3D display devices, including today's glasses-based devices and tomorrow's glasses-free displays. Working on cutting-edge technology with two leading companies is very exciting, and I'm thrilled to lead this unique joint effort," said Guido Voltolina, General Manager of the joint project.

The focus of the project will be to work with original equipment manufacturers of display panels and entertainment devices to enhance the performance of 3D consumer devices to make viewing of 3D content just as convenient and appealing as viewing of 2D content on a high-quality screen is today. This project is uniquely positioned to enable the industry's adoption of 3D by working on standardization and licensing of the technology.

The Dolby 3D experience will seamlessly integrate into the use cases and viewing patterns of consumers on the go and in the home, making the use of 3D devices an enjoyable daily experience. Content owners and broadcast operators have the unique opportunity to differentiate their offerings by encoding 3D titles in Dolby 3D for maximum fidelity on Dolby 3D enabled devices while maintaining compatibility with existing 3D products. The system will enable a 3D HD format, including tools for 3D content creation and real-time 3D content conversion.

Panasonic AG-3DA1 Stereo Base Extender
3D-News Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 (7:25 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Cyclopital3D introduces a Stereo Base Extender for the Panasonic AG-3DA1 that produces superior 3D images by maintaining accurate depth portrayal with subjects that are further away from the camera, such as sporting events, concerts and other distance situations.

Event Broadcasters and Filmmakers will quickly discover this Stereo Base Extender to be an indispensable addition to their tool kit. This professional-grade 3D accessory significantly enhances the Panasonic A1 camcorder by enabling a greater dimension of possibilities.

The Panasonic A1 lenses have a fixed spacing of 58mm apart, making it near impossible to capture high quality 3D video as the distance between the camera and the subject increases. Using perfectly aligned, high quality front surface mirrors, the Stereo Base Extender almost quadruples the lens spacing to 200mm while maintaining an optimal range of parallax adjustment.

Optimal depth portrayal is a major key to achieving fantastic results with 3D film and video and the Cyclopital3D Stereo Base Extender further enables professionals to reach their goals.

Magnetic 3D Unveils Next-Generation Media Engine
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:18 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Magnetic 3D, a leader in autostereoscopic "glasses-free" 3D displays and digital signage solutions, unveiled its next-generation media engine yesterday at the Avnet Global Solutions Center in Chandler, Arizona. Magnetic 3D's glasses-free 3D was one of fifteen premium digital signage solutions showcased at an open house to celebrate Avnet's unveiling of a new Digital Signage Video Tour at its state-of-the-art Global Solutions Center. The event included tours of the facility, live demonstrations of suppliers' solutions, and a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony by Avnet CEO, Rick Hamada.

"Our unique glasses-free 3D solution is achieved through the combination of our industrial display with integrated Enabl3D™ lens technology, a powerful media engine, proprietary software, and award-winning content," said Michael Dorin, Magnetic 3D's Vice President of Business Development and Operations. "These elements all come together to astound audiences with the impressive illusion of 3D on an otherwise flat display."

Magnetic 3D's next-generation media engine is a full-featured player based on Intel's Sandy Bridge Chipset and is specifically designed for commercial applications including digital signage, QSR, display walls, large venues and stadiums, education, medical, and hospitality. It boasts an all metal chassis and small form factor making it an ideal companion to any Magnetic 3D display. The unit runs on Microsoft Windows Embedded POSReady7, an operating system optimized for Point of Service solutions with built-in point-of-sale functionality. In partnership with Avnet, the unit was also configured with an advanced installation of Windows Embedded Device Manager allowing for even easier discovery, deployment, and manageability across remote networks.

"We are very excited to demonstrate our glasses-free 3D solution as part of Avnet's Brilliant Digital Signage Event," said Thomas Zerega, Founder and CEO of Magnetic 3D. "It is a privilege to be included among the industry's technology thought leaders."

Further to the unveiling, Magnetic 3D's glasses-free digital signage solution will remain permanently installed at the Avnet Global Solution Center Showcase.

Panasonic AG-3DA1 Stereo Base Extender
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:17 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Cyclopital3D introduces a Stereo Base Extender for the Panasonic AG-3DA1 that produces superior 3D images by maintaining accurate depth portrayal with subjects that are further away from the camera, such as sporting events, concerts and other distance situations.

Event Broadcasters and Filmmakers will quickly discover this Stereo Base Extender to be an indispensable addition to their tool kit. This professional-grade 3D accessory significantly enhances the Panasonic A1 camcorder by enabling a greater dimension of possibilities. The Panasonic A1 lenses have a fixed spacing of 58mm apart, making it near impossible to capture high quality 3D video as the distance between the camera and the subject increases. Using perfectly aligned, high quality front surface mirrors, the Stereo Base Extender almost quadruples the lens spacing to 200mm while maintaining an optimal range of parallax adjustment.

Optimal depth portrayal is a major key to achieving fantastic results with 3D film and video and the Cyclopital3D Stereo Base Extender further enables professionals to reach their goals.

Dimensional Optics Introduces 3ACTIVE 3D Glasses to Support 2012 Panasonic 3D TVs
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:17 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Dimensional Optics offers 3D glasses that are compatible with all major 3D TV brands; the 3ACTIVE® line of 3D glasses has continually kept up with changes in the technology between model years of 3D TVs. In 2011 Panasonic® Active 3D Glasses communicated with the 3D TV via an infrared signal; in 2012 Panasonic® changed the technology used in the glasses so that they communicate with the 3D TV via Radio Frequency. 3ACTIVE® 3D glasses now support the change of technology in the Panasonic® 3D Glasses from infrared to radio frequency.

As part of the upgrade in technology, Dimensional Optics has also introduced new website navigation to help consumers purchase the correct pair of 3D glasses for their TV. The customers who arrive on the Dimensional Optics website will shop by model year, which is something the customer is likely familiar with. The website also includes a guide as to the model numbers from each year. http://www.dimensionaloptics.com/Panasonic.aspx

The 3ACTIVE 3D glasses are much higher quality than the 3D glasses produced by the TV manufacturers.

  • The lightweight design & flexible temples allow for extended viewing comfort.
  • Rechargeable batteries save customers money by eliminating the need to buy replacement batteries.
  • The full frame and wide temples block light to give a better 3D effect.
  • A storage case and cleaning cloth keep glasses clean and protected from damage.
3ACTIVE® 3D Glasses are designed to be more than a 3D TV accessory. We have used our many years of eyewear frame design and high-performance optical lens development to build 3D Glasses that improve the 3D TV Consumer's viewing pleasure. Providing quality at an affordable price is the best way to being introduced to the excitement of 3D entertainment.

Air Racers 3D - A First Look
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:16 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

LiveAirShowTV announced that its newest feature video takes a "Behind The Scenes" look at the much anticipated IMAX film Air Racers 3D, which launched a limited premiere in early April.

Principal photography for Air Racers 3D took place during the 2009 and 2010 Reno National Championship Air Races. LiveAirShowTV broadcast the Air Races Live in 2009 and provided daily race week & post-event video reports in 2010. An exclusive opportunity existed for us to follow the IMAX film crew as they also covered the "World's Fastest Motorsport" at the Reno Stead Airport.

This first look at Air Racers 3D includes Writer, Producer and Co-Director Christian Fry talking about the production and some of the unique aspects of how it was made. "Roaming the ramp at Reno and covering another crew shooting different aspects of the same thing was a lot of fun for our broadcast crew," said Jeff Lee, President of LiveAirShowTV. "Being at Reno is really hard to explain to people. It's something that gets inside of you. You just have to be there to experience it for yourself. Because of the film's immersive 3D aspect, Air Racers creates a starting point to help put people "inside" the incredible action at Reno."

LiveAirShowTV Co-Producer Hans Kummer, a veteran of IMAX and 3D production added, "I've been involved with several attempts to bring air racing to the giant screen and can attest to the complex production challenges. It has been a pleasure to interact with the Air Racers 3D film crew over the past few years and to witness their passion for aviation. I hope that the film serves as an inspiration to future generations of aviators and race fans."

Air Racers 3D is a co-production of 3D Entertainment USA & Pretend Entertainment in association with Stereoscope and is distributed by 3D Entertainment Distribution. It will have a staggered release in worldwide IMAX Theaters and 3D Digital Cinemas over the next three years. Advanced screenings have taken place internationally and it has opened at museum IMAX screens in Huntsville, AL, Pensacola, FL, Columbus, GA, and Hutchinson, KS. More theater launches are continually being announced, including European locations.

Paul Walker, star of The Fast and Furious franchise narrates the film as it takes audiences not only through the excitement of racing at Reno, but educates them on the principles of flight and the history of air racing. "I was privileged to see a near final version of the film at the Giant Screen Cinema Association conference held in Austin last September," said Jeff Lee. "It was a slightly strange sensation since I had just returned from Reno the night before and was still coping with witnessing the tragic crash of the P-51 Mustang Galloping Ghost. The 3D in this film is very real. It adds depth in the same way 3D was used to great effect in films like Avatar and Hugo. The racing scenes are staged for safety reasons, but the excitement is still there."

True racing fans always want more when it comes to the Reno experience. Air Racers 3D fills that need, if only for a short time. LiveAirShowTV's story will introduce more of the film to race fans looking to fill that void.

As air show season ramps up, LiveAirShowTV continues to cover shows and performers. Stories in production include a profile of aerobatic pilot Matt Chapman, a look at air show safety, and the kick-off of the Sport Air Racing League's 2012 season.

As always, the latest news and developments can be found on our daily Facebook posts and Twitter feeds. The Air Racers 3D story, along with the other 80 plus stories we have produced can be found on our website.

LiveAirShowTV continues to bring fans the Inside Story on many different aspects of aviation as the "Eyes and Ears of Aviation, Today".

For more information, visit the website at http://www.liveairshowtv.com

Digital Vision to Show Nucoda 'ACES' Workflow and Key Software Enhancements
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:16 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Digital Vision has announced significant enhancements to its Nucoda color grading platform, providing increased workflow capabilities and additional tools for grading, pre-grading and stereoscopic projects. At NAB the company will unveil the Nucoda Film Master ACES workflow, a new end-to-end solution developed by the Science and Technology Council (STC) of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS).

Today's post production environment has seen an explosion in the number of cameras, file formats and distribution channels required for many projects. These new formats also need to coexist and stay compatible with older formats and assets, which can result in much greater project complexity and data management headaches for the production. ACES solves this problem by delivering a single post production workflow that keeps all production assets at their maximum possible quality and providing the full benefit of High Dynamic Range (HDR) production pipelines. The upcoming version of Nucoda Film Master comes with ACES support and a full HDR grading capability, including a rich toolset for dealing with color critical workflows such as HDR capture from ARRI and RED cameras.

In addition to ACES, Digital Vision will also highlight its new DVO video restoration toolset, answering the needs of content owners housing millions of hours of material stored in video tape archives.

For stereoscopic projects Digital Vision will demonstrate its new automated Auto Color & Align tools, a key element of Nucoda's respected stereoscopic workflow. Colorists can now automatically match 3D cameras using advanced geometry technology providing morphing and color matching capabilities.

The company will unveil its Deformable Shape Tracker for Nucoda providing a totally unique advanced shape tracking concept. Instead of tracking and then moving a shape the new tracker tool deforms the shape to perfectly match the changes occurring to the object underneath.

Nucoda also has a number of other key enhancements including: Support for the latest RED Epic HDRx, ARRI Alexa range of cameras and the Sony F65 CineAlta camera (SRMASTER(tm) format); 64 bit application providing increased performance and stability when using large format digital cameras and image manipulation at 4K; and updated features for the latest Avid and Apple FCP editorial workflows. The next-generation Precision grading panel launched last year is now available in curved and straight configuration and will be demonstrated on the booth.

NAB will provide a platform for Digital Vision to launch Nucoda Look, the latest addition to its grading and finishing platform. Nucoda Look is a pre-grade assist station and deliverables platform with LUT export; these LUTs are now importable into the 42-inch Grade 1 Dolby PRM-4200 Professional Reference Monitor.

The company will also announce enhanced grading features for Nucoda Fuse including full Base layer grading, a replace function to quickly change color tools and LUT creation and export.

Nigel Hadley, Digital Vision Product Manager says, "We're committed to answering the needs of our customers by continuing to improve our core grading technology and adding new innovations to the grading arena. Already this season over 40 network and cable hits including: CSI (CBS), New Girl (Fox), Homeland (Showtime), Downton Abbey (ITV) and Great Expectations (BBC) were graded using Nucoda."

Kelvin Bolah, President of Digital Vision, adds, "We're delighted to make these announcements at NAB. Used to grade and finish some of the most popular episodic television, film, commercials, documentaries and music video releases, Nucoda continues to be the system of choice for top colorists worldwide. As well as the television projects Nucoda has contributed to a number of major feature films including: Film Factory's Mirror Mirror, Aardman's The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists and the upcoming Pixar Animation Studios' Brave and Walden Media's Of Men and Mavericks."

EON Reality Releases EON Icube Mobile, the Smallest Fully Immersive 3D Experience
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:15 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

EON Reality, http://www.eonreality.com , a leading interactive 3D software provider, announced the release of the new EON Icube Mobile, a portable multi-sided immersive environment in which participants are completely surrounded by virtual imagery and sound. It offers the most user-friendly interface - from hardware setup to software deployment. This high impact 3D immersion solution benefits many different markets such as energy, aerospace, healthcare, AEC, education and entertainment.

The hardware construction truss frame is in a lightweight sturdy aluminum material that is easy to set up and it comes with a reusable shipping container for easy transport. It is a front projected system consisting of 120" Diagonal Size Screens with 4:3 aspect ratios. Ceiling height required is 9 feet (2.7 m) and display foot print required is 10 x 10 feet (3 x 3 m). The system cost starts at less than 30% compared to traditional Icube cost.

"For the first time ever we can offer a fully immersive motion tracked interactive 3D experience at about 1/3 the cost compared to traditional Icubes while at the same time taking up roughly 1/5 the floor space and fitting within a 9-foot ceiling height. This combination will allow full immersion to be used in areas and applications that we have never reached before," said Mats W. Johansson, President, EON Reality, Inc.

EON Icube software utilizes high-end active stereo projectors, with stereoscopic glasses and motion tracking position trackers and allows users to be completely immersed in a virtual world. 3D objects float in space with high-quality graphics and can be manipulated by users in real-time.

Motion trackers are implemented to monitor the user's position and orientation and are used to calculate a stereoscopic perspective view. This allows the user to freely move into and around floating objects. Peripheral devices, such as wands and optional gesture gloves, are integrated into the system. EON Icube software has the ability to rapidly deploy 3D interactive virtual simulations using a series of built-in classes of objects, drivers, and a large library of 3D models, textures, and easy to use built-in functionalities.

EON Icube Mobile can be used as a single or as multi-user experiences with EON Coliseum Icube option. The remote collaboration system option is ideal for safety and technical training, architecture, and construction purposes.

DVS Showcases Extended Stereoscopic Feature Set for CLIPSTER at NAB 2012
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:15 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

From April 16-19, DVS will showcase its flagship product CLIPSTER® packed with an extended stereoscopic features set. Along with support for mezzanine formats, CLIPSTER® provides massive flexibility, supporting RAW material from several cameras.

At NAB booth SL6815, DVS will present version 5.0 of its award-winning DI workstation CLIPSTER® introducing an impressive set of dynamic enhancements and features in the 3D arena. Moreover, CLIPSTER® follows the company's philosophy of openness, maximizing its number of supported formats and codecs.

CLIPSTER® makes working with stereoscopic workflows much easier and guarantees incredible time savings. At NAB 2012, visitors to the DVS booth will experience a sophisticated 3D workflow thanks to CLIPSTER's integrated STAN (Stereoscopic Analyzer) software and thanks to its state-of-the-art hardware and software set-up. STAN's exceptional algorithm analyzes and corrects the 3D material geometrically, including keystone correction. The handling of independent streams and their perfect synchronization offer time-savings even when processing tasks with the highest frame-rates. Users can apply the overlay's difference and anaglyph modes to control the result, or consult the 3D depth histogram for quickly readable depth allocation – including configurable thresholds for maximum disparities.

Along with its acclaimed Digital Cinema Mastering Tool, CLIPSTER® supports mezzanine files such as IMF (Interoperable Master Format, in line with the latest published specification from IMF/ETC), providing the digital master as a file package with different video, audio, subtitles or closed caption tracks. The integrated SOAP (Service Oriented Architecture Protocol) interface provides automated control from third-party applications.

In combination with RAW cameras, CLIPSTER® assures massive flexibility – e.g. by supporting RAW material from RED®, ARRI and now also Sony cameras. The CLIPSTER® accelerator board easily decodes, demosaics, and processes RAW content faster than real-time.

Furthermore, CLIPSTER® supports formats like Panasonic AVC-Ultra, Sony SR, Apple ProRes 422 and Avid DNxHD®, and is capable of reading and writing OpenEXR. Equipped with state-of-the-art hardware, CLIPSTER® offers tremendous security and speed.

Stefan Albertz, Product Manager at DVS: "The growing market for DCP along with increasing digital demands has led us to equip CLIPSTER® with new, exciting and first-class enhancements. Besides DCP, which has established itself for the distribution of cinema content, IMF is going to become another major format which is also supported by our future-oriented systems."

Cel-Soft Launches v2 of Cel-Scope3D Stereo Analyzer at NAB
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:15 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

At this year's NAB Show, Cel-Soft will launch version 2.0 of its Cel-Scope 3D stereoscopic analyzer, a quality control tool in partnership with its USA distributor, Leader Instruments.It can be coupled via a capture card to systems like SGO's Mistika, Quantel's Pablo, or Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve, or operate as a stand-alone solution when checking 3D media files particularly with the logging option.

Footage and edits in many file formats can be viewed and assessed in real time. Disparities are analyzed and displayed as clear and intelligible graphics and viewed on 2D or 3D monitors. It adds easy-to-read graphical disparity scales for common parameters such as depth range, rotation errors, vertical miss-matches and luminance imbalances.

Cel-Scope offers over 60 different multiple display modes, including a depth spectrogram that enables operators to see if the 3D is approaching acceptable limits or if there are issues based on a timeline history.

The 2012 NAB Show takes place in Las Vegas, April 14-19.Cel-Soft will be at booth C6016.

Vizrt Signs Deal with Turkish Station for Stereoscopic 3D Upgrade and Broadcast Graphics Tools
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that the Company has signed a deal worth in excess of USD 265,000 for the implementation of Broadcast Graphics products with a Television Station in Turkey.

The deal includes upgrading existing Vizrt systems to stereoscopic 3D output on the Viz Engine, as well as soft and hardware for a new studio. Additionally, the broadcaster has increased its capacity with the purchase of 5 HD Viz Engines, Vizrt´s real time 3D rendering platform, and 2SD Viz Engines. In the design department, Viz Artist was added to be the dynamic 3D animation design tool. Several Viz Trios, Vizrt´s character generator (CG), have been purchased to control graphic playback in the control room.

Stereolabs launches new mobile 3D analyzer and quality control software at NAB 2012
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Stereolabs will present at NAB 2012 (booth C11.441) a new range of products that simplify 3D production and automate stereo quality control.

PURE Onset is the first stereo analyzer running on a MacBook Pro. The software captures two SDI streams through Blackmagic Design's UltraStudio 3D and offers real-time geometry, color and depth analysis, along with advanced monitoring and logging functions. Designed for motion picture and video professionals, PURE Onset enables quick and precise rig alignment, provides mobile quality control capabilities and transmits detailed 3D metadata to third party systems, simplifying dailies management and postproduction of stereoscopic content.

Commander is a 1RU master control system that provides the ability to monitor and control up to eight 3D camera positions from one single location. Designed for studio and mobile production, Commander simplifies the work of stereographers by gathering geometric, color and depth data from a network of stereo image processors and offers all the information needed to enable fast decision-making during shooting. Commander is compatible with both MPE-200 and PURE systems.

Creating 3D content is a technical challenge, and visual inspection alone is not sufficient to guarantee the quality of a stereo footage. Content providers, post production houses and broadcasters need objective, standardized and sharable metrics to qualify the quality of the 3D content they provide.

VERITY is the first automated quality control software for file-based stereo video. VERITY performs extensive checks of video files and provides log reports that outline any geometric, color or depth error in the footage. Performed tests include alignment, scale and focus checks, depth tests, luminance, chrominance, gamut analysis.

The lack of content for glasses-free 3D screens solved by Stereobank and Dimenco
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Stereobank, a major stereoscopic 3D stock footage library, and Dimenco, a leading technology company in stereoscopic content conversion for auto-stereoscopic (glasses-free 3D) screens, announced that they are joining forces to make the largest 3D content library finally available for the Glasses- free 3D business.

Stereobank's vast library of 3D stock footage is now available for Auto- stereoscopic 3D screens (no glasses needed) thanks to Dimenco's conversion services. It opens a wide range of new applications for the Glasses-free 3D Digital signage business. The comprehensive library includes a wide range of 3D footage about food, sport, lifestyle, wildlife, aerials, exotic world locations, slow-motion, ... available without delay. "Watching this footage on a 3D screen without glasses was like looking at the world through a window. Stereobank's 3D footage is definitely adapted to any 3D screen technology." Morgan David de Lossy from Stereobank.

Auto-stereoscopic displays, in comparison with glasses based displays (2-views), require multiple viewing points to create a non-glasses based 3D experience. To realize this, Dimenco has developed proprietary software tools to extract from stereo accurate depth-maps. These can be either sent to auto-stereoscopic displays that have integrated the Dimenco Rendering Core (2D-plus-Z) or render multiple viewing points (5-28) and make this content available to any auto-stereoscopic display available in the market.

Dimenco, as a leading European content conversion company (2D to Stereo and Stereo to Auto- Stereo), concludes that the best result shown on an auto-stereoscopic display is created by using native stereo-content converted to auto-stereoscopic content. "Our unique partnership with Stereobank makes their extensive library of 3D content available for any auto-stereoscopic display, providing the market a sensible and cost-effective way to provide an immersive 3D experience without the need to wear special glasses." says Maarten Tobias CEO of Dimenco.

Finding the right creative 3D footage for a stunning Digital Signage campaign is now easier than ever. Dimenco and Stereobank's experts guide customers through a wide range of 3D clips with a spectrum of 3D specs able to fill any need. From HD to 4k at frame rates ranging from 23.98 fps to 2000fps and the possibility to shift parallaxes from existing content clips to playback on any 3D display size.

projectiondesign adds another dimension to Laval Virtual 2012
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Firmly establishing the company's reputation for the most extensive, accurate and high-performance projector product line for use in visualization and virtual reality applications, Norway's projectiondesign® will jointly exhibit with presentation specialists i3D Poland at Laval Virtual 2012.

Shown in various configurations on the stand, including VR systems for educational medicine 3D animations of the technical process of how to run an engine. The F35 AS3D produces 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution at 120 Hz refresh rates and displays fully uncompressed 3D with more detail than any projector in its size. One of the real user benefits lies in the deployment of newly developed dual bandwidth imaging - double the processing speed of competing products whilst outputting full image detail and accuracy without artefacts.

The F35 AS3D is based on the company's F35 wqxga model, the highest resolution DLP® projector available for commercial use, and it features a wide range of specifically designed high-resolution projection lenses. In addition, it incorporates projectiondesign's unique RealColor colour management suite for perfect on-site calibration and unmatched colour accuracy, the firm says. Natural and precise colours add to the high-resolution performance of the F35 AS3D, and image quality can be guaranteed over any number of projection channels.

The projector offers brightness levels up to 7,500 ANSI lumens, a range of configuration options, and seamless switching between 3D and 2D. Additional benefits include user adjustable Smear Reduction Processing that reduces motion artefacts in high-speed imaging – yet another key feature for simulation and visualization applications.

Polarizer Attachment for Fuji FinePix W3
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Cyclopital3D introduces a Polarizer Attachment for the FujiFilm FinePix Real3D W3 camera that allows you to easily remove unwanted reflections from surfaces such as water and glass, providing better contrast within your images. When light reflects from a surface it often becomes polarized, and by using a polarizing filter, you can control the the intensity of the reflected light in your photograph by simply rotating the polarizer. This gives you the capability to see, for example, beneath the surface of water or through windows with high reflections, which is not possible without this filter. Alternatively, you can enhance the reflections, adding "sparkle" to an image, or "the scene in the sunglasses" effect.

The Cyclopital3D Polarizer incorporates three rotationally synchronized circular polarizers; two for the camera's lenses and one for you to view and evaluate the filter's effect on the image. This effect can be altered by rotating the filter and/or changing your orientation to the sun to achieve your desired results.

You can easily attach the Polarizer to the front of the Cyclopital3D Auxiliary Lens Adapter, making it a perfect addition to your line of 3D camera accessories for both indoor and outdoor use.

Mechdyne Announces Development of the World's First Small Form Factor CAVE
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:12 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Mechdyne Corporation announced the successful design of the world's first Small Form Factor Computer Aided Virtual Environment (SFF CAVE) system for commercial and educational visualization. This innovative immersive solution utilizes new active stereo screen segments that dramatically reduce the footprint associated with conventional CAVE systems, while at the same time maintaining the high resolution and brightness of traditional immersive environments. The key advantage is its ability to be deployed into smaller spaces than standard CAVE systems.

Historically, in order to accommodate the support structure and projectors, a standard projection CAVE environment required a facility space four to five times larger than the usable workspace. Mechdyne's ground-breaking SFF design compacts the overall system footprint significantly, allowing a 10' x 10' usable workspace to be incorporated within 14' x 18'.

Doug Betts, Mechdyne Manager of Research Engineering, says the new low-depth design may reduce the need for costly facility modifications. "A standard projection CAVE typically requires 800-1,000 square feet to result in 100 square feet of usable CAVE workspace. The SFF CAVE design shrinks that requirement to approximately 300 square feet. This innovative design also allows clients the option to place CAVE technology closer to end-users within their current work environments. This improves work-flow, increases utilization, as well as decreasing the system's cost of ownership by minimizing facility modification costs."

Mechdyne's SFF CAVE could also be attractive to organizations with leased space, as the system requires minimal facility changes and may be easily relocated.

This quarter, Mechdyne is expanding their SFF technology into their FLEX™ solution. The FLEX is a reconfigurable VR environment that transforms from a CAVE configuration to a flat display, an immersive room, or an angled wall, all with the press of a button. Depending upon the situation, both the CAVE and FLEX solutions may accommodate either floor or ceiling projection options. Also, both of these immersive solutions can be custom designed to fit specific structures and applications.

MarketsandMarkets: Global 3D Technology, Products & Applications Market Worth $227.27 Billion by 2016
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:12 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Three-dimension (3D) technology has created the buzz in the market in the recent past, especially in the field of entertainment. Post the success of James Cameron's "Avatar", cinema lover is expecting more movies in 3D. 3D cinema is the most hyped field, in the 3D technology market. Movie producers and marketers are seeing 3D movies as a value-added product to generate additional revenue.

In current scenario, gaming and animation companies are giving lot of importance to the 3D technology, as 3D is becoming mainstream, more, and more of a norm. Also, 3D Animation and gaming forms the largest percentage share in overall 3D technology market.

Since the wave of 3D cinema, 3D TV has garnered consumer's attention. With exciting features and competitive pricing, 3D TV is gaining shelf pace and consumer aspirations. Consumer electronics companies are constantly working on the pricing and 3D content, to attract more consumers.

Almost all major players have launched their 3D TV sets in stereoscopic display, in which viewer can view 3D content with the help of 3D glasses. Companies are offering 3D active shutter and passive polarized glasses to view the 3D content. Autostereoscopy will be the next big display type in 3D technology market. In this display technique, users don't need to wear 3D glasses. Gaming companies, signage-making companies have started using autostereoscopic display in their products. Although still in R&D stage, Autostereoscopy is going to be next big thing in 3D display technology.

Global 3D technology-products and applications market is expected to reach $227.27 billion by 2016, at an estimated CAGR of 15.81%. North America is holding a leadership position in total 3D technology market [ http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/3d-4d-technology-market-646.html ] followed by Europe and APAC. In ROW market; Middle East and Africa are the largest contributors.

Vishay Intertechnology Launches Infrared Receivers Compliant to 3DTV CEA-2038 Command-Driven IR-Synchronized Active Eyewear Standard
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:11 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Addressing the high cost and lack of interoperability of active 3D glasses, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. released two infrared receivers developed specifically to be compliant with the Consumer Electronics Association's CEA-2038 standard for IR synchronization of active eyewear used with 3D TV sets. The TSOP75D26 and TSOP35D26 are industry-first surface-mount IR receivers designed to be assembled into active 3D glasses, where they receive infrared signals from the TV set and ensure the glasses' LCD shutters open and close in proper synchronization to create the 3D effect. With these industry-standard receivers, TV manufacturers can reduce the cost of the active 3D glasses, one of the main barriers to broader adoption of 3D TVs. With adoption of the CEA-2038 standard and use of the TSOP75- and TSOP35D26 receivers, consumers will be able to watch 3D programs on any TV set.

Per the standard, the receivers are designed to operate on a carrier frequency of 26.2 kHz, which is lower than that used by standard remote control systems and thus helps avoid possible interference from TV and set-top box remote controls. The TSOP75D26 and TSOP35D26 are also designed to receive the 3D synchronization signals from an 830 nm emitter, further avoiding the possibility of interference. They are compliant with the standard's long encoding command sequence, which features better immunity in noisy environments. Like all of Vishay's IR receivers, the TSOP75D26 and TSOP35D26 feature industry-leading suppression of optical noise from compact fluorescent lights, LCD backlights, and plasma panels.

The TSOP75D26 and TSOP35D26 integrate a photodiode, amplifier, automatic gain control, band pass filter, demodulator, and control IC into a single tiny package that helps minimize the weight of 3D glasses, and their ultra-low current consumption maximizes the battery life. The TSOP75D26 and TSOP35D26 are surface-mount devices that can be mounted in a side or top view. They both have a viewing angle of /- 50° that allows for significant head movement without signal loss. The TSOP75D26 measures 2.3 mm x 3.0 mm x 6.8 mm and has dual lenses while the TSOP35D26 measures 4.0 mm x 5.3 mm x 7.5 mm and has a single lens.

Adapters for JVC & SONY 3D Camcorders
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (10:11 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Cyclopital3D launches a unique line of accessories for JVC and SONY 3D camcorders that significantly increases the quality, capabilities and creative options for independent film-makers. Many 3D filmmakers and hobbyists are utilizing the

high quality, low-cost camcorders from JVC and SONY to produce documentaries, films, and personal videos, but desire more creative flexibility by adding auxiliary lenses, polarizers and filters to improve their end results. This new line

of accessories from Cyclopital3D enables those 3D content creators to use more varied techniques and equipment to produce fantastic, new 3D content. Options for the JVC or SONY 3D camcorders include 3 Wide-Angle Adapters, a

Filter/Close-up Adapter and a Stereo Base Extender for distance shots, too.

The Cyclopital3D line of Wide-Angle Adapters for the JVC and SONY 3D camcorders increase, and can even double, the field of view captured by the camera! The Filter/Close-up adapter allows a film-maker to attach Macro or Close-up lenses,

enabling you to shoot just inches away from your target.

Aiming to take your 3D experience to the next level, this new line of accessories from Cyclopital3D will allow you to vary your technique and expand your creative potential. A variety of film-maker packages are available to suit

everyone's needs. For more information on Cyclopital3D products, go to http://www.cyclopital3d.com

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