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ONSIGHT Invests in Cel-Scope3D Stereoscopic Signal Analysers

Cel-Scope 3D allows stereoscopic camera alignment to be performed quickly and confidently

ONSIGHT, one of Britain's most active 3D origination and postproduction facilities, has chosen Cel-Soft Cel-Scope3D stereoscopic signal analysers for its Soho operation. A total of four systems have been installed for use in 3D editing, video effects correction and digital intermediate processing. All four analysers were supplied as complete turnkey systems running under Microsoft Windows on six-core specification tower PCs.

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“We were impressed by the Cel-Scope3D demonstrations at the London BVE show in February and ordered our first system shortly afterwards," comments ONSIGHT chief executive officer Simon Craddock. " We have completed many high profile 3D projects including Atlantic Productions’ Flying Monsters 3D, with David Attenborough, produced for Sky and IMAX. Flying Monsters 3D made history recently as the first ever 3D BAFTA award winner. Shooting and posting stereoscopic content involves a large number of variables that simply don't arise in 2D. Cel-Scope3D allows us to check a wide range of critical details at source which is much more efficient than making elaborate corrections downstream."

"Connecting the analyser directly to a Sony VTR allows us to quality-control 3D programmes automatically in dual stream," adds chief engineer Rik Tester. "Used with our SGO Mistika high-end stereoscopic finishing suites, Cel-Scope3D provides the extra tools needed to assess stereoscopic content accurately in real time. Cel-Scope3D works so well that we have since taken delivery of three additional systems."

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Available as complete rack-mount, tower-based or high-performance laptop systems, or as ready-to-load software, Cel-Scope 3D allows stereoscopic camera alignment to be performed quickly and confidently, ensuring 3D is accurate from the moment of capture. Footage and edits in a wide range of file formats can be viewed and assessed in real time. Disparities are analysed and displayed as clear and intelligible graphics on 2D or 3D monitors. Anaglyph display, touchscreen control and auto-alarm are all supported.

Some of Cel-Scope3D analysers provided to ONSIGHT include the automatic logging option which can generate a detailed quality-control report of all 3D parameters and discrepancies. Maximum and minimum depth values detected are logged against timecode together with the depth range in use. Additionally the operator can configure reports on a host of other factors and include thumbnails from the source media to help with interpretation.

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Cel-Scope3D has live displays which can be scaled and arranged as six or eight windows on one or two PC monitors. Left and right channels can be viewed simultaneously together with actual depth dynamics. Each graphic window can be set to show waveform, vectorscope and histogram graphics as well as differences in video parameters between each channel. Geometry issues can be identified easily using built-in real-time image manipulation. Quality-control tests can be performed on live stereoscopic video sources in any 720p, 1080 or 2K formats from industry-standard capture cards, Firewire inputs or file playback.

ONSIGHT

ONSIGHT was founded in 1989 by Colin Reynolds and Simon Craddock. It has grown from a successful broadcast hire company into a one-stop-shop for production, post-production and distribution services for film and broadcast. ONSIGHT provides everything from the latest HD and 3D camera equipment to secure data back-up and digital lab services. For 20 years its special relationships with the industry’s leading suppliers has kept the company at the forefront of production technology.

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Cel-Soft

Located in the high-tech belt surrounding Cambridge, Cel-Soft specialises in high-performance image-processing and audio products. Founded by entrepreneur and engineer Robin Palmer, the company benefits from over 27 years of successful product innovation.

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