NAB 2011: Dashwood Cinema Solutions Demonstrates Breakthrough 3D Technology for After Effects and Final Cut Studio

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Tools built for stereographers by stereographers, Dashwood’s new product line offers lightening-fast calibration, live depth analysis and optimized mastering for a flawless and easy transition into 3D

Our new products address gaps in typical 3D workflows. They remove the complexities of working in 3D and significantly reduce downtime during 3D production.

Dashwood Cinema Solutions, developer of 3D solutions, unveiled its new line of cutting-edge Mac®-based stereoscopic 3D products at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in the 3D Pavilion (booth number C10514D3). Designed to accelerate 3D productions from camera lens calibration to mastering, Dashwood’s new product line automates complex production tasks and lends continuity to 3D workflows. “Our new products address gaps in typical 3D workflows. They remove the complexities of working in 3D and significantly reduce downtime during 3D production,” comments Tim Dashwood, founder of Dashwood Cinema Solutions. “With these tools, 3D production teams can work with greater confidence, speed and efficiency.” Visitors to the NAB show can also experience some of the new Dashwood 3D solutions on the DSC Labs (C10215), Matrox (SL2515), Stereo3D Unlimited (C10514D1), and Panasonic (C3707) booths.

NEW – Stereo3D CAT™ – Fast and Flawless Camera Alignment and Analysis
Stereo3D CAT™ is an unrivaled on-location calibration and analysis system that removes all of the complexities associated with stereoscopic 3D camera calibration in production. Unlike most 3D products on the market, stereographers with years of stereoscopic 3D production experience provided input to help build Stereo3D CAT™, resulting in the most accurate visual aide for stereoscopic calculations and calibrations in the industry. Stereo3D CAT™ is equipped with unique features, including an Alignment Tracker, a Stereo3D Visualizer™, and a Parallax Inspector™ to calculate the correct camera alignment points, illustrate the depth of the 3D scene and avoid divergence in record-breaking time.

Stereo3D CAT™ Feature Highlights:

  • Alignment Tracker* for lightning-fast rig alignment
  • Stereo3D Visualizer to calculate dimensions of a scene, render a representation of the objects in the scene (including similitude), and warn against settings that may cause viewer discomfort
  • Sync Checker to confirm appropriate shutter sync between cameras
  • Parallax Inspector, or “magnifying glass,” to confirm that positive parallax will not cause divergence of the eyes
  • Stereoscopic Preview Modes including anaglyph, difference, side-by-side, line-by-line, and top/bottom
  • Depth Analysis Tools that include Depth Mapping and Depth Preview modes
  • Discreet or Muxed stereoscopic input
  • External Output in side-by-side, top/bottom, or anaglyph
  • Transmits slate and disparity data to iPad for display in Dashwood 3D Chart™ *
  • Support for most Blackmagic and Matrox I/O cards
  • Compatible with most Mac Pro and Macbook Pro models**

*For use with DSC Labs’ Dashwood 3D Chart™
**Requires ExpressCard32 slot for Matrox MXO2 input

NEW – The Dashwood 3D Chart™
The Dashwood 3D Chart™ allows 3D crews to achieve accurate 3D rig calibration when integrated with the new Dashwood Stereo3D CAT™ calibration software. The chart’s unique visual code trackers work alongside the application’s logic system to automatically track to 1/100th of a pixel for ideal stereo alignment at unprecedented speeds. The chart also offers an optional interface for live wireless feedback, with iPad® support to assist camera alignment, sync testing, slating, and color and gamma calibration. For those aligning without computer assistance, the Dashwood 3D Chart™ offers manual pattern alignment that features DSC Labs’ distinctive FiddleHead spirals for corner-to-corner focus.

When used with the optional iPad and Dashwood Cinema Solutions software (sold separately), users can also benefit from the following:

  • Stereoscopic Slating
  • Automatic Calibration Tracker for lightning-fast rig alignment
  • Sync Checker to confirm appropriate shutter sync between cameras
  • Stereo3D Visualizer™ to calculate dimensions of a scene, render a representation of the objects in the scene (including similitude), and warn against settings that may cause viewer discomfort

NEW – Stereo3D Toolbox™ v3.0 – Flagship 3D Mastering
Stereo3D Toolbox’s stereoscopic mastering capabilities include a wide range of output formats, unmatched sub-pixel precision, precise straight or angled floating windows, high-contrast “ghost toasting,” intuitive preview tools, fine control of image exposure and color balance, 2D+Z-Depth to stereoscopic conversion, and more. Here is the complete list of the new features in Stereo3D Toolbox™ v3.0:

  • Streamlined and optimized code for faster previewing
  • Real-time playback with supported graphics cards and CPUs
  • Multi-input management for multiple-interaxial rigs
  • Custom anchor point for keystone/tilt/rotation disparity correction

Stereo3D Toolbox™ v.3.0 also inherits many of the new, exciting features found in Dashwood Cinema Solutions’ just-announced calibration and analysis system — Stereo3D CAT™ — including the following:

  • Auto-calibration for use with footage with the Dashwood 3D Chart™
  • Parallax Inspector, or “magnifying glass,” to confirm that positive parallax will not cause divergence of the eyes
  • Depth Analysis Tools that include Depth Mapping and Depth Preview modes

For more information about Dashwood Cinema Solutions, please go to http://www.Dashwood3D.com or http://www.noiseindustries.com.

To schedule a press briefing with Tim Dashwood at NAB, please contact Kathleen Langlois (Kathleen (at) zazilmediagroup (dot) com).

About Dashwood Cinema Solutions
A part of the Noise Industries Development Partner Program since 2009, Dashwood Cinema Solutions is a division of 11 Motion Pictures Limited, a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based production company that specializes in pre-visualization, music videos and film production. Dashwood Cinema Solutions’ mandate is to find solutions to common problems in film production and post-production. Their award-winning flagship product, Stereo3D Toolbox™ is utilized by post-production houses around the world for easy stereoscopic 3D mastering on the Mac platform.

Stereo3D Toolbox™, Stereo3D CAT™ and the Dashwood 3D Chart™ are trademarks of Dashwood Cinema Solutions. All other trademarks, registered trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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