Crime Squad in action

Amanda and Tamas got a little over excited as our Facebook page reaching over 300 LIKES!

If you’d like to keep up to date as our 3D cameras start to roll on our first full shoot for Crime Squad this weekend,  then do please head on over to Facebook or for more quick tasty bites as they happen, check us out over on Twitter.

Go CRIME SQUAD!

ED3D @ Parallax Festival in Prague

Enhanced Dimensions first Festival screening of 2014 has got the year off to an exciting start at the Parallax Festival in the Czech Republic.

Parallax Festival in Prague selected three Enhanced Dimensions films for their short film screening. Namely our 3D Music Video we shot for the late Stevey Hay “Kimberley Station”, our 48 Hour 2013 Best Direction Award winning short “Situation Vacant” and the rarely seen teaser called “UNDERCOVER3D” for our web series Crime Squad which is currently in production.

Thanks again to the organisers for selecting our films and for those of you who might have caught them we do hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as we did making them.

Visit the Parallax Festival Website.

ED3D @ LA 3D Film Festival

Great news on our submissions to LA 3D Film Festival held by our friends over at the LA 3-D Club is that we’ve got three films screening at the event!

Our three latest stereo 3D pieces have been selected for screening  at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles Dec. 13-15th, 2013. Festival passes are now on sale online for $40, with individual day tickets available from December 1st.

Enhanced Dimensions films included in the program are:

Most exciting is that there are a couple of 3D premiers in the group. Our 2013 48 Hour Film Project film “Situation Vacant 3D” receives it’s 3D global premiere having only previously been screened in 2D, on both occasions winning awards (Best Direction & 3rd Place Palme Dewar), fingers crossed it goes down as well with the appreciative 3D audience! “Crime Squad:UNDERCOVER3D”  is also receiving it’s 3D global premier, this is the the teaser piece for our forthcoming cop comedy web series.

Introduction to Stereo 3D Workshop

We had some great fun yesterday at the SKAMM 3D Workshop in The Filmhouse in Edinburgh.

About a dozen keen young filmmakers attended the 3D workshop I ran on Saturday as we went through the basics, and not so basics, of how 3D images are constructed and the benefits of stereoscopy. Once we’d gone through a bit of theory and taken a quick 3D still picture the youngsters got to run wild with a range of (admittedly basic) 3D cameras to see what they could come up with and how 3D would affect what they were shooting. Apart from the odd technical glitch (there’s always one where technology is involved) the groups came back with some interesting 3D compositions and took to the tech very quickly. Considering we only had a couple of hours to try and cram in some really challenging concepts the team seemed to get to grips with it, with relative ease.

The short version of the presentation from the event can be downloaded here, and I expect to share the full version with the more in-depth and advanced topics online soon.

Big thanks to David Lumsden for inviting me to run this workshop and for Fiona Henderson and Aiden Nicol for being great hosts.

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!