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Blitz Games Studios joined XpanD in Amsterdam
3D-News Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2009 (0:56 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Blitz Games Studios joined XpanD at the 18th annual Cinemas Expo International in Amsterdam to debut the world's first stereoscopic 3D game, Invincible Tiger: Legend of Han Tao to the European cinema trade.

Andrew Oliver CTO of Blitz Games Studios said: "Stereoscopic 3D can stimulate new growth for both cinema and videogames industries. This technology is irresistible to the consumer – as soon as they experience it they want it at home as well as in the cinema."

Amit Dror, Chief Strategy Officer of XpanD added: "We see the 3D cinema world and the 3D gaming world getting closer. From in-lobby 3D Gaming stations to, large screen multiplayer gaming, 3D gaming will become part of life and the cinemas are one of the most important show-rooms for this activity."

Blitz Games Studios demonstrated Invincible Tiger running in stereoscopic 3D on a games console – a feat thought impossible only 12 months ago.

Oliver Clarke, Project Director, Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao, Blitz Arcade said: "The Cinema Expo has been a great opportunity for us to showcase our S3D technology. Invincible Tiger was created to be an original piece of entertainment that is a joy to play. We thought developing it to support S3D would be fun in itself, but we've been taken aback at how successful it's been."

At the recent Digital Cinema Summit, Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) executive director David Wertheimer presented research showing that audience interest in 3D is growing and is strongest among people who've seen 3D movies.

ETC's research also found that consumers who've seen a recent 3D movie are undeterred by the prospect of wearing glasses at home to watch 3D with strongest interest is among the 18-29 demo especially those with children in the home i.e the vast majority of videogame customers.

Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao is a stylistic and cool '70s inspired kung-fu game, which will be the first videogame released in stereoscopic 3D for XBLA and PSN in Summer of 2009.

Dimension 3: stereoscopic 3D sets foot in the Paris area
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009 (13:38 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


From June 2 to 18, 2009, the international forum on 3D images invited professionals and the public to gather, reflect, learn and play in a series of 3D events in France's department of Seine-Saint-Denis.

The professional forum, held from June 2 to 4 at Pantin's Centre National de la Danse, has just concluded on a very successful note. Providing a unique meeting point around 3D, unmatched across the world in terms of scope and represented markets, Dimension 3 has caught the attention of professionals from all over the globe. As for the Festival Dimension 3, it carried on until June 18.

Held in Pantin's Centre National de la Danse, the professional forum was attended by 1120 visitors from 25 different countries (up 200 % from the 2008 edition). Countries represented included India, Germany, Singapore, Turkey, Finland, Korea, Thailand, South Africa, Canada, the United States. Dimension 3 was able to unite all players in the 3D industry with 38 exhibitors, each a leader or prescriber in their own field. Some 50 speakers, from France and abroad, shared their experiences, reported on their advancements and presented their latest 3D technologies. Another highlight of the Forum was the 3D workshop for projectionists, organized in partnership with Doremi Cinema and Volfoni, involving 40 attendees.

This edition's success confirms Dimension 3's ability to earn a reputation as a must-attend event for all branches involved in 3D: shows & events, cinema, TV, science & research, design, marketing & communication, mobile devices, video games

This year, Dimension 3 Festival allowed the public to see premiere screenings of Henry Selick's Coraline, Bruce Hendricks' Jonas Brothers, or Pascal Vuong and Ronan Chapalain's Sea Rex Starting June 2. Professionals as well as the public could discover an incredibly rich 3D program. The mobile festival, ended on June 18, features 18 screenings in 3D organized in 5 towns in the area. That is over 12 hours of film, including 8 national or international premieres (feature films, documentaries, rides, series, short films).

Dimension 3's 2009 edition is a complete success, confirming the International Forum on 3D Images as a leading event in the field of stereoscopic technologies.

Lightspeed Releases the New DepthQ Family of Stereoscopic HD Video Software
3D-News Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2009 (4:31 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Lightspeed Design, Inc. announced the release of its new DepthQ® family of stereoscopic software for state-of-the-art capture and playback of HD 3D media. DepthQ® HD 3D software has been successfully serving hundreds of professional clients in corporate, entertainment, medical and industrial applications since 2002. That software has now evolved into the new DepthQ® family of stereoscopic software - DepthQ®Capture(TM) and DepthQ®Player(TM).

What makes this product the best of its kind? Simply that DepthQ® is the only 3D software package capable of low-latency (66ms) real-time monitoring with simultaneous capture, highly efficient GPU image processing and smooth, high-resolution media playback. Lightspeed's experience in 3D display technology and filmmaking, combined with their deep understanding of stereography and image processing, led them to develop their own toolsets to capture, process, configure, and playback HD 3D imagery with greater flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy. Lightspeed's unparalleled features set DepthQ®Capture(TM) and DepthQ®Player(TM) far above the competition.

DepthQ®Capture(TM)

DepthQ®Capture(TM) is a powerful software solution for the precise capture, recording and monitoring of stereo 3D video from two simultaneous camera inputs (Analog, HD-SDI, HDMI, FireWire or USB) at dual HD resolution. Features include low-latency, real-time monitoring, a camera alignment aid and visual overlays to assist in optimizing your 3D effects for various target playback screens.

DepthQ®Player(TM) captures your two independent camera video sources, concatenates them together as an above/below image to preserve sync, processes the result - applying any scaling and compression required - and then serves the final stereo data as a single data stream to any 3D (or 2D) monitoring device at the required resolution, frame rate, and encoding standard for that display.

DepthQ®Player(TM)

DepthQ®Player(TM) is a feature-packed software solution for the high-quality playback of stereo 3D movies from a standard PC. Easy to use and designed from the ground up as a professional product, DepthQ®Player(TM) combines efficient code architecture and superior throughput for high-bandwidth playback of either locally stored or URL-accessible stereoscopic movies, as well as 3D streaming IP video (MPEG2-TS RTP/UDP).

DepthQ®Player(TM) delivers the most comfortable-to-view stereo 3D experience possible, and allows cost-effective viewing of high-resolution stereoscopic media in a wide variety of environments - from remote 3D viewing stations, operating rooms and conference rooms to 3D cinemas, museum exhibits, portable theaters, motion simulators, corporate events and trade shows.

Features include:

  • Flicker-free 120 Hz stereoscopic 3D video
  • Input Formats - above/below, side-by-side, interlaced and more
  • Output Formats - Page-flip, DLP checkerboard, dual output, interlace and more
  • DepthQ® Alignment (real-time X-Y stereoscopic parallax adjustments)
  • Time Dependent Event Editor (IN/OUT points, Parallax changes)
  • Time Code Capability
  • DMX-512 Control of External Devices
  • Cg GPU Image Processing (cornerstone, edge sharpening, contrast, brightness, etc.)
  • Depth Reference Marks
DepthQ®Player(TM) software uses Microsoft Direct Show infrastructure working with codecs like Windows Media Player, MJPEG, MPEG-2, and H.264 and is compatible with NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision and NVIDIA Quadro.

DepthQ®Player(TM) is available in three configurations: Lite, a free-to-download evaluation version incorporating a subtle watermark, with restricted playlength and functionality; Standard, a licensed commercial version at 720P resolution per eye; and Pro, a licensed professional version at full 1080P resolution per eye.

Mark Roberts Motion Control Launch S3 Stereoscopic 3D Module
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 (14:31 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The Academy Award winning team at Mark Roberts Motion Control announced the up-coming release of a vital tool for any stop-frame animators looking to produce in Stereoscopic 3D.

The field of 3D filming and animation is growing at a tremendous rate, with the CEO of Dreamworks predicting all movies will be made in 3D "within a reasonable period".

The success of such movies as Coraline, Monsters versus Aliens, UP and many 3D features in the pipeline including the much anticipated 3D movie Avatar from James Cameron, as well as features from Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis and so on.

But with over two million 3D-ready TVs already on the market, 3D is no longer limited to cinema distribution and more and more TV production is gearing up for the 3D revelotuon.

The basic technology for 3D live-action filming normally consists of using two cameras separated by a distance known as the inter-ocular distance and a variable angle known as the convergence. By varying these, different special effects can be created for the viewer.

For stop-frame animation, the use of two cameras is often not just costly but impossible or unnecessary. Often because stop frame animation is of scaled models, the cameras need to be very close together (closer than they can physically fit). Because there is no live-action it is simpler and more cost effective to use a single camera and slide it side to side to take the two images necessary for each eye.

This makes the camera package smaller by needing only one camera and lens, eliminates differences in the image due to two lenses having different lens distortions, allows the inter-ocular distance to be as small as needed without problems due to camera and lens sizes.

This principle can also be used for 3D nature photography or timelapse of slow moving events. The only issue is how to accurately control the side to side motion of the camera.

New Mark Roberts Motion Control have announced the release of the new S3 Stereoscopic 3D Stepping module. This intelligent, low-cost, portable unit can accurately control the motion and triggering of the camera for any stop-frame 3D filming. It is designed to carry a variety of DSLR and filming cameras and has the following features:

  • Strong rigid construction using high quality bearings
  • Simple user interface with backlit LCD screen
  • On-board FLASH memory
  • User programmable inter-ocular distance
  • Can trigger the camera or can be triggered by the camera
  • For use with or without a motion control system
  • Up to 3" (75mm) of travel on standard unit
  • Can carry large and small cameras
  • Extremely precise and repeatable motion
The unit is very simple to use - attach the camera, attach the unit to a tripod (or a motion control system). Set the required inter-ocular distance using the on-board display, attach the camera trigger cable and you are ready to run. Every time the unit receives trigger (from any of a number of sources including intervalometers, motion control software, remote switches motion sensors) it will trigger the shutter for the left eye view, move the camera for the right eye view, trigger the shutter and then move back to the left eye view ready for the next frame.

International Datacasting Corporation's 3D Products With Sensio Technology Part of Surgical Demo in South Korea
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 (14:26 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


International Datacasting Corporation, a global leader in providing advanced solutions for the distribution of broadband multimedia content delivery announced that its Superflex 3D Live Encoders and Decoders with Sensio® technology on board, were used in a live 3D demonstration of a robotic surgical system held at the 9th Annual Conference of Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery Group in South Korea.

The surgery, broadcast in live 3D using technology developed for digital cinema, took place at the Korean National Cancer Institute and was transmitted through the Hyper Research Network (KOREN), a terrestrial IP network, to the conference site at the Korean National Information Society Agency where doctors and medical students were participating in a session on surgical techniques. IDC's Korean partner, Digipeg Corporation, provided the technology used for the capture and broadcast of the demonstration.

The surgery was performed using the da Vinci S HD Surgical System. Built by US-based Intuitive Surgical, this system integrates HD 3D endoscopy with state of the art robotic technology. The Superflex 3D Live Encoders and Decoders were provided by IDC for the demonstration. While the primary purpose of the SuperFlex product line is the delivery of 2D and 3D events for digital cinema, this demonstrates that the products, using technology developed by Sensio®, are easy to use and have wider applications in other markets, such as 3D medical imaging.

"This was a most impressive demonstration of the power of live 3D stereoscopic imagery and how it can aid in surgery and medical treatment. The advances in 3D imagery will prove to be a valuable tool to improve medical treatment and to enable better training of medical professionals," said Dr. Young Woo Kim, of the National Medical Cancer Centre.

"This was a great example of how several international companies can work together for the advancement of technology for medical treatment and training. We are honored to work with companies such as IDC, who continue to be willing to work with us to provide innovative technology solutions for our customers," said Kenny Kim, CEO of Digipeg.

"The use of off-the-shelf 3D live broadcast technology as a real-time diagnostic tool for the medical profession as well as a teaching tool for doctor training has now been successfully demonstrated," said Ron Clifton, IDC President and CEO. "The same benefits of bandwidth compression and HD video quality inherent in the Sensio 3D technology for digital cinema applies equally well for this application. We are happy to see the market potential for our 3D products expanding and that our technology can have this kind of positive impact on the health care profession," he added.

SENSIO's 3D technology, originally developed for the consumer 3D entertainment market, transforms stereoscopic high-definition video (e.g. from dual HD cameras) into its proprietary format that allows distribution of 3D content over standard infrastructure. The technology features visually loss-less stereoscopic compression and is compatible with all existing and future 3D projection technologies for 2D or 3D viewing.

Matrox Graphics Unveils Triple and Quad Monitor DisplayPort M-Series Graphics Cards
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 (14:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Matrox Graphics announced the availability of the Matrox M9138 and Matrox M9148 DisplayPort graphics cards. Expanding the M-Series product line, these new triple- and quad-monitor cards offer a remarkable 1 GB of memory, and with support for independent or stretched mode at resolutions up to 2560x1600 per output.

"The first generation of Matrox DisplayPort graphics cards bring a tremendous amount of flexibility to today's DisplayPort users," says Samuel Recine, Director of Business Development, Matrox Graphics. "Not only can users choose any combination of pivoted, independent, or stretched displays, but also have the opportunity to combine two M9148 cards in a single system to drive up to eight DisplayPort or DVI monitors."

The Matrox M9138 and Matrox M9148 are low-profile graphics cards that make it easy to integrate into a wide variety of systems, and both offer optimal support for Windows® Vista Aero (WDDM mode).

3D Film Factory Makes Breakthrough in 3D Conversions
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 (14:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The 3D Film Factory, a company specializing in 3D technologies, is now the exclusive, worldwide licensee of 3inD software, a highly developed 2D to 3D stereoscopic image conversion process. Conceived using a new paradigm, the program actually recreates 2D images (video, film & stills) in a 3D space.

Conventional conversion programs merely rotoscope, or cut out selected objects within 2D images, only to push them around and create the illusion of depth. Conversely, the new 3inD system actually recreates 2D images within a three dimensional environment, creating true depth, texture and space. This revolutionary process overcomes most of the inherent problems that plague existing 3D conversion programs.

"This software recreates 2D images into textural, life-like 3D models. The results are phenomenal. Rather than pushing objects around to fake depth, we recreate the 2D image in a 3D world. When you think about how conversions are typically done, this makes a lot more sense. And seeing the results in 3D, you realize immediately it's a superior methodology", said company president Karl Kozak.

3inD's innovative method not only gives conversion technicians unprecedented tactile command over highly complex images (live-action & animated), but takes the manipulation of alignment, perspective, depth, pop, borders, tracking, missing data, motion and stereoscopy – to a higher level altogether.

Like other 3D conversion systems, the resulting 3D images can be output to an array of formats and platforms, including; RealD & Dolby digital 3D polarized theaters, dual projection, 3D ready TV, alternate-frame sequencing, and more.

Additional information can be found at http://www.3DfilmFactory.com

Magna presents its new surveillance system
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009 (13:36 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Israeli industry Magna BSP presented at Rome-Urbe airport its new surveillance system "Stereoscopic Passive Electro-Optic Radar". The device consists of a totem about 1.5 meters tall equipped with two or four cameras orientated towards the same point, supplying a stereoscopic picture. There also is a portable version of about 40 cm studied for military purposes.

The most important thing is the absolute accuracy: "The system works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in any light and weather condition. We had 100% of detection and just one false alarm a day", said Gideon Rosen, marketing manager of the company.

The cameras are managed by a programmable software capable to autonomously establish whether the detected item represents a threat. It will not be anymore necessary to have an operator passing all of his time watching the screen because his attention will be called in case of necessity with a sound.

Multiple cameras supply a better vision and more accurate. Furthermore, if one is damaged, the others keep working. The software also allows to watch recorded images while the system keeps performing its surveillance activity. The test phase was carried out with about 3,000 tests along the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem's wall, after which the Israeli government decided to buy the system.

The radar, installed on the ground, on a building or on a vehicle, can be programmed according to the customers' necessities, being them military or civil. The system "Studies" the area on issue for some seconds, understanding its "Normal" conditions (moving bushes, light changes, people or cars passing by...) and following it is capable to detect a person, an animal or an object even hundreds or meters far, using combined optic and thermal vision.

Possible applications are many: for example a "Virtual wall" can be created to limit a protected area; attention can be focused on sensitive facilities, such as airports, railway stations or nuclear plants; the system is capable to detect an intruder also in the fog or behind smoke, at 1.5-2 km of distance.

Another possible usage concerns air traffic safety: from FOD (Foreign object and debris) detection to bird strike prevention, it can even be used to avoid collisions as it is able to detect an approaching aircraft when it is more than 10 km far.

Prisons, ports and several other applications are possible, for example fire prevention in forests. "We can see the smoke before the fire - Haim Siboni, founder and CEO of Magna BSP, told AVIONEWS - or see if a cigarette is thrown on the ground, giving alarm on time"

Stinova partners with VisuMotion bringing 3D visual experience to Digital Signage Applications for increased consumer traffic in the stores
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 (9:38 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Stinova Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of premium software for the digital signage industry, announced a partnership with VisuMotion, a turn-key solution provider of glasses free 3D visualization. The 3D play-out software integrated in Stinova's Digital Signage Player Software for Windows (DMP-W), will be demonstrated at InfoComm 2009 booth #1850.

3D signage is just starting to emerge in the Digital Signage market with autostereoscopic displays. The challenge is to support the different hardware approaches from the various panel manufacturers that results into incompatibility of produced 3D content. VisuMotion has solved this by offering a software player called 3D Movie Center for playing 3D stereo file formats, compatible with nearly any of the 3D panel makers. Stinova's latest release of Digital Media Player Software for Windows now supports the ActiveX based 3D Movie Center from VisuMotion. This allows the management of 3D displays throughout large digital signage networks.

"We are pleased to have VisuMotion as a strategic partner, the technology lets us introduce glassless 3D technologies as a new visual experience to the Digital Signage industry" said Franz Hintermayr, CEO of Stinova. He continues "I am confident that 3D display advertisements will surpass the typical response to conventional 2D advertising."

"Partnering with Stinova gives us access to the rapidly growing Digital Signage market" says Dr. Markus Klippstein, CEO of VisuMotion. "We see a big future of 3D advertisement formats in the Digital Signage industry".

3-D ETC Demonstrates High-Impact Learning Environment at The National Summit in Detroit
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 (5:01 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


A patent pending process that blends psychology and behavioral science with immersive 3D audio and stereoscopic video technology is revolutionizing the workplace training environment. Aimed at improving the behaviors of employees in any industry, the new solutions from 3-D ETC (3-D Experiential Training Company) of Bloomfield Hills, MI are being demonstrated in booth #13 in the Innovation Expo at The National Summit being held June 15-17, 2009 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI.

The 3-D ETC training and delivery process combines stereoscopic 3-D video, binaural audio and immersive head mounted displays - along with an innovative content development process - to deliver any message to its learning audience as an ultra-realistic, emotionally charged experience, thus maximizing the potential impact of the training. The programs effectively facilitate a positive shift in attitude, mindset and performance.

"Using our technology, we deliver experiences that are so life-like that they leave an unforgettable impression on the participant that will influence their decision making for a lifetime," said Dave Hodgson, President of 3-D ETC. "It's how we use the combination of 3-D technology and process that differentiates us and excites our clients. The result is high-impact experiences that get people to make positive choices leading to positive changes."

3-D ETC clients include healthcare institutions seeking to reduce costly medical errors and prevent workplace accidents, a Fortune 500 company training its sales force to see a life-like workplace accident and understand the consequences so they could better relate to the safety professionals that deal with such issues, and the U.S. Department of Defense where3-D ETC is working to help achieve DoD's goal of reducing workplace accidents by 75 percent.

"3-D ETC works on the principle that experience is the best teacher," said Richard Kughn, Chairman of 3-D ETC and a sponsor of The National Summit. "Positive safety, health and other behavioral related messages are delivered in manner that inspires a significant change in participant's attitudes and motivates them to take ownership of, and accountability for, their personal choices. The result is a lasting impact that has helped clients to prevent accidents and reduce injury rates that are caused by the most pervasive unsafe behaviors."

'A Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy' and 'Macro Stereo Fotographia' at the 3D Center of Art and Photography
3D-News Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 (7:06 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Several new exhibitions and workshops will take place at Portland's 3D Center during the next weeks and months:

A Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy organized by the 3D Center - In the STEREO THEATRE: July 2nd - August 30th, 2009

The 3D Center has been offered an unprecedented opportunity to print and exhibit images from "A Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy," a groundbreaking project developed by Portlander William Gruber, the inventor of the View-Master, in collaboration with Dr. David Bassett.

Originally published in Portland in the 1950's and 60's, the series included View-Master reels with booklets of accompaying text and drawings. Working together on weekends over a period of 14 years, Bassett made the dissections from cadavers and Gruber shot the stereo photographs. A total of 1551 images of the body were produced, head to toe, and the reel sets were released for purchase by the public as they were completed. Slides and digital scans have been generously donated to the 3D Center by Dr. Robert Chase, curator of the collection, which was given to the Stanford School of Medicine by Bassett's widow. The Atlas is still used by medical students today because of the quality of the dissections and the brilliance of the stereo photographs. The 3D Center is producing large stereo pair prints for exhibition in the Gallery, and a digital show for the Stereo Theatre will open August 6th. These images have never before been presented in these formats in 3D!

Warning: these are graphic images of actual human bodies and may not be appropriate for children or those of a
sensitive nature.

Macro Stereo Fotographia by Imre Zsolnai-Nagy - In the GALLERY: Continues through August 2nd, 2009

"Macro Stereo Fotographia" presents close-up 3D views of the natural world in a digital theatre presentation by stereographer Imre Zsolnai-Nagy of Debrecen, Hungary. Shooting extreme close-ups in 3D combines art and exacting calculations. The 2 images (left and right) that make up the stereo photo are taken either with a single macro camera with 2 lenses very close together or, if using a single camera, the shift of the camera between the left and right image may be a fraction of an inch. A urologist by profession, Zsolnai-Nagy is very much involved in the technical aspects of creating 3D images. More information and other images of his work can be found at http://www.freeweb.hu/conversion3d

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

Open Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm, Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. First Thursday 6-9pm. Admission $5 adult (over 15), Free all day First Thursdays. 1928 NW Lovejoy, Portland/Oregon, USA. Tel.: 1 (503) 227-6667, Web: www.3dcenter.us

Globecast Broadcasts in 3D Live - Don Giovanni Opera seen across France's Cinema Screens thanks to Sensio 3D
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 5, 2009 (5:37 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


SENSIO Technologies Inc. was deployed for the live 3D broadcast of the Don Giovanni Opera originating from the Opera house in Rennes, France. This lyrical show, a world premiere, was simultaneously broadcasted on June 2nd across Rennes' city hall lounge and four digital cinemas equipped with the SENSIO decoding technology.

"We are very pleased to collaborate with Globecast and be part of this broadcast event, the first Opera seen in live 3D. The European 3D market is fast growing and is one of our key target markets for the worldwide deployment of our technology. This event is a step forward in achieving this goal. We are confident that over the next few months, our technology will be utilized for the live 3D broadcast of many other European events, comments Nicholas Routhier, President and CEO of SENSIO.

On a global scale, SENSIO is the only proven technology that is deployed for the broadcasting of live 3D events across digital cinemas. The superior image quality combined with the robustness and reliability of its technology has enabled SENSIO to become a worldwide leader in live 3D broadcasts.

Ubisoft Supports the Sensio 3D Format for Stereoscopic Video Gaming - Avatar: the Game to be Demonstrated In 3D at E3 Expo
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 (20:06 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


SENSIO Technologies Inc., the inventor of the SENSIO® 3D technology, announced that James Cameron's Avatar: The Game, inspired by the visionary director's next feature film release James Cameron's Avatar, will be available in SENSIO® 3D format for output from both X-Box 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. The stereoscopic version of the game will be presented by Ubisoft during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) in Los Angeles.

"We required a field-proven format that was compatible with existing game consoles and upcoming 3DTV standards enabling nothing but the highest quality image. We were most impressed with SENSIO® 3D's performance, reliability and ease of integration. We are very pleased to collaborate with SENSIO to display our game in true stereoscopic 3D," commented Patrick Naud from Ubisoft.

"We are excited to collaborate with Ubisoft, a recognized world leader for developing quality video games, on this project," noted Nicholas Routhier, President and CEO of SENSIO. "The video game market is a great potential source of 3D content for consumers."

To benefit from this stereoscopic experience, as seen at E3, players of the James Cameron's Avatar: The Game can connect their existing game consoles directly to 3D-enabled TV's with built-in SENSIO® 3D decoding technology. This game is a great addition to the growing library of DVD titles and live 3D events broadcast in digital cinemas that are all currently available in the SENSIO® 3D format. These live 3D events will soon be made available to consumers through Pay-Per-View or Video-On-Demand, increasing the quantity and variety of available content in the market.

Assimilate shows Scratch's 3D capabilities at Dimension 3 in Paris
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 (5:50 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


ASSIMILATE, developer and provider of the SCRATCH Digital Process Solution, continues to offer the latest advances in real-time DI workflows for use by all filmmakers and post- production houses. ASSIMILATE's demonstrations at Dimension 3 include its latest version of the SCRATCH® Digital Process Solution; SCRATCH Stereoscopic 3D Workflow; SCRATCH-RED 4K Digital Workflow; SCRATCH FINISHING, and 3ality Digital's 3Play Cine. Dimension 3 is June 2 through 4 at the Centre National De La Danse, Paris, France.

3Play Cine – Exclusive Offering from ASSIMILATE

Working with ASSIMILATE, 3ality Digital Systems has released a unit called the 3Play Cine. 3Play Cine takes the uncompressed stereo signal from SCRATCH and converts it – in real time – into any of the formats required for the variety of consumer stereo monitors on the market. Designed for post facilities seeking a flexible, professional, and quality stereo monitoring system, 3Play Cine enables playback and review of full-resolution HD stereoscopic material at 1920 x 1080 on a range of monitors – all from a single device. 3Play cine is available now, exclusively from ASSIMILATE, at $5,000 US.

"Our goal is to enable the post-production community with the viewing of high-quality stereoscopic material at a reasonable price point so that every facility can be involved in this new wave of creativity," says Jeff Edson, CEO, ASSIMILATE. "3Play Cine is well aligned with SCRATCH, which gives filmmakers and post artists an easy-to-use, real-time 3D workflow for cost-effectively creating vibrant imagery, as well as breaking new cinematic ground."

SCRATCH Stereoscopic 3D Workflow

SCRATCH offers an efficient and powerful, production-tested, stereoscopic/3D digital workflow. The usual real-time SCRATCH tools can be applied, including data management, conform, color grading, preview, dailies, real-time playback, rough cuts, and finishing. SCRATCH is at the center of 3aility Digital's digital workflow, and was used for the post production of its U2 3D feature film (2008). Walden Media also used SCRATCH for the post production of its Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (2008).

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