3D Bluray Authoring

It seems somewhat crazy given the current state of 3D that Blu-ray authoring in Stereo 3D appears to have become the easiest it’s been in a long time.

Here at Enhanced Dimensions we’ve been looking at inexpensive routes to getting our content out on 3D Blu-ray, preferably with custom designed menu’s however in the past this has appeared to be overly complex or limited.

Having finally upgraded my copy of Vegas Pro 14 it now appears that creating a 3D Blu-ray between this and DVD Architect 6 is finally a relatively straightforward option.

Simply export a 3D MVC file (actually consisting of two parts: a .avc and a .mvc file) from Vegas and import into DVD Architect which automatically recognises the .avc file as being 3D, drop into the DVD and it’s ready to go. Why they didn’t do this in 2009 when 3D was the hot ticket?

The question is: is anyone interested in seeing our short films or Crime Squad in all their glory on a 3D Blu ray?



Stereoscopic Updates in Adobe CS 6

Over the last couple of days the web has been awash with news of Adobe’s preview of Premiere Pro and After Effects CS6 at the 2012 NAB Convention in LA.

Although the Adobe CS 5.5 Suite launch had major announcements on support for stereoscopic 3D this launch has barely a mention of it, certainly in the headline updates it’s not mentioned once. Of course the CS 5.5 release wasn’t quite what it was cracked up to be for stereoscopic filmmakers (in my opinion) – with support in Premiere actually being based on purchasing the Cineform NEO 3D extension that cost more than the entire suite update, and After Effects Stereoscopic Rig not bringing much more than a basic homespun version could already create.

So I had been really looking forward to CS 6, hoping it would at least remedy Premiere’s lack of native support for Stereo 3D footage, and to what might be added to After Effects that would facilitate easier creation of 3D motion graphics pieces.

Having had a good look around Adobe’s website it does appear there may be good news for stereographers using the Adobe CS Suite – primarily in the inclusion of SpeedGrade CS6. I must admit I wasn’t particularly aware of SpeedGrade – and had I been aware of the name I would have assumed it was purely a grading product. Well it seems that SpeedGrade does in fact have some interesting stereo 3d tools in its little 3d toolkit. The apparently “award winning” stereoscopic toolset appears to adjust convergence with on the fly changes and offers comprehensive colour grading that is automatically applied to both views. It claims support for ease of loading “paired stereo 3D frame sequences” – I’m not clear what that means in plain English – it would be great if this means it will open standard 3D format footage off the Sony HDR-NX3D1 plus it offers automated geometric and colourimetric correction – a real boon for less experienced stereoscopic editors. Finally it supports playing stereoscopic footage for almost any display setup.

If you’d like to know more do check out the Adobe CS 6 site, or for a case study on SpeedGrade’s stereoscopic pro level support do check out a really interesting article over on the Iridas Magazine site – SpeedGrade NX Powers Animation Pipeline for Zambezia 3D

This really sounds great for stereoscopic filmmakers, and although Adobe have chosen not to shout loud about this it could be worth the price of the upgrade alone – I’ve got my fingers crossed!

The Adobe CS Suite will be available in Q2 2012.

New Stereo 3D Tutorial – Premiere & After Effects

We’ve got another stereoscopic filmmaking tutorial for you in conjunction with our eD-3D Stereo 3D Repair Kit and our upcoming ScreenCandy 3D Creative Resource Pack for Adobe After Effects users.

Our latest AE 3D tut takes you through the steps of using Adobe Premiere sequences for left & right streams along with the eD-3D Stereo 3D Repair Kit to tweak convergence shot by shot, then to render out to a range of stereoscopic formats including side-by-side squeezed (for YouTube), Anaglyph and Stacked Above Below (squeezed). The eD-3D kit can output to additional formats including side-by-side full size, stacked full size, interlaced & red green anaglyph.

Visit out 3D training section or YouTube to view the tutorial, or find out more about the eD-3D Stereo Repair Kit on the product page.

PS3 3D Game Pack on PSN Europe

PS3 3D Game PackThe PlayStation Network is now offering a Stereoscopic 3D Game Pack online for £23.99 that will surely usher in a new era of enhanced stereo 3D gaming on PS3.

Gamers who have a suitable 3D TV can now purchase the 3D starter pack from PSN Europe. The game pack includes full 3D versions of WipEout 3D and Super Stardust HD, plus bonus S3d add ons for Pain and a demo of MotorStorm Pacific Rift 3D.

“We’re extremely excited to be at the helm of a whole new gaming experience unlike anything offered before,” SCEA’s hardware marketing director John Koller stated.

“Starting today, games and demos will be available in stereoscopic 3D for anyone who owns a PS3 system and 3D television. With new gaming experiences coming this year in the form of stereoscopic 3D gaming and PlayStation Move, as well as an expansive software line-up, the PS3 system truly does everything and continues to be at the forefront of innovation.”

“In addition, Stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray movie playback is coming to the PS3 this year via firmware update. Stay tuned for even more 3D news and announcements coming in the near future.”

UPDATE: It appears as of 13th June that although the pack is listed in PSN it errors when attempts are made to purchase. It is possible this shouldn’t have been made available in Europe yet. More news will follow.

Crazy Talk Stereoscopic Version

Crazy Talk S3DThe latest version of Reallusion’s facial animation tool Crazy Talk offers stereoscopic 3d animated output for anaglyph or side by side purposes.

Another nice little feature on their site is a simple clear explanation of how S3D works

Find out more here.