Last week Disney dealt a serious blow for 3D enthusiasts as it announced termination of it’s ESPN 3D Sports Channel by year end.
This has obviously started a debate amongst 3D aficionados as to the merits of sports in 3D and whether or not it was suitable content for stereoscopic displays in the first place – of course that’s with the gift of hindsite.
Charging more for 3D cinema tickets and the high costs of 3D TV channel subscriptions aside, the debate must be that of the practicality of 3D at home and how it compares to 3D in a cinema. The battle for the TV screen has been a regular topic I’ve been engaged with over the years, from being involved with early experiments on “interactive TV” in the UK through to the current excitement regarding SMART TV’s it’s yet to be seen if the TV viewing experience really needs much more than good picture and sound.
Much of the problem with changing TV usage is that unlike viewing in a cinema where you are in a dark room and focused solely on a large screen, in the home you are more than likely multi-tasking, juggling cell phones, tablet computers possibly even magazines or books whilst watching the screen and carrying on discussions regarding the content you’re watching. In a cinema such behavior is inappropriate whereas in a family/communal living area this behavior is completely normal.
Early experiments with interactivity and TV also generated some interesting results due to the communal usage of TV. It’s bad enough changing the channel whilst someone else is watching but add in interactivity where only one person can interact whilst others are forced to watch and it becomes a minefield. Interactivity may possibly be suitable for a bedroom TV, but not a communal set.
So consider that TV is viewed in this communal, multi-tasking environment and immediately glasses become an obvious barrier; iPhones and tablets become almost illegible, turning around for some mid show banter isn’t the same with dark polarizing glasses getting in the way, and getting up to go and grab a beer requires removal of the glasses (active glasses may even lose connection, etc). As an enthusiast I’m happy enough to do this whilst watching a film for the extra dimensional experience, but for general day to day TV viewing I’d prefer not to. For individuals who may be less devoted to 3D I can understand why they simply not bother at all.
The battle for big screen 3D has proven that there is an active and engaged audience, but the case for home 3D is proving a much harder battle for anything more than hardcore 3D enthusiasts. Good quality glasses free 3D TV could be the game changer – with glass wearing no longer a barrier all the negative issues become null & void. Users could enjoy stereoscopic images just the same as watching 2D, and perhaps 3D sports will make a come-back.
So come on 4K or 8K auto-stereoscopic TV sets, 3D needs you!
Our new 3D comedy webseries “Crime Squad 3D” is now fully in production!
The pilot webisode “UNDERCOVER3D” is in the can and heading towards the editing suite as I write, and we expect to be able to launch this episode within a month in Super Stereo Vision 3D!
Crime Squad 3D tells the tale of two hapless 70’s cops as they take on the criminal underworld in a hail of coffee and doughnuts! The pilot episode stars Amanda Marment and Tamas Fazakas as the cops with special guest Dale Peet as the bad guy. (A little bit of trivia here – Dale can be seen topless wearing a pig mask in “The Collection (3D)”; yes Dale is PigBoy!
Do please come over to our Crime Squad 3D facebook page and LIKE us to be kept up to date as the series rolls along!
3DTV-CON comes to Scotland and the UK for the first time in 2013.
Call for Papers
3D ENABLER CONCEPTS AND TECHNOLOGIES:
- 3D Capture and Processing: 3D audio-visual scene capture and reconstruction techniques for static and dynamic scenes. Synchronization and calibration of multiple cameras. Holographic camera techniques. Multi-view and multi-sensor imaging. 3D data processing.
- 3D Coding and Transmission: Systems, architectures and transmission for 3DTV. Audio coding for 3DTV. Multi-view video coding. 3D meshes and holograms. Error resilience and error concealment of 3D video and 3D geometry. Signal processing for diffraction and holographic 3DTV.
- 3D Visualization: Projection and display technology for 3D videos. Stereoscopic and auto-stereoscopic display techniques. Holographic display technology. Reduced parallax systems. Integral imaging techniques. Underlying optics and VLSI technology. 3D mesh, texture, point, and volume-based representation. Object-based representation and segmentation. 3D motion analysis and animation. Laser based displays, view synthesis & rendering.
- 3D Quality of Experience: Subjective quality evaluation. Objective quality metrics. Multimodal experience. Interaction with 3D content: consumer, social and gender issues.
- 3D Imaging and Machine Vision: Stereo vision, 3D triangulation and depth estimation. 3D measurements techniques. 3D tracking. 3D guidance for tele-operated and autonomous robots.
3D APPLICATIONS SOLUTIONS TO REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS:
- Entertainment: 3D television, cinema, games and entertainment. Advanced 3D audio applications. 3D imaging in virtual heritage and virtual archaeology. Augmented reality and virtual environments: 3D maps. Mixing of virtual and real worlds. 3D CGI.
- Collaboration & Development: Virtual studios. 3D teleimmersion and remote collaboration. Immersive video conferencing. Collaborative development of 3D CAD models. 3D content-based retrieval and recognition.
- Medical: 3D for medical and biomedical imaging applications. 3D in Medical education.
- Oil & Gas: 3D subsea/underwater imaging. 3D imaging of oil wells and reservoirs. 3D measurements. Pattern projection and scene representation.
- Other 3D applications: Safety and security. 3D Watermarking.
PROGRAMME & SPEAKERS
The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird
John Logie Baird is remembered as the inventor of television, but his work on colour and 3DTV is much less known. As are his significant contributions to other information sciences and their resulting technologies. Baird’s futuristic work will be described with an added perspective never seen before. Despite ailing health and poverty, Baird did more to advance the early development of television than any other individual. He planted the seed, which has grown into the multinational, trillion dollar video and communications media industry. Baird is often dismissed as the person whose only claim to fame is that he invented a crude type of television that was quickly superseded, but this presentation will lay these criticisms to rest.
For over a quarter of a century Baird developed monochrome, colour and 3D television, and many of the techniques he pioneered may be found in modern-day systems. Details will be given showing the operation of these systems and how they have developed since Baird’s untimely death at the age of 57 in 1946. Although the three ‘dimensions’ of Baird’s will be shown as his developments on: monochrome TV (1), colour TV (2) and 3DTV (3), there is another and more exciting discovery to be revealed: A remarkable Baird invention hitherto virtually unknown. A concept much more advanced than stereoscopic television and a system still under research that may yet pave the way to a future commercial holographic television system.
A high quality real 3D display based on light field regeneration
Professor Xu Liu, Zhiejiang University
One of the goals of 3DTV is to produce a “real” 3D display whereby every viewer will see an exact representation of the original scene from a wide range of viewing angles, and which is optically indistinguishable from the original. There are several possible techniques which can be used to represent a full 3D image in space, for example, holography, integral display, or light field regeneration. Light field regeneration offers us a new way to design and construct a real 3D display which is more efficient in terms of 3D display data generation compared with others; and offers the possibility of displaying a floating 3D scene in air, which is viewable over a 360° angle for many observers without any glasses and with correct occlusion. In this talk, the principles of light field regeneration will be reviewed and compared with traditional holographic displays. A prototype display has been achieved and a real 3D color animation image will be presented.
For more info visit the 3DTV-Con Website.(and if I were an academic instead of a filmmaker I’d be there for sure!)
Guest speakers for the Awards Banquet were Dr. Brian May, Paula Fleming and Denis Pellerin discussing their new book on Diableries.
I’m really proud that our short films screened alongside films from some of my amazingly talented peers including Celine Tricart, Phil McNally, Gerald Emerick and of course the sadly missed Ray Zone. The event screened over 50 films and videos that included a range of experimental stereo 3d films, classic 3d animations, documentary footage and scripted shorts over 4 days.
My fellow 3D enthusiast, Jesse Blanchard, has announced availability of his bargain priced beamsplitter stereoscopic 3d rig – The Robert Rig from Goat & Yeti.
Jesse has been working and experimenting with 3D for some time and graciously shared some of his experiments and findings in a series of web videos which is where I first came across him. Jesse’s videos demonstrated how to create your own 3D rigs and how to create your own polarised screening system both using easily available components in order to deliver results based on extremely tight budgets.
Of particular interest to me is to see how Jesse’s requirements for shooting stereo 3D have developed from home made $100 rigs into a commercial product that has been thought out from the ground up for ease of use and real-world practicality for delivering 3D on challenging budgets. Having seen pics and videos of the rig I’m also astounded at just how portable this looks, mounted on a standard shoulder support rig this looks like you’d be able to operate hand held with relative ease. Which for a beam splitter rig is simply amazing.
Goat & Yeti, founded in 2011 and headquartered in Portland, OR, provides stereoscopic content, editing, motion graphics and equipment. Their original 3D films have been awarded the Lumiere Award from the International 3D Society as well as top prizes from the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival.
Find out more about The Robert Rig @ the Goat & Yeti website. And if you buy Jesse’s amazing rig make sure you tell him Andrew sent ya!
One of the more eccentric Scottish film festivals has selected two of Enhanced Dimensions’ short films as part of their 2013 program.
It comes as no surprise that our most popular short “The Collection (3D)” has been selected and shows on their horror/drama themed evening on Sunday 11th August. As with it’s other screenings at this years Scottish festivals this is the 2D version of the film that is screening.
On the evening of Thursday 15th August our romantic comedy “ATM (3D)” has been chosen for screening alongside a whole evening of fun looking comedy shorts. Again this screen in 2D, as it did last year in the Aberfeldy Film Festival.
This is our second year showing films at the Deep Fried Film Festival with “Cycle (3D)” having premiered at the event in 2012.