The Toshiba Camileo Z100 will be shipped in April 2012 for $219 and features 3D video capture. It records in both 2D as well as the 3D format and has a flip-out 2.8-inch, glasses-free 3D LCD touch-screen display that shifts to 2D when you want. There's an 8 times optical zoom (2D and 3D) and there's 120x digital zoom in 2D mode.
INIRIA (Grenoble, France) just published a scientific paper in collaboration with University of Siegen (Germany) about a new 3D player they developed. As you know, depth perception changes when the screen is smaller or larger than intended ; they just found a way to compensate that effect directly inside the player without relying on a costly re-convergence step in post. This paper was presented at Stereoscopic Displays and applications 2012.
More info here under (including how to download the free stereoscopic 3D player Bino).
Cirque du Soleil is a circus performance art that James Cameron intended to put to life in 3D. Things seems on the track now, with Andrew Adamson (with Shrek 1 and 2, and Chronicles of Narnia under his belt) in charge of both writing the original storyline and directing the shooting. The project now has an actual title : "Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away", and has been acquired by Paramount Pictures, that will distribute it in selected theatres around the world in 2012.
Cirque du Soleil shows are famous for their strange and colorful costumes, nail-biting acrobatics, mind-boggling gymnastic maneuvers, and technologically-advanced stage setups that literally rearrange themselves, moment by moment. It’s not something everyone will love, for sure, but it is something worth checking out at least once.
Sony's new 3D camcorder 'Handycam HDR-TD20V' is 34% smaller than the previous model. The HDR-TD20V has a pair of 5.4 Megapixels sensors, 30% more than the former TDR10. The interaxial distance is a bit smaller and the objectives have a smaller focal distance, an advantage when shooting close-ups. Sony will put it on the market in March 2012 at a retail price of 1500$.
Neil Surry lost its 3D GoPro with 2 brand new Hero2 Cameras in the middle of Sydney (Australia) Harbour while out with friends on a small boat.
The picture here under was taken 20 seconds before he slipped and lost the still filming camera in the water. A guy named Barry from the harbour dive service was asked for help and some 50 minutes later he surfaced with the 3D GoPRO. May be living down under helps in some circumstances... This remind us that 3D is best shot with a stable tripod in order to be sure the horizon stays horizontal (and the camera stays above the water level too). Watch the full video here under, including some fishes several meters deep in the Syney harbour.
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