Friday, 14 December 2012


Ravindra Shankar Chowdhury
musician and composer


I wanted to note the passing of Ravi Shankar.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing him along with Yehudi Menuhin at
Ravi's house in Central London some years ago, I'd always loved his music and his collaborations with many musicians as well as genre's.

I remember him saying to me, shortly after we met, fixing me with a quizzical eye
and a very gentle, subtle smile, "Sir, you look like a Musketeer!"

I also met his daughter, Anoushka, an extremely accomplished sitar player in her own right.
And lets not forget Nora Jones, Ravi's other daughter, who also displays huge talent.

A beautiful human being, in my recollection.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

A simple 3D test

Watch the following 3D clip on Youtube (you need anaglyph glasses)




The clip contains 2 wide shots and two macro shots, all taken with the Sony TD10 which has a fixed interaxial distance of 34 mm, making it unsuitable for shooting extreme close ups or "macro" images - for this you need a dual camera mirror rig to get the IA down to a few mm.

Do you think the close ups of the flowers work OK in 3D? 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


ACID JAZZ

1990


This short half hour film was made at the end of the 1980's and features: Mark "Snowboy" Cotgrove, The Brand New Heavies, Gilles Peterson, Bucky Leo and more... much
of the narration is from Paul Bradshaw of "Straight no Chaser" fame.
Some of the live sets were shot at Dingwalls in Camden Town, the music
is well recorded and the video has been digitally cleaned.
You can watch this historic clip at: Acid Jazz on Vimeo
and you can also buy a DVD here. The cost covers manufacture and postage,
this is not a profit making venture, click on the link to order, and I will despatch a copy of this cool documentary to you today.



This is a PAL Region 2 DVD - if you need a region free NTSC disc I can make you one,
simply leave me a request at: NTSC DISC REQUEST

Monday, 29 October 2012





Recently added to the Library is a selection of "Looped" VJ Clips
for all you DJ/VJ's out there.

Indiestereographer Library Clips



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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

I've started uploading short clips of HD material which you can access and buy
from Pond5 - these are high quality 1920x1080 images, usually shot with
a Sony EX series camera or better. I'm also in the process of uploading a sequence of VJ endless loops, again these can be downloaded 
 for a small fee with a full licence to use for any purpose.

Over the next few months I will be adding material every week, including 
s3D footage, stills and Music.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012



OH NO HERE WE GO AGAIN!!



New Sony Full Frame 35MM Camcorder


absolutely tiny, easy to use just like the little domestic VG10 but with
TEETH

Monday, 17 September 2012


       


"Snow Fall" - An Alpha-Wave, Guided Affective Imagery, Blu-Ray Disc

Please comment, email, Facebook or Tweet if you have any questions about this technique - 

Buy now, and I'll ship you a beautifully hand crafted package with an
Origami Designed inner information sheet, zero acid papers and card,
no plastics except the disc of course! This makes a superb gift.
Contains an audio bed designed by Joerg Schuster - "Snow Sketch"

"This is the best reason to throw out your old DVD machine and buy
a Blu-Ray Player" 

You can of course purchase a DVD which is region free
and will play in all PAL and NTSC machines, as well as
computers worldwide.


Coming next week: "Icicle"


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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Visit my friend Nik who is a great artist in the genre of Roger Dean and Rodney Matthews - check him out here - he's available for original design work for your tattoo - Vinyl Album Sleeve, CD Cover - Poster and any other media and advertising related work -


Sunday, 9 September 2012



Next week see's the launch of a series of DVD's and Blu ray discs, designed to transform your technology.


Alpha-Wave Films


Alpha-Wave Guided Affective Imagery Films

Guided Affective Imagery (GAI) also known as Catathym Imaginative Psychotherapy is a technique in which a facilitator uses descriptive language intended to psychologically benefit mental imagery - this can involve many, or all the human senses – in the mind of the subject. German psychiatrist Hanscarl Leuner developed this idea based on research into “Catathymic Influences” or the interaction of mental content on emotional process.

Alpha Waves are brain waves between 6Hz and 14Hz which have their peak at 10Hz (cycles per second). As humans, we only develop Alpha Waves after we reach the age of 4 or 5, and their generation creates relaxation as well as an alert mental state, a state of passive awareness, extreme composure combined with mental and physical relaxation, bridging the gap between the conscious and the unconscious. Alpha Waves produce a sense of well-being, tranquillity and happiness.

AWGAI films help reduce stress and, used on a regular basis can quickly become part of a more relaxed and manageable lifestyle. Our stress filled environment originates from information bombardment, hectic lives and spending much of our daily routine in a state of mental and physical tension. We hold our breath, clench our teeth, tighten our muscles and frown, resulting in mental, physical and other stress related illnesses. This film and its associated audio support beds may help towards increasing your Alpha -Wave activity, lower your stress levels and induce a feeling of happiness and well-being.








Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Things are hotting up in the 3D market - multi channel shooting and rendering in real time too...

Glasses free competition on the Increase

Monday, 9 July 2012

Here's a short test using Cinema4D and Edius 6.5 to create an animated stereoscopic title sequence.


Stereoscopic title test sequence

Saturday, 30 June 2012



Here's a little clip I made for Xuefei Yang and EMI Classics. Xuefei is an accomplished classical guitarist, I have had the pleasure to work with many times - you can see her here in 2D on my Vimeo site:



Xufei Yang Rodrigo


Xuefei Yang Bach


Fei recently recorded a Bach album of her own transciptions for guitar, and I suggested we film her playing one of the solo pieces from the album.


The shoot took 20 minutes - not exactly ideal, without lighting or any particular set up, just before a recital in London, with a camera displaying some awkward focal errors. (see earlier blog )


The editing was mostly undertaken using Edius, 3D particles made in Nukex with additional Magic Bullet "Looks" I also created some lighting effects in Particle Illusion which were placed in the background surfaces -

The matte painting is fairly rough, (also in Edius) however, I simply wanted to experiment with depth and mattes, to create a 3D space - some of these images are very compelling.

Personally I really dislike over sharp, shiny images in general, preferring a filmic feel with mushy edges - so going fully against what everyone recommends for stereoscopy, I'm into blurred backgrounds and soft squidgy images - ART - and sod the theorists - 



Xuefei Yang Bach violin concerto in G minor "Presto" 3D

Friday, 29 June 2012


Today,s the day that Edius 6.5 appears, so we are back in the saddle for serious 3D cutting - I'm also waiting for New Blue to update their titler to full Stereoscopic, which they promise to do soon - making it possible to create full depth titles rather than "fake" extruded 3D.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

I just wanted to note the passing of Robin Gibb.  I worked with him last year on his Titanic project -


Although he was best known for his work with the Bee Gee's, he was responsible for writing many more songs than you can imagine, performed by many great artists.


Good vibes to RJ and Dweena.


Paul x.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Here's another groovy track from "50Hz and uP"  - "Gud Shit Man"


Play Track



Strange T Shirts:



     Victorian Divers, Control, X-Ray, Crew Shirt, Banks, Smokin' and LunG



I designed these images for Tee shirts and Shorts - they iron on and last for
about 20 washes - (cold) much longer if you wash little. The designs are about
a quarter A4 or 7"x4" or 18cmx10cm - can make much bigger - 
I found this old case study from Grass Valley -

I look like a madman!!! - but that's about right...

Mediainfo is a great free application to investigate media file properties, I've found it very useful on many occasions, particularly with AVCHD or 3D MVC files allowing you to check data rates, codecs and so on.

Get it here:
http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en

Saturday, 9 June 2012

So my NEW SONY TD10 arrived today - guess what? the package has been opened, the cables are not correctly assembled in the box, the remote control plastic bag has been opened, and the box looks tatty.


So, here we go again - looks like I've been sold second hand "as new" - my request for a partial refund has already been sent.


VERY VERY CRAP INDEED - 


However, the camera appears to function well, no sign of the focus issue, so maybe I will keep it!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

GO PRO 3D HERO RIG


Just be aware of this, whilst most software handling 3D such as Edius, Vegas and of course GoPro Cineform studio editing software will correct for the physical alignment errors between the two cameras, the resolution loss out of the box is quite high - namely 60 lines at 1080.




This was in response to a client measuring the displacements between two GoPro HD Hero cameras with serial numbers from the same batch.


Vertical displacement: 5.56%
Zoom error: 0.05%
Keystone error: 0.21%
Rotational displacement 0.3 degrees


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GoPros Response to the measured displacements:
All cameras will naturally have slight differences in the captured image, and is not any manufacturing fault.  There is no way around this.  The GoPro cineform studio editing software will automatically calculate the convergence setting to best suit the recorded files.  With the software further manual adjustment of the horizontal and vertical convergence is also possible.
-------------------------------------------------
Alignment is by cineform software and as such a loss of resolution of around 40 lines at 720p and 60 lines at 1080P may be experienced based on the above measurements.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012


3D Particles in Nukex.

I'm working on a simple 3D promo clip which was shot in 20 minutes - 4 passes of a classical guitar piece - filmed before a concert - no time, and little space or room for direction or set build.

I've decided to create some 3D particles and "place" them within the 3D space as background, mid ground and foreground layers. I tested some simple particle files from a 2D source ( Particle Illusion) and, whilst they worked, and you can set the Z depth position, the particles themselves are 2D and therefore appear as a flat "plane" rather like a 2D caption panel positioned in Z. Obvious of course, but often this can work as an intentional effect, but if you want real 3D immersion, then the particles themselves need to be filmed with a Stereoscopic rig and emitted in 3D space.

So, let's look at doing this in Nukex.


Simple Stereoscopic Camera set up using the 
built in Snowbox particle generator.



Settting up this simple stereo rig and choosing the basic IO between the cameras will depend on perceived depth, the size of the source plane and the distance from the cameras to the subject. With an anaglyph viewer node it is easy to check the overall depth of the scene. It is also to be accepted that parallax and convergence can be adjusted in final post. My two cameras look like this:

3D view of cameras looking down and through the
falling snow particles


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So today, my TD10 wings it's way back to Amazon for a refund - Sony wanted me to pay for a repair as the camera came from Amazons "Warehouse Deals" section and was described by Sony as "second hand" therefore falling under the Amazon Warranty. I will in fact buy another unit from them, as right now the TD10 is even cheaper! 
This really is surprisingly good customer service from Amazon, no quibble at all, I simply asked them how to proceed with my warranty with them, and they said send it back for a refund! They added " It doesn't need to be shipped in its original box!"
I'll let you know how this proceeds....
Shock - Amazon received my camera in one day, free collection service and have refunded my account - what excellent service - now to buy a new one - I'm not going for the TD20 - too expensive for a domestic item - so today I ordered a new TD10 from Amazon - it "should" be OK, but at least it is "new" and is therefore covered by Sony's full guarantee.

Monday, 21 May 2012

How to Split Stereo MVC files that have been imported by Sony PMB software to seperate left and right channels using Sony CMU.

If you use Sony PMB software to import files from say a TD10 to your edit system, and then find you want to split the files into separate L&R streams, you will find that PMB imported files will appear as "unsupported" in Sony CMU and will be skipped.

I prefer to use Edius to split files, however, CMU is free, so..

1) Open your source file folder, locate each xml file for each clip, they will be named: file number.m2ts.modd - one for each clip. 

2)Rename the extension for each xml file with the extension: file number.cmuprops

3)Now set the default programme to open the xml file as Notepad

4)Now open the first xml file and edit the last string in the file as per the pictures below. All we are adding is CMU 2.0 to the last but one string.
change .m2ts.modd file extension to .cmuprops


add "space CMU space2.0"

should look like this, then save in notepad.
Open CMU software and process away! If you are nervous doing this, save a copy of the original xml extensions.



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Monday, 14 May 2012

After rooting around the net I find this issue with the TD10 is pretty common, and that Sony don't appear to have the capacity to re adjust the camera, some report that the engineers are not able to view the right and left outputs and compare them - so having built a stereoscopic camera, they do not have the means to view the output? CRAP.


Still in limbo here, no word from Sony "have they received my camera yet" meanwhile I looked at Joseph's files here: TD 1 clips which are raw files from his JVC TD1 which look very good indeed - 

One must always remember that the "Base View" ( traditionally the left eye ) is the full specification part of the MVC coded file, whilst the right eye is the "Dependent View" which by the nature of MVC coding is relatively "additionally lossy" compared directly to the Base Stream - this shows as softer chroma and luma detail, but will not be responsible for focal errors.

My next question is: "does the Sony HXR-NX3D1E NXCAM Professional 3D Compact Camcorder - which houses the same optics, produce the same poor results?"


Time to get one on test and find out. 

Thursday, 10 May 2012


Damn, Issues with the TD10 - I have a disparity in focus and detail, between the two eyes of the camera. After shooting last week, I've started to post the job, and, after running some AE camera rig tests, I was shocked to see that the right "eye" is seriously out of focus. So here we go, reset the camera, re rerun the 3D auto lens adjust - works pretty much like the EX series of cameras, creating a LUT (look up table) so it knows the focal curve of each lens. Well I simply cannot get it good - the two lens' are behaving differently, so maybe a back focus issue here - looks like a visit to the Sony workshop is due, the camera is 6 months so still in warranty - I also checked turning off the steady shot - no difference there either


  LEFT LENS
RIGHT LENS


These two images are close ups taken from the time line showing what each lens sees at the same time, notice the coding artifacts. If I manually adjust the focus to bring the right lens into focus, the left is then soft. There are also detail differences with the right channel displaying poor, smudgy chroma encoding as well as a softer noise floor - so all in all, the two channels are well out of line.

Also, if I set the manual focus control to full Infinity - everything is soft - not right at all.


P.S I also checked the data rates of the MVC from the camera - both streams are max 28Mbs - seperated right and left streams using Sony CMU are both the same 13.7Mbs so no difference in the stream capabilities at all.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Post Audio Sync and Playback.


Here's a thing - working with music, I often have to synchronise the visuals from a  "Live" performance, in a recording studio or concert, with the final master audio from, say, a final production master or CD. Then a client wants to view the edit, and doesn't think the audio is spot on - why? 


Computer screens have two kinds of delay, one is called the panel response time, given in milliseconds, it tells you how long it takes the panels pixels to transition from black to white and black again - typically many panels would take 25 ms to transition - this is a long time, creating smeared movement, especially on panning or horizontal moving objects. So, the faster the response time the better - now we see many panels around 5ms which is great.


The other delay in picture output is created by the processing delay - how long it takes for the panel and its associated electronics to process the incoming signal and present it to the viewer. Typical values are 25 - 50 ms - now this is a lot and very noticeable, the other aspect to this is that almost no manufacturers  add this information to their spec. sheet. 


High end audio amplification equipment often has an audio delay which is user adjustable to sort this out, but of course laptops and the like do not, so you need to employ a video player which 1) allows you to adjust the audio delay and 2) A test signal to set this up. Media Player Classic is a great free player for two reasons, not only can you easily set the required delay, but it also has V sync settings and a "tear" testing set up to rid you of those awful horizontal tear lines on computer 60Hz screens when viewing 50Hz frame rate material. See the images below that show settings and there's a link to a test file which consists of white flashes and audio beeps to help align the sound and picture on your system.



There is a small .wmv sync test file here: Sync Test File.  If you opt for an external audio delay unit, I'd highly recommend this one as it is optical audio fitted with toslink connectors - it is also reasonably cheap at £79  Audio Delay unit

What HiFi say: "Few things in AV are as annoying as lip-sync errors. It makes all movies seem badly dubbed. And if your amp hasn't got the facility to fix it, you're stuck. Unless you get this JS Tech digital audio delay unit. It's a simple box with just three connections: an optical in / out plus a power supply input. The unit is easy to use: the two buttons on the front adjust the delay up to 340ms."



Saturday, 5 May 2012

I managed to get my MX02 CS5.5 plugin to work with AE CS6. I'm not sure if this will work with other Matrox cards but it probably will. This is a non supported hack, but appears to work fine for now.

Open: programmes files/adobe/AECS5.5/support files/plugins and locate this little file: mveaepreviewcs5.aex  Copy and paste this file to the identical AECS6 plugins folder, then rename the file mveaepreviewcs6.aex Start AECS6 and voila



This is not an approved method, but will work until the new drivers are released. Please undertake this at your own risk.
Still looking for a way to access the Matrox with PPro - but not much hope as so much has changed.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Today I'm installing Adobe Master Collection CS6 to see if the newer versions of PPro and After Effects have anything to add to the CS5.5 versions capabilities.


First up was AE6 - easy install, opens RED files without issue, tested with Sony EX, and whilst the conform takes a little while, it is pretty swift on this host.


Installed a few plugins - NEAT noise reduction works fine, my Matrox MXO2 output unit appears not to work, I'll try and move the drivers from the CS5.5 folders, but I hold out little hope until matrox release CS6 drivers for this handy box. I also have both HD Storm and a Spark card which produce infinitely better quality, Canopus and now GV are very very good in the hardware department, but, GV are awful at offering drivers to allow Photoshop, AE etc to find a path through these excellent cards to your monitor - in fact there are CS4 drivers from Grass Valley, but nothing newer - bummer.


aaah, I see Matrox intend to release new drivers "within a month" of the official Adobe CS6 release date which is end of May 2012 -


I'm starting to search for Stereoscopic goodies in AE....can't find much new, Premiere Pro is MUCH better - playback is very smooth, even compared to Edius which outstrips everything in the real-time stakes, however 3 layers of transparent AVCHD 1080 50i is the max at full resolution monitoring whilst Edius can manage 4 layers for 25 seconds before the really useful "playback buffer" empties - this is all 4 layers, semi transparent with full HD to external monitor. There appears to be no added stereoscopic facilities within PPro CS6 so edius is still KING - even though the trial period has run its course, leaving Vegas to mop up those that need to cut 3D. Well, there is always Power Producer 10 from Cyberlink - utterly awful, unstable and so forth, but it does edit 3D and will burn 3DBD discs (Profile 2)


Back to AE CS6 - the new camera tracker actually works fairly well, considerably quicker and simpler than Nukex, although as ever, the Foundry products are far better appointed, if you can get you head around Nuke and your pocket is deep enough!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Sad days coming, Grass Valley have closed the 3D preview thread on their Edius Forum - removing the platform for 3D discussion of the upcoming release of Edius 6.5, which will "contain" the 3D capabilities.


Just because the 3D Preview build 8 expires on May 5th, they have, in their great wisdom, decided that we have all said our piece and provided them with loads of free beta testing resources to boot. I'm glad to receive their "thanks" but not so happy to be kicked out the door in such a way.


RIP Edius 3D until it is unearthed at a later date!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

So what's about this tiny overlooked little brick of a camera and why should you use it? It is of course all about the money. If you work in Hollywood, or run an extensive production concern with a multi $million turnover, or have a very successful company producing 2D and 3D product, then go hire RED 3D rigs or even at the lowest edge, buy the  Panny Z10K - it is cheap, and has pretty good macro facilities ( min focal distance is 30cm! ) but also costs £3K (but also has XLR audio) or the Sony NX 3D which also has XLR's for audio but uses the same light channels as the far cheaper TD10, as well as the same encoding.
Unless you step up to the Panny AG 3D at £12K, it's really all much of a muchness -the playing field is pretty flat at this price point, although the Z10K WILL shoot 1080 at 23.976 - very important if your final target is 3D Blu Ray - this is the only frame rate officially supported at full HD 1080 raster.


Back to the TD10. It is currently being superceeded by the newer TD20 (which has higher resolution chips, producing higher spec stills, but maybe has moire issues as a result, the TD10,is amazingly free from these problems) - and is therefore being sold off at lower and lower prices. I bought a "second" from Amazon Warehouse Deals for £650 - new and guaranteed - what a ridiculous price! 


I love the chunky weight and shape of this camera, it feels solid, is well built with an automatic "shutter" which protects the two lens' The viewfinder is big and produces excellent quality detailed images - I'm used to my EX1 and found the TD10 an ideal stable mate - the Exmoor chips in both cameras and the similarity in viewfinder quality make them ghoulishly similar.


Invest in a couple of FV100 batteries, they will drive the camera for more than 3 hours in 3D and about 7 hours in 2D - this coupled with the internal 64GB of flash and an SDHC card of 32GB results in 7 hours 45 minutes of recording, without changing anything - this is bonkers - I shoot a lot of "Live" music, not having to worry about batteries and media takes out much of the stress.


So what do the pictures look like? Like I said, I shoot with EX cameras, and other broadcast equipment - Digi Betacam - XDCam and all that, so with 30 years experience as a shooter, editor and compositor, I'm not too easily impressed.


AVCHD - I'm not really a fan, the pulsing changes on slow moving images and still shots, related to I frames is really awful. OK, so you pay for what you get, great battery life, endless recording time = huge compression, this is the downside even at 28mbs, however, using the NEAT plugin for noise reduction removes most of the artifacts - pretty slow on a well appointed machine though.


Fortunately the TD10 has a clean HDMI output, 3D frame packed, so it IS possible to record directly through a capture card to your laptop for quality - at a price - at least avoiding the AVCHD encoding - for example the Black Magic Extreme Ultra Studio 3D (you need a Mac as there are almost no PC systems available with "Thunderbolt" except a single MSI board the Z77A-GD80 with Thunderbolt connectivity - supposed to show up in April this year)


Are there any other HDMI 3D frame packed recording devices out there? not as far as I can see, at least not in the kind of price bracket you would want - so a Macbook and an UltraStudio 3D is still a pretty cheap way of being mobile, and capturing direct to Quicktime left and right or DPX, avoiding AVCHD all together.


The typical industry standard NanoFlash is available in a 3D model, essentially 2 units screwed together on a kind of gate hinge - two seperate HDSDI inputs or HDMI by the look - pixel locked recording to 2 seperate L and R CF cards, monitor output with SbS etc, etc for viewing. A snip at $5250.


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Here's a short test of Twixtor's attempt at 3D slow motion. The speed was set at 12.5% (best to use even divisions of 100% for smoothest results, ie: 75% or 50% or 25% or 12.5% as this creates the simplest math and least "cogging"
Twixtor 3D slow motion sample
The playback from Youtube is full of glitches and errors - maybe time to try a different source file - this one was 1080 mp4 AVCHD
Here's the mp4 file to download - much better quality mp4 Twixtor slow motion test



Tuesday, 17 April 2012



As an illustration, here's an analysis of one of my final edit masters after MVC profile 5 encoding - it shows the relative bit rates between the Base view and the Dependent view. So, as you can see, the overall bit rate is about 47mbs max, much higher than a profile 2 AVCHD would ever reach.
I guess we need to talk about basic 3D specifications for Blu-ray as well as file formats from current 3D camera's as well as the overall edit process, how to monitor what you are doing and output the correct file types for your needs.
So, to kick off, there are very few allowed formats for 3D BD - in fact 3.
1920x1080 23.976 fps progressive
1280x720 50fps progressive
1280x720 59.94 progressive
So if you live in PAL land, you need to consider the above - do you go for full raster at 24P or 720 at 50P? This only applies of course if you need to produce an industry standard BD at full data rates for best quality.
Here's a link to an early varispeed/temporal test I undertook, also has Magic Bullet Looks filter applied - there's the odd illegal shot too - exceeding the general view that a 3% maximum depth is acceptable -
Short varispeed test There's a wierd glitch part way in - a bit of a youtube thing from the encode I guess - original file uploaded was an SBS 720P mp4.
Preparing an extreme 3D slow motion test with Twixtor today.
This is a track from my first Album "50Hz anduP" 
A little reggae tune to ease you through the day! feel free to download - play loud !


"The Ride" mp3
Today is After Effects day, using both Twixtor Pro and Kronos (The Foundry) to experiment further with slo motion effects in 3D. I've seperated an MVC file into left and right eye uncompressed files, then processed in After Effects and re combined for final edit. Geometry needs to be checked at this point too, as the slo-mo effects can add distortion and create unpleasant visual effects.


I'm outputting the files to an industry leading MVC coder and authoring to profile 5 3DBD - these can then be played at the local Megga Store on a variety of players and 3D Cinema TV's - I find this is the best way to analyse results.


The cheapest route today to author 3DBD content is Cyberlink's Power Director 10 - it's not great, not too stable, but produces pretty good Profile 2 discs ( this means dualstream AVCHD on the disc and not MVC files, the bottom line here is the data rates - Profile 5 allows up to 60mbs whilst Profile 2 about 20mbs - so you can see the difference - also the costs are hugely different - Power Director 10 costs $90 or so whilst say, Scenarist BD, is about $30,000 and Cinevision MVC coder around $10,000


Go for Vegas 11 pro and you can edit 3D content too, as well as make a 3DBD but the limitations are the same in terms of data rates. personally, I find the playback issues with Vegas so restricting, especially the poor realtime/ full resolution performance as to render it useless - even on my hugely powered water cooled PC.



and now we see this: http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-3d-tablet-preview-20120412,0,7847147.story

maybe we WILL get an HDMI 1.4 Autostereo viewer sooner than we thought!

Autostereo Viewer

So this tool is handy because it uses a no glasses lenticular screen, and is what is known as an Autostereo viewer with a screen resolution of 1280x768 and plays side by side clips in 3D from 1920x1080 source material without any problems - as well as 720P and everything else I've thrown at it. This player can handle numerous file types, is fairly robust and has a pretty chunky 4000mA rechargable battery.

One thing it will not do is operate as a 3D external monitor whilst you shoot as it has no HDMI 1.4 connection - and most current 3D cams output frame packed streams via HDMI - however that said, it does recognise the files inside my Sony TD10 and can play them in 2D via the USB connector, making it a useful large screen monitor to check shots.

So, now we have to wait for someone to "invent" a version of this player with HDMI 1.4 input - but maybe this would have more of an impact on cost than just engineering - there could be a licencing issue to consider.

Useful tip - prefix 3D files you make (mp4 5000K AAC audio MAX 256K (Higher than 256K audio causes a play failure) with this: [3D]  so your files look like this: [3D]some_video.mp4  if you do this the files are auto detected as 3D by the player, rather than SBS by default.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Okey Dokey so here we are in Bloggland - not yet in 3D I'm afraid, but it won't be looong!


I'm currently in the middle of editing a 2D short music clip and documentary style piece known in the biz, as an EPK or electronic press kit - at the same time - I'm playing with one of these: 3D Glasses Free Player which is so so cool for the tiny amount of money it costs. Push in an SDHC card with your 3D or 2D edits, music, pictures and even ebooks and away you go. The 3D is not totally perfect, you need to position yourself and then not move around once you've resolved the 3D image - but it is seriously awsome for the money and a great "show and tell" tool.