It seems that this year, for a third consecutive year the Masters Golf Tournament will be broadcast in 3D, continuing the tradition that this event has started back in 2010, and successfully continued in 2011 as well. This year the event will again be broadcasted in 3D both online and on ESPN 3D (possibly on other 3D channels as well), there is already some information about the schedule of the 3D broadcasts – they will not cover the whole event.
The 3D broadcasts of the Masters 2012 Golf Tournament will begin on April 4th, the third practice day as the first practice day is today, and will continue until the last day of the tournament – April 8th. If you want to be able to watch the 3D coverage online, you will need a 3D capable computer with a 3D monitor and 3D glasses (not limited to specific 3D setups) along with a 3D media player with support for Windows Media Video and Side by Side 3D video format.
The 3D coverage will be available during the following windows:
– Wednesday 4 April 2012: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
– Thursday 5 April 2012: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
– Friday 6 April 2012: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
– Saturday 7 April 2012: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
– Sunday 8 April 2012: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The information listed above contains broadcast windows in Eastern Time (ET) in USA, the online 3D coverage may not be available worldwide or in some countries, there is no clear information on that yet, but make sure that you get the right time for your Time Zone. Probably the online stream will be rotating a recording during the rest of the time when there is no real-time online broadcast, but you should not rely on that.
– For more information about the 3D broadcasts of the Masters 2012 Golf Tournament…
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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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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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