Doctor Who 3D Anniversary Special Will Release on Blu-ray

September 19th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, a full-length movie that will supposedly end 3D broadcasts on the BBC, will still air. Then it will be sold on Blu-ray.

A 2D standard version will also be released to DVD, so all the good doctor fans will have a shot at owning a copy of this landmark feature. In fact, according to the official Doctor Who blog, only 26 percent of the readers polled said they could actually benefit from the special being broadcast in 3D.

The DVD and the 3D Blu-ray are scheduled for a release in the U.K. on December 2. We don’t have word yet if or when a U.S. version is scheduled to drop, but if you have a multi-regional DVD or Blu-ray player (and you love Doctor Who), then this may be one of those instances where your fancy player comes in handy.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: DoctorWhoTV.co.uk

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More on Prime Focus’ 2D-3D Conversion of Gravity

September 19th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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We’ve been excited about the upcoming film Gravity, featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, for months now.

Gravity’s release in IMAX 3D will be on Friday, October 4. The film’s captivating 3D preview has been playing in theaters for some time. However, it was shot in 2D and then converted to 3D by Prime Focus, one of the world’s largest conversion companies.

Director of Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), says he’s happy with the conversion, and that it gave him more freedom in filming. Recently, at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC 2013) held in Amsterdam, Vice President of Production for View-D at Prime Focus Matthew Bristowe revealed that depth was an integral part of the storytelling.

He added that 70 percent of the 3D in the film was created in the computer by VFX house Framestore, and on the whole they’ve been working on this film since 2010. Mark your calendars.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: HollywoodReporter.com

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See Titans of the Ice Age in 4K 3D IMAX

September 19th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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Titans of the Ice Age 3D will open at the Montreal Science Center tomorrow. This 45-minute film explores the Pleistocene ice age, 20,000 years ago.

Produced by Andy Wood, Senior VP/Producer at Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema, and narrated by Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), this film’s focus is to educate folks about the often misrepresented ice age.

Titans will take you on a journey through the Northern Hemisphere during a time when saber-toothed cats, giant sloths, dire wolves, and woolly mammoths ruled the earth. The film will also lead viewers on a path of discovery of the best preserved mammoth mummies in the world.

Moreover, Titans tackles the issue of global warming and raises awareness that atmospheric temperature rise is endangering thousands of species. Look for it soon in your local IMAX theaters. It is one of the first films shot in 4K 3D.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: NewsWire.ca

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Metallica: Through the Never Garners Good Review

September 18th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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While the new 3D concert slash fantasy film from Metallica won’t be out in most places until Thursday, September 26 (midnight showings), those who’ve seen it already say that it “rocks.”

And we’re frankly glad to hear the news. We don’t want to spoil it for anyone, although we have read the extensive plot line of the film. In fact, we first got word that the band wanted to make this film back in March 2011.

So for a film to be in the works now for well over two years, it’s pretty cool to hear that the film is happening, and that it’s good! Again, it features 27-year-old actor Dane DeHaan from Chronicle. DeHaan told reporters that his parents wouldn’t let him listen to Metallica when he was a kid.

Through the Never recently enjoyed its red carpet debut in San Francisco at the Metreon. The band has been together for 32 years.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: NBCBayArea.com

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Early Kickstarter Success for Occipital’s iPad Scanner

September 18th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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You probably recognize Occipital if you downloaded the RedLaser app in the early days of the Apple App Store. They’re at it again.

Occipital has invented an add-on device for iPads that allows the user to turn their iPad into a 3D scanner. This is useful for creating 3D models around the home. Folks are discussing its necessity in fitting furniture into a certain space and showing off real estate, as well.

Occipital apparently set a $100K funding goal on Kiskstarter and blew past it today within three hours. If you are interested in contributing, you may reserve a development kit for $329 dollars. Otherwise you can wait and pay $349.

Occipital says they didn’t necessarily need to begin a startup campaign, but they’re seeing its success as a good springboard to get to work on the project.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: TechCrunch.com

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Intel Shows off 3D Gesture Control

September 17th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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Companies like Intel are big enough to hold their own three-day forum, and last week’s Intel Development Forum (IDF 2013) featured Intel’s latest progress in 3D gesture control.

What we already knew from keeping up with the story over the past few months has been somewhat speculative, that Intel had acquired Kinect-like software, and they planned on implementing it into PCs by 2014.

Now, we’re certain that this is a reality. Intel announced that 3D gesture control software will be implemented into laptops by the end of 2014. Additionally, they have plans to add stereo microphones for much more intuitive voice recognition and true 3D video for its perceptual interfaces.

Ultimately, users will soon be able to control some of their computing needs with hand gestures from about three feet away from the screen.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: ExtremeTech.com

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3-Sweep: a Lightning-fast Switch to 3D Models

September 17th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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A video is available online showing how easy it has become to create 3D models from 2D photographs, and it has left some speechless.

Researchers Tao Chen, Zhe Zhu, Ariel Shamir, Shi-Min Hu, and Daniel Cohen-Or are responsible for 3-Sweep. A demonstrative online-video shows how the software works.

We can see the user by the click of the mouse highlighting certain parts of different objects, like a Menorah, a telescope, an outdoor faucet, and a streetlamp to pull the object off the flat photo and begin to manipulate it in seconds.

This would certainly change the game of having to scan an object by taking many photos at many different angles before a 3D model can be created. Check out this innovative technology here.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: Core77.com

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Try Revu’s 3D PDF Cloud-functioning Software

September 17th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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If you deal in business where 3D models are created, such as architecture, then new software called Revu by Bluebeam Solutions may be what you’re looking for.

It allows for 3D collaborations to take place without everyone being gathered in the same place at once.

If a .PDF file has been created for a 3D building model, Revu allows partners to share the content back and forth, all the while making changes and adding notes. The software is compatible with both PC and Mac, and it is available on your tablet, whether Android or iPad.

You can learn more or try it for 30 days risk-free here.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: GigaOm.com

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Bollywood Classic Sholay Converted to 3D

September 17th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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Sources say that next month the 1975 Indian film Sholay will be rereleased in theaters, and this time it will be shown in 3D.

Leading actor in the film Amitabh Bachchan spoke recently at the International Broadcasting Convention, where tribute was paid to 100 years of Indian cinema. Bachchan added that with Sholay the idea was to bring Western production values like quality sound and tape to Indian films.

Bachchan was more recently featured in a smaller role in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which was of course shot in 3D. He hopes that Indian audiences are ready for “a quality 3D conversion” of the classic, Sholay.

Whether or not we’ll see Sholay on screens in the U.S. is highly suspect, since Bollywood films don’t typically make it overseas. However, we shall see.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: HollywoodReporter.com

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“Space Junk” Awareness in IMAX 3D

September 16th, 2013 · 3D Content, Newsflash

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A new 38-minute long documentary showing at select IMAX theaters tackles the unsettling problem of trash and meteors orbiting Earth.

Space Junk 3D was produced and directed by Melissa Butts, whose previous films include Mars 3D and 3D Sun. With Space Junk 3D the narrator discusses the problem of what scientists suggest are at least 20,000 pieces of trash, including old satellites as big as school busses that are up in the sky somewhere.

And what happens if those items fall down? It’s a serious problem, according to scientists. Researchers have even proposed firing lasers at these items in order to solve it. The point is made that when travelling at 17,000 miles per hour, even a paperclip becomes an armor-piercing shell.

Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice

Source: StarTribune.com

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