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Panasonic Develops 50-inch Full HD 3D PDP and High-Precision Active Shutter Glasses
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009 (10:33 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Panasonic Corporation, a leader in high definition TV technology, has developed a 50-inch Full HD 3D compatible plasma display panel (PDP) and high-precision active shutter glasses that enable the viewing of theater-quality, true-to-life 3D images in the living rooms. Aiming to bring Full HD 3D TVs to the market in 2010, the company steps up its efforts in developing the related technology. Prototype Full HD 3D TV and glasses will be displayed at CEATEC JAPAN 2009 to be held from October 6 to 10 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, east of Tokyo.

The new PDP and glasses evolved from Panasonic's world-first Full HD 3D Plasma Home Theater System(1) that was developed in 2008 and comprised of a 103-inch PDP and a Blu-ray Disc player. The prototype PDP has a 50-inch screen, which is expected to become the most popular size for home theaters.

This 50-inch PDP uses Panasonic's newly-developed high-speed 3D drive technology that enables rapid illumination of pixels while maintaining brightness. The panel also incorporates a crosstalk reduction technology allowing for minimizing double-image (ghosting) that occurs when left- and right-eye images are alternately displayed. PDPs have excellent video response with full moving picture resolution(2). The new panel offers even improved performance, achieving clear, high-quality and high-resolution images in 3D. The high-precision active shutter glasses incorporate Panasonic's technology that precisely controls the active shutters with the left- and right-eye images shown on the PDP.

All these technologies work in tandem with each other to create Full HD 3D images that deliver an immersive, movie-theater-like experience in which the viewers can feel as if they were part of the scene. They represent Panasonic's concept of 3D products: "Bringing the movie theater experience into the living rooms."

Panasonic has been working to develop its original Full HD 3D technology(3) to create synergy between PDPs, which excel in moving picture resolution and color reproduction, and Blu-ray Disc players, which are able to faithfully reproduce high quality Hollywood 3D movies. Panasonic continues to work on developing 3D products to allow its customers to enjoy the immersive 3D world in their living rooms, targeting to launch the products in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. in 2010. (Subject to approval of the 3D Expanded Standard(4).)

To describe further about the technologies involved with the new panel, Panasonic newly developed the high-speed 3D drive and crosstalk reduction technologies to improve plasma's unique properties to deliver crisp and clear Full HD 3D images. As PDPs are self-illuminating device with full motion-picture resolution, they offer fast response time and are suitable to display fast-moving images. The high-speed 3D drive technology involves the development of new panel materials and LSIs that accelerate the pixel illumination while maintaining brightness. Panasonic also developed the crosstalk reduction technology using newly-developed phosphors with short luminescence decay time and illumination control technology to reduce double-images that occur when left- and right-eye image are alternated on the panel. This technology contributes to achieving high-quality clear pictures with high-contrast and accurate color reproduction. As the new technologies can also be applied to improve the quality of 2D images, they have expanded PDP's potentials for further evolution.

To reproduce 3D images, Panasonic uses the Full HD x 2 frame(5) sequential method that displays time sequential images, alternately reproducing discrete 1920 x 1080 pixel images for the left and right eyes on the display frame by frame. The frame sequential method is widely used in showing Hollywood 3D movies in theaters. The new panel elevates home entertainment to a whole new level with theater-quality 3D images.

The high-precision active shutter glasses employ Panasonic's technology that precisely controls the timing of opening and closing the shutter in synchronization with the left- and right-eye images alternately shown on the PDP. This technology enables significant reduction of crosstalk that degrades the image resolution in 3D display. The glasses are designed to fit for a wide range of users from children to the elderly.

National Geographic Entertainment acquires 'Blue Man Group: Mind Blast' for Distribution
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 (16:30 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

National Geographic Entertainment (NGE) has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to the film "Blue Man Group: Mind Blast" for distribution to giant-screen, digital and IMAX® 3D and 2D theaters. The 3D live-action comedy, slated for release in Spring 2011, will feature an original screenplay and score and will star the group's original cast members. "Blue Man Group: Mind Blast" is the fourth major film acquisition for NGE this year, following the Sundance hit "Amreeka," opening in select cities throughout September; "City of Life and Death," which screened this week at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival; and "The Wildest Dream," which will be released in 2010 on IMAX® and giant screens worldwide and on 35 mm screens in the United States.

Blue Man Group has been impressing live audiences since 1990 with its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics in producing a unique entertainment experience. It currently has permanent productions in nine cities, including New York City, Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin and Tokyo, and frequently tours both domestically and internationally. The group was created by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, who will star as the trio of blue men in the film, the group's first foray onto giant screens and into 3D film. "Blue Man Group: Mind Blast," which begins pre-production in early 2010, will follow the bald and blue trio as they travel through a visually stunning 3D brain, exploring its neural pathways, synapses and gooey brain structures. Music, physical humor and Blue Man antics abound as they make art, collect scientific facts and turn our brains upside down.

While NGE has previously presented film projects on subjects as diverse as wildlife, music and ancient cultures, this will be its first cinematic foray into the function of the human mind itself. Blue Man Group's live shows and concerts have long delved into the mysteries of human creativity and neurological function, which makes these blue explorers the perfect guides for NGE's most ambitious journey yet.

The film will be directed by David Russo and executive produced by Barbara Darwall of Blue Man Productions. The original script was written by Lisa Robinson; Charlotte Huggins and Janice Doskey are producers. Distribution of the film will be led by Mark Katz, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures Distribution, and overseen by National Geographic Cinema Ventures President Lisa Truitt.

"Our giant-screen film collaboration with Blue Man Group will continue National Geographic Entertainment's foray into the distribution of an increasingly diverse array of films," said Truitt. "The slate of films that we've acquired and are releasing this year and next are a reflection of National Geographic's commitment to telling stories in engaging and groundbreaking ways."

David Beal, president, NGE, said: "National Geographic constantly strives to be a window to the world and all that's in it. Our collaboration with Blue Man Group presents a further opportunity to take that challenge to an ever widening audience."

"Exhibitors around the world are increasingly thirsty to present new and exciting theatric experiences to their audiences," said Katz. "Helping to bring Blue Man Group's electric live performances to the giant screen in 3D is an opportunity we could not pass up as we aim to stay on the cutting edge of the film business."

Said Blue Man Group co-founder Matt Goldman, "Blue Man Group and National Geographic share a similar passion for curiosity, exploration and discovery. This alignment of values makes National Geographic Cinema Ventures the perfect distributor for 'Blue Man Group: Mind Blast' — a film that aims to explore the inner workings of the human mind in the same way that National Geographic has long been exploring the workings of our world as a whole."

Khronos Group President and RealD Join S-3D Gaming Alliance (S3DGA)
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 (10:40 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) is the same technology used in modern 3D movie theatres, and has been earning similar interest in the gaming space. To maximize this opportunity, The S-3D Gaming Alliance was announced at SIGGRAPH 2009, and has been gaining momentum ever since.

Neil Schneider, the President and CEO of S3DGA, is best known for his pioneering work on Meant to be Seen (www.mtbs3D.com), the world's leading website focused on stereoscopic 3D gaming and entertainment.

"Leading game developers have already shown that S-3D gaming is equally possible on XBOX, PS3, and PC solutions. With several new 3D Ready products due out in 2010, game developers and manufacturers need a standard to work with. There is also the matter of public education and further building the demand for this new gaming experience," said Schneider.

Neil Trevett serves as the President of the Khronos Group and is Vice President of Mobile Content for NVIDIA. The Khronos Group is responsible for defining and evolving multiple royalty-free API standards including OpenGL®, OpenGL ES and OpenCL™.

"There is a clear and growing interest in stereoscopic 3D gaming and industry cooperation will help to drive adoption and maximize market opportunities for all involved," said Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group. "I am excited to be involved to help S3DGA become an effective forum to accelerate the availability of great stereoscopic 3D gaming for end users everywhere."

"In addition to Neil Trevett's advisory board membership, we are equally honored to have RealD join S3DGA as a valued member," said Schneider.

"RealD has been pioneering S-3D cinema for years, and we are keenly interested in gaming. S3DGA understands the unique benefits and challenges stereoscopic 3D gaming has to offer, and they have earned our support. We are looking forward to participating in their first meeting at the 3D Entertainment Summit," said Joshua Greer, President and Co-Founder of RealD.

An introductory S3DGA meeting will be held at 5:30PM September 17th at the 3D Entertainment Summit. Meeting participation is free, and S3DGA meeting attendees qualify for a 25% discount on summit registration when they use the "S3DGA" discount code. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP via members@s3dga.com because space has grown extremely limited.

Confirmed meeting speakers include Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director for Electronic Arts, Andrew Oliver, CTO of Blitz Games Studios, Ami Dror, Chief Strategy Officer for XpanD, Chris Yewdall, President of DDD, and more. Additional members on record include Jon Peddie Research, iZ3D, TDVision Corp., RealD, and Sensio.

As an added bonus, Neil Schneider will be moderating a gaming panel at the 3D Entertainment Summit on September 16th at 3:30PM. It will feature the likes of Blitz Games Studios, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft and promises to be very informative.

"Everybody wants to learn why stereoscopic 3D is so exciting, and what the leading innovations are right now. I find these panels always reveal something new, and I'm looking forward to it," said Schneider.

Neil Schneider will remain in Universal City, California on September 18th for additional private meetings if required, and arrangements can be scheduled with S3DGA's press contact listed below. More can be learned about the 3D Entertainment Summit at http://www.3d-summit.com.

The S-3D Gaming Alliance is an industry standards and advocacy group designed to accelerate the adoption of display technologies through stereoscopic 3D video games. S3DGA provides for standards discussions, consumer promotion, education, and awareness. Its membership is comprised of organizations and individuals with an interest in developing S-3D hardware and software solutions. Visit http://www.s3dga.com for more information about the organization and the upcoming meeting.

Virtalis ActiveCube for Dun Laoghaire IADT
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 (18:05 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

DUN LAOGHAIRE Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) has been awarded funding from Enterprise Ireland (EI) Research Equipment Grant Call. Following an EU Tendering Process, IADT has ordered an ActiveCube, a three-sided rear projected with a front-projected floor, multi directional Virtual Reality (VR) system from Virtalis. The new system, which will be one of the most advanced in Ireland, will be a central component of the Psychology of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence module on the MSc in Cyberpsychology. It will be used on other Programmes in the Institute: Animation, Digital Media, Film and Television Production, Multimedia and Visual Arts. It will also be available to other researchers and organisations outside of IADT.

Dr. Gráinne Kirwan, programme co-ordinator MSc in Cyberpsychology, explained: "IADT has a mixture of programmes - some are multimedia focused, some psychology, some business and humanities and some creative arts. As such, we wanted to install a system with high resolution screens, and which allowed for easy interaction with the environment, so that experimental work could be completed, but also so that users could interact with virtual artistic works. The Virtalis ActiveCube was chosen, as we wanted the option of having multiple users interacting within an environment, with as high a degree of realism as possible. Virtalis provided a detailed specification of the system to be provided, and had obviously taken great care to consider our requirements when designing the system."

Virtalis' ActiveCube is four sided, comprising three walls and a floor, with images projected using Christie Mirage S 3k projectors. Both it and the WorldViz software are powered by a Dell Precision Cluster. The ActiveCube's environment will be tracked using the WorldViz optical PPT (Precision Position Tracking) Tracking System. Virtalis will complete the installation and integration work and handover the system before the new academic term starts in early September. Virtalis is partnering with WorldViz for this installation.

Dr. Kirwan continued: "The ActiveCube will allow IADT staff and students to complete research in realistic VR environments, and this realism is essential to good psychological research. It allows for a completely controlled environment - every participant in the research will experience exactly the same stimuli, which greatly improves the reliability of the study. We expect that our ActiveCube will make the IADT an even more attractive option for potential students."

Alioscopy Makes 3D Digital Signage Easier with User-Generated Tools and Templates for Autostereoscopic 'No-Glasses' Content
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 (18:02 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Alioscopy® USA, a 3D visualization technology provider, premiered a new User Generated Content (UGC) tools platform for its Autostereoscopic 'No-Glasses' LCD displays. Located at the Autodesk booth (RAI Amsterdam Booth 7.D21), Alioscopy is showing IBC show attendees how its new template-based User Generated Content platform allows its customers to create and/or edit 3D content easily on any template, adding or removing information in real-time for 'attention-grabbing' autostereoscopic 'no-glasses' 3D results.

Powered by Ignition, a real-time interactive engine from Applied Ideas, Inc., the User Generated Content platform allows any Alioscopy customer to create or add text, 3D models, and even 2D video for instant playback and display on pre-created Alioscopy-ready templates. The benefits of being able to add and remove 3D or video content and information to an Alioscopy 3D template allows customers to take creative control—in real-time.

"Alioscopy is constantly offering its customers a way to create and edit autostereoscopic 3D content quickly and efficiently," said Philippe Roche, CEO of Alioscopy USA. "Along with our preferred content producer and template programs, the User Generated Content tools are a strategic way for us to help our customers further extend their ability to quickly create, customize and edit their own 3D autostereoscopic 3D content."

The User Generated Content platform features an easy-to-use palette of 3D objects in a non-intimidating environment so artists can edit or create high-quality and eye-catching autostereoscopic content in real-time. By adding text, photos, and/or video, customers can realize a much faster and cost effective solution over waiting for an artist or agency to provide final work.

"We realized that the development process for any 3D environment can be intimidating—and autostereoscopic 3D adds a further dimension to that process," said Dr. Kenneth Maffei, CEO of Applied IDEAS. "We wanted to create easy-to-use tools so customers can achieve their creative ideas by directly generating or modifying their own 3D content for playback within an intuitive and interoperative interface," added Maffei.

SENSIO and SAGEM Communications showcase a 3D Digital Terminal at IBC
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2009 (8:24 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

SENSIO Technologies Inc., inventor of the SENSIO® 3D technology, and Sagem Communications have joined forces to premier a new 3D video solution at IBC (International Broadcasting Convention). Sagem Communications' digital set-top box, with integrated SENSIO® 3D technology, will enable consumers to view 3D content at home in full HD. The Demo at Sagem Communications’ booth (4.A080) is a first step towards commercial availability of the product planned for 2010.

Thanks to this integrated solution, service providers will soon be able to reach all subscribers, equipped with 3DTVs or not, via one and unique signal, regardless of the type of broadcast network. Since the set-top box is agnostic to any type of 3D display technology implemented within TVs, it can support any type of 2D or 3D TVs thus allowing service providers to easily migrate from 2D to 3D services. Furthermore, service providers will not require duplicating the broadcast of content in order to address various subscriber TV sets. All that will be required is to broadcast the content in 3D over their existing network while the set-top box processes the incoming signal and adapts it to the type of TV which is connected to it.

Versatility in Action – Stereo Film Material for Auto-Stereoscopic 3D Displays
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2009 (8:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

At IBC 2009 in Amsterdam, the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin presents a technology that prepares conventional stereo film material – of the kind now used in 3D cinemas – for auto-stereoscopic 3D displays. This means that such films can be viewed on auto-stereoscopic displays in 3D without any need for special glasses. To make this possible, scientists at HHI have developed a special algorithm used to automatically generate the extra perspectives needed for 3D viewing. See the live demonstrations at IBC 2009, Hall 8, Booth C81.

The prospect of viewing 3D video content on auto-stereoscopic displays in the home or on mobile end devices places providers of 3D video content before new challenges. Unlike traditional stereo or 3D cinema which relies on special glasses to create the 3D effect, the basic parameters of 3D recordings for auto-stereoscopic displays like the viewing distance or screen size can vary considerably. To adapt conventional stereo film material to the special requirements of auto-stereoscopic 3D displays so that it can be viewed on them, film content must first be converted to a suitable format.

Scientists at the Image Processing department of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute have developed a depth-based production format in which special algorithms attach a pixel exact depth map to each stereo image. Depth image-based rendering (DIBR) techniques are then used to generate the missing perspectives. In the simplest cases, the additional depth is automatically generated, while in more difficult situations it can be helpful to support the automated process through suitable adaptation of the parameters or to manually rectify particularly critical spots.

This generic depth-based production format enables adaptation to every kind of 3D display. The specific type of display defines the number of virtual perspectives which are then generated via DIBR.

Regal Entertainment Group Offers Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 3D at 248 Locations in the US
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2009 (8:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Regal Entertainment Group, a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announced that tickets are on sale for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: An IMAX 3D Experience and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in DIGITAL 3D. The film will be released in traditional 35mm format, digital projection, DIGITAL 3D and IMAX® 3D beginning Friday, September 18. The movie will be playing in IMAX 3D or DIGITAL 3D at a total of 248 Regal Entertainment Group theatres across the country.

"Regal Entertainment Group is proud to offer Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in IMAX 3D or DIGITAL 3D at more than 200 Regal Entertainment Group theatres across the country. The whole family can enjoy watching this children's book come to life on the big screen utilizing the industry's best 3D technologies," stated Dick Westerling, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Regal Entertainment Group.

Regal Entertainment Group will present Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in DIGITAL 3D at 248 theatres utilizing RealD® 3D projection systems to provide true-to-life 3D. RealD is a new generation of digital 3D, giving moviegoers a stunningly realistic movie experience that engages the imagination, activates the senses and invites the audience not only to watch a film, but also step inside the story. Audience members will utilize comfortable, lightweight glasses to view the film's 3D effects. These glasses can be taken home as souvenirs of the movie or recycled as guests exit the presentation.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: An IMAX 3D Experience will be available at 34 Regal Entertainment Group IMAX® Theatres across the country. In IMAX 3D, images leap off of the screen and into the laps of the audience, further enhancing the feeling of being IN the movie. This is made possible by a combination of IMAX's powerful 3D projection system – which simultaneously projects two separate images onto the IMAX screen – and polarized IMAX 3D glasses that audience members wear to fuse the two images into a single 3D motion picture. The IMAX Experience is powered by a combination of sharp, bright images, crystal clear digital surround sound and custom-designed theatres.

Columbia Pictures' and Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is rated PG for brief mild language.

ViXS(R) releases a new Family of Network Media Processors: XCode(R) 4100 Series
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2009 (8:10 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

ViXS Systems Inc., the leader in highly innovative and advanced networked multimedia solutions, announced the new High Performance Single Dual HD Transcoder/Encoder XCode(R) 4100 Network Media Processor family. This family of media processors is the only single chip on the market having the ability to transcode two HD 1080i60 or two 1080p30 video streams simultaneously in real-time. The transcoder engine also supports full 1080p60 MPEG-2, H.264 or VC-1 to 1080p60 MPEG-2 or H.264 transcoding. In addition the engine can support Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and Multi-view Video Coding (MVC) formats, providing product upgradability to work with the upcoming 1080p60 broadcasts and 3DTV stereoscopic broadcasts. The XCode(R) 4100 Network Media Processor family includes Smart XCode(TM) technology which is based on sophisticated algorithms that dynamically switch between a highly efficient smart transcode and a full decode and full encode transcode mode. By taking advantage of the Smart XCode(TM) technology, Consumer Electronics, Set-Top Box (STB), and broadcast equipment manufacturers can develop highly flexible and robust media solutions, offering the utmost in video quality performance in their products.

The XCode(R) 4100 family has a powerful 1250 DMIPS application processor, allowing customers to run advanced applications for standalone multimedia products such as intelligent USB transcoders and Media Gateways. In a design that utilizes a main processor and requires video processing, the XCode(R) 4100 family can offer multiple advanced media processing features with the added benefit of offloading the main processor to provide additional functions such as DLNA networking. The XCode(R) 4100 is also targeted at advanced products such as Cable STBs, IPTV STBs, Personal Video recorders (PVRs), Place-shifting devices, Digital Televisions (DTVs), Blu-Ray PVR/Recorders, Home Media Servers and Home Networked Attached Storage (NAS) devices.

3D Entertainment's IMAX(R) Theatre Underwater Film Trilogy Sails Past USD 70 Million at the Box Office
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2009 (8:05 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

3D Entertainment Distribution announced that its unique trilogy of underwater-themed films for IMAX® 3D and Digital 3D cinemas - "Ocean Wonderland 3D" (2003), "Sharks 3D: A Close Encounter with the Lions and Tigers of the Ocean" (2005) and "Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean" (2008) - has reached a new milestone with over USD 70 million cumulated to date at the worldwide box office, and still counting. The films have been released at IMAX® 2D and 3D Theatres and select Digital 3D cinemas in 28 countries thus far.

"The strong performance of our unique film trilogy confirms the viability of both our business model and strategy," said Francois Mantello, Chairman and CEO of 3D Entertainment Distribution. "We are delighted our films have proven to be such steady draws and that, alongside our film ambassador Jean-Michel Cousteau, we have had this marvelous opportunity to share a vital conservation message with over 11. 3 million moviegoers around the globe. We thank our partners and IMAX® exhibitors worldwide, including the New England Aquarium, Tennessee Aquarium, Virginia Beach Aquarium, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Moody Gardens, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, IMAX Corporation's owned and operated theatres and the Smithsonian Institution, for making this happen."

"Dolphins and Whales 3D", presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau and featuring a narration by actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah, was first released in February 2008. The film delivers an important message in favour of the protection of these tribes while they are facing the greatest challenge of all: to survive the destruction of their habitat and depletion of food resources. Its box office score currently stands at USD 15 million and domestic revenue per screen is a healthy USD 280,500. Said Laurent Dondey, managing director of La Geode in Paris (France), "We are overwhelmed by the film's results! It has been an immediate and solid success since its release at our IMAX theatre on June 10, drawing 60,000 viewers in twelve weeks for a record occupancy rate of 73% throughout."

Launched in 2005, "Sharks 3D", which aims to dispel the negative image these animals have inherited by showing them as they are in their daily lives, boasts the highest gross of the Company's underwater trilogy with USD 33 million in theatrical ticket sales, 20 million of which was generated by the US and Canadian markets. It is estimated that over 5 million moviegoers worldwide have seen "Sharks". Licensed by 95 IMAX® theatres, it opened this past spring at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For Charlotte Brohi, the Museum's VP IMAX Operations, "This film has proven to be a winner with our viewers with 77,000 tickets sold so far. It's a great title that sells itself but it also has that all important element to a successful film exhibition and that is the audience reaction."

"Ocean Wonderland 3D", the first instalment in the series, opened in 2003. This stunning exploration of the state of the world's coral reefs is now in its seventh successful year of exhibition and recently opened at Cinema City's IMAX Theatre in Sofia (Bulgaria) and Cinemec XL in Ede (Netherlands). The film's cumulative gross has exceeded USD 25 million.

The trilogy is the product of a passionate creative team led by Francois and Jean-Jacques Mantello, the films' producer and director respectively, and which included director of photography Gavin McKinney and musical composer Christophe Jacquelin. All three documentaries are presented in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society.

Hubble 3D to Reveal Unprecedented Views of the Universe in IMAX(R) Theatres Starting March 19, 2010
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 (6:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

IMAX Corporation, and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Hubble 3D will be released exclusively in IMAX(R) and IMAX(R) 3D theatres worldwide beginning March 19, 2010, with expansion to additional IMAX locations on April 23rd, timed to the Hubble Space Telescope's 20th Anniversary.

The IMAX 3D camera, which flew onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, captured stunning 3D images of the intricate spacewalks required to service the telescope during the most recent mission last May. Shot by the STS-125 astronauts, this intimate look at the complexities of repairing the telescope will put IMAX audiences right there along-side the spacewalking astronauts. Hubble 3D will combine this awe-inspiring IMAX footage with breathtaking up-close imagery of distant galaxies, the birth of stars and planets, and more -- revealing the cosmos as never before.

"We have waited a long time to get the IMAX camera back into space and finally the opportunity came with the amazing final repair mission of the Hubble Space Telescope," said Toni Myers, director, producer and editor of the film. "In Hubble 3D, audiences will be able to float in space alongside the astronauts as they perform the repairs and upgrades to the telescope, and then fly to the edge of the universe, through its first new images. Hubble's incredible legacy changes the way we see and think about the universe, and it is an honor to give people a chance to experience its breath-taking images in IMAX 3D."

On Wednesday, September 9th, NASA will unveil the first images from the newly re-furbished Hubble Space Telescope. Visit www.nasa.gov for more information.

Launched in 1990 and greatly extended in its scientific powers through new instrumentation, the Hubble Space Telescope has validated Lyman Spitzer Jr.'s original concept of large, space-based observatory orbiting far above the distorting effects of the Earth's atmosphere. In Hubble 3D audiences will come to understand the profound significance of the greatest scientific instrument since Galileo's original telescope and how it has forever changed both our view of the universe and of ourselves.

Hubble 3D is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The film reunites the Space Station 3D filmmaking team, led by producer/director Toni Myers. James Neihouse, director of photography, also doubles as the astronaut crew trainer. Judy Carroll is associate producer, and Graeme Ferguson, co-founder of IMAX and pioneer producer of many IMAX space films, is executive producer.

Magnum Semiconductor Offers Full 1080p50/60 for 3D Stereoscopic Contribution, Production and Distribution Applications
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 (6:55 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Magnum Semiconductor, the leader in professional-grade compression processors, will be demonstrating AVC coding of 1080p50/60 content at traditional 1080i50/60 bit rates for practical 3D stereoscopic video applications at the IBC 2009 show in Amsterdam. Magnum offers its flexible powerful multi-core media-processor DXTPro architecture for implementations of 3D solutions in the broadcast infrastructure and at home.

"With support for 1080p50/60 encoding and decoding at traditional 1080i bit rates, Magnum enables 3D stereoscopic video application developers and platform OEMs to deliver cost-effective 3D video solutions for the complete broadcast video chain," said Gal Garniek, VP Marketing and Sales at Magnum Semiconductor.

"TDVision's patented 2D Delta TDVCodec algorithms exploit redundancy between left and right eye video frames for bit rate reduction, while maintaining full resolution and backward compatibility with all existing 2D displays in 2D HD, as well as forward compatibility with all existing and future 3D-ready displays and methods. Magnum's powerful DXTPro multimedia processor opens the way to realizing real-time stereoscopic 2D Delta systems for the broadcast and video production industry. We are excited to partner with Magnum at the IBC to showcase our technology and present at the conference," said Ethan Schur, Chief Marketing Officer at TDVision.

Virtalis Installs Second System at CNH in the US
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 (6:34 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

VIRTALIS, one of the world's leading Virtual Reality (VR) companies, has just installed a second immersive visualisation suite at Case New Holland (CNH). This installation at CNH's offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, follows the success of their first Virtalis VR suite at Burr Ridge, near Chicago. CNH is a leading agricultural and construction equipment Company and part of the Fiat Group.

Nick Valentine, a design engineer and CNH's VR specialist, explained: "Our Burr Ridge StereoWorks system has been so successful, we essentially replicated it at Lancaster. People talk about VR speeding up the product lifecycle and it certainly does, but what it really achieves is improved communication. A prime example at Burr Ridge was when both design engineers and manufacturing engineers were working together on a new lower horsepower Magnum tractor. There had been numerous iterations and there was a general assumption that the new design would simply use its predecessor's assembly carts. VR made it quite apparent that, in fact, the new assembly would not fit on the old carts, but crucially, this discovery was made in time for new carts to be made and there was no delay."

The Virtalis StereoWorks configuration at CNH Lancaster boasts a massive 25ft by 14ft PowerWall which has been slightly sunken into the floor so that the combine harvesters, balers, headers and cotton pickers, that are the focus of the Lancaster site's 300 designers, can drive out of the wall in full stereoscopic 3D provided by a Christie Mirage HD18 projector. Virtalis designed a tailored Intersense IS900 wired tracking system, so that natural movement around the virtual models is maximised. The Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) chosen were nVisor SXs with a 90o field of view from NVIS. As the virtual models CNH creates have 20,000 parts, compute power and graphics rendering capability are vital. The Lancaster system features a 64 bit, quad core workstation coupled with an NVIDIA FX5600 graphics card.

Although the new installation has only been in operation for a short while and most of the designers at Lancaster have not previously come into contact with VR, the Virtalis system already hosts design reviews every other day and that level of usage is steadily increasing. Kanishka Sharma, who runs the Lancaster VR suite, said: "We occasionally have 25 people from various different disciplines exploring their virtual designs in 3D. Virtalis' application of the PTC MockUp software coupled with their immersive drivers enables us to load an entire model quickly, something that was impossible before owing to its sheer size. I've seen teams build a virtual combine from the bottom up, giving them a really good insight into how it all fits together. It is quite possible to miss a 2 mm clearance on a monitor, but it is glaringly obvious in 3D at 1:1 scale"

VR is used all over the world for design and milestone reviews, but CNH is also using its Virtalis system for market research and marketing. Each new programme hosts a couple of day-long focus groups where the interior and exterior styling, initial impressions and control positions and visibility are all monitored. Nick commented: "We commonly "drive" an existing model up and "park" it next to the virtual ones for in-depth comparisons by our team, but being able to use VR to share our virtual ideas with our customers and dealers adds another dimension. We find their views extraordinarily valuable and they are able to influence our designs at an early stage. This happened recently at Burr Ridge with a concept construction skid steer. After a focus group session we made changes to the controls and managed to improve the visibility. Ultimately, being able to do things like create animations of new models or images for our marketing collateral is just an intelligent use of our pre-existing CAD data that VR helps us to exploit."

da Vinci Resolve(r) R-360-3D Lowers Cost of Stereoscopic Color Grading
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 (6:31 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

da Vinci Systems introduced the Resolve R-360-3D, a next-generation Resolve(r) stereoscopic color grading system that provides a groundbreaking price-performance solution for the growing 3D post-production market.

Powered by the C.O.R.E.(TM) (CUDA(r) Optimized Resolve(r) Engine) graphics processing unit (GPU) from NVIDIA(r), the Resolve R-360-3D system grades at 30fps with 2K playback and features 3D HD SDI display output. Offered at 30 percent below the cost of previous stereoscopic grading systems, the R-360-3D's speed, power, and affordability easily surpasses any 3D color grading system in its class.

"By coupling our Resolve software with the technology advances of the world's leading GPU developer, NVIDIA, we can provide our clients and the post-production color grading market with powerful and cost-effective solutions for the rapidly emerging 3D motion picture market," said Gary Adams, da Vinci product manager.

According to Adams, the 3D stereoscopic market has taken off during the past nine years, with 94 feature and short films produced and shown in movie theaters, IMAX(r) theaters, and theme parks. Nearly 40 percent of these movies have been released in the last year alone. Additionally, Hollywood's largest studios have announced plans to upgrade more than 20,000 2K-projection systems nationwide to digital projectors capable of showing 3D films. Currently, only about 1,300 U.S. theaters are so equipped. Similar digital projector conversion trends are occurring in other markets around the world.

"As theaters transition from film to digital image projection systems, it is becoming increasingly easier to show 3D movies," Adams added. "Our Resolve R-360-3D system gives post-production facilities the ability to perform stereoscopic color grading services for feature-length films, documentaries, and commercials, along with the ability to repurpose 2D films for 3D viewing on Blu-ray(TM) DVDs."

Post-producing 3D projects requires manipulation of two separate eye streams. With state-of-the-art Resolve technology, both streams can be viewed and graded simultaneously in real-time 2K on a 3D projector. Likewise, color decisions can be made and played back in real-time and in stereo without waiting for a render. Each eye stream can be graded and matched separately, with the digital images subsequently ganged and adjusted in context with surrounding shots, thus preserving the eye-to-eye match. This capability makes it possible for Resolve to convert a 2D film or commercial project to 3D simply by adding and defining a timeline for the other eye stream.

Further, the Resolve R-360-3D system makes it possible to copy grades to the added timeline in a single operation, with grading then continuing in stereo. Resolve's ColorTrace(TM) feature increases facility throughput and workflow efficiency by automatically copying grades either from previous sessions or from the time editorial changes occur. Also included in the Resolve R-360-3D system are da Vinci's Impresario(TM) control panel; a GUI server with I/O capability; video audio I/O and VTR control with a breakout box; and a dual-chassis system featuring GUI monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

The R-360-3D is part of the new da Vinci Resolve R-series line incorporating the latest NVIDIA Quadro(r) GPUs and delivering 30-200 percent faster performance than the previous generation of Resolve. The next-generation Resolve R-series includes the R-60, R-160, R-360, R-360-3D, R-460, R-460-3D, R-560, and R-560-3D. Resolve's inherent scalability offers another facility-wide benefit to post facilities, the opportunity to install an R-160 system now and upgrade to the R-360-3D system as customer needs grow.

da Vinci will demonstrate the R-560-3D a supercharged version of the R-360-3D as well as the R-160 during IBC2009 at Stand 7.D08.

Panasonic Launches Full HD 3D Home Theater Truck Tour
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009 (12:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Panasonic, a leader in High Definition TV technology, announced the start of a nationwide US truck tour which will give the public their first look at Panasonic's Full HD 3D Home Theater System. The Full HD 3D system, which was first introduced to industry insiders and media in the U.S. at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2009, utilizes Plasma technology and a prototype Blu-ray Disc player to deliver true 1080p Full HD 3D entertainment in the home.

The Panasonic Full HD 3D Home Theater Tour will be powered by three custom-built, expandable tractor trailers, each of which will house a Full HD 3D Home Theater environment. Each of the trucks can accommodate between 25 and 35 people per demonstration. The Tour will visit corporate headquarters of retailers, trade shows, industry conferences, universities and athletic events. One of the trucks will also be featured inside Panasonic's booth at CEDIA Expo 2009, which runs from September 9-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Panasonic is proud to once again lead the way into the next frontier in home entertainment," said Bob Perry, Executive Vice President, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "Through our Full HD 3D Home Theater Truck Tour, consumers will, for the first time, have a chance to experience the immersive world of Full HD 3D TV for themselves, and we have no doubt that they will love what they see."

A key part of the Panasonic Full HD 3D Home Theater Tour is to help consumers understand 3D TV technology and the differences between the Full HD 3D experience for the home and other technologies developed for that purpose.

"Panasonic's Full HD 3D represents the next stage of audio-visual technologies for the home beyond High Definition," said Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, Panasonic Corporation of North America's Chief Technology Officer. "Full HD 3D enables virtually the same quality and immersive experience as in 3D theaters. We also hope through our 3D TV truck tour to assure consumers that Panasonic is working diligently with fellow consumer electronics leaders and Hollywood to create a single open Full HD 3D TV standard."

In addition, Panasonic recently announced its collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Lightstorm Entertainment on the global promotion of director James Cameron's film AVATAR. This will be the first live-action 3D movie to be released when it hits screens on December 18, 2009. As the film's exclusive audio-visual partner, Panasonic has provided some of its latest AV technology products to help create the eagerly awaited film, which will debut in theaters worldwide in both 2D and 3D. As part of the collaboration agreement, Panasonic will launch a global advertising campaign tied to AVATAR, which will promote numerous Panasonic AV products, including 3D. It will mark the first time Panasonic has run a worldwide advertising campaign focused on a single film.

The initial stage of the Panasonic Full HD 3D Home Theater Truck Tour is expected to run through March 2010, and will allow more than 500,000 people to experience the immersive world of Full HD 3D Home Theater for themselves. A complete truck tour schedule will be released at a later date.

More information on Panasonic's Full HD 3D Home Theater and the Full HD 3D Home Theater Truck Tour is available at Panasonic's newly-launched Full HD 3D Home Theater website http://www.panasonic.com/3D

Sony Brings 3D Home in 2010
3D-News Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009 (8:55 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

At a press conference held in Berlin, Germany on the eve of IFA 2009, Sony Corporation announced plans to lead the way in delivering new 3D viewing experiences by bringing 3D to the home in 2010. Sony will continue to accelerate its efforts across the Sony Group to create both attractive 3D hardware and content, and provide new forms of 3D enjoyment.

Sony's 3D compatible "BRAVIA" LCD TVs incorporate frame sequential display and active-shutter glass systems, together with Sony's proprietary high frame rate technology to enable the reproduction of full High Definition (Displays 1,920 x 1,080 pixels image per eye) high-quality 3D images, and will form the centerpiece of Sony's 3D entertainment experience for the home.

In addition to 3D compatible "BRAVIA" LCD TVs, Sony will also develop 3D compatibility into many more of its devices, such as Blu-ray Disc products, VAIO and PlayStation®3, to provide a multitude of ways in which 3D content - from 3D movies to stereoscopic 3D games - can be enjoyed in the home.

In the growing industry of 3D cinema, Sony has supported and driven the expansion of 3D by providing a wide variety of professional equipment for the shooting, production and screening of movies in 3D. The number of digital 3D screens is increasing rapidly, and is expected to reach 7,000 by the end of 2009. In addition to 3D movies, Sony's range of professional 3D products is also driving the growth of 3D production and distribution across a range of entertainment industries, from theatre and music performances to sport and beyond.

Embracing the "make.believe" (make dot believe) philosophy, which signifies the company's ability to turn ideas into reality, Sony will strive to further enhance synergies across its group companies. Sony will leverage its wealth of technology and engineering resources spanning both professional and consumer markets to bring the optimum 3D viewing experience to the home, from 2010 and beyond.

Entity FX Creates Destination in StereoScopic 3D
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 (8:45 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Film, television and commercial visual effects company Entity FX announced that it has completed visual effects for the final sequence of the motion picture THE FINAL DESTINATION. Directed by David R. Ellis and distributed in the U.S. by New Line Cinema, the film is the fourth movie in the popular horror-thriller franchise, which deals with the chance of cheating death.

THE FINAL DESTINATION raises the stakes by being the first in the series to be released in stereoscopic 3D. Entity FX was hired to complete the climactic end sequence of the movie, creating a number of completely synthetic shots with fully CG characters linked up in stereo space (left eye and right eye) with real actors seen earlier in the sequence.

Entity FX used a variety of tools to complete the project, including Autodesk Maya for 3D modeling and animation and The Foundry NUKE for compositing and image effects.

Individuals contributing to Entity FX's work included Mat Beck, Senior VFX Supervisor; Brian Harding, VFX Supervisor; Daniel Rucinski, VFX Executive Producer; Ellyn Lewis, General Manager, Entity FX; Trent Smith, Creative VFX Producer; Jack Liburn, Associate VFX Producer/Coordinator; Rob Reinhart, Lead Compositor; Dave Franks; Stereoscopic Imaging Compositor; Rik Panero, Stereoscopic CG Lead; Junji Hirano, Mike (Pharoah) Barrett, Andreas "AJ" Hester, John Sparks, Leslie Conover, Andrea Shear, Manny Wong, 3D Artists; Viet Nguyen, Systems Engineering; and Nate Smalley and Aaron Leichter, Data I/O.

3D Stereo MEDIA 2009 - First International 3D Stereo Film and Technology Festival
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 (8:44 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The e-mage technology cluster, the University of Liege and the TWIST cluster have joined forces to stage the first ever European event entirely devoted to 3D stereo technology. The International 3D Stereo Film and Technology Festival will be held in the Liege convention centre (Palais des Congrès), Belgium, from 1 to 3 December 2009. The event, entitled 3D Stereo MEDIA 2009, will host European professionals and experts in ALL 3D technology applications, in such areas as cinema, TV, medicine, science and technology and games, and will offer the general public a novel programme of 3D films.

The patron of 3D Stereo MEDIA 2009 is Ben Stassen, world-famous producer and director of the first ever 3D animated cartoon, "Fly Me to the Moon", and co-founder of nWave Pictures (biography attached).

A preview of 3D Stereo MEDIA 2009 was held on Tuesday, 17 March 2009 to apprise professionals and media representatives of the opportunities that 3D stereo technology holds out for Belgian businesses.

At this preview, there was a press conference bringing together the event's instigators and partners: Marie-Dominique Simonet (Minister for Research, New Technology and International Relations in the Regional Government of Wallonia), Albert Corhay (Vice-Provost of the University of Liege), Robert Stéphane (President of XDC S.A.), Jérôme Delvaux (Vice-President Technology of XDC S.A.) and Professor Jacques Verly (Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Montefiore Institute) at the University of Liege and President of the e-mage technology cluster).

Ben Stassen (nWave Pictures) broadcast his address to reporters over a 3D screen from the United States.

Why an International 3D Stereo Film and Technology Festival?

Stereoscopic (3D) technology is a real image revolution that is set to spread far beyond the film circles we know today. All media currently used to screen images will be gradually adapted to show 3D images, including television, computer screens, advertising displays, mobile phones and much more.

The image revolution will involve EVERYONE: the film and television industry, amusement parks, the media, advertising and communications firms, artists, scientists and engineers, R&D labs, manufacturers, decision-makers, film buffs, high-tech enthusiasts and, of course, the press.

This technology revolution in the field of imaging will extend to all aspects of image capture (cameras), as well as to the way in which content, images, scripts and other elements are conceived. It means that an artistic revolution is also under way. Lastly, new opportunities are emerging for firms to integrate these new technologies into their production, promotion and other activities, making it an economic revolution too.

Belgium, a European leader in 3D digital imaging

3D Stereo MEDIA 2009 instigators and partners are convinced that this triple revolution will prompt firms, training institutions, artists, the media and others in our region to seize all these new opportunities opened up by 3D technology. Our region already boasts a number of market leaders in 3D technology, including: XDC (European leader), nWave Pictures (world leader in the production and distribution of 3D content), intoPIX (a spin-off from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium (UCL), which was a key player in devising the 3D digital language, JPEG 2000,) Barco, Kinepolis and internationally renowned director, Ben Stassen, to mention but a few of the most emblematic names.

Between 1 and 3 December 2009, 3D Stereo MEDIA 2009 will provide all these players with a platform where they can discuss, listen, propose and meet the world's top 3D stereo experts.

The intention is to turn 3D Stereo MEDIA into a key annual event where all Europe's 3D players can meet in Liege.

3D Stereo MEDIA 2009 – the first International 3D Stereo Film and Technology Festival

This event concerns all facets of 3D imaging.

It makes sense to promote meetings and interaction between everyone involved in 3D imaging because most of the biological, psychological and technical principles of 3D technology, as well as the hardware and software, are common to a wide range of applications: not just cinema – which concerns us all – but also medical imaging, architecture, urban planning, cartography, remote sensing, vehicle simulation, aerospace, design, etc.

In an appendix to this press release you will find further details on a wealth of scientific 3D applications.

An event for professionals

  • Players in the film-making chain, including: script-writers, directors, studio technicians, distributors and cinema operators.
  • Manufacturers of image-capture, mass-storage, screening, imaging and other equipment.
  • Players in the communication sector, including: the media, communications and advertising firms, science and amusement parks, and event organisers.
  • Developers of scientific and technical applications.
  • The general and trade press.
From 1 to 3 December 2009, the first International 3D Stereo Film and Technology Festival will set up its headquarters at the Palais des Congrès in Liege. The three-day festival will include the following activities for professionals:
  • Conferences and workshops bringing together the world's top 3D stereo experts in the fields of image capture and display, as well as content and script production.
  • Demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies in the field and scientific applications (see appendix)
  • Business-to-business meetings where Belgian and Walloon firms can display their vast technological potential to European participants.
  • An exhibition area and stands where visitors can meet the leading Belgian and European firms in the sector and see technologically cutting-edge equipment in action, including 3D autostereoscopic TV (requiring no glasses).
  • Training courses in the new 3D occupations, including stereographer.
In December 2009, Liege will be the place to be for anyone involved in this triple image revolution and all those wishing to turn it to good account to expand their business activities.

An event for the general public

The public will not be forgotten either because a 3D film festival will be open to all comers. Numerous 3D films will be shown in a Liege cinema over a period of several days. They will include a highly eclectic mix of fiction films, animated cartoons and documentaries.

By then, the Festival's first patron, Ben Stassen, will have completed his newest 3D animated cartoon, "Around the World in Fifty Years", which he will present at a World Preview in Liege on the evening of 1 December.

Lastly, recreational 3D introductory workshops will be held for the kids with the aid of the University of Liege's House of Science.

Key partnerships

Many firms in Wallonia, Brussels and Europe, together with the public authorities (Walloon Region) and the University of Liege, are lending their support to make this event a success. The list of firms that have contributed high-level technology skills includes:

XDC S.A. (subsidiary of EVS S.A.), Victor Studio, nWave Pictures, Neuro TV, Eureka and X Bo in Wallonia and Brussels, together with XpanD of Slovenia, Philips of the Netherlands and Alioscopy of France.

Other prestigious firms and organisations will join this inner circle in December 2009.

All-British First for UK 3D Indie Horror Film
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 (10:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Leading UK 3D stereoscopic production company Vision3 announced their appointment as exclusive 3D consultants and creative partners on 'Elfie Hopkins and The Gammons', produced by Size 9 Productions and stars Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood, Donkey Punch, Dead Set).

The project is a landmark as the first British 3D feature to involve an entirely UK based creative and technical team. Up until now, 3D features filmed in the UK have relied on outsourcing from US or European based companies.
Size 9 Production's decision is a crucial step in establishing 3D film production in the UK. Axis Films will supply specialist camera equipment and On Sight will handle the post production and data lab process.

Vision3 was formed in late 2008 by Chris Parks, a stereographer of over 15 years, and Angus Cameron a Vfx veteran of nearly 50 features. Their 3D experience includes involvement on films as diverse as 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth', the IMAX features 'Bugs! 3D' and 'Wings of Courage' and 3D project management for Peter Jackson.

During 2009 Vision3 has shot a range of 3D projects using a variety of techniques including high speed photography, time-lapse, motion control, greenscreen and specialist snorkel photography. Recent projects include filming the world's first full length 3D ballet, Swan Lake, at the Royal Opera House and an ambitious 3D promotion of Dubai's new GBP2.5 billion Metro system to be presented in September to Sheik Mohammed, the Ruler of Dubai.

Ryan Andrews, Director 'Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons': "Vision3 has installed huge confidence in me when it comes to 3D film making. They have shown dedication to create a beautiful visual for the film and also a great understanding of how to enhance the story telling through 3D. 3D is basically another film making tool and Vision3 know how this exciting new technology can be used to engage an audience."

Steve Matthews, Producer at Size 9 Productions: "We're thrilled to be working with Vision3 on this movie. They're proper film-makers and they share our vision for this very exciting project. Not only do we feel completely safe working with them with cutting edge 3D technology but more importantly it is a real creative partnership."

Chris Parks, Stereographer and Joint Managing Director of VISION3: "It's really exciting to have been involved with this film from an early stage in the creative process. It will enable 3D to be used as an integral part of the film, to help tell the story, rather than just as a gimmicky add-on. I'm really looking forward to helping the director realise his vision for this project."

Angus Cameron, Stereo Post Consultant and Joint Managing Director of VISION3: "The UK is in a strong position to take advantage of the exciting developments in 3D. There is a huge amount of talent in the industry and by working together with companies such as Size 9 Productions we will ensure that cinema audiences enjoy a quality 3D experience.

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