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Create 3D Depth Maps with DMAG11b - Improve Them With DMAG4

depth map is a black-and-white image that contains information relating to the distance of the surfaces of scene objects from a viewpoint. Dark pixels means the objet is far away, bright pixels means the object is close (or vice-versa). To convert a 2D image into any 3D stereoscopic format, you have to create a good depth map first. So, Depth Maps quality is key to good 2D-to-3D conversion. Ugo Capeto in a researcher devoting his life to improve the process.

Quick overview of the problem and some of the solutions Ugo developed here under.

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The New 2D to 3D Converter by MIT is supposed to be Better

Researchers at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) presented the new 2D-3D conversion system in November 2015 at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Multimedia conference. 

On the plus side, the unconventional method provides a very convincing stereoscopic 3D effect, with no visual artifacts. The researchers conducted a user study in which the majority of subjects gave the -D effect a rating of 5 (“excellent”) on a five-point (“bad” to “excellent”) scale; the average score was between 4 (“good”) and 5. On the minus side, the method works only for soccer matches...

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Legend3D Appoints New Managers

Legend3D -the 2D-to-3D conversion company- announces two director level appointments and a new general manager. Adam Li will be joining the company as Director of Software Engineering, Stephanie Winslow will serve as the new Director of Business Development, and Robert McInnis, previously Legend3D Director of Compositing, will move into the role of General Manager.

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Gimpel3D Stereoscopic Conversion Software is Now Opensource

The Gimpel3D source code has been released in open source under the GPL licence and is available on SourceForge.

Developed by René Gimpel, an independent stereoscopic 3D researcher between 2008 and 2011, Gimpel3D is recognized for its advanced modeling features not seen in similar programs (including commercial packages at the time of release). Gimpel3D converts still images and video into stereoscopic 3D using a combination of traditional approaches and a proprietary projective modelling system.

Since the original freeware release, many of the ideas presented in G3D have become standard features in commercial software. As a result, there is no more significant advantage to developing G3D as a stand-alone proprietary solution. 

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"Moulin Rouge 3D" is a Possibility

According to Entertainment Weekly Radio, Baz Luhrmann is more than interested in converting his 2001 blockbuster "Moulin Rouge" to stereoscopic 3D format.

It seems that Luhrmann, "Great Gatsby" director,  is convinced that 2D-to-3D conversion is now mature enough. He added "I think in a strange way I was trying to make a 3D movie" speaking about "Moulin rouge".

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