3D-News Archive May 2014

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International Stereoscopic Union mails 'Stereoscopy', Issue 2.2014
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (10:05 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The International Stereoscopic Union (ISU) mails issue 2.2014 of their full-color journal "Stereoscopy" to its current members on May 15th.

These are the exciting articles members can expect to read soon:

  • You're Invited to 3D-Con 2014 (by Bill Moll)
  • Displaying Content on a 3D TV (by David Kuntz)
  • The Making of The Simple Carnival's "A Geek Like Me" (by Jeff Boller)
  • Automated 3D Slide Shows in the 1940s (by David Starkman)
  • 3D HDR Fun (by David Kesner)
  • Leonardo da Vinci and the Mystery of the World's First Stereogram (by Kevin R. Brooks)
  • "Murmùrius do tempo" - A dada stereoscopic gothic novel (by Andrea Sozzi)
  • Gallery - Japan
A preview can be found here: http://www.stereoscopy.com/isu/stereoscopy-journal.html

If you are no ISU member yet, please join at http://www.stereoscopy.com/isu/joining.html - individual membership is only $20 per year (or even less for 3 and 5 year memberships).

Previous members wishing to renew their membership can do so here by PayPal: http://www.stereoscopy.com/isu/renewal.html

RealD Named 3D Technology Provider For The South East Asia Premiere Of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (9:54 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Global 3D and visual technology company RealD Inc. announced it has been selected as the 3D technology provider for the South East Asia premiere of "X-Men: Days of Future Past". RealD will provide 3D projection technology and movie-themed RealD 3D glasses for the special advance screening on May 14, 2014, at Shaw Theaters LIDO.

The advance screening will take place in 10 auditoriums simultaneously at Shaw Theaters LIDO. RealD 3D cinema systems, the world's most widely used 3D cinema technology, have been installed at the LIDO location.

RealD also announced it will provide 1,800 pairs of limited edition "X-Men: Days of Future Past" themed collectible RealD 3D glasses for the guests at the premiere event.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is not only a fantastic movie adaptation of the classic Marvel series, featuring a star-studded cast, but also showcases the creativity in stereography and high quality 3D production. Through RealD's industry brightest 3D projection technology, we are proud to contribute to the film's presentation with a realistic and immersive viewing experience. With the addition of the movie themed collectible RealD 3D glasses, we hope the visuals will leave an indelible memory for the audience," said Edman Chan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific of RealD.

To ensure the quality of presentation, Chan added that the film premiere will be presented at a 6FL light level in all 10 auditoriums. This high brightness level helps deliver a premium image quality and added depth.

"Shaw Theatres has always been an advocate of great technology that will enhance the movie-going experience for all our patrons, and we are honored to be the hosting theater for this premiere event. With 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' presented in the higher 3D brightness level of 6FL, guests and patrons can look forward to a memorable viewing experience," said Mark Shaw, Executive Vice President of Operations, Shaw Theatres.

The world's most widely used 3D cinema technology, RealD 3D is installed in more than 25,000 auditoriums by approximately 1,000 exhibitors in 74 countries around the world.

3Dimensionale Wien
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (9:53 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The second 3Dimensionale Festival will take place from November 14th to 16th in Vienna. It will be organized in the prettiest waste-to-energy-facility of the world in Vienna which has been refurbished by the Viennese artist Hundertwasser.

The intention of the organizers is to address the common people and infect the visitors with the fascinating stereoscopic virus and guide them to enter a magical new world through the stereo window. They can expect to be presented the new generation technology as well as historic aspects. The visitor will see

  • An exhibition of stereoscopic equipment
  • An art exhibition using different technologies: parallax barrier images, lenticulars, anaglyphes, phantograms, 3D-TVs
  • Holograms: for the 1st time worldwide 4 generations of a family will be shown
  • Produced by Austrian and international artists,
  • Fascinating AV Shows from all over the world
  • presentations.
A trailer in German language can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/3dimensionalewien

More information will be available here: http://www.3dimensionale.at

Next3D Streams Live 360-Degree Stereoscopic Video to Virtual Reality Displays Such as the Oculus Rift
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (9:53 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Next3D®, a pioneer and leader in stereoscopic video compression and transmission solutions, announced the deployment of its proprietary NextStream360™ system to capture sports, concerts, films, and other experiences for broadcast in virtual reality displays. The company has been testing its technology with broadcasters and major sports organizations, including professional basketball, golf, and college football.

"Next3D's revolutionary technology has the power to truly connect viewers to sporting events as if they are there," said Jerry Steinberg, former SVP, Fox Sports Media Group. "Even better, actually, because viewers can move between different premium locations to 'virtually attend' the game."

"Our expectation is that a sizeable VR installed base will emerge when the Oculus Rift and Sony Morpheus ship, so we are positioning Next3D to be the leader in delivery of engaging audio-visual experiences," said David Cole, CEO and co-inventor of Next3D's products. "We've built and filed patents around key technologies for capturing, encoding, transmitting, and playing live 360-degree content."

"We have engaged major music artists, broadcasters, and world-class film and documentary producers," added Next3D co-founder D.J. Roller. "We're producing a pipeline of marquee content with broad appeal, in advance of head-mounted virtual reality displays coming to market later this year."

The NextStream360 platform enables live and on-demand content production and delivery of immersive stereoscopic video to virtual reality displays via internet, satellite, and mobile networks. Next3D's patent-pending technology is positioned to become the standard in 360-degree 3D video capture, compression, and distribution. The system provides a three-dimensional entertainment experience that precisely reproduces the scene where the camera is placed. "Simply put, it's like being there," explained Cole. "Everything is life-sized and the correct distance away from the viewer."

SENSIO Announces the Launch of 3DGO! on Panasonic 3D-Enabled VIERA HDTVs in the US
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (9:52 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

SENSIO Technologies Inc. announced that its 3DGO!™ VOD service will be launching on select 3D-enabled Panasonic VIERA HDTVs across the United States. The application will gradually become available on Panasonic's 2014 Life Screen 3D-enabled HDTVs as well as post 2011 legacy models, through the proprietary VIERA Connect Apps Navigator. The gradual rollout of 3DGO! is expected to take one month.

In collaboration with Panasonic, marketing efforts will also be set in motion to promote the availability of 3DGO! to Panasonic 3DTV owners. Over the weeks following the launch, advertisement and notifications will be used to highlight the app's availability.

"We are very excited about deploying 3DGO! with Panasonic, thus building on our current momentum and creating a new stream of revenue," said Richard LaBerge, Executive Vice-President and Chief Business Development Officer of SENSIO. "Marketing efforts are essential to generate awareness of 3DGO!'s availability to Panasonic 3DTV owners and drive new user registration. We have had an outstanding collaboration with Panasonic throughout the commercialization planning process and we're looking forward to seeing the results in the coming weeks. Lastly, we are impressed at how smooth the entire development process has been. This shows that our platform has now reached maturity and that we are ready for future launches."

3DGO!™ is the world's first and only dedicated 3D transactional VOD service offering the largest selection of high-quality 3D content, including some of the latest 3D Hollywood blockbuster titles, via internet streaming to 3D smart devices. The application offers consumers quick and easy access to an ever-growing library of varied 3D content which SENSIO is committed to continue developing. Neither subscription nor additional playback equipment is required making it a simple, inexpensive and ideal way to watch 3D in the home. 3DGO! uses the award-winning SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D technology, a unique frame-compatible technology providing high-fidelity stereoscopic images while using conventional 2D channels. The application is currently available in the US on select 3DTVs. For a list of compatible devices and available movies, please visit http://www.3DGO.com

International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society Announces 2014 Technology and New Products Awards Call to Entry
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (9:52 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The International 3D Society announced it is now accepting nominations for its 3D & Advanced Imaging "Technology Awards" and "New Products of the Year" Awards luncheon to be held in September 24, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

The Society's "New Products of the Year" Awards honor technical achievement in the stereoscopic and advanced imaging mediums, including: stereoscopic, cinema, television, cellular and portable devices, special venue, themed attractions, video games, computers, 3D printing and other media. Advanced imaging technologies will be considered in: High Dynamic Range, High Frame Rate and Ultra Hi Def (4K). The Society is accepting entries from the professional 3D and advanced imaging communities to be voted upon by a blue-ribbon technology awards panel.

"We should never underestimate the important role technology plays in how we tell stories, in all forms - whether in 3D, in high-resolution, on film, or by the light of a campfire. We are excited to honor the best achievements in technological evolution in 3D and Advanced Imaging technologies this fall. There are no shortage of improvements on existing technologies or brand new innovations coming into the marketplace deserving of special recognition by the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society," said Society Awards Chairman, Buzz Hays.

This year marks the Society's fifth annual Awards to celebrate new products and technologies in 3D and advanced imaging industries. The Society annually awards its gold Lumiere™ statuette for the best 3D movies, television, commercials, and video games each February in its "Creative Arts Awards." The "New Products of the Year" Awards will recognize individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the advancement of arts and technologies in 3D and advanced imaging from October 2013 through September 2014. All entries are due by June 2, 2014.

"3D and advanced imaging technologies are populating billions of screens worldwide, from movie theaters to flat screens to tablets to cell phones," Society President Jim Chabin stated. "These awards are selected by our industry's leading experts to shine the spotlight on the coolest technology and most amazing products coming to consumers soon. It's a preview of the future," he added.

Rules, regulations and entry forms are available online at www.international3dsociety.com. Submission deadline is June 2nd 2014. Winners will be announced in September and honored at a ceremony in Hollywood.

DDD launches 'Dimentia3D' game for 3D tablets and smartphones
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (9:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

DDD Group plc has launched Dimentia3D(TM), an addictive 3D puzzle game on Google Play(TM).

Dimentia3D is a fast action 3D puzzle game that challenges players' minds and reflexes to align falling shapes and complete rows on a multi-dimensional cube.

The game can be played in 2D on any compatible Android(TM) device (Android version 2.3 and higher) and comes into its own when played in stereoscopic 3D on a 3D capable smartphone or tablet.

Compatible 3D devices include: the Gadmei E8 products (MiTraveler, Viren Micheley, Fusion Inferno, and Memup Slidepad), NEO3DO and Hampoo glasses-free 3D tablets, and suitably updated LG Optimus and HTC Evo 3D mobile phones.

Players may choose between several different immersive 3D environments, keeping the action fresh and visually stimulating. The difficulty increases with each successive level, and each level must be cleared in order to progress to the next one.

Dimentia3D is now available as a free download for Android devices from the Google Play store. Level 1 is free with a $1.99 in-app purchase unlocking Levels 2 to 5. The game can be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ddd.dimentia

Chris Yewdall, Chief Executive of DDD, said: "We are excited to launch a fun game for smartphone and tablet owners that can take full advantage of the immersive capabilities of the latest glasses-free 3D displays. In 2D or 3D, Dimentia3D is hugely addictive and entertaining."

New 3D technology brings higher brightness and immaculate color performance to Barco's VR projectors
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (9:50 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Barco, a leader in virtual reality projection, announced the introduction of the new Infitec Excellence technology on its stereoscopic projectors. This partnership with Infitec Gmbh, specifically for the VR market, delivers a 40% increase in brightness and superior color performance for Barco's range of stereoscopic VR projectors - enabling Barco to continue to lead the way in 3D stereo projection.

Traditionally, 3D stereoscopic images suffer from loss of brightness and slight color inaccuracies. The new Infitec Excellence technology overcomes these imperfections by increasing the light output by 40% and further improving image quality. As a pioneer in VR 3D stereo projection, Barco worked with Infitec in Germany to perfect the technology. Barco is now the first manufacturer to introduce the technology, applying it to its new Galaxy 4K and Galaxy NW7/NW12 range of Xenon-based 3-chip DLP projectors.

The leading 3D stereo technology … improved
Infitec stereo is a high-quality 3D stereo technology, using channel separation based on interference filters. The 3D stereo effects are created by projecting the primary colors at slightly different wavelengths for the left and right eyes. Infitec uses a pair of glasses with no batteries or other electronic components (so they can easily be cleaned), requires only one projector, and does not need to project on glossy metallic screens - making it a high-quality and cost-effective 3D technology suited for large audiences.

The new Infitec Excellence 4-band filters technology is a further refinement to the existing Active Infitec stereo. An internal circular filter wheel holds both left and right eye filters to show flicker-free 3D stereo content at full resolution and 120 Hz. Using this new technology, stereoscopic images can be viewed with perfect colors for an even better 3D user experience. The 40% increase in brightness produces more sparkling images.

"Barco has been a strong supporter of the Active Infitec technology for years," says Yoav Nir, Market Director Natural Resources at Barco. "After months of close collaboration with Infitec Gmbh in Germany, we are very pleased to announce the introduction of the Infitec Excellence technology in the VR market. This technology - suited for both front- and rear-projected applications - perfectly balances high-quality imagery with an attractive TCO. Customers who already own a Galaxy 4K, Galaxy NW-7 or Galaxy NW-12 setup can upgrade their system to the new Infitec Excellence technology in the field. Furthermore, all Barco projectors also provide active stereo, allowing users to select the 3D technology that best suits their needs. In this way, we offer the most versatile projectors on the market."

Infitec Excellence will be available in the Galaxy 4K HFR and the (WUXGA) Galaxy NW-7 and NW-12 EX series as of May 2014.

DreamWorks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon 2 Breathes Fire Into International IMAX 3D Theatres Starting
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (9:50 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

IMAX Corporation, DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, a division of 21st Century Fox announced that How to Train Your Dragon 2, the thrilling second chapter of the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® theatres internationally starting June 13 .

Dean DeBlois returns to direct the follow-up to the 2010 global hit How to Train Your Dragon, which grossed nearly $495 million at the global box office and more than $277 million internationally. Stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler , Craig Ferguson , America Ferrera , Jonah Hill , T.J. Miller , Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington .

How to Train Your Dragon 2 returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace - and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

"Filmmaker Dean DeBlois has crafted a fun, action-fueled spectacle that kids of all ages are going to love," said Greg Foster , Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "We're pleased to once again be partnering with Jeffrey Katzenberg and our friends at DreamWorks Animation to bring this exciting animated film to life for fans of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise as well as international IMAX audiences."

The IMAX 3D release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation's official website at http://www.howtotrainyourdragon.com

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