Sanwa Stereo 3D Viewer

AV Watch has shared images of another 3D viewer that allows viewers to watch 3d content via their smartphone.

Like the Hasbro my3D and the recent Google Cardboard VR Kit this device is a basic update on the classic victorian stereoscope. It features a dual lens system and holding device that allows you to slip your phone in one end and view 3d Side by Side content from the likes of YouTube in full colour stereoscopic 3D.

Engadget reports that device works in a similar manner to another 3D classic the Viewmaster, “but magnifies side-by-side yt3D YouTube movies on an iPhone instead of the classic circular slides. On top of negating the need for custom content like similar products we’ve seen, this should also yield a brighter and larger 3D viewing area than red-green glasses — letting you get the most out of that retina display.”

Unfortunately this product appears to be iPhone 4/4S and a Japanese release only.

Learn 3D Filmmaking in Scotland Summer 2014

We’re proud to announce that we’re running a Scotland’s first 3D filmmaking training course along with SKAMM in Edinburgh for 14 to 21 year olds this summer.

Going from the basics of  stereo 3D filming principles right through to the final edit and depth grading of a 3D short film this course will give attendees handon experience alongside a strong grounding of modern 3D stereoscopic film production.

The course runs from 21st to 25th of July at the Edinburgh College of Art. For more details email skammers@hotmail.com

Life in 3D Symposium

I’ll be speaking at this years “Life in 3D” Symposium in Edinburgh, so if you’re interested in learning a little more about stereo 3D do please come along to this free event.

Life in 3D’ is a 1-day symposium at the University of Edinburgh that brings together otherwise independent practitioners and academics currently working on 3D from technological and creative perspectives.

The 3D theme of this year’s symposium is stereo vision and surround sound. The event provides a unique opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, showcase work in progress and discuss how 3D is used in the industry and academia.

The symposium will run in parallel with the ‘Edinburgh 3D Film Festival‘ at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

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Crime Squad @ SD&A Conference

Our Crime Squad teaser, UNDERCOVER3D, screened at the annual Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference along with a host of other 3D content from producers that included Pixar Animation Studios, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment – that’s quite a line up to screen alongside! Of course there were a huge range of independent and academic’s who screened too and these include some great films from the likes of my friends Jesse Blanchard, Ryan Suits and Jeff Boller.

The purpose of each year’s 3D Theatre session is to showcase the wide range of 3D content that is being produced and exhibited around the world.  This year’s show contained a broad selection of 42 entries from independent artists through to major studios.

The winners were:
1) Best of Show – Live Action category – “Soir de Fête” by David Robert (France).
Synopsis: Joachim, 20 or so, a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, is about to leave work to spend New Year’s Eve with his family.  But his patients, determined to see in the New Year in style, aren’t going to let him leave.  Joachim is soon out of his depth as the evening’s events become more absurd.  But madness is not always where you expect to find it…
2) Best of Show – Animation / CG category – “Morpheos Trailer” by John Hart (USA).
Synopsis: Travels in the fractal dimension; art of Mandelboxes, Menger sponges, hybrids, and fractal flames.

Around 200 people enjoyed the 2 hour session held as part of the 25th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference located in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

There has been a noticeable improvement in the quality of 3D content being shown at each year’s 3D Theater session and this year was no exception.  This is a reflection of the maturing of the industry and the improvement in the available stereoscopic hardware and software.

The judges at this year’s SD&A 3D Theater Session were Lenny Lipton (Leonardo IP), Julien Flack (Dynamic Digital Depth), and Bernard Mendiburu (freelance author and stereoscopic 3D artist).  The producers were John Stern (retired), Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design Group and DepthQ Stereoscopic) and Andrew Woods (Curtin University).  Management and playback of 3D content was expertly handled by DepthQ Stereoscopic.  3D content partner of the session was 3D Content Hub.

The full list of 3D content shown is as follows:
Competition Category:
1. “Metallica Through the Never” – Picturehouse (USA)
2. “Hamilton” – Ivan Ceriex – Fabien Remblier (France)
3. “The Lady Assassin” – Nguyen Quang Dung (Vietnam)
4. “Underwater Predators and Prey” – László Magyar and Dr. György Kriska (Hungary)
5. “Crime Squad: UNDERCOVER3D” – Andrew Murchie (United Kingdom)
6. “Cosmic Origins 2” – Nick Holliman, the University of York, Carlton Baugh, Carlos Frenk, Durham University (United Kingdom)
7. “Mars Views 3D (trailer)” – Martin Hans Schmitt (Germany)
8. “Quadcopter Flying Movies” – Phil Captain 3D McNally (USA)
9. “Clear Buildings” – Boris Starosta (USA)
10. “ZeitRaum, an Investigation in Space-time” – Volker Kuchelmeister (Australia)
11. “Wooden Palace of Russian Tsar” – Andrey Anokhin (Russia)
12. “Shine 3D” – Jesse Blanchard (USA)
13. “Baby Blues” – Pegasus Motion Pictures Production Ltd. (China)
14. “Atmosphere” – Ikuo Nakamura (USA)
15. “The Simple Carnival – A Geek Like Me” – Jeff Boller (USA)
16. “Soir de Fête” – David Robert (France)
17. “World’s Largest Elephant Buffet” – Al Caudullo (USA)
18. “Hydrochoeruspaedia 3D” – Helio A G Souza and Ludger Pfanz (Brazil)
19. “Chasms of Silence” – Marten Berkman (Canada)
20. “Morpheos Trailer” – John Hart (USA)
21. “Aloft” – Kate Duhamel, Fountain 3 Films (USA)
22. “Foxed!” – Geneva Film Co. (Canada)
23. “3D Natural Wonders of California” – Charles Booth (USA)
24. “Horn Quest” – Ryan Suits (USA)
25. “Educational 3D Content: Tumulus” – Shibata lab, Tokyo University of Social Welfare (Japan)
26. “The Sunday Morning Drive” – Ole Schell (USA)
27. “Busan 3D” – Kwangwoon University (South Korea)
28. “Flight of the Butterflies” – SK Films Inc. (Canada)
29. “Formation of the Cosmic Web” – Ralf Kaehler (KIPAC), Carter Emmart (AMNH), Tom Abel (KIPAC) (USA)
30. “47 Ronin – Feature Trailer” – Universal Pictures, director Carl Rinsch (USA)
31. “Hsu Ji Derriere L’Ecran – Hsu Ji Behind the Screen” – Thomas Rio (France)

Demonstration Category:
32. “Puppy” – Illumination Entertainment (USA)
33. “Whoops!” – Chris Casady (USA)
34. “ORA” – Philippe Baylaucq (Canada)
35. “24 Hours of LeMons, Sonoma Raceway” – David Newman (USA)
36. “Planes 3D” – DisneyToons Studios (USA)
37. “’Being There’: Avercamp: Winter landscape – Rijksmuseum – a presentation in stereoscopic 3D” – René van Gageldonk (The Netherlands)
38. “Monsters University” – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
39. “Eurovision Young Dancers” – KUK Filmproduction (Germany)
40. “CELLmicrocosmos Cell Modeling SS2012” – Christian Bender, Tobias Hoppe, Björn Sommer (Germany)
41. “To Space & Back 3D Trailer” – Sky-Skan in association with The Franklin Institute (USA)
42. “The Blue Umbrella” – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)

The show was visually spectacular and served well to illustrate the diversity of 3D content that is being produced by stereoscopic professionals and enthusiasts alike.  Another impressive aspect of the show was the large number of countries represented, 14 in total – from USA to Hungary to China, and many more in-between.

The 25th annual SD&A conference was gratefully supported by Gold Sponsors: IMAX Corporation, and DepthQ Stereoscopic by Lightspeed Design; Silver Sponsor: Volfoni; Projection Sponsors: Christie Digital, and Tekamaki; and 3D Content Partner: 3D Content Hub.

Further information about the SD&A conference is available at: http://www.stereoscopic.org

About SD&A
The annual Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference is the world’s premier conference for 3D innovation.  It is the largest and longest running technical conference dedicated to the discussion of technical stereoscopic imaging topics.  The next conference runs February 8-12, 2015 in downtown San Francisco.
The SD&A conference is part of the Electronic Imaging Symposium held in San Francisco, California and jointly organized by the two technical societies IS&T and SPIE. The SD&A conference program includes a range of exciting and useful special sessions, as well as research-based oral and poster presentations dedicated to stereoscopic imaging topics. Special sessions include Keynote presentations and live demonstrations of stereoscopic displays and applications.

Enhanced Dimensions screening news

We’re really proud to share the news that two of our short films will be screening in the stunning restored Art Deco Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy.

On 14th of April 2014 “Situation Vacant” and “Crime Squad: UNDERCOVER3D” will be screening prior to the feature film “A Cat in Paris”. Andrew Murchie will be in attendance for a short Q&A session following the screenings.

Situation Vacant features Amanda Marment in the lead role of Connie Ray and also stars Nick Cheales, James J Robson and Rebecca Ritchie Smith. Crime Squad: UNDERCOVER3D also features Amanda Marment alongside Tamas Fazakas with supporting roles played by Dale Peet and Kevin Murchie.

If you’d like to attend tickets will be available online or from the cinema on the evening.

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!