Roxio has released their Creator 2011 software suite claiming it to be the world’s first digital media suite to offer a comprehensive feature set for capturing, editing, creating, and sharing personal 3D photos and 3D videos. Of course the software is targeted to non-professional users that just want to quickly and easily create 3D videos from existing 2D or new 3D photos and videos they’ve shot themselves and is not intended as a replacement for a full-fledged professional solution for working with 3D content.
Roxio Creator 2011 makes it easier for enthusiasts and beginners to immediately add a dynamic new dimension to family memories by allowing users to convert standard 2D digital photos and home videos into 3D content (2D to 3D conversion for photos and video), so they may generate immersive, personalized 3D multimedia productions from their existing 2D digital media libraries. Roxio Creator 2011 also supports emerging 3D formats such as side-by-side, over-under, anaglyph, and dual stream as well as 3D-enabled capture devices, computers, HDTVs, and accessories. Consumers may import stereoscopic content directly from 3D cameras such as the Fuji W1 and other capture devices and then create personalized 3D productions complete with transitions, titles, effects, and a sound track that can be viewed on the PC, enjoyed on a 3D-enabled HDTV, or posted and shared via YouTube.
You will be able to begin experimenting with the 3D capabilities of the software out-of-the-box by even using using your existing 2D content, standard computer system and monitor, along with the anaglyph red-cyan glasses that included in the retail package. Roxio has also collaborated with leading technology firms driving 3D such as ATI to offer ATI Stream support, NVIDIA for CUDA GPU acceleration, and RealD and others in order to ensure Creator 2011 is fully compatible with the latest 3D-enabled cameras, systems, displays, technologies, and formats, as well as a full-range of accessories including 3D glasses. And for those seeking more information about working with 3D content the built-in Learning Center includes dozens of video tutorials and step-by-step instructional guides, including detailed information on how to get the best results when working with 3D content.
Unfortunately at this point you will not be able to use 3D Vision to preview the video in stereo 3D format while editing, but you can do pretty well using the anaglyph format and then just export the finished video file into a suitable format that you can open with the 3D Vision Video player for example Side by Side and you can enjoy it with best quality. The 3D video input formats supported ate: over/under full and half height, side-by-side full and half width, anaglyph red/cyan, RealD and Fuji FinePix REAL 3D’s dual stream and the 3D video output formats supported are: anaglyph red/cyan, side-by-side and full and half-width, over/under full and half height and RealD. You will also be able to export the 3D videos to a some sort of 3D-capable optical discs, but as mentioned already no Blu-ray 3D authoring is available even in the Pro version.
Roxio Creator 2011 is already available as a digital download for $99.99 USD and will be introduced early next month in retail stores worldwide. Roxio Creator 2011 Pro, priced at $129.99 USD, also includes the Blu-ray Disc authoring capability plus some additional applications (not Blu-ray 3D however) on top of the features available in the standard version of the software. Now when is that Blu-ray 3D video player coming out…?