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Battlefield 3 Stereo 3D Research Competition at Fan Expo Canada

August 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments · Stereo 3D Events


Here is something interesting coming your way if you are living in Canada – it is almost time for the Fan Expo Canada to begin, an event that is often referred to as the Canadian “Comic Con” and is currently the third largest pop culture event in North America. The Fan Expo Canada will be held on August 23-26, 2012 and is expected to showcases over 700 exhibitors to over 80,000 fans, spanning on over 400,000 square feet of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. The program of the event covers topics such as comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and of course gaming, so there will be quite a few interesting things to see there.

One of the things that you should do if visiting the event is to go over the iGO3D booth #1251 to participate in the Battlefield 3 competition that will be organized in stereo 3D. The Battlefield 3 competition at Fan Expo is unique because in addition to being designed for research purposes, it has never been played like this in tournament form before. While the game already includes stereoscopic 3D support, it has been further enhanced by Dynamic Digital Depth to offer unmatched 3D flexibility and gaming experiences. If gamers think they have played in a 3D Battlefield 3 tournament before, they need to give it another go at Fan Expo. All computers are backed by AMD GPU technology, and feature 3D displays like the Zalman 24″ polarized 3D monitor, and Samsung’s latest 27″ 3D panels based on LCD shutter glasses. Prizes up for grabs include copies of Battlefield 3, Audiofly headphones, DDD TriDef license keys so gamers can play in 3D at home, and more. No special skill is required to participate, and everyone will have a reasonable opportunity to win prizes.

“Among other things, this specially designed gaming tournament will tell us if people can effectively compete in stereoscopic 3D and what factors impact this if any. This invaluable information will help shape future stereoscopic 3D titles so game developers can deliver what customers really want,” said Neil Schneider, Project Director of the iGO3D initiative.

iGO3D was first initiated by The S-3D Gaming Alliance (S3DGA), the official voice and standards body for stereoscopic 3D gaming. Turning ideas into action, iGO3D blossomed into a powerhouse of 3D credibility with partners including the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), York University, University of Western Ontario, University of Waterloo, and OCADU. Industry partners include Electronic Arts, Big Blue Bubble, Bitheads, JunctionVFX, Digital Extremes, and S3DGA. Competition sponsors also include AMD, Dynamic Digital Depth, and Audiofly. iGO3D is funded in part by The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

Another interesting thing you might want to drop by at the Fan Expo is the LG Gaming Championship, though there LG will not be using their Cinema 3D HDTVs for stereo 3D gaming, but will instead focus on another interesting feature that their television sets support – Dual Play. Dual Play allows two different gamers to view two different images on the same TV at the same time, and this is achieved the same way as 3D is being shown, however a different pair of glasses is being used – instead of wearing glasses with two different polarizing filters for each eye, one of the players uses a pair of glasses with both lenses using the left eye polarizing filters and the other one for the right eye from a pair of 3D glasses. And you can of course use the right combination of lenses with normal 3D glasses to see in stereo 3D, so Dual Play is just a nice extra feature for two player multiplayer gaming on a single TV set without having to resort to split screen.

If you are interested to learn more about the iGo3D initiative…
For more information about the Fan Expo Canada that is about to start…

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Don’t Miss Sony and 3D World Magazine’s Sterescopic 3D Shorts Contest

June 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Events


An important reminder for those of you that are making short 3D videos, you have just about one more month left before the Sterescopic 3D short video competition organized by Sony and 3D World Magazine stops accepting entries. 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, July 9th, 2010 and after that the judging begins. The live judging event will take place in mid July and the winner will be announced at SIGGRAPH on July 25th.

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…

Meanwhile Sony and 3D World magazine just revealed the judging panel that will have the honor of choosing the winners of the competition. The judging panel will shortlist the ten 3D films that will be showcased in every BRAVIA 3D TV sold in the world, providing them with unprecedented global exposure. The panel includes 3D World editor Steve Jarratt; Buzz Hays, Executive Stereoscopic 3D Producer, Sony 3D Technology Center in California; Jonathan Davies, Head of 3D Production at The Moving Picture Company; writer and director Julian Napier and Lee Danskin, Training Development Director at Escape Studios. So you can be rest assured that your work will be judged by professionals and it will receive the recognition it really deserves no matter if it is a good or bad one ;)

Visit the official stereo 3D shorts competition page for more information…

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Sony and 3D World Magazine Organize a Sterescopic 3D Shorts Contest

April 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment · 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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