Situation Vacant 3D – Super-D Enhanced Version

We’ve done a little further work on our recent short film “Situation Vacant (3D)” to enhance a specific 3D shot.

Normally we wouldn’t post about some further tweaks to a film, however in this instance it was something that we wanted to add from the outset, put simply time and other commitments meant we had to leave this until now – but this is definitely it, no more tweaking. This is Situation Vacant: The Final Cut!

Grab your 3D glasses (or 3D tablets for those of you lucky enough to have such tech whizzery) and check out our enhanced “Super-D” version over on The Stereoscopic 3D Channel!

Splitting 3D MTS Files to Left & Right Videos

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!

“Diableries” 3D Book from LSC

Having just got back from three amazing weeks in the US (Los Angeles, St Augustine then Orlando) I had a few exciting Amazon packages awaiting my return, one of which contain the brilliant new book “Diableries” from The London Stereoscopic Company.

The book has information as well as fully digitally retouched reproductions of the series of stereoscopic cards dating back to the 1860’s onwards. These cards, called ‘Diableries’ (which translates roughly as ‘Devilments’) depict a whole imaginary underworld, populated by devils and skeletons in dramatic or humorous dioramas (depending on your take on this) .  The cards are really stunning works of art themselves and the books explanation of their production process shows how much attention to detail was included in their manufacture. They are known as FRENCH TISSUES, and are constructed in a special way to enable them to be viewed (in a stereoscope) illuminated from the front, for a normal ‘day’ appearance in monochrome, or illuminated from the back, transforming the view into a ‘night’ scene, in which hidden colours magically appear, and the eyes of the skeletons leap out in red.

The book is really stunning and comes with its own Owl Stereoscope neatly contained within the package and I believe this would make an awesome Christmas present for anyone interested in stereoscopic 3d or unique historic curios from the period.

The London Stereoscopic Company is owned by Queen guitarist and stereoscopic enthusiast, Brian May and photographic historian Elena Vidal.

The book is currently available from Amazon with a saving of nearly 40% off the cover price. Find out more here

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

10,0001 3D Subscribers

I’d like to say a big thanks to all our subscribers over on YouTube who’ve taken us up to a MASSIVE 10.0001 subscribers today!

Our channel on YouTube is the hub for our video output, from our stereo 3d tutorials through to our award winning short films if you want to see us in action The Stereoscopic 3D Channel on YouTube is the place to visit.

We’ll have plenty more coming as our development of Crime Squad gets underway; we’ll be sharing behind the scenes videos, outtakes, bloopers plus every one of the episodes of the first series all in digital stereoscopic 3D… or as Crime Squad would put it Super Stereo Vision!

You want chips with that?

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.

Deep Fried Film Festival runs from 10th – 17th August in The Conforti Institute in Coatbridge.

48 Hour Film Project 2013

We’ve decided to take on the challenge of making a short 3D film in 48 hours again!

Our last couple of short films created for the Glasgow and Edinburgh based 48 Hour Film Project in 2012 did pretty well, especially our horror short “The Collection (3D)” which was the first non-USA based 3D film submitted to the 48hfp. It then continued to be selected for screening at 2D and 3D festivals around the world over the last year. As co-writer Rhiannon Grist and I are both horror fans we were really comfortable with the draw for “The Collection (3D)“; we’ve got our fingers crossed we get a genre we like again!

To find out more about the 48 Hour Film Project visit their website.