Quantel demonstrated powerful new Stereo3D tools at NAB

Automated correction and sophisticated monitoring boosts creative time in the suite

Quantel demonstrated powerful new Stereo3D tools for its Post and Broadcast products at NAB 2011 that will help speed Stereo3D work through the suite by cutting the time spent identifying and fixing errors in S3D shots.

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Quantel also announced that the new Stereo3D toolset is now a standard feature on all V5 eQ, iQ and Pablo systems.

Geometry errors between the left and right eye images are almost inevitable with the use of two cameras when capturing Stereo3D. Fixing these errors is essential for high quality Stereo3D, but undertaking this manually can be a very time-consuming process. The new Geofix tool automates the process, making geometry fixes fast and accurate. Geofix first analyses the two images then applies translation, rotation and corner-pin DVE processes to correct errors. The result is less time spent on fixing Stereo3D material, reducing costs and increasing the time available to make great content.

Stereo Measurement Console

A new Stereo Measurement Console adds a suite of tools that makes monitoring and working with Stereo3D faster and more productive. The console includes live on-screen histogram and vectorscope displays to help identify differences between eyes. The Console also includes a measurement tool for disparity which makes it easy to meet the typical specifications being introduced for 3D channel content by broadcasters. There is also a new overlay and cursors on the main outputs, making it straightforward to see exactly where objects sit in 3D space.

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Flip on file import or conform

Flip on file import or conform is another useful new time-saving tool that allows signals to be flipped or inverted on import/conform. This means that images captured with mirror rigs do not need further correction before they can be viewed in S3D.

Stereo3D Auto Color Balance

The Stereo3D Auto Color Balance tool has been improved with gamma adjustment to deliver a better match between left and right eye signals.

“Making great Stereo3D depends on getting the basics right quickly and efficiently,” said Steve Owen, Quantel Director of Marketing. “The new Stereo3D tools we’re showing at NAB help do just that, so that more time can be spent on creative tasks. We have already had some great feedback from early users of some of these new tools.”

Geofix has already been released and the remainder of the tools will be delivered in a V5 point software release in May 2011.

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About Quantel

Quantel - a passion for post, DI and broadcast
Quantel is a world-leading developer of innovative, high performance content creation and delivery systems across post, broadcast and DI. We are passionate about creating the most open and efficient tools for the digital age. Quantel's product range includes: multi-resolution finishing systems; award-winning color correction solutions; stereoscopic 3D post systems and integrated news and sports production systems. They all deliver the creative, productive and profitable workflows that give post houses and broadcasters the edge they need to thrive and grow in today’s highly competitive global media market.

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