Entries Tagged as 'Stereo 3D Events'
To help promote the launch of its new 3D Bravias, Sony is looking for a range of stereoscopic content to go on its in-store demo Blu-ray disc and to be made available to all purchasers of a Sony Bravia 3D TV. So they’ve teamed up with 3D World Magazine to organize a contest for stereoscopic 3D short videos made to work with active shutter technology, giving you a chance to win some attractive prizes. Each video sequence should, preferable, be around 5-10 minutes in length, however, if you have a shorter sequence that is impressive enough it can still be considered for inclusion. In terms of content there are no limitations, it can be a character animation, a VFX sequence, motion graphics or a particularly cool arch-viz flythrough. The key factors are that it’s of a professional standard, has good quality stereo 3D, and is suitable for family viewing!
The competition is open to all worldwide residents of 16 years and over, capable of producing a stereo 3D video sequence – be it a new short from scratch or re-rendering an existing project in stereo 3D. The closing date for entries is Friday 9th July 2010. You’ll need to render two sequences as single stream progressive scan 1920×1080 24fps (using any codec that plays back on a current non-3D PlayStation 3) with stereo sound. For initial judging, the the video should be arranged as two, side-by-side, horizontally compressed 960×1080 images, left eye image on the left. The 960×1080 images will then be expanded to fill the 16:9 1920×1080 screen for viewing. You’ll need to use a composing package to combine the two sequences into one piece of footage. Winning entries selected for inclusion on the demo Blu-ray disc will need to be delivered as two sets (left eye and right eye) of 1920s1080 TIFF or TARGA frames and a 48KHz Wav file for the sound (stereo or surround).
The 10 best entries selected will be included on a Blu-ray Disc used to demonstrate Sony’s new 3D TVs in stores all around the world and will be provided free of charge to the several million purchases of a 3D Bravia expected in 2010. The three best entries will win a brand new Sony Bravia 3D HD TV with active shutter glasses and a BDV-F700 Blu-ray disc home cinema system. Seven runners-up will each win a Sony Bravia LX900 3D HD TV. The next 50 entries will each get a copy of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs when the 3D Blu-ray version of the movie is released.
On the contest’s website you will also find some nice and useful video tutorials for Autodesk Maya, modo 401, Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects and Lightwave 3D that show you how to setup a stereoscopic 3D workflow for these products. They are not the only ones you can use of course, if you you are working with any or all of them you should check the video tutorials as they can help you and that goes not only for the contest… ;)
- Visit the official stereo 3D shorts competition page for more information…
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I’m sure that not everyone is fond of Golf as a sport, but this year you might be willing to watch the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament at least for a few hours a day. The reason for that is, because the tournament will be shot in 3D and then broadcasted on a special 3D TV channel and online. For that purpose the golf field will be equipped with multiple 3D cameras placed strategically throughout the course providing views to the audience just like being there, while they’ll be sitting comfortably in their homes. Unfortunately it seems that the live 3D broadcast will be distributed only to those in the United States with 3D-capable television sets or 3D-capable computers. It is still not known if the live online 3D feed will be accessible from outside USA, but if it isn’t people that have access to it will be more than welcome to record the stream and share it with other 3D enthusiasts around the world.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to watch the whole tournament in 3D, but still it should provide you with a good insight on what to expect from the future 3D TV broadcasts of sports and other type of live events. The 3D broadcasts will consist of two hours of live afternoon coverage that will be available each day beginning during Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest on April 7th (3-5 pm EST) and continuing throughout the four Tournament rounds, Thursday, April 8th – Sunday, April 11th (4-6 pm EST on Thursday and Friday and 5-7 pm EST on Saturday and Sunday).
More information on how to watch the live 3D stream online is available at the official website, but you’ll need to stay tuned and check back before the tournament starts for the exact streaming URL. The good news is that if you own a 3D Vision kit and a 120Hz monitor you’ll be able to watch the 3D stream either through the 3D Vision Video Player (the latest version 1.5.5 supports streaming 3D content) or through the Stereoscopic Player (even with other 3D setups… most likely). It seems that the broadcasted 3D TV stream will be in a Side by Side multiplexed 1080i format which is the standard for the new 3D-ready TV broadcasting as defined in the HDMI 1.4 specs. The exact format for the online broadcast still has not been officially announced, but it might as well be 720p to ensure better user experience and less problems with regards to internet speeds, and the format will be Side by Side with 16:9 aspect ratio.
- For more information on the 3D Online streaming feed of the Masters Golf Tournament…
- For more information on the 3D TV broadcasts of the Masters Golf Tournament on TV…
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CeBIT is a tradeshow for the digital industry held each year in Hannover, Germany and you can consider it to be something like the European alternative of CES. CeBIT 2010 is currently being held (March 2nd – March 6th) and there are already some interesting S3D news and products being shown or announced during the expo. So here is in brief some information about the stereoscopic 3D-capable products that might get your attention and that will soon be available commercially, so that they can be bought…
Aiptek is showing probably one of the smallest and cheapest 3D camcorders that will soon be available on the market, it can record videos in stereoscopic 3D format at VGA (640×480) resolution and also take still pictures in S3D. The company also showed a 3D-capable autostereoscopic (no glasses needed) digital picture frame where you can display the 3D photos you’ve taken with the 3D camera. Both products should be available on the market in a few months with a recommended end user price of 199 Euro (roughly $270 USD). Here is a short video of both products in action at CeBIT.
ASUS unveiled a new supposedly 23-inch 3D-capable 120Hz LCD screen named Asus VG236H and also showed their upcoming 27-inch 3D-ready LCD monitor which we’ve already seen at CES – Asus PG276H. Both of them are offer Full HD resolution and support stereoscopic 3D active shutter glasses like Nvidia’s 3D Vision. Visitors can also see the first 3D Vision-ready gaming laptop – the Asus G51J 3D, but that is old news already as it is currently available on the market and you can buy it if you want to.
MSI is currently demonstrating a 24-inch All-In-One PC that uses a 120Hz Full HD panel with LED backlight to offer stereoscopic 3D support when used with active shutter glasses like for example Nvidia’s 3D Vision. But it seems that MSI has taken things even further by providing touch capabilities to the screen, so you’ll get both touch-capable and 3D-ready display with this computer. This seems to be a prototype though as MSI is not talking much about specs, not to mention that there is still not even an official product name for this 3D AIO PC mentioned anywhere. Another interesting thing that can be seen at CeBIT from MSI is their first supposedly 3D-capable gaming notebook – MSI GT660, although details about the stereo 3D support are still a bit vague. MSI seems to be focusing mostly on the audio provided by Dynaudio and the specs of the laptop than to clarify if it really has a 120Hz LCD panel and will support if it will support 3D Vision for example.
NVIDIA is yet again teasing us with working Fermi cards (GeForce GTX480) and with working setups utilizing the upcoming 3D Vision Surround technology which will allow you to play with up to 3 monitors or projectors in stereoscopic 3D mode.
If you see something else related to stereoscopic 3D shown at CeBIT please drop me a line through the contact form of the website to add it here in the list with the other products…
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