The MPO Toolbox is a suite of four small applications solving various issues for owners of the stereoscopic 3D consumer digital camera Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1. The author of the program is Jérôme Leens, Researcher at Université de Liège (ULg) who is distributing it for free. The MPO Toolbox is currently in its first version and is intended to be used under any version of the Microsoft Windows operating system (32 or 64 bit). The software package contains a few very simple to use tools that will help you manage the MPO (Multi-Picture Object) stereo 3D pictures you get when shooting with the Fujifilm 3D camera…
The MPO Toolbox contains four programs that are quite easy to use, you just need to drag and drop a MPO file over the certain tool to get it perform its action. The tool MPO2JPEGS converts one or more MPO files into pairs of left and right JPEG files and MPO2JPS creates single JPS file with the left and right frames in a Side by Side format. The MPO2ANAGLYPH creates anaglyph red-cyan images and the MPO2DUBOIS is an alternative that creates different anaglyph images from MPO with the colors of the original picture being modified in order to reduce the brightness difference between left and right images for the red objects that are difficult to perceive in 3D with the standard anaglyph method.
If you are following the blog you should have already seen some of Cesar Sommer’s Stereoscopic 3D work featured here> and you should know that he is also a big S3D Photography fan. Last week Cesar Sommer had an interesting live event and he was kind enough to prepare a short coverage for us, so here it goes and I hope you find it interesting to read and filled with useful information. As usual do not forget to share your comments below…
Hi Anton and all the readers of the 3D Vision Blog. As some might have heard, I did a 3D Photography Vernissage in Switzerland, and I thought I want to share some impressions of it. When I was shooting, I had a rough idea how to present it to the audience – so I hooked up with a firm (Zihlmann Electronics AG, Sascha Ramseier) that sells 3D projectors and Displays, and I had connections to and we managed the event.
And it was quite a success, also the TV came to do a short interview (in German) and capture some impressions.
It was very interesting to see the photographs on different 3D systems – we used 4 different systems to show the content (3D photos) to the audience. The content itself was created using quad-core PC with Nvidia graphics card, hooked up to 2 monitors – using Adobe Photoshop, Nvidia 3D Vision, Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ 3D-Ready & Eizo Flexscan SX2761W displays.
System 1. Autostereoscopic: Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1
I simply loaded my photographs onto the flash chip of the camera and used it as display, to show them that it is possible without glasses, but the viewing angles are very limited and also the resolution yet. But for a camera as control element still a great solution, and very compact for use on the road. I also made some snapshots from visitors in 3D and that was quite fun for them to see themselves in 3D. (The portfolio itself was shot with special gear/rig based on Canon DSLRs).
System 2. 3D LCD TV – JVC GD-463D10 (Full HD) 46″
This TV was simply amazing. The stereoscopic effect was very strong, stronger then I thought. Channel separation was great. This systems was very comfortable to look at – it uses passive polarization method with circular polarized glasses. The colors are accurate from the look and also the highlights showed detail
and the dark areas had still modulation. I played the content via HDMI with my laptop using Nvidia GeForce graphics card and Nvidia 3D Vision Player, worked just fine, the video was in Side by Side format.
System 3. Active Stereo Projection – ProjectionDesign F10 AS3D (1400×1050 pixels)
That one was installed into a small cinema like room at the Vernissage. The solution features single chip DLP technology – and its very little, the channel separation is also very good. It had some lightweight shutter glasses, they call it the DLP Link / White Light shutter glass synchronization technology that enables higher perceived brightness and improved image quality – shorter switching time, increased sync stability.
System 4. Passive Stereo Projection – Infitec F32 (Full HD) Dual Projectors
That was the premium solution coming from Infitec – they worked together with Dolby to make Dolby 3D.
The channel separation was very good – there I could not notice the effect of DLP. It was a clear bright picture. It is color adjusted and the filter system can be removed from the projector light path via one click also the lenses are changeable. The tech used is interference filter technology, more information about is is available here. You can also download a stereoscopic video (side by side) from the Infitec solution shot with the Fujifilm W1 3D camera: Download.
I hope that was an interesting insight. I’m already working on the 2nd stereoscopic 3D Photography Portfolio,
and hope I will be able to show some stuff around beginning of march. Best Regards, Cesar Sommer.
Thanks to Andrew Fear we now have a dedicated page for Stereo 3D pictures coming in the form of 3D Vision Power Packs for viewing with both 3D Vision shutter glasses and 3D Vision Discover anaglyph glasses. The launch of the dedicated page also comes with 74 new pictures taken at the Santa Clara Classic Car Show 2009 and in it you can find some really nice cars shot in their full 3D glory, so don’t miss this out and thanks for sharing the images goes to Andrew ;)