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Safe 2D Graphics Insertion in Stereoscopic 3D Video Material

September 25th, 2010 · No Comments · Other S3D Tech


Jonathan Jenkyn (3D product specialist) and Simon Hailes (Chief Technology Officer) from Screen Subtitling Systems have released a whitepaper entitled “Safe insertion of graphics for stereoscopic material” which goes some way to define the issues that broadcasters will encounter when trying to use traditional 2D approaches with the new 3D TV channels. You know it is much easier to overlay 2D graphics, such as the logo of a TV channel, subtitles over a movie or some rolling text with the latest breaking news as well as some other graphical and text objects over the traditional television broadcasts in 2D. However when you have a 3D broadcast, no matter if it is live or a pre-recorded movie things can get a bit messy if you do not consider the depth of the 3D video being shown when placing some 2D graphical elements on top. The approach that Jonathan Jenkyn and Simon Hailes suggest is to use the so called disparity maps for correctly placing 2D graphical elements on top of 3D video material, so if you are interested into that you can check out the whitepaper for more information.

To read the Safe insertion of graphics for stereoscopic material PDF whitepaper…

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Details for the Upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 Broadcasts in 3D

April 9th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Stereo 3D Events


It is almost about time for the world’s first FIFA World Cup to available in 3D and FIFA and Sony just announced a bit more information about it, including which of games will actually be shot in 3D. With a total of seven pairs of Sony’s professional HDC cameras on rigs at every match (Sony HDC-1500), the action on the pitch will be captured in a stunning 3D quality enabled through its proprietary multi-image processor (Sony MPE-200) and 3D Outside Broadcast truck. Sony’s cutting-edge processor is supposedly the only one in the market to date that makes an end-to-end workflow possible in the production process and automatically adjusts the depth-of-field to ensure optimal 3D viewing experience. Starting from the FIFA Confederations Cup last year in South Africa, Sony has been working on enhancing the 3D capturing of fast-moving football action and has since conducted a number of 3D filming trials in Europe to provide the best experience to the football (soccer) fans. 3D filming will be realised at five out of the 10 FIFA World Cup stadiums: Soccer City and Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. 25 matches in total will be filmed and broadcast in 3D, which will include a carefully chosen selection of those games expected to attract most public attention, including the opening game on June 11 at Soccer City (South Africa vs Mexico) and the crowning final game on July 11 also in Johannesburg.

List of all the games to be captured in 3D:

1. June 11 @ 16:00 – South Africa vs Mexico
2. June 12 @ 16:00 – Argentina vs Nigeria
3. June 13 @ 20:30 – Germany vs Australia
4. June 14 @ 13:30 – Netherlands vs Denmark
5. June 15 @ 20:30 – Brazil vs Korea DPR (PRK)
6. June 16 @ 16:00 – Spain vs Switzerland
7. June 17 @ 13:30 – Argentina vs Korea Republic
8. June 18 @ 16:00 – Slovenia vs USA
9. June 19 @ 13:30 – Netherlands vs Japan
10. June 20 @ 20:30 – Brazil vs Cote d’Ivoire
11. June 21 @ 20:30 – Spain vs Honduras
12. June 22 @ 20:30 – Nigeria vs Korea Republic
13. June 23 @ 20:30 – Ghana vs Germany
14. June 24 @ 16:00 – Slovakia vs Italy
15. June 25 @ 16:00 – Portugal vs Brazil
16. June 27 @ 20:30 – 1st in group B vs 2nd in group A
17. June 28 @ 16:00 – 1st in group E vs 2nd in group F
18. June 28 @ 20:30 – 1st in group G vs 2nd in group H
19. July 02 @ 20:30 – Quarter finals
20. July 03 @ 16:00 – Quarter finals
21. July 03 @ 20:30 – Quarter finals
22. July 06 @ 20:30 – Semi finals
23. July 07 @ 20:30 – Semi finals
24. July 10 @ 20:30 – 3rd place match
25. July 11 @ 20:30 – The Final

The 3D feed from these 25 matches will be made available for broadcast on 3D TV channels, which can be enjoyed by consumers on their 3D-compatible TV sets at home. The first confirmed partners for the 3D TV live broadcast are ESPN in the US and Sogecable in Spain with more to come apparently. Eight matches will be fed live to digital cinemas and selected venues in 3D HD quality around the globe, and FIFA has appointed Swiss-based Aruna Media AG to manage the exclusive 3D cinema and entertainment venue rights for live games in 3D. Aruna plans to broadcast live 3D coverage of matches to around 26 countries and is in advanced discussions with several major markets. Complementing the 3D live broadcast and public viewing activities, the general public will also be able to exclusively enjoy the 3D promotional trailers shown on Sony 3D BRAVIA TVs in around 4,000 Sony-affiliated retail stores worldwide (1,500 in North America, 1,300 in Europe, 500 in Japan, 200 in Asia, 200 in Latin America, and 30 in South Africa). Furthermore, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment also plans to produce and distribute the official FIFA film in 3D on Blu-ray Disc later this year.

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