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projectiondesign ships new 3-chip 3D projector
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 (10:42 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The F85 3-chip DLP® projector is the latest 2D and 3D capable projector to join projectiondesign's unrivalled line up of innovative projectors.

Boasting an impressive set of features designed for demanding applications, the F85 series is the brightest projector in the projectiondesign range. The projector boasts a brightness of up to 11,000 lumens, and a contrast ratio of 14,000:1 for crisp, detailed images. The projector is available in WUXGA or 1080p resolution versions as well as a special version that can optically switch between REC709 and DCI P7 colour spaces. It brings colour saturation and accuracy, optional image processing and connectivity to any installation space.

"Performance, versatility, connectivity, brightness and low cost of ownership were our objectives when creating the new F85 series," says Anders Løkke, Marketing Director at projectiondesign. "The F85 is compatible with a range of input and outputs including X-PORT™ module connectivity and bandwidth opening up the markets in which it can be used including rental and staging, live events, visitor attractions, advanced visualization and simulation and training."

As well as 2D imaging, the projector can be used in active or passive 3D stereoscopic mode removing the requirement for multiple projectors in stereoscopic set up. The F85 series can display sequential 3D at up to 120 Hz, as well as frame rate convert any input signal to 120 Hz with the X-PORT DCC120, and combine two input streams to a single sequential.

The projector benefits from proprietary Advanced Color Optical Processing (ACOP), which combines both fixed and motorized optical filters to enable optical calibration with near infinite accuracy and without any loss of bit depth. When combined with projectiondesign's RealColor color management system, ACOP ensures on-site color calibration with performance to achieve any desired color standard.

The projector is available with an impressive set of optical lenses for a wide range of focal distances ensuring fit in the most challenging of installations and architecture. Powered lens shift system with user adjustable optical color processing filters. The unit uses projectiondesign's DuArch™ dual illumination architecture for high performance and extended lamp life and at 400 W brightness, the F85 ensures the brightest imaging possible.

Adding to its installation flexibility, the unit weighs just 24.1 kilograms. The F85 series is available now.

The dual lamp optical engine with "hot swap" capability allows failsafe operation for critical applications for complete piece of mind. Common to all projectiondesign models, the F85 is compatible with ProNet software for network-based control, monitoring and calibration.

Designed for 24/7 operation, the F85 series comes with up to five years warranty.

Producing a S3D Film, from conception to screen
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 (10:42 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


S3D Campus offers soon a training combining practice and theory with experts of the S3D production workflows. Supported by the European MEDIA programme for 3 years, S3D Campus offers an exceptional learning frame in terms of means and opportunities to build or reinforce the professional network of the participants.

From November 19 to 28, 2012, S3D Campus will offer an 8-day training program on Producing an S3D Film, from conception to screen. Divided into groups of 5 to 7 people, the participants will produce a S3D sequence and each one of them will be in charge of the stereography of a plan with challenges problematics to overcome. During practice workshops punctuated by educational breaks, the participants will be confronted to on-site problematics linked to S3D production. The plans will then beedited and graded in 3D in order to produce a final sequence.

This concept will allow to discover the different stages of S3D production stages, but also to get more personal answers about S3D production. Thus, participants will be able to gain the essential knowledge to conduct a S3D project.

Goals of this training:

  • How to integrate 3D narration basis and how to react when being confronted to its problematics (the team will think about the diversity of the technical and creative choices)
  • Gain the indispensable notions to be able to start a constructive conversation with a 3D stereographer during the shooting and on all the production stages
  • Try and use the different 3D tools from shooting to editing
Added to the pedagogical curriculum, this training offers an opportunity to develop a European professional network; therefore several days will be ending with a dinner, a networking cocktail or a screening.

S3D Campus participants will be trained by 10 renowned professionals of S3D fields (stereographers, producers, post-producers). Last trainings welcomed experimented stereographers such as Alain and Josephine Derobe, Bernard Mendiburu, Eric Deren

Produce 3D sequences, from conception to screen takes into account all the production stages, weither being technical, economical or creative. Welcoming international participants from different background (trainers and trainees). Eric Deren - who was the lead stereographer on The Amazing Spiderman and most recently on Sam Raimi movie Oz: the Great and the Powerful will be, among others, trainer on the next S3D Campus session. S3D Campus promotes an exchange of ideas and talents. Via this process, S3D Campus is actively involved in the development of a European network.

This training program is sponsored by the European Union's MEDIA program; it will gather some fifteen participants, selection based on their resume and cover letter. Applications must be sent to the organizers before October 20th, 2012.

Exceptional 3D Reveals Largest 3D Digital Signage Networks
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 (10:41 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Exceptional 3D announced that their patented auto-stereoscopic 3D technology has been successfully deployed as part of nine different 3D networks in 600 locations (and counting) across the United States. In tune with the Exceptional 3D approach of ‘keeping it simple', network operators are deploying a cost-effective, proven solution which competes directly with the typical 2D digital signage price-point. Most importantly, network operators can offer their clients a variety of advertising options because all Exceptional 3D displays maintain a future-proof capability for playing 3D content, as well as legacy 2D content (in sequence or at the same time) through integrated content management software

"We believe this is a very validating moment for our glasses-free 3D technology and the future of the digital signage industry," said Michael Egan, CEO for Exceptional 3D. "We are proving that 3D digital signage is here to stay," continued Mr. Egan, "and we have shown that auto-stereo 3D is no longer a cost prohibitive medium for advertising." Mr. Egan finished in saying, "By offering the technology at a price point which allows for scaling to a network of any size, we ask the question, why buy a 2D display when you can buy a 3D display that can also play 2D content and is future proof?"

Preliminary indications show some evidence that justifies glasses-free 3D can strengthen brand awareness through 3D advertising. Based on early quantifiable data, forecasting shows auto-stereo 3D advertising is presenting a strong case for being more effective with potential customers and influential with undecided consumers.

"When we were looking to launch the Convenience Store Digital Signage Network, the core desire was for an advertisement medium that was going to get people's attention," said Stephen Newman, President and CEO of WOW 3D Media Group. "We wanted to reassure advertisers that patrons would actually look at their ads playing on the in-store digital displays but struggled to consider 3D because we knew it was expensive," continued Mr. Newman, "however, when we looked at Exceptional 3D's business model and the solution they developed for digital signage we realized that we could install 3D displays at a economic cost. This made it an easy decision because they provide a future-proof solution which we believe is a natural progression for the digital signage industry." Mr. Newman finished by saying, "We have completed the installation of 150 displays, both advertisers and C-Store owners are in love with the technology and have already seen an increase in dwell time by patrons, as well as an uplift in sales of the products being advertised in 3D."

The detailed map of the 600 locations across the United States can be found by visiting the following link: http://www.exceptional3d.com/map.html

3D space imaging lands at the CNES, Paris
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 (10:40 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Norway's projectiondesign is proud to announce that the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) has taken delivery of a projection solution based on the F35 AS3D active stereo 3D projector platform.

Founded in 1961, CNES is the French space agency responsible for shaping and implementing France's space policy in Europe. The agency's task is to invent the space systems of the future, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France's independent access to space.

The agency performs its work in a number of locations and maintains core launch systems activities in Paris Daumesnil, and it is in this facility that the projectiondesign 3D solution has been installed.

"CNES wanted the room of the Future to be designed where specialists and experts as well as space scientists and other qualified academics could view real-time data of complex space systems, missions and other activities in 3D. It was a real pleasure to work with this great customer" explains Johan Besnainou, Director, Spain and Scandinavia at Antycip Simulation, which carried out the audiovisual system design and integration for the project.

"Our solution was to specify a pair of projectiondesign F35 AS3D active stereo DLP projectors with specially designed lenses, ceiling-mounted parallel to one another and firing onto a front-projection surface measuring 6m wide by 1.8m high. In front of this is a bespoke, horseshoe-shaped boardroom table at which the scientists can sit and view the image with the help of Xpand 3D glasses."

Each of the 14 delegation stations at the table has its own laptop tray and, thanks to the installation of four ART TP tracking cameras, the scientists can use a ‘flight stick' to move around the computer-generated scenes being displayed. The viewable data is derived using Techviz software, while a pair of permanently installed laptops with in-built video capture cards deliver images to the projectors.

"The customer had a requirement for very high-resolution rendering of 3D data, so with the F35 AS3D's ability to deliver the required 3,648 x 1,200 pixel resolution at full 120 Hz refresh rates, without any data compression, made it the obvious choice.

"The projectors were easy to integrate with the rest of the room systems and their output quality and reliability are beyond reproach. The results are excellent and the CNES are delighted with the immersive projection system we have delivered enabling the CNES team to work at just two meters away from the screen and with no shadow."

Anders Løkke, Marketing Director, projectiondesign, adds: "When we launched the F35 series as the highest-resolution DLP projector available for commercial use, scientific visualisation of the kind used at the CNES was one of our main target applications. Now, with the F35 AS3D, we can deliver these same fantastic levels of image detail in 3D, without any of the artefacts normally associated with data compression.

"The CNES is a pivotal player in Europe's space programme and a major source of initiatives that help to maintain France's and Europe's competitive edge in this global industry. We are therefore delighted that they have chosen projectiondesign for this important new research installation, and are confident that this is the beginning of another great new end-customer relationship for us."

Meeting of the Società Stereoscopica Italiana
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 (10:40 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The Società Stereoscopica Italiana will have its annual meeting on 6 and 7 October in:

Circolo Culturale
Loc. Scrutto
San Leonardo del Friuli
Udine

For more information, see http://www.ssi-3d.it/site_pages/it/societa/index.html

Virtalis Joins Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 (10:39 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Virtalis, Europe's leading Virtual Reality (VR) Company, has joined the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC). The Nuclear AMRC supports manufacturers in the supply chain for the new generation of nuclear reactors, and offers a unique array of state-of-the-art manufacturing and research facilities for collaborative projects. The centre also works with companies involved in maintaining and decommissioning the UK's existing reactors, and in manufacturing for other innovative energy technologies.

Dr Rab Scott, head of Virtual Reality and Simulation at the Nuclear AMRC, explained: "We're not about invention; we're about innovation. We take existing tools, like VR, and apply them in new areas; bridging the gap between university research and industrial implementation. For example, in the past, the nuclear sector had no choice but to build inflexible physical demonstrators at vast cost, but now we are looking to laser scan components for different suppliers and bring them together as virtual assemblies that closely mimic the real world."

The Nuclear AMRC already has two Virtalis systems, an ActiveCube, a multi-sided VR system that delivers an intuitive, immersive virtual experience for two to four people, and an ActiveWall, an interactive 3D visualisation system designed for up to 25 people.

"We are developing a series of pilot projects involving VR to demonstrate the value of the technology to our members", explained Scott. "Already, we are finding that VR is the perfect medium to communicate complex tasks visually to senior stakeholders. Feedback from our industrial partners is proving invaluable in tailoring software environments for the nuclear industry. The Virtalis software packages, Visionary Render and Max Exchange, are both being further developed in response to our members' needs and we hope ultimately to incorporate finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics data to create ever more effective visualisation. With VR as a pivotal technology for the nuclear sector, it is essential that we continue to build on our partnership with Virtalis."

PHOTOKINA - Where to find 3D?
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 (10:46 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Last modified (8th update): September 20th, 06.00 pm (local time, Cologne)

Every two years there is one focal point in the sector: photokina, the world's leading imaging fair. photokina brings together the industry, trade, professional users and end consumers with a passion for photography — in a way no other event can match. Be sure you don't miss the world's most important platform for placing orders, gathering information and enjoying exciting experiences — from September 18 to 23, 2012 in Cologne, Germany.

Stereoscopy.com will be at photokina for the whole week, looking for 3D-related products. This page will be updated regularly.

If you are planning to come to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, there are a couple of companies to visit. Below is a quick overview of some of the companies offering stereoscopic products and/or services.

Hall 1.1 / Center of Art Exhibition: Leica
While the main booth of RealEyes is in Hall 6.1 (see below), they also have two of their outstanding lenticular images on display, showing the front and rear sides of an early Leica camera.

Hall 2.1 / Booth D10: Sagemcom Germany GmbH
Under the Agfa brand name, Sagemcom sells numerous cameras with a "3D" feature. It consists of Arcsoft's Media Impression software, which is "capable of converting 2D images to 3D" (anaglyph). Interestingly, the sales-people at the booth have not seen any of the results ...

Hall 2.1 / Booth D18: Carl Zeiss AG
Zeiss shows their Cinemizer glasses with OLED display. The Cinemizer multimedia video glasses can be used for various applications. It can be connected to an iPod/iPhone, smartphone with HDMI or analog A/V interface, Blu-ray player, gaming consoles such as PS3 or XBox, PCs & notebooks, and other devices. This is all made possible by an HDMI adapter, a video cable (yellow cinch) and an optional iPod/iPhone adapter.

It contains two high-resolution OLED displays (Organic Light Emitting Diode), each with 870 x 500 pixels and a fill factor of 100 %. The simulated image size is that of a 40 inch screen located at a distance of 2 meters.

Various stereoscopic 3D formats are supported. These are side-by-side, top-bottom or line-interleaved such as Frame Packing via HDMI 1.4.

Hall 3.1 / Booth A26: Fantasea Line
Once again, this company from Israel shows their underwater housing for the Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3 camera, which is good until a diving depth of up to 40 meters - with all controls being accessible from outside.

Hall 3.1 / Booth B25: digi-dat / Werner Bloos
Werner Bloos will show an underwater housing for the Panasonic Z10k - and the appropriate underwater video (shot in June of 2012 in the Red Sea) will be shown on a passive polarized 3D-TV set. The movie ("The Art of Diving 3D") will also be available for purchase on BluRay Disc.

Other 3D products will include an underwater housing for 2 Sony cameras, various cameras linked by Stereo Data Maker (SDM) and other 3D BluRay discs ("Diving at El Queseir 3D" and "SteinZeit3D").

Hall 3.1 / Booth B46: Vastfame Industrial
Limited

This company from Hong Kong shows numerous multi-lensed film-based cameras. While mainly designed for fun snapshots, the two-lensed models could also be used for stereo photography. The designs are quite colorful.

Hall 3.1 / Booth B61a: CNGC Night Vision Technology Group Corp.
This company presents the "Eyetop", also called the "Eyebook". These 3D vision glasses are based on AMOLED micro screen technology , with CPU/RAM and other hardware running under the LINUX operating system (Version 2.6). It offers a real 3D virtual screen at 2 meters, resembling a 55-inch screen. Running with a 720 MHz CPU, it offers 800x600 pixel resolution on its 1/2 inch screens.

Hall 3.1 / Booth C31: Universal Electronics Industries
The manufacturer of Holga cameras presents two models for 120 Roll Film and one pinhole camera for 135 film. Viewers are available as well.

Hall 3.1 / Booth C77: Bosma Ind. Co., Ltd.
This chinese company offers Active Shutter Glasses, compatible with most brands of infrared television sets, computer displays, laptops and projectors. Weighing 28 grams, the glasses support various brands of TV sets (Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Philips, Sharp, Toshiba, LG, Mutsubishi, HP, Funai, Grundig, Coby, JVC, Benq, Optoma, Changhong, TCL, Hisense and Skyworth).

Also on display are a number of autostereoscopic picture frames as well as the 508803 Tablet PC, running under Android 4.0. Its autostereoscopic 8" screen features a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution and a 5-point Capacitive Touch Panel. Unfortunately, the RGB pixels on the display are arranged horizontally - so in conjunction with the vertical barrier-strip used to separate the left and right eye views, this generates very annoying color shift.

Hall 3.2 / Booth A13-B16: Panasonic
The current 3D products are on display, such as the VW-CLZ2E-H 3D Conversion Lens, the High End 2D / 3D Full HD Camcorder HDC-Z10000E as well as the DMC-3D Compact 3D Camera.

Hall 4.1 / Booth D21: GSM Solutions Inc.
This company from South Korea displays a system to acquire panoramas, using 4 Nikon digital SLR cameras. They also have a stereoscopic version, using 8 DSLR cameras - and the results can be viewed on stereoscopic screens at the booth.

Hall 4.2 / Booth A08-C09: Fujifilm Corporation
No new 3D camera has been released. The current model, the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is on display - along with the FinePix Real 3D V3 autostereoscopic digital photo frame. Some samples of their lenticular prints are also shown - although the images are not very three-dimensional but rather flat.

Hall 4.2 / Booth A20-B29: CeWe Color AG
CeWe advertises a 3D Book option, which is anaglyph-based. The samples are printed in colors not matching the anaglyph glasses - and the images themselves are very amateurish and not convincing. It's a good idea - but badly done.

Since only a few days, CeWe has also started to print lenticular images. The majority of the market will be for greeting-cards, where a customer's 2D photo will be digitally mounted begind a virtual 3D picture frame (with numerous designs to choose from). Bookmarks are available, too.

They will also offer a lenticular printing service of MPO and JPS files - but they do not calculate any intermediate images. They might also consider to print using about 10 customer-supplied image frames.

The technology behind their lenticular prints is supplied by Snapily, an Israel-based company. With a digital Indigo printing press, the print directly on the back of the lenticular material.

Hall 5.1 / Booth A07: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stereoskopie e.V.
The DGS has a small booth, with a showcase comtaining a Van Ekeren viewer attached to an IPad, a grey Loreo stereoscope, a Fuji W3 stereo camera, soma anaglyphs and a 1960's Pentacon stereo slide bar. A passive polarized LG-TV is used to show some 3D images to the general public.

Hall 5.1 / Booth H20: StudioGH
Guillaume d'Hubert from France has four lenticular prints on display, including one 90 x 90 cm / 20 lpi print of an aviator. The quality of the prints is really good.

Hall 5.2 / Booth B09: Sony
Sony has also issued a whole range of WiFi-connected 2D Cameras - but like all the other manufacturers, they have not thought about using that capability to synchronize multiple cameras.

There are also numerous 3D products on Sony's booth, such as the HDR-TD20 3D Camcorder and the DEV-3 3D binoculars.

Hall 6.1 / Booth A40: SPC International SRL
Once again, SPC from Italy shows software to generate anaglyph images for photo albums, taking a stereo pair and converting it to anaglyph. They also advertise software to create images viewable through ChromaDepth glasses.

Hall 6.1 / Booth B15-D18: KIS / Photo-Me
The Speedlab 300 3D is the first self-service photo kiosk delivering personalized animated photos. This innovative kiosk features two fun services to play with. 3D Deco offers customers the possibility to integrate their own photos with a themed foreground. When rotating the print, lenticular layer brings both photo and foreground to the third dimension, giving a dynamic effect to the scene. The 2-in-1 Flip service allows customers to select two photos from their digital media and to print them together on the same sheet. A new Morphing service, still under development, will soon allow customers to transform a face by enlarging the eyes or the mouth, giving an alien or cartoon aspect to that person. The lenticular print reproduces the morphing sequence as a short animation. The overall lenticular printing process takes about 1 minute, which make the Speedlab 300 3D a genuine instant printing kiosk. A regular photo printing service complements the kiosk's capabilities for higher return on investment. Various means of payment are available.

The prototype on display is capable of producing 10x15 cm prints, with lnticular sheets laminated to the print's surface. Unfortunately, there seems to be a technical problem with the printer and the whole machine cannot be seen in action.

Hall 6.1 / Booth D9: RealEyes
Quite amazing are the two lenticular displays using 250,000 tiny round lenses, thus not only giving horizontal parallax but also a vertical field of view - resulting in a holography-like impression.

Behind each lens is a computer-generated view. The images (232 gigabytes of data) are exposed at 18,000 DPI on Ilford film and then sandwiched with the lenticular material. The current size is 1 m², costing 5,500 Euro.

Hall 6.1 / Booth E11: DGH Großhandel
One of the showcases of this German wholesale company displays various Loreo products, such as the 3D 9005 attachment, Loreo 3D Lens in a Cap, a Pixi 3D Viewer and a Macro Lens in a Cap.

Hall 6.1 / Booth E23: Prismlab
This Chinese company has a few lenticular prints on display. They seem to produce a lenticular printer - which is not shown on the booth. However, their brochure shows the "LO3D" 3-Lens 3D Camera and digital 3D Printer.

Hall 9.1 / Booth D39: Your Look GmbH
On display are a 3D TV as well as a few lenticular pictures, taken with Virtual Backgrounds' technology, a Texas-based company.

The lenticular images, taken with a Panasonic DMC-3D camera, only combine two views - without any interpolation. Therefore, the image flips from proper stereo to depth-inverted pseudo-stereo in a matter of a few degrees of rotation.

If you wish to get in touch with the Stereoscopy.com Webmaster at the trade-fair, send an e-Mail. Details are available at http://www.stereoscopy.com/contact

TTP brings clear vision to augmented reality glasses
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 (12:10 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


For the first time, new augmented reality technology from Cambridge-based TTP makes it possible to create head-mounted displays that look like conventional glasses and use transparent, curved lenses that do not obstruct the wearer's field of view. And using simple low-power, miniature projector optics mounted in the temple arms, there is no need for bulky and unaesthetic frames that characterise the initial crop of early augmented reality (AR) head-up displays and spectacles. TTP has also invented a very high speed switchable fast focus lens technology that can be used to create a true 3D experience.

TTP has already demonstrated its patented technology in prototype glasses and the innovative grating optics embedded in the lens could be used for a wide range of optical designs and manufactured at low cost using conventional casting or injection moulding processes. While TTP believes its new technology offers hands-free augmented reality for leisure and consumer applications such as ski goggles, running or cycling glasses and interactive gaming, it is also exploring uses in military, emergency services, logistics and manufacturing environments.

"Current head-mounted AR technologies have a number of drawbacks including flat or darkened lenses, large cumbersome frames and partially or totally obscured fields of view," said Dr Roger Clarke at TTP, one of Europe's leading independent technology and product development companies. "Our new technology overcomes all of these issues using simple LED based optics and completely transparent, curved lenses that opens up a wide range of exciting applications for the emerging AR market."

The TTP technology works by projecting light at an angle of approximately 45° towards the lens that contains an embedded grating structure to redirect the light into the eye, as well as performing a number of other optical functions such as astigmatic compensation. The grating structure can be injection moulded, cast or embossed and the structure is then coated with a slightly reflective neutral layer or a bandpass or notched colour filter depending on the application. The structure is then sandwiched in the lens by the same refractive index material on the other side so there is no change to through-vision in the lens.

The field of view for the AR display can be varied, while TTP's very high speed Switchable Fast Focus lens technology (SwiFT) can switch the focal length of the lens at up to 1kHz so that different multiple focal plans in a scene can be displayed simultaneously, resulting in a true 3D experience.

Dimenco to Unveil @DEPTH at IBC
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2012 (6:18 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Dimenco announced that it will showcase the capabilities of its 3D content-enabling software @DEPTH, for converting existing high-definition 2D content into 3D and editing professional stereo video footage to convert this to any auto-stereoscopic format at IBC in Amsterdam from 7 – 12 of September.

@DEPTH, based on Philips and Dolby technology, empowers content creators and post-production companies cost-effective (semi-automatic) and high quality offline conversion of existing 2D video content to any 3D content format that the user requires. An operator can manually indicate depth information to key-frames. The software uses these to automatically calculate the depth information for each of the image frames of the remaining part of that scene.

Next to converting 2D content, @DEPTH is the perfect tool to edit 3D stereo-content. It calculates fully-automated the depth information from high-definition stereo content, using the disparity between the left and right image. This gives the user the ability to compose shots, edit the amount of depth per frame and finishing for different targets.

The depth information can be used to generate a high-quality stereo or auto-stereo (glasses-free) 3D image and previews of the converted content can be shown in real-time on a Dimenco glasses-free 3D display or a traditional glasses based Stereo 3D display.

"@DEPTH will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of conversion and editing with incredible speed and performance" says Maarten Tobias CEO of Dimenco. "It complements current work-flows and makes it the perfect tool for creative professionals in the 3D post-production industry."

Virtalis Hosts Virtual Reality Theatre at IMTS
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 (16:30 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Virtalis, a Virtual Reality (VR) Company, is hosting a Virtual Reality Theater at the 29th International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place between September 10th-15th.

IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, with more than 1,800 exhibitors and 82,000 visitors. The Virtalis Virtual Reality Theater will allow attendees to experience the power of the relationship between design, manufacture and data, all in stunning immersive VR.

Virtalis will be displaying at Advanced Manufacturing Center's (AMC ) booth located at W-160 West Building. Delegates will be able to experience numerous, industry-specific demonstrations and models running in Virtalis' Visionary Render and other visualization packages including:

  • Factory Planning in VR
  • Transfer of Point Cloud data into VR
  • Transfer of CAD into VR
  • Product Design in VR
Dr Rab Scott, head of Virtual Reality and Simulation at the UK's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Nuclear AMRC, will be giving talks throughout IMTS on the benefits of VR technology within advanced manufacturing. "We are finding that VR is the perfect medium to communicate complex tasks visually to stakeholders", he commented.

"VR is now mainstream within manufacturing", said David Cockburn-Price, Virtalis Inc. CEO. "Working with leading companies like Gardner, Lanner and a host of mainstream and specialist CAD companies, we are proving that VR reduces errors, optimizes design, reduces or eliminates physical prototypes, improves factory processes and enables the most efficient layouts. These, of course, are all claims that CAD companies have been making for years now, but we can prove our successes with our clients. Companies like Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, CNH, PACCAR and top power firms are all harnessing the power of VR and advanced 3D visualization as a common communication tool across the product life cycle."

Stream TV Networks Makes Major Tech Announcement at IFA 2012 Show in Berlin
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 (10:57 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Stream TV Networks, Inc.™ announces the development of a 2kx4k 3D without glasses TV dubbed the Ultra-D™ 2160p. Until now current 2kx4k TVs and devices could not reach the full benefit of these advanced panels because there is no native 4k content available for consumer use. Most companies try to compensate by using scalers which only provides incremental resolution improvement.

Ultra-D has developed a ground breaking algorithm which boosts existing content to deliver heightened resolution to between 1080p and 2160p. The Ultra-D 2160p 3D without glasses television allows the viewer greater clarity and resolution that before was not possible.

Ultra-D uses the disparity between images to produce a higher resolution output than the source. This allows for stunning 3D without any viewing angles, distortion or other restrictions. Consumers can use any type of source content and convert it into 3D without glasses– Cable and Satellite TV Channels, Blu-ray®, Xbox®, iTunes®, Apple TV®, Google TV®, YouTube®, Netflix® and other feeds. Ultra-D 2160p transforms nearly any source content into 2160p 3D without glasses in real-time.

The Ultra-D 2160p finally pushes 3D without glasses ahead of 2D and 3D with glasses devices in terms of high resolution content.

The first Ultra-D products being rolled out are the Ultra-D 42-inch and 46-inch 1080p LED 3D without glasses televisions bundled with the SeeCube™ Auto Converter. These will be followed by the Ultra-D 2160p 60-inch LED TVs also bundled with the SeeCube Auto Converter. The Ultra-D tablets, smartphones, all-in-one PC's and laptops would be rolled out subsequently. These devices will play the 3D without glasses Ultra-D 2160p content.

Stream TV also proposed a new standard for 2160p content to address the lack of native 4k content. Stream TV will have available the SeeCube Auto Converter to allow TV stations, movie makers and game developers to mass produce and rapidly deploy 4k content.

The boundaries of 3D - new technologies in the culture and in the media - Venice, 7th September, 2012
3D-News Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 (6:41 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


On Friday, 7th September, 2012, the event "The frontiers of 3D - new technologies in the culture and media " (Le frontiere del 3D - le nuove tecnologie nella cultura e nei media) will take at the International Film Festival of Venice at the Space-Cinecittà Luce, built inside the Excelsior Hotel.

An important opportunity for comparison and to take stock of the developments in the third dimension. The event is held under direction of the European Commission, with the support of institutional representation in Italy.

Planned interventions: Nicola Borrelli (Director General for Cinema of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture) On. Antonio Parisi (Lazio Regional Council - is the author of a proposal in favor of 3D programming in the Regional Centre for Cinema and Audiovisual of the Lazio Region); Osvaldo De Santis (President of Twentieth Century Fox Italy - the Italian representative of the U.S. majors who produced the blockbuster 3D movie Avatar" by J. Cameron); Cosetta Lagani (Director of the new channel Sky 3D Italy - the first channel in Italy with the 100% of programs in 3D), Angelo D'Alessio (consultant for Digital Cinema Biennale and International Director of the SMPTE Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers - the world's leading technical body which deals among other things, standard audiovisual), Marcello Foti (Director General of CSC Experimental Centre of Cinematography); Manuela Cacciamani (Film Producer One More Pictures and CEO of D2B - a leading company in Italy in 3D graphics); Gianfranco Confessore (University professor, an expert in visual effects and 3D), Jordan River (3D Director, producer, an expert in S3D - 3D Area Director of Delta Star Pictures) and of course the landlord Giuseppe Massaro (Director of MEDIA Desk Italy - MEDIA Programme of the European Commission).

On the sidelines of the Meeting will also be presented to the national press a professional guide "3D Stereoscopico" dedicated to movies and television from professionals industry, published by Edizioni FAG Milano and curated by Jordan River and Gianfranco Confessore - single text UPDATED internationally published in language Italian and distribution in these days in the most important national libraries. BookTrailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcAmsUGOAiU

CogniSens Athletics Releases NeuroTracker on Panasonic 3D TV
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NeuroTracker, a 3D mental training system once available only to the military and high-level sports teams, is now accessible to the public, thanks to collaboration between CogniSens Athletics and Panasonic.

A college quarterback steps in front of the screen, puts on 3D glasses, and signals that he is ready to start. He will be lifting later this morning and will be throwing to his receivers this afternoon, but at the moment all his attention is focused straight ahead. NeuroTracker isolates the mental skills needed for awareness, focus, and decision-making on the field. This is the same system NFL, NHL and US Special Forces teams use to stay sharp and focused in high pressure situations. NeuroTracker developer CogniSens Athletics is now working closely with Panasonic to make this cutting-edge training available to athletes across North America. The recently-launched system is called NeuroTracker Pro and runs on a laptop attached to a Panasonic 3D TV.

"We are thrilled to work with NeuroTracker" says Ron Martin, Vice President at Panasonic Hollywood Lab, "it is a great technology that will change the face of mental performance training as we know it."

Building on rapid advances in 3DTV technology, CogniSens can now deliver immersive virtual training more affordably to more people than ever before. With Panasonic Hollywood Labs' expertise in producing high-quality 3D images, NeuroTracker Pro maintains all the quality of the original NeuroTracker techniques honed in the NFL, NHL and US Special Forces.

"NeuroTracker is an important training device," states Chris Ruf, Director of Athletic Performance for Baylor Bears Football, maintaining that it is part of "the arms race to provide our athletes with the latest and greatest training available." The Baylor Football program is one of several around the country training with NeuroTracker, and currently there are installations serving among others softball, soccer, basketball, baseball and even Olympic shooting.

"We have seen great results with elite teams," says Kenny James, Director of Business Development, "and we have been looking for opportunities to make this training more accessible; working with Panasonic on NeuroTracker Pro we believe we have found the way."

Dashwood Introduces Rack-Mount Turnkey Solution to Stereo3D CAT Product Line
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Dashwood Cinema Solutions, developer of stereoscopic software for the Mac, announced the turnkey rack-mountable hardware version of Stereo3D CAT™ stereoscopic calibration and analysis software. Installation and setup of Stereo3D CAT is now easier than ever with the Stereo3D CAT 1U rack.

"The Stereo3D CAT software has been well-received by the stereoscopic production industry," said Tim Dashwood, founder of Dashwood Cinema Solutions, "and now we've made it even easier to configure Stereo3D CAT in a production environment. The new turnkey solution will allow for the bundled hardware/software combo to be installed in any 1U rack-mount on typical DIT or convergence carts. Just plug 3D HD-SDI sources, monitor and mouse into it and it is ready for production."

Stereo3D CAT rack-mount bundle will be offered with either a Personal or Full license of software. The Personal license includes the same parallax line guides, left/right solo, anaglyph, split displays, QuickTime playback, Stereo3D Visualizer, Depth analysis, side-by-side, line-by-line, checkerboard, superimpose, difference, Parallax Inspector, Alignment Tracker, 3D waveform/vectorscope, variable interaxials and online technical support. Live geometry correction, metadata logging, IMAX screen sizes, external output and phone tech support are features only included with a Full license of Stereo3D CAT. Software-only licenses start at 1,249.00 USD. Hardware/software rack-mount bundles start at 4,499.00 USD.

Open call for 3D dance films - Loikka film festival
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Loikka dance film festival, held annually in Helsinki, Finland, has for the first time opened its call for entries to stereoscopic 3D dance films alongside its regular 2D screenings.

Loikka welcomes cinematic dance works of any genre, style, length or technique. The next festival will take place in Helsinki March 21st to 24th 2013, and the entry call will be open until September 30th, 2012.

To support the emerging art of stereoscopic 3D dance cinema, the festival is waiving its entry fee for 3D open call submissions. For more information, entry information and the application form, please visit http://www.loikka.fi

German team takes IBC Best Conference Paper Award with work on glasses-free 3D
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IBC announced that the IBC2012 Best Conference Paper has been awarded to a group of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute. Their paper looks at a critical issue for broadcasters who want to move 3D television into the mainstream: the ability to create the signals for glasses-free 3D displays from two-camera stereoscopic origination.

The IBC Best Conference Paper Award is presented each year for the paper which, in the opinion of the IBC Technical Papers Committee, best matches innovation with clarity of expression. This year´s winners are Christian Riechert, Frederik Zilly, Peter Kauff, Jens Guther and Ralf Schafer from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute, for their paper "Fully Automatic Stereo-to-Multiview Conversion in Autostereoscopic Displays". The paper will be delivered in the session "Stereoscopic 3D Content and Display - Developments and Diagnoses" [http://www.ibc.org/page.cfm/Action=Seminar/libID=1/listID=16/libEntryID=42/listID=16/filterentryDate=09 Sep 2012/libEntryID=42] on Sunday 9 September at 14:00 as part of the Advances in Technology stream within the IBC Conference.

The premise of the paper is that 3D television to the home will only achieve mass popularity when it can be enjoyed by multiple viewers without the need for glasses. Current production techniques are stereoscopic, using two cameras and image chains and delivering an image to each eye using special glasses. Autostereoscopic displays - glasses-free 3D - require more than two views: at least five and preferably very many more. What the Fraunhofer paper describes is the design of an algorithm, capable of being implemented in relatively low cost hardware, which will go inside the television receiver to convert stereo 3D to the required number of multiview images, in real time.

"This is a great honour for me and all my co-authors, " said Christian Riechert, who will collect the award on behalf of his colleagues. "Realtime conversion of stereo content to multi-view for autostereoscopic displays is indeed a hot issue in the 3D community. It is a pleasure for a team of researchers like ours to be able to offer solutions to such a challenging task."

"This is important, relevant work, and the detail of their research is impressive, " said Nick Lodge, Chair of the IBC Technical Papers Committee. "Because of the highly mathematical nature of the work it could have been very difficult to understand, but the authors have described clearly why each stage of their algorithm is necessary, how they optimised it and how well it performs."

"The technology is leading edge, but it is responding to a real market need, to open up the popularity of 3D in the home, " Lodge added. "The IBC Best Conference Paper Award recognises not just good science but the communication of good science and this is a worthy winner."

The IBC2012 Best Conference Paper Award will be presented to Christian Riechert as part of the IBC Awards Ceremony, to be held on Sunday 9 September at 18:30. The IBC Awards Ceremony is open to all IBC attendees. Find out more about the IBC Awards at http://www.ibc.org/awards

Conversion Works, Inc. and Adapt IP Ventures Partner to Monetize 2D to 3D Video Conversion Patent Portfolio
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Conversion Works, Inc. and Adapt IP Ventures, LLC partner to monetize Conversion Works' patent portfolio related to converting 2D video to 3D video. The patent portfolio specifically covers stereoscopic imaging and visualization and served as a basis for a robust suite of technologies aimed at moving from semi-automatic 3D conversion to fully-automatic 3D conversion.

"Adapt IP Ventures serves a critical role in our efforts to monetize this foundational patent portfolio through their advisory and investment services", stated Richard DeVries, Chairman of Conversion Works. "As a result of engaging Adapt IP Ventures, we have been granted one additional U.S. patent and filed numerous additional patents which will significantly increase the value of this offering."

The patent portfolio consists of four (4) issued U.S. patents, ten (10) pending U.S. patent applications – one that received a notice of allowance - and numerous international counterparts. With priority dates as early as September 1998, the patent portfolio has been referenced 50 times by leading companies including AT&T, Canon, HP, IBM, Philips, Microsoft, NVIDIA, RealNetworks, Seiko Epson, Sony, Thomson Licensing and Xerox.

"The value of this patent portfolio increases dramatically as adoption rates of 3D technologies continue to rise in segments ranging from consumer electronics (televisions, laptops, game consoles, etc.) to software providers to film studios," comments Grant Moss of Adapt IP Ventures. "We are encouraged by the interest level in acquiring this patent portfolio, especially considering we are early in our marketing process."

MasterImage 3D and Truly Partner to Bring Glasses-Free 3D Mobile Devices to the Global Marketplace
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MasterImage 3D, Inc, a leading global 3D solutions provider, announced it is partnering with Truly to bring high-quality, autostereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D mobile devices - from smartphones to tablets of all sizes - to a mass-market.

The collaboration enables glasses-free mobile 3D experiences with unparalleled image brightness, clarity and quality, in both portrait and landscape modes, with mass-market production capacity for customers big and small. Customers will be able to work directly with Truly to acquire the complete 3D display solution, including the TFT LCD, the 3D barrier and touch panel.

"Our customers are excited about the possibilities of mobile 3D and how it will enhance the consumers' visual experience with movies, broadcast programming, gaming, animated books, maps and general interaction with mobile devices," said Robert M. Alicea, Truly's Vice President of Business Development. "This deal is the first step in making that vision a reality."

This agreement involves MasterImage 3D's patented cell-matrix parallax barrier solution which is the leading technology in glasses-free 3D display providing minimal crosstalk, reduced moire effect and wide viewing angle.

Truly is ready for mass production volumes, and the two companies expect to have product in market this year. Customers will be able to choose from a complete line of 3D LCD display products or work with Truly to customize their own 3D LCD displays.

"We are incredibly excited to be working with Truly, an innovative company that is as motivated about the possibilities of mass-market mobile 3D as we are," said Younghoon Lee, Chairman and CEO of MasterImage 3D. "It is encouraging for our customers to now have a one-stop shopping option with Truly to obtain a complete mobile 3D display package."

"MasterImage 3D's technology is the industry-standard for quality, glasses-free mobile 3D," said Li Jian Hua, Truly's Group Executive Director and Board Member. "This partnership brings together leaders in our respective industries and we expect the quality of products we are able to produce together will usher in a thrilling new entertainment category for mobile device manufacturers."

The global appetite for 3D is undeniable. According to DisplaySearch, by the end of 2013 the volume of 3D displays shipped for smartphones and gaming devices is projected to exceed 100M, setting the stage for glasses-free 3D mobile devices to be a defining gateway for 3D content into the home and beyond. 3D films have become a box-office mainstay as 8 of the top 10 all-time highest grossing films worldwide are in 3D and 3D ready TVs will penetrate 38% of households by 2015.

DaVinci 3D Debuts Theatrical 2D/3D Conversion at Chicago Convention
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DaVinci 3D Corp. made its cinematic debut in conjunction with the International 3D Society. Jim Chabin, CEO of the Society, asked Steve Blumenthal, CEO of DaVinci 3D, to convert from 2D into 3D the closing montage for the AOA (American Optometric Association) meeting, part of the International 3D Society's outreach program.

The AOA invited the International 3D Society to demonstrate how 3D is changing entertainment and education. Jim Chabin created the Chicago montage with Mike Piltzecker of Influence Pictures in Los Angeles for the presentation in Chicago. The clip utilized footage of iconic Chicago landmarks including the city skyline.

Mr. Stephen Blumenthal, formerly co-founder and inventor of the 3DFusion technology, has been a pioneer in auto stereoscopic screens and 3D conversions for the last 30 years. He recently formed DaVinci 3D, based in Ithaca, NY, to advance 3DTV for the B2B and consumer markets. DaVinci has developed accelerated auto conversion processes for glasses free Auto Stereoscopic Displays (ASD) and for 3D with glasses.

In Chicago DaVinci 3D introduced its new semi automatic stereoscopic conversion process to the Movie theater size screen for the first time. Mr. Chabin praised both the extraordinary effort and the results.

"DaVinci came through under extremely tight deadlines and got a great ovation from 2500 eye doctors. The clip was a hit," Chabin praised.

"It was the best response we could have hoped for," continued Blumenthal. "We showed our toughest critics, a With Glasses audience of eye doctors, what our 'Natural 3D' ASD image for the consumer 3DTV market will look like, and they loved it." (stephen3d@mac.com)

This bodes well for the DaVinci 3D stereoscopic conversion market strategy. This successful demonstration of their Movie screen semi automatic, low cost 2D to 3D conversion methodology is now available for their global Content customers, for both large and small screen distribution.

Ultra-D 3D Without Glasses TV on Public Display
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Stream TV Networks, Inc. announced the locations for the Ultra-D™ televisions for public viewing in time for the 2012 competition. The Belushi's chain (www.belushis.com) will display 42-inch Ultra-D™ televisions at their London, Edinburgh, Prague, Berlin and Paris locations. Belushi's is the most prominent sports bars in Europe and is known for its rich variety of patrons. Ultra-D™ TVs will also be available in New York, Philadelphia, Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai.

Live 2D and stereoscopic 3D broadcasts will be autoconverted into stunning 3D without glasses Ultra-D™ format in real-time using the Ultra-D™ SeeCube™ Conversion Box. The SeeCube™ is the heart of the Ultra-D™ technology which converts nearly all forms of content to the Ultra-D™ 3D without glasses format. "From the Grand Opening Ceremony to everything sports offers, consumers can watch in spectacular glasses-free 3D," says Mathu Rajan, CEO of Stream TV Networks.

The locations will also host demos highlighting Ultra-D technology's compatibility with the iPad®, iTunes®, Appstore® and the Apple TV®. Content from sites like Netflix® and Hulu® or devices like BluRay® players, XBOX® and the PS3® will have an extra appeal as the SeeCube™ converts everything to autostereoscopic 3D. This year, viewers will be able to make memorable history by seeing the upcoming summer festivities and athletics in London for the first time ever in 3D without glasses as the technology converts nearly any type of content to autostereo. Matt Young, the company's representative in London says: "The change that Ultra-D brings from all the other 3DTVs is mind blowing."

3ACTIVE Introduces 3D Glasses for DLP 3D TVs and Projectors
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3ACTIVE®, aleading brand of active 3D glasses, expands its 3D product line to offer high-performance, light-weight DLP® Link™ 3D Glasses to be used with DLP 3D TVs and Projectors.

DLP® Link™ is a built-in transmission technology which allows DLP® 3D-Ready projectors and HDTVs to communicate with DLP® Link™ enabled 3D glasses without the use of additional hardware.

The new 3ACTIVE® DLP 3D glasses will provide unsurpassed comfort and fit to the 3D TV Consumer who wants high-performance 3D glasses at affordable prices to connect to the 3D world.

3ACTIVE® brand 3D Glasses are designed with the consumer in mind:

  • Lightweight frames and flexible temples allow for good fit and extended viewing comfort.
  • Rechargeable 3D Glasses save users money on replacement batteries and make frequent viewing convenient.
  • Full frames improve 3D viewing quality by blocking peripheral light.
  • Included semi hard-shell case/organizer and cleaning cloth keep glasses ready for action.
Dimensional Optics sells the glasses in single units for $49.95 and also offers a variety of starter kits for the 3D consumer who wants to enjoy 3D TV with family and friends.

3D Stereoscopico, a book on avid 3D editing
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"3D Stereoscopico. Guida professionale per cinema, tv, new media", authored by Jordan River and Gianfranco Confessore, is published by FAG Edizioni. The book includes a pair of anaglyph glasses and an example CD-ROM.

The book describes in detail the techniques and technologies used in stereoscopic 3D. It is divided into two parts, the first covers the basics and includes an introduction to 3D , vision and shooting support, and projection, the second part is purely practical and deals with directing and filming in 3D Stereo, 3D editing, 3D compositing, CGI and the 3D workflow.

The book is in Italian and is on sale for less than 30 euros. The book includes a pair of anaglyph glasses and an example CD-ROM. You will be able to buy it an Amazon Italy. Visit the editor's web site at www.fag.it for more info.

$45 Million Stereoscopic 3D Animated Theatrical Film of The Jungle Book Green Lit as First Production of DQ Entertainment's Animated Feature Slate
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Following the company's most successful year and the largest output of animation in its history, DQ Entertainment Ireland Limited (DQE) is expanding its production pipeline with the creation of a dedicated feature film division which plans a steady slate of motion pictures in the coming years based on iconic, universally beloved characters and stories.

The first movie "green lit" from this new division is a US$45 million stereoscopic 3D animated feature film based on Rudyard Kipling's classic tale The Jungle Book.

Already in pre-production, The Jungle Book producers have tapped an experienced team of top echelon talent from the world of feature animation, including Screenwriter Billy Frolick (Madagascar, Holy Cow), Co-Directors Jun Falkenstein (The Tigger Movie, The Smurfs, Despicable Me,) and Kevin Johnson (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone, Astro Boy, Stuart Little), and Production Designer James Hegedus (Shrek).

The film is being produced by Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman and Founder of DQE, while Eric S. Rollman, CEO of Rollman Entertainment, Inc., former President of both Marvel Animation and Saban/Fox Family Productions, with DQE'S VP of Intellectual Property, Rouhini Jaswal, will serve as Executive Producers.

The Jungle Book is targeting a theatrical release date in 2014. Pre- and Post-production will be based in Los Angeles with animation production at DQE's headquarters in Hyderabad, India. Two additional classic titles are already in development for the company's next two theatrical film projects.

"Our commitment to animated features marks another major milestone for DQ Entertainment," said Chakravarti. "By leading off our slate with a 3D Stereoscopic version of The Jungle Book, a classic and universally beloved story based in India, our home country, we're making a bold statement to the industry – that DQE is committed to put the creative, technical and financial resources together to produce compelling, high quality animation for all distribution channels."

"We have assembled a truly world class team with a remarkable résumé of animation accomplishments," added Rollman. "The net result will be a distinctive and captivating presentation for families the world over to enjoy, and one more illustration of the unique acumen of DQ Entertainment, an unstoppable creative force in our industry."

"A pulsating journey through the deepest jungles of India with Mowgli the man-cub will entertain and enthrall. The legacy of Kipling will be revived with the magic and mystique of The Jungle Book in breathtaking 3D," added Jaswal.

2011 marked the studio's first foray into theatrical features with The Prodigies for Warner Bros., Onyx Films and Fidélité Films, France.

DQE's dynamic business model of developing iconic intellectual properties and expanding its distribution network worldwide has positioned the studio as a fully integrated global entertainment production and distribution company.

Pro Lens System for Panasonic Z10000 3D Camcorder
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Cyclopital3D has unveiled a Pro Lens System for the Panasonic Z10000 3D camcorder. This Pro Lens system allows film-makers to take the affordable, high quality Z10000 camcorder to the next level! This professional grade three-piece system includes a Wide-angle Lens, a Filter/Close-up Adapter and a Pro Filter Adapter.

The Wide-angle Lens (WAL) increases the camera's field of view (FOV) from 60 degrees to 78 degrees, and it includes a precision Lens Shade with one pro filter slot. The Lens Shade is designed to perfectly match the wider FOV, enhancing the apparent depth of the desired subject.

The Filter/Close-up Adapter (FCA) enables the use of close-up lenses and circular shaped filters, and it also includes a precision designed Lens Shade with one pro filter slot. Every serious filmmaker and photographer understand the benefits of using polarizers and creative Filters to enhance their results - and these new tools make that possible. In 3D cinematography, the closeup lens allows for closer convergence on the subject and also increases the common image seen by both lenses, thus reducing the amount of image loss commonly experienced in 3D close-up photography and film-making.

The Pro Filter Adapter (PFA) allows the user to attach a multitude of rectangular professional grade Filters and Polarizers with rotation capabilities and must be used with the WAL or FCA. With the PFA, two rotating filters can be used at the same time.

Maya Digital Studios continues with its high quality International work for Piranha 3DD
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Maya Digital studios, the company that pioneered the art & technology of animation & visual effects in India in the 1990s is now also focussing on the conversion of 2D content into Stereoscopic 3D.

Continuing with its legacy of high quality international work, Maya Digital Studios has handled the complicated and challenging task of padding up and enhancing the chills and thrills for the Hollywood movie Piranha 3DD. This much awaited movie is scheduled to hit the screens in India on June 15.

Piranha 3DD is a sequel to the original which released in 2010. Ever since, the franchise has built itself a huge fan base. With all the cutting edge technology at its disposal Maya Digital Studios have taken this movie to a whole new level. The visual effects promise to make this an edge of the seat experience for the audience.

The film has been shot in 3D stereoscopic format and hence matching the left & right eye was a key challenge for team Maya. Doing 2D to stereoscopic 3D conversion for an underwater film was a humongous task, given the fact that a lot of these shots also required painting out creatures and reflections, or adding other objects like modelled log in one of the key sequences. Maya also added blood and bubbles to many shots, to indicate the injuries & respiration underwater where in the fish continued to injure the people in the film.

Piranha 3DD promises to enthral the audiences giving them something they have never before seen on screen.

Piranha 3DD is a horror-comedy film directed by John Gulager from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and will showcase all the visual effects magic that Maya Digital Studios can conjure up on the screen.

Ketan Mehta, Chairman & Managing Director; Maya Digital Studios Pvt. Ltd. Said: "With Maya, we've pioneered animation & digital visual effects in India. We've constantly worked with the best international studios and hope that our 2D to stereoscopic 3D conversion & visual effects work in Piranha 3DD will be enjoyed by audiences across the world."

Exceptional 3D Debuts Portrait Series Glasses-Free 3D Product Line
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Exceptional 3D announced the expansion of their patented auto-stereoscopic 3D technology product-line by introducing the world's first-ever lenticular glasses-free 3D Portrait Series display products and solutions. The Portrait Series 3D (PS3D) display products are an exclusive 3D display solution only available from Exceptional 3D. The cutting-edge Portrait Series 3D product-line continues a 'simple' consistency, going hand-in-hand with the companies Landscape Series 3D displays. The Portrait Series 3D digital displays incorporate the same award-winning no-glasses 3D characteristics that won Exceptional 3D 'Best In Show' amongst all '3D-Based Digital Signage Products' at the 2012 Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas. A series of exclusive previews in front of well-informed members of the glasses-free 3D community has already delivered very high accolades in excess of all expectations for the Portrait Series 3D display products.

"We're very excited to bring the first-ever lenticular Portrait Series 3D displays into the market as part of our growing product portfolio of patented 3D technology," said Dan Fischer, COO for Exceptional 3D. "In 2D digital signage, portrait display solutions are readily available," continued Mr. Fischer, "and we have seen a steadily increasing demand for glasses-free 3D portrait display solutions." Mr. Fischer finished in saying, "We believe there is no reason that the glasses-free 3D industry shouldn't naturally support that same orientation. We put this high on our 3D product road-map because we knew we could deliver a leading glasses-free 3D experience just the same as we've done with all of our current Landscape Series 3D displays."

The Portrait Series glasses-free 3D commercial-grade displays offer a distinct option for 3D digital signage applications within retail, airports, amusement parks, QSR, movie theater chains, transit hubs and sports stadiums, according to Exceptional 3D. The Portrait Series 3D displays offer high-definition resolution and its commercial-grade LCD panel is designed for digital signage use. Keeping consistent with the Exceptional 3D business model, Portrait Series 3D displays also carry the same future-proof capability for playing both 3D content, as well as legacy 2D content in sequence or at the same time through content management software solutions.

Alioscopy Adopts 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor Family for its 'No-glasses' 3D Displays
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Alioscopy® USA, a 3D technology provider announced that it plans to integrate the latest 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor family into its media players for smooth real-time playback of 3D content on its auto-stereoscopic 3D displays. As the demand for engaging 3D content played on 'no-glasses' displays continues to grow, Alioscopy is staying current with this latest family of Intel Core i7 processors that will help deliver an advanced 3D digital-out-of-home (DOOH) solution and allow its customers to truly harness the attention-getting power of 'no-glasses' 3D content.

The new Intel Core i7 processor family significantly improves the digital signage solutions that Alioscopy can now offer point-of-purchase, event marketing, and retail signage customers. This latest processor allows for a smaller, lighter and concealable form factor that can run high frame rate 3D content, without compromising quality—all of which reinforce Alioscopy's competitive advantages.

"By integrating the 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor family into Alioscopy media players, we are able to offer faster and smoother auto-stereoscopic 3D content without adding additional graphics capabilties," said Pia Maffei, chief operating officer for Alioscopy USA. "The faster processing speeds from these new processors serves the real-time playback requirements for our new plug-and-play products, such as the Alioscopy virtual 3D Aquarium and 3D Art Reel—where fast frame rate is crucial. Along with the smaller form factor, hardware savings, improved reliability, lower energy costs and ease of deployment, the 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor family helps us deliver an even more impactful experience for some of the most attention-getting, 3D digital signage and retail content available today," added Maffei.

Years in development, Alioscopy technology helps digital content creation artists, brand retailers, tradeshow exhibitors, service businesses and museums attract and captivate their audience with 3D content that has incredible depth and dimension on an LCD display fitted with a lenticular lens. Potential customers stop to view auto-stereoscopic 3D content at least twice as long as traditional 2D media, and Alioscopy-generated content in 'no-glasses' 3D offers still, animated, and interactive imagery that simply can't be ignored.

Dimensional Optics Introduces 3ACTIVE 3D Glasses for Sharp 3D TVs
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Dimensional Optics now offers 3D glasses compatible with all Sharp 3D TV's.

At DimensionalOptics.com, Sharp 3D TV owners will find an easy-to-navigate website which includes compatibility guides and product comparison charts, all designed to inform and educate the consumer about comparable 3D glasses and compatible 3D TV models.

The 3ACTIVE® brand of rechargeable 3D glasses for Sharp 3D TV's are manufactured from high quality materials and boast an extremely comfortable fit providing one of the best values available in the 3D eyewear market today. The Dimensional Optics 3ACTIVE Sharp Compatible 3D Glasses are available here.

  • The lightweight frame design allows for extended viewing comfort.
  • Built-in rechargeable batteries save money by eliminating the need to buy replacements.
  • Full frames and wide temples block peripheral light providing improved visual experience.
  • Convenient yet practical storage cases help keeps glasses clean and protected from damage.
3ACTIVE® 3D Glasses are designed to be more than just a 3D TV accessory. Providing quality at an affordable price is the best way to being introduced to the excitement of 3D entertainment.

Panasonic Sponsors Free Immersive 3D System for Schools
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Colorado State Senator Steve King announced that the Panasonic 3D Innovation Center in Hollywood has released its entire portfolio of Panasonic 3D technologies to King's statewide School Safety Summit initiative that will use immersive and interactive 3D to improve public safety and Homeland Security training in schools.

The next-generation 3D learning system will be made freely available to all Colorado schools to help them adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the state's School Response Framework as mandated by the Colorado Safe Schools Act.

Developed by the Colorado School Safety Task Force established by King, the stereoscopic 3D system presents school crisis simulations on a screen as large as 200 inches. Live action scenes depicting student violence, an intruder, severe weather, a bus accident, or other all-hazards threats, create for small groups of trainees realistic role-playing experiences testing their ability to save lives while under pressure.

Trainees can respond in real time to what they see by using a smartphone or a SchoolSAFE radio, a low-cost two-way radio that can be temporarily enhanced during an emergency to allow direct communication with first responders.

The contribution from the Panasonic 3D Innovation Center includes technologies for high-definition stereo 3D content creation, 3D Blu-ray disc and cloud distribution, interactive 3D display, 3D high-definition video conferencing, 3D whiteboard instruction, and live multi-camera 3D transmission for improvised simulations at any location.

These technologies can be extended with other installed school safety systems such as Panasonic's classroom alerting devices, security cameras, and digital signage systems.

Panasonic also contributed high-end 3D production and editing services provided by 3DStereoLab, a full-service 3D studio in Los Angeles.

Colorado school districts collaborating with the Task Force in the development of the 3D training system include Douglas County Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools, Pueblo School District 70, San Juan BOCES, Boulder Valley School District, and Adams County School District 14.

Using the Task Force strategies and methods, schools and their local response agencies can use the Panasonic-powered 3D system to help increase the effectiveness and reduce the cost of joint safety training, drills and exercises, after-action reports, and follow-up corrective activities.

For more information visit http://www.SchoolSafetySummit.org

Exceptional 3D 'Revel' In Atlantic City
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 (6:44 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Exceptional 3D announced the implementation of their patented auto-stereoscopic 3D technology at Revel, a 6.3 million square foot beachfront destination in Atlantic City, building on an experience designed to inspire and entertain its guests. The relationship was cultivated through Exceptional 3D reseller TDN Money Systems, a Pennsylvania Gaming and Banking Distribution Corporation. The glasses-free 3D displays are a noticeable feature within the $2.4 billion properties 130,000 square foot gaming floor and pay compliment to the latest slot machine games from Bally Technologies.

"This is a very gratifying achievement as someone with first-hand professional marketing experience in Atlantic City's luxury entertainment and casino industry," said Eric Angello, CMO for Exceptional 3D. "Atmosphere, sensory indulgence, aesthetic swagger and natural activity contribute to the energy you feel at Revel," continued Mr. Angello, "and our 3D technology is a perfect fit for the prevailing first-class environment." Mr. Angello finished in saying, "we've always considered no-glasses 3D to be a logical fit because of its unique distinction from typical 2D signage and proven ability to increase customer awareness of events, promotions and experiential programming. This is a true benchmark for any glasses-free 3D customer experience in casino gaming, nightlife and entertainment."

Revel embraces its natural surrounding from ocean to the beach and Boardwalk; the no-glasses 3D displays are an advocate of that archetype. The setting that the 3D technology was appointed to serves the surrounding area perfectly. The 3D content literally reaches out and invites guests into an aesthetically intriguing environment where the 3D displays have taken on a very cohesive form to match the overall look and feel.

"Exceptional 3D's technology was something I considered to be a perfect fit for Revel's lifestyle and gaming experience," said a Revel Senior VP spokesperson. "We have many offerings for the guests that come to Revel," continued the Senior VP spokesperson, "we were very excited at the opportunity to enhance the guest experience with glasses-free 3D while preserving the visual authenticity." The Revel Senior VP spokesperson finished in saying, "Exceptional 3D displays bring a real 'WOW' factor which would be overlooked with typical 2D signage and that is something we were very excited to incorporate into the gaming experience."

Cheers Elephant 'Balloon in the City 3D'
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 (6:43 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Atomic Cheesecake Productions released a brand-new 3D music video, Cheers Elephant's "Balloon in the City" directed by award-winning 3D filmmaker Ryan Suits.

Director Ryan Suits' 3D short films have been featured in festivals around the globe such as BeFilm: The Underground Film Festival, the LA 3-D Movie Festival, and the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Japan. Cheers Elephant are a raw, rootsy, psychedelic pop rock quartet whose new album Like Wind Blows Fire is now available on iTunes. The marriage of the two creative forces produced a unique 3D music video experience.

The music video premiered theatrically at the 2012 BeFilm the Underground Film Festival, the first established festival to feature a category for stereoscopic 3D films.

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWnIII3P95k

Zecotek Receives European and Eurasian Patent Allowance for 3D Display System
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 (6:43 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Zecotek Photonics Inc., a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for medical, industrial and scientific markets, announced that the European Patent Office has issued a Notice of Allowance, and the Eurasian Patent Office has issued a Notification on Readiness to Grant a Eurasian Patent, for the 3D/2D switchable optical imaging system for its glasses-free 3D auto-stereoscopic display system. The European Notice of Allowance and the Eurasian Notification on Readiness add to the other global patents, including U.S. patent number 7,944,465 covering glasses-free 3D auto-stereoscopic display system, strengthening Zecotek's worldwide patent position as the Company moves to fully commercialize its innovative 3D technology and other photonics technology.

"We take considerable care in the protection of our intellectual property and receiving the Notice of Allowance from the European Union for our glasses-free 3D display system is very important to the overall commercialization of this valuable technology," said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc. "Our 3D auto-stereoscopic display offers a real volumetric 3D viewing experience with one of the widest viewing angles and the highest resolution compared to competing technologies, and it is critical that the IP be protected. Our objective is to pursue full commercialization of our 3D technology with a strategic partner."

The European patent allowance includes all countries of the European Union. The Eurasia Patent Organization includes 9 former-Soviet nations: Russian Federation, Republic of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Moldova and Republic of Armenia. The European and Eurasian patent allowances cover the 3D/2D switchable optical imaging system of Zecotek's Real-Time 3D Display. The 3D/2D switchable optical imaging system further improves the core capabilities of the 3D display technology by introducing a software-selectable full-resolution 2D mode with viewing angles and dynamic range/colour depth on par with conventional 2D displays. The patent covers technology for both 3D and 2D modes, dynamic adjustment of viewing angle, number and width of viewing zones as well as the functionality to dynamically control the positioning of different viewing zones.

Zecotek's "patented" Real-Time 3D Display System is based on the auto-stereoscopic principle, but with substantial innovative. It has the capability of simultaneously presenting to multiple users both 3D and 2D images on the same screen with separate views and at different viewing angles. The 3D display system provides comfortable conditions for viewing a volumetric representation without eye strain. The viewing of such 3D images does not require the use of any supplementary means such as glasses, does not drastically limit the position of the viewer with respect to the display, and allows simultaneous viewing of the 3D display by many viewers from a sufficiently wide field of view.

Patents have now been granted to Zecotek for its 3D display system in Europe, Eurasia, the United States and Australia. Patents have been filed and are pending in Japan, China, Korea, and India.

The Company also announces, effective immediately, Dr. Serge Khorev will no longer act as Senior Vice President, Technology. Dr. Khorev reassumes his original position of Senior Technology Analyst with the Company.

About Zecotek's Real-Time 3D Display System Zecotek's 3D Display System is based on the auto-stereoscopic principle, but with substantial innovative and patented improvements and represents a new and unique generation of 3D displays. It has the capability of simultaneously presenting 3D and 2D images on the same screen, and for separate views at different viewing angles. Zecotek's true, auto-stereoscopic 3D2D display system requires no eyewear and has an effective viewing angle of 40 degrees with 90 concurrent perspectives allowing for multiple views at the same time. Another unique feature of the Zecotek system is constant motion parallax within the viewing angle. Motion parallax eliminates the sense of imbalance and dizziness during normal observation which can occur with polarized and shutter glasses used with other commercial systems.

Stereo Base Extender for Panasonic 3D A1
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 (6:42 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Cyclopital3D introduced a Stereo Base Extender for the Panasonic A1 Professional camcorder. Event Broadcasters and Filmmakers will quickly discover this Stereo Base Extender to be an indispensable addition to their tool kit. This professional-grade 3D accessory significantly enhances the Panasonic A1 camcorder by enabling a greater dimension of possibilities.

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

Using the Stereo Base Extender while zooming in on distance subjects produces natural parallax, thus improving the overall 3D effect in these situations. Zooming in on a subject makes it appear larger by increasing the Height and Width, but it does not change the perceived distance to the subject. Expanding the stereo base with the Stereo Base Extender makes a subject appear closer stereoscopically by increasing the parallax. This function works to maintain an accurate aspect ratio or scale in all 3 dimensions, which is a concept that is unique to 3D imaging.

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

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