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BBC R&D tests 3D sound

BBC R&D's audio team (Manchester, UK) is looking at potential next generation audio formats. It already outputs mono, stereo and 5.1 surround sound, but the organisation is keen to investigate 3D sound.

The BBC is studying advantages of Ambisonics sound. For example, they proceeded to a recording inside the Manchester Cathedral with a combination of Ambisonics soundfield microphones and close microphones. This helped the team to understand the challenges of integrating 3D audio capture and mixing into real-world live production environment.

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Dailymotion 3D Channel

Dailymotion launches its first 3D channel. Two years after YouTube, Dailymotion offers an alternative to 3D amateurs for publishing their 3D stereoscopic videos on the web. Created in partnership with the French operator Orange, the new 3D channel offers less than 100 videos for now, but expect the number to increase quickly. This may explain why the channel title is in French...

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To watch Dailymotion 3D, you will need some kind of 3D display and the related equipment such as Nvidia 3D vision glasses. If you don't have that, a simple standard screen will allow you to watch 3D with red/cyan anaglyph glasses. Choose your 3D mode by clicking on the "3D" icon in the top right corner of the video window. Note that on my PC, I had to put the image in full screen mode at least once for the video to accept a new setting. Some content are available in 1080p HD.

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Prometheus Official First Footage Released

 Ridley Scott just released the first images of Prometheus, an alien-like action movie (Watch it here under). This is the first time we are seeing any footage for the film. The real trailer will be available next Thursday *** Watch this space ***

 Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Guy Pearce, and Patrick Wilson. Prometheus will hit theaters on May 30,2012 in Europe and on June 8, 2012 in the US - of course in glorious stereoscopic 3D.

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Snapily offers iPhone and iPad 3D snapshots

3D stereoscopic photo taking has already made its way into smartphones thanks to a new iPhone app from online photo printing service Snapily offered by HumanEyes (Spain). The company’s 3D iPhone software runs on both iPhone (from the 3GS), iPod touch (from v3) and iPad, and yields “true stereoscopic 3D pictures”. IOS 4.2 or better is required.

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The 3D image can also be viewed on the phone’s LCD using the accelerometers insidde the device, so if you rock the phone back and forth you will see different left and right eye angles. Snapily will also sell lenticular 3D prints, which can be ordered directly from the app for 4 US$ per print.

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Free 3D eBook for iPhone/iPad

The Pop-Iris technology from Ideal Binary (Dublin, Ireland) for iPhone and iPad is the closest 3D you can get without a true 3D screen. The technology is applied to the Grimm's Rapunzel (Raiponce in French) 3D eBook that is offered for free for a very short period starting today (from December 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012) along with an update of the technology. We found a video demo (link here under).

Grimm's Rapunzel is the winner of the 2010 best kids iPhone app and was choosen by Apple as iPad App of the Week in twenty countries around the  world and Number 1 Book App in the US, France and Germany!

The book offers nine double pages illustrated with beautiful, colorful pop-up scenes you can watch from above, front, left, or right. using the full resolution offered by the RetinaHD display, this 3D eBook gives his best on the iPad. It is offered with three languages : English, French, and German.

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