3D Panoramic Picture Sets New World Record
Volker Kuchelmeister presented in Karlsruhe (Germany) the largest 3D panoramic picture even produced. Called Juxtaposition, this work explores connections between two seemingly radical different environments, the Tasmanian wilderness and extreme urban development in Hong Kong. The result is a stereoscopic 3D giga-pixel panorama montage, constructed from 20 separate scenes and on-location sound recordings. The contact points between panoramas are shaped as seamless transitions. The work is presented within a 360º cylindrical screen in stereoscopic 3D or as a filmic version.
The 3D giga-pixel panorama montage is around 80,000 pixel long. Explore an anaglyph version of Juxtaposition and a video report here under.
La Stéréoscopie Numérique
The first book published by StereoscopyNews
is now available. Edited by Eyrolles, "La Stéréoscopie Numérique"
is available in French only now but an English version is under way. Benoit Michel, StereoscopyNews editor, has already published a lot of technical books in the IT domain and this is his second book about 3D.
"La Stéréoscopie Numérique" has its dedicated page on this web site.
Immortals 3D Shine at Box Office
The action-adventure “Immortals” opened as the No. 1 film at U.S. and Canadian theaters, taking in $32 million in ticket sales. Taking worldwide sales into account, Immortals lifetime grosses are reaching 68 M$ and raks #63 in the "3D" category after three days.
Story: Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.
Cast: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke and John Hurt ; director : Tarsem Singh; VFX stereo coordinator : Eva Abramycheva; stereoscopic supervisor for 3D revolution : Gene Warren III.
Peter Jackson Video Report from the Hobbit Set
Peter Jackson is shooting the Hobbit in 3D 48 images/second in New Zealand, and he is explaining on YouTube how he is using -among others- John, Paul, Georges and Ringo, four of his 3D cameras to record the Middle-Earth forest sequences.
Five Top Figures About 3D
PassmoreLabs' Greg Passmore attented MIPCOM 2011 (3-6 October 2011 in Cannes, France) and came back with some interesting figures: during the Creating a new 3D Entertainment Experience panel, Akira Shimazu, Sony's Senior General Manager for the 3D & BD Project Management Division presented these statistics:
- Over 50 3D films will be released in 2011,
- Six of the top ten worldwide grossing films of all time are 3D titles,
- Over 100 3D titles will be released on 3D Blu-ray in 2011,
- Over 100 3D games will be released for the PlayStation 3 in 2011,
- 70% of Japanese homes have 3D TV's,
- 40% of homes in Europe, China and US have 3D TV's.
"Disassembly 3D: Ultimate Stereoscopic Destruction 1.0" is a free game for iPod, iPhone and iPad.As an option, you can play in anaglyph red/cyan 3D. Disassembly was written by Chin Heong Khor (Malaysia) and its goal is to deconstruct various appliances up to their individual parts(and you can blow it up at the end!).
The game itself is free but after a while you may want to buy additional objects to dismantle.
Panasonic has now launched its own twin-lens 3D camera. The 3D1 shoots stereoscopic 3D stills and videos. However, its lack of 3D display is a minus as is its price of 449µ in the UK (specially if compared to the Fuji W3 you can have between 200 and 300£). The Lumix 3D1 should be available in December 2011.