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Highlights from the 25th Annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) Conference

March 5th, 2014 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Events


The 25th annual meeting of the Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference, part of the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging 2014 symposium, brought together researchers and practitioners of 3D capture, display, processing, and perception from around the world.

Topics of the more than 75 oral and poster presentations spanned: the design and applications of stereoscopic 3D displays, autostereoscopic displays, quality assessment, depth map processing, and human factors. Of particular interest were two keynote presentations. Jeff Joseph, producer of World 3D Film Expo, discussed the history and lineage of numerous early stereoscopic films. Gordon Wetzstein of the MIT Media Laboratory offered inspirational recommendations for new directions in 3D display research, grounded in the combination of fast computation, optics, and mathematical optimization.

This year’s Discussion Forum was a candid inquiry into the state and prognosis of 3D in entertainment. Moderated by Lenny Lipton, panelists included: David Cohen (Variety Media, LLC), Barry Sandrew (Legend Films, Inc.) and Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design, Inc.). One question that the panelists explored was, “If the audience must pay a fee for to see the 3D version of a movie, will they expect significant use of stereoscopic effects?”

Every year, SD&A attendees have the opportunity to catch up informally over a special SD&A Banquet dinner. For our 25th meeting, we enjoyed fine dining at an Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Union Square while reminiscing over the conference’s history. One treat was that Conference Chair Andrew Woods (Curtin Univ.) – who attended virtually via live video link from Australia – enumerated the depth and breadth of the most frequently-cited SD&A publications over the 25 year history of the conference.

The SD&A conference also presented its annual awards in stereoscopic cinema, 3D technology, and best use of stereoscopy. The stereoscopic cinema session is always a big hit, with contest entries judged by Bernard Mendiburu, Julien Flack, and Lenny Lipton. Winners received a copy of the SD&A DVD-ROM which contains over 1,500 technical manuscripts in the 3D sciences.

The SD&A 3D Theater Best of Show Award in the Live Action category was awarded to: “Soir de Fête” by David Robert (France).

The SD&A 3D Theater Best of Show Award in the Animation / CG category was awarded to: “Morpheos Trailer” by John Hart (USA).

The SD&A Award for Best Use of Stereoscopy in a Technical Presentation was awarded to: “Stereoscopic cell visualization: from mesoscopic to molecular scale,” by Björn Summer, Christian Bender, Tobias Hoppe, Christian Gamroth, and Lukas Jelonek of the Univ. Bielefeld (Germany).

The SD&A Award for the Best Technical Demonstration by a conference author was awarded to the zSpace System of zSpace, Inc., in conjunction with the presentation “Description of a 3D display with motion parallax and direct interaction,” by Mark Flynn and Jerry Tu.

Finally, the conference experimented with a unique activity for SD&A’s Silver Jubilee: a “Magical Mystery 3D Bus Tour” of prestigious Silicon Valley companies engaged in stereoscopy, organized by committee member John Stern and Andrew Woods. Conference attendees enjoyed impressive technological demonstrations at Intuitive Surgical and NVIDIA Corporation, such as a tele-operated laparoscopic surgical system, and the advanced rendering feats behind the real-time animated human, “Digital Ira.”

Many of the technical presentations at SD&A 2014 were recorded and these will be made available via the conference website over the next few months as processing is completed. The technical manuscripts from the conference will be published in the conference proceedings volume which will be available in April:

Woods, Holliman, Favalora (eds) (2014) “Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXV,” Proceedings of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging, SPIE Vol. 9011, San Francisco (February 2014).

Planning for the 2015 Electronic Imaging and SD&A events are already under way, and will be held during the week of 8-12 February 2015, in downtown San Francisco.

More information about the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) Conference…

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A Chance to Watch Classic 3D Movies at the 2013 World 3D Film Expo III

August 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Events


The year the World 3D Film Expo will return for a third time to the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, USA from September 6-15, 2013. The ten-day film festival will pay tribute to the 60th anniversary of what many film historians regard as the “Golden Age” of 3D movies, and will include screenings of the John Wayne western HONDO, the Vincent Price horror film HOUSE OF WAX, Cole Porter’s musical KISS ME KATE, and sci-fi thriller IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE., and even later 3-D films, such as 1983’s JAWS 3-D. Lesser-known titles, such as THE FRENCH LINE with Jane Russell and film noir SECOND CHANCE with Robert Mitchum, will also be included.

The Expo is partnering with RealD to present a number of screenings in RealD 3D including Alfred Hitchcock’s DIAL M FOR MURDER and Jack Arnold’s sci-fi/horror classic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Stefan Droessler, 3D historian and head of the Munich Film Museum, will present an in-depth overview of “European 3D Filmmaking 1935-1953,” including long-lost footage from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The festival will also be home to several premieres including the Los Angeles Premiere of the 1946 Russian 3-D adaptation of ROBINSON CRUSOE. September 14th will mark the World Premiere of the stereoscopic version of the 1954 Korean War drama, DRAGONFLY SQUADRON. The film was only released in a flat version during its initial release, and has never been seen by audiences in 3D. Newly-restored 35 mm prints of shorts “Rocky Marciano, Champion vs. Jersey Joe Walcott, Challenger” and “College Capers” will be screened in 3D for the first time in 60 years.

The World 3D Film Expo was first presented at the Egyptian Theatre in 2003 and then again in 2006 and this year marks the third one that gives you the unique chance to see a great classic 3D film festival showing some of the most popular 3D movies that were made during the Golden Age of stereoscopic cinema in the early 1950’s. This is your chance to see some real 3D movie classics that you normally cannot find anywhere else in 3D or even in 2D, so if you miss it you literally may not be able to see them projected this way again.

For more information about the 2013 World 3D Film Expo III…
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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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