3D DCP Tutorial

Submitting to Film Festivals can be a time consuming and technically challenging pastime and one of the biggest challenges I stumbled over when starting out was creating the dreaded DCP. Initially it appeared that a DIY version was near impossible, in fact at the time I started it pretty much was and commercial operators were asking for hundreds of pounds to generate a DCP on my behalf.

Well fortunately things have got a whole lot better and creating a DCP now is actually a relatively simple process. I thought I’d try to help make it even easier, so I’ve posted a tutorial on DCP creation which uses Adobe CS plus freely available open source software. Although I’ve not looked at non Adobe software the process should be simple enough if you know how to export your video streams as TIFF sequences, and how to split your Audio file into individual mono streams using your preferred software package.

Although the tutorial is focussed on 3D DCP creation the same process is used for creating standard DCP files for 2D film, just ignoring the second video stream – easy as!

If you need a free DCP then here is your route to DIY DCP heaven! Check out the Make a DCP for Free Tutorial from Enhanced Dimensions right now.

Busy 3D Days

RockCandy-3D-box-centredApologies for lack of updates of late, but it’s been all go here at Enhanced Dimensions! Not only have we been shooting Crime Squad 3D in our weekends but I’ve also had time to run a Stereoscopic 3D Workshop for Edinburgh University, become involved in the Life in 3D Symposium which occurs in Edinburgh and expand availability for RockCandy 3D.

Crime Squad 3D has shot about 3 weekends’ worth of material with hopefully just about one more to go. The rushes are looking good and although the editing job ahead is fairly big we are hoping that the series will be online in the Summer. We’ve been shooting all over Edinburgh with locations including rock star style homes, a ruined chapel, a vast arts complex and my personal favorite: a bakery. Our cast and crew (of thousands) has been great; it’s unbelievable how many talented people will jump in and get involved just for the love of it.

In addition to that I ran one of my recent series of Stereo 3D Workshops for a group of students at The University of Edinburgh’s College of Art. We spent a day discussing theory and shooting some test footage with a Sony TD30, a Panasonic AG3D1 and on a Fujifilm W3. It’s always fulfilling working with students who are enthusiastic and willing to experiment without particular boundaries of commercialism.

RockCandy 3D has got a new lease of life and is now available from VJ Stock Footage site VJLoops.com . It’s currently available in anaglyph format but we hope soon to have this available in 2D and side by side format too.

Finally I have been working with a small group of 3d enthusiasts from The University of Edinburgh in planning the 3D Film Festival that is scheduled to run in conjunction with the Life in 3D Symposium, fingers crossed I’ll have news about this soon.

Normal service will be resumed once Crime Squad is in the can!

Stereoscopic 3D: An Introduction

I’m proud to share the “Introduction to Stereoscopic 3D” presentation that was created as a basic support tool for introductory 3d learning sessions.

The presentation on SlideShare covers the basics of how stereoscopic 3D works, creating 3D and viewing  3D. The overall objective of the piece is to simply introduce stereoscopy to an audience which in the live workshop we augmented with interactive excercises to bring the theory to life.

All graphics were created specifically for this presentation with thanks again to Cassie Duncan for being a wonderful model for our 3D shots.

Stereoscopic 3D: An Introduction can be viewed and downloaded via SlideShare.

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!