Image Matters, intoPIX, MikroM and Virident will collaborate beyond the state of the art for the future of cinema: their target is a series of highframe-rate tests on June 7 and 8 2012 in Burbank (CA, USA) conducted in collaboration with studios and the creative community. The tests will be coordinated by Michael Karagosian (MKPE Consulting), Kommer Kleijn SBC and David Stump ASC, both co-chairs of the SMPTE 21DC Study Group for Higher Frame Rates.
The tests will measure the minimum JPEG 2000 codestream bit rate requested by high frame rate content to reach the visually lossless quality demanded by 2D and 3D stereoscopic digital cinema applications such as the announced "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey","Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" high-frame rate 3D stereoscopic movies.
Titanic 3D has crossed the 200,000,000$ level (worldwide) after 12 days in cinemas; Overall box-office for the Titanic has now reached the 2 Billion$ mark when the 3D stereoscopic re-release is included. And this figure will continue to grow as Titanic 3D seems a really big hit in China and several other countries.
And now Fox announces the release of the 3D Blu-ray version for September 14,2012. Pre-orders are already accepted at Amazon US.
Each year the world's leading innovators in stereoscopic displays and applications gather in California with inspiring results. The "Stereoscopic Displays and Applications" (SD&A) delivers deep insights from the latest research and development of all forms of stereoscopic 3D capture, processing, display, and perception. The conference was held in January 2012 in San Francisco, and now almost half of those really interesting state-of-the-art communications are available for free in video format (some in stereoscopic 3D). Follow the links here under.
SD&A presentations from innovators around the world were recorded thanks to the video experts at River Valley TV. All communications are also available in text format on the SPIE web site, but not for free (downloadable pdf: 18$, printed paper: 24$ each). You may also want to to buy the whole proceedings volume including 92 manuscripts and 1,006 pages for 120/160$.
The next visual advance in the mobile world could be glasses-free autostereoscopic 3D tablets already being shown in prototype form recently. MasterImage 3D has been showing off a prototype Android 4.0 tablet (Ice Cream Sandwich) that features the company’s proprietary 3D stereoscopic display technology.
The so-called reference design tablet was created by Qualcomm and features the company’s Snapdragon S4 processor that has yet to be commercially released. MasterImage 3D's first prototype was shown publicly for the first time at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona end of February 2012, but the company has started to make more formal presentations this week at NAB. The extra cost of 3D but be as low as 50$ compared to the 2D version when volume is there.
TX Bites! is a wildlife miniseries by Savant Studios (La Canada Flintridge, CA, USA) showcasing the magnificent state of Texas! Venomous snakes, reptiles, frightening insects, and large predators as well as several lesser-known species of rare beauty that are native to Texas are all featured. Shot in stereoscopic 3D, TX Bites! is the first series to showcase the American frontier exclusively, with all original, non-archival, 'true' 3D footage!
The pilot episode will be available in Q2 2012. Each episode is 47 minutes long; director: Seth Estrada.
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