Dashwood Cinema Solutions Releases Stereo3D Cat
September 30, 2011

Dashwood Cinema Solutions Releases Stereo3D Cat

Toronto, Canada - Dashwood Cinema Solutions, developer of Mac-based stereoscopic 3D (S3D) products, announces the availability of the Stereo3D CAT on-set calibration and analysis system.

Introduced at NAB 2011, Stereo3D CAT won "Best in Show" for its abilities to simplify stereoscopic 3D camera calibration and monitoring. 3D production and rental facility, 21st Century 3D, is one of the first power production operations to add Stereo3D CAT into their arsenal.

"With the recent proliferation of stereoscopic 3D live action production, we have seen many newcomers charging into the field," comments Jason Goodman, CEO, 21st Century 3D. "Stereo3D CAT gives experts and novices alike the tools they require to empirically analyze their stereoscopic 3D images and eliminate guesswork in aligning 3D beam splitter rigs like the 21st Century 3D BX3.5. Stereo3D CAT demystifies many of the greatest challenges of shooting 3D, while simultaneously commoditizing the formerly expensive process of digital stereoscopic image analysis and reporting."

Stereo3D CAT implements patent-pending technology to power systems for aligning the geometry and colorimetry of stereoscopic setups, calculating proper interaxial separation for any given parallax depth budget, monitoring parallax and vergence in the scene, compensating for disparities in the image, and logging all settings for future reference in production or postproduction.

Features include:

Alignment Tracker with iPad or iPhone integration for lightning-fast rig alignment

Stereo3D Visualizer to calculate dimensions of a scene, render a visual representation of the objects in the scene (including apparent roundness) and warn against settings that may cause viewer discomfort

Parallax Inspector, which is a "magnifying glass" to confirm that positive parallax is within specified limits and will not cause divergence of the eyes

Stereoscopic Scopes including vectorsope, waveform and histogram overlay left and right eyes to aid with alignment of camera exposure, gamma and colorimetry

Stereoscopic Preview Modes including anaglyph, difference, split, side-by-side, line-by-line, and top/bottom

Depth Analysis mode to hi-light negative and positive parallax cues in the scene

Discreet or Muxed stereoscopic input

External Output in side-by-side, top/bottom, or interlaced

Transmits alignment data to iPad for display in Dashwood 3D chart

Support for most third-party I/O video cards that are Mac compatible

Compatible with most Mac Pro and Macbook Pro models

Stereo3D CAT is available for today for 3D productions around the world.