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Chris Parks About 3D and VFX in Gravity

Chris Parks was the 'Gravity' Stereoscopy Supervisor at Vision3 Studios in London. He explains here under what Vision3 did for the sci-fi movie that recouped its $100M production budget in 5 days:

There were three main techniques used on Gravity. About 80 shots, 25 minutes, were primarily post conversion - done by Prime Focus London. These were the shots in the two capsules and the final shot of the film. We also added stereo elements - principally objects like helmets floating in weightlessness. Prime took the geometry of the escape pods from the scene which gave us a pretty accurate foundation, within which to put the characters.

I also shot stereo reference plates of a moving model with different focal length lenses and different distances to demonstrate the sort of feel that I wanted to help me communicate with the artists - it can be surprising how far back on the side of the head the ears really are!

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity, copyright 2013 Warner Bros Pictures

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Sony's Movie Studio Platinum 12 Adds 3D Features

Movie Studio Platinum 12, by Sony Creative Software, is -as previous versions- putting forward its easy-to-use interface and straightforward editing process. Version 12 adds new toolbar buttons for splitting and trimming video events, 3D stereoscopic project templates, additional stereoscopic 3D adjustment tools, and other new features making video editing startlingly intuitive. Movie Studio Platinum 12 now boasts a native 64-bit installer for improved stability and performance.

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QuickS3D plug-in Adds 3D to Adobe Premiere Pro

Vision III Imaging, Inc. (v3) provides stereoscopic 3D solutions for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. v3's alignment software tools are revolutionizing military imaging and with 25 years of research in visual mechanics, they developed an understanding of human perception that is reflected in the precise nature of its stereoscopic tools. As a result, the team is proud to introduce the v3 Quick S3D Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro After Effects CS6.

The Plug-in imports independent left and right stereoscopic video channels and manages the demultiplexing of side-by-side or over-under formats. Precision tools are included for adjusting left/right alignment, convergence, rotation, scale, skew, and keystone correction in any source stereoscopic digital content. All parameters are updated live to the editing program monitor and external S3D displays. Edited S3D footage can be exported in a variety of 3D formats.

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Background Reconstruction Plugin for 2D-3D Conversion

The YUVsoft (Moscow, Russia) Background Reconstruction plugin (BGR) creates input data for the final stage of 3D stereoscopic video creation, conversion from 2D to 3D stereoscopic or 3D multiview video. The algorithm restores occluded background areas that were invisible to the 2D camera because of foreground objects and creates a clean plate.

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Binocle's New TaggerLive

Binocle 3D will be at the NAB 2013 convention in Las Vegas, NV, USA from April 6 to 11, 2013. They share a booth with their historical partnerThalès-Angénieux , famous manufacturer from 75 years of best optics for broadcast and films.

Binocle 3D will exhibit the last version of his correction software TaggerLive, specially developped for live stereoscopic broadcast shooting. Professional moviemakers will be able to discover TaggerMovie, a 3D correction tool runnin on Apple MacBook computers.

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