One of my biggest disappointments of the Vision III QuickS3D Plug-in that came out to handle stereo 3D “quickly” and “natively” in Adobe Premiere Pro was the fact that it didn’t work natively with the stereoscopic MTS files that came off my Sony NX3D1. I did have some hope when I got my hands on some footage from the Panasonic Z10000 that there might be a simpler workflow than my current splitting prior to editing. Well unfortunately not.
In fact this appears to be even more problematic. It doesn’t have the simple splitting utility that Sony supplied (even though that is still a hassle) and looking around for tutorials I found an Adobe tutorial that suggested I look out for Pixela Corporation’s 3D to LR Converter – excellent I thought perhaps I’ve found a splitter that works better than the Sony one… well it may do but I’m not spending $795.95 US to find out!
I can’t say how disappointed I’ve been with the Vision III plug-in – all I want from Adobe is a simple way to import my file straight off the camera into Premiere Pro without having to reprocess to split the files in order to work with my 3D footage. Instead between the manufacturers and the software developers we’re left with an almighty mess! As it is I could pretty much achieve the same as the plug in using Enhanced Dimensions free Stereo 3D Repair kit – although admittedly that’s in Adobe After Effects following the edit and possibly a bit more challenging if you are not used to After Effects.
I’ve spent some time today looking into Cineform, however it doesn’t look like it will help – unless I’m misunderstanding the process it still requires me to split the files prior to converting to it’s own intermediate format!
The only hero in all this are the guys over at 3dtv.at as they offer a splitter for 29 EURO that actually works well although it does generate files considerably larger than the original camera files and is a little slow. However they are definitely my hero’s for today as I’m ripping through the Panasonic z10K files and will start working from the demuxed files as soon as the process is done. Glad it’s not a 48 hour film project shoot!