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Digital Domain Holdings Acquires In-Three

Digital Domain Holdings, parent company of Academy Award®-winning digital studio Digital Domain, announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire 3-D stereo studio In-Three Inc., developer of the Dimensionalization® process that converts 2-D films into high quality, 3-D stereo imagery.

Digital Domain Holdings CEO John Textor said, “In-Three has been a pioneer in the research and development of stereoscopic technology. This partnership adds large scale production to In-Three’s world class technology, while creating new jobs in the state of Florida.”

Digital Domain studios in California and Vancouver recently completed production on Walt Disney Studios’ TRON: Legacy, which was generated and produced in stereoscopic 3-D. In-Three completed 3-D stereo work on Tim Burton’s visionary blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, which grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

“For over 10 years we have been intensely focused on bringing rich and immersive 3-D images to the screen,” said Neil Feldman, In-Three CEO. “We are excited to work with Digital Domain to deliver quality 3-D stereo entertainment experiences for today’s audiences.”

“3-D stereo movies exploded on the market this year,” added Digital Domain CEO Cliff Plumer. “Alice in Wonderland was a visually amazing 3-D immersive experience, and TRON: Legacy will end the year with another dazzling 3-D entertainment event. I have known Neil and the talented artists and technologists at In-Three for a long time. We will collaborate to provide the highest quality 3-D stereo solutions to filmmakers.”

The In-Three team will be based out of Digital Domain Holdings’ headquarters in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Organized in 1999 to pioneer research and development in stereoscopic reconstruction of two dimensional images, In-Three, Inc. developed and patented a process called Dimensionalization® that makes it practical to convert 2-D films into high quality, artifact-free 3-D films.

In-Three is unique in offering a director the ability to select the dramatic impact appropriate to each scene. It does this by providing a range of style and degree choices. This capacity to incorporate artistic intent in 2-D to 3-D reconstruction is an inherent and distinguishing feature of Dimensionalization.
In addition to developing and continuing to refine Dimensionalization, In-Three has created the staff and systems that make "Dimensionalization by In-Three" an appropriate choice for directors and studios.

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Sony 3-D TV One of Oprah's Ultimate Favorites

The 52-inch 3-D Bravia Sony Television was the TV to crack Oprah's Favorite Things 2010 list. This year's Favorite Things was dubbed the "Ultimate," the final one in the annual series which began in 2002. More...

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3-D Easter Eggs Found on Avatar Blu-Ray Collector's Edition

Seven minutes of 3-D footage is hidden on the Avatar Collector's Edition Blu-Ray release. The 3-D Easter egg features include the theatrical trailer, and the Pandora Discovered featurette, as narrated by Dr. Grace Augustine (as played by Sigourney Weaver), which takes viewers on a breathtaking, three-dimensional tour through the world of Pandora.

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3-D Version of Avatar bringing $400 online

Welcome to this years’ high tech version of Tickle Me Elmo or Beanie Babies. Avatar is only available in 3-D to purchasers of a new Panasonic 3-D TV and to no other 3-D manufacturers. Welcome to the Christmas Season...ho.ho.ho!

In fact, if you don't own a Panasonic 3-D TV, there's no official way for you to get a copy right now. Panasonic was able to nab exclusive rights to the Blu-ray 3-D version of the amazing 3-D blockbuster, probably in exchange for a whole ton of cash.

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Toshiba Develops Glasses Free 3-D TV

Toshiba recently completed the development of the first 3-D TV that requires no special glasses. More...

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TRON Legacy in 3-D Uses Original Analog Audio Sound Effects

Frank Serafine is an award-winning sound designer, sound supervisor and sound editor, who created nearly all of the sound effects for the original TRON. Many of the sounds in the new TRON Legacy movie are retained for their quality and character. More...

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Alice in Wonderland 3-D Blu-Ray Hits Stores Dec. 7

Alice in Wonderland (c) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Right Reserved.  Used by permission.On Dec. 7 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases the Tim Burton-directed Alice In Wonderland on 3D Blu-ray disk. The combo-pack includes:

  • A Blu-ray 3D Disc.
  • A Blu-ray Disc.
  • A DVD Disc.
  • A Digital Copy Disc.

DVD Bonus Features
Finding Alice – It’s all things Alice. This featurette includes Tim Burton’s vision for the characters, differences from the book and Disney’s version of Alice and how she evolves as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland.
The Mad Hatter – Audiences are provided with a deeper look into the world of the Mad Hatter. Check out Johnny Depp’s early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they digitally enhanced his eyes.
Effecting Wonderland – A behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used to create some of the most beloved characters in the film – Stayne, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen.

Blu-ray Bonus Features
Everything on the DVD plus,

  • The Futterwacken Dance – Check out the making of the timeless dance called the Futterwacken.
  • The Red Queen – The creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Tim Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects.
  • Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen – A short time-lapse piece showing Helena Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done. A three-hour process can be watched in just a few short minutes.
  • The White Queen – An interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland’s good queen, about her character’s journey throughout the process of the film.
  • Scoring Wonderland – Composer Danny Elfman and Tim Burton discuss the music for the movie.
  • Stunts of Wonderland – A featurette highlighting some of the biggest stunts in the film.
  • Making the Proper Size – An inside look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice. See how filmmakers used different techniques to stay true to the storyline.
  • Cakes of Wonderland – Take a trip to “Cake Divas” where the creators of the EAT ME cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the largest cake in scale.
  • Tea Party Props – Tea cups, saucers, cakes and more. Prop master Doug Harlocker gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together visually.

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Piranha 3-DD Sequel and Shark Night 3-D Forecast Release Dates

Piranha artworkThere are going to be sharks in the water in September! Relativity is planning to release director David R. Ellis' Shark Night 3-D in theatres Sept. 2, 2011. Shark Night 3-D stars Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel Moore, Donal Logue (Terriers) and Sinqua Walls.

Dimension Films' nipply sequel Piranha 3-DD two weeks later, Sept. 16, 2011, according to Box Office Mojo.

Piranha 3-DD is being directed by Feast's John Gulager, who is writing the screenplay with long-time collaborators Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Production will begin early this winter.

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Apple Patent Approved for new Glasses Free 3-D Projection System

Apple patent.

CNET reports Apple has been granted a patent on a way to project 3-D images without the use of glasses. The picture above is super easy to understand but on the off chance you don't get it: pixels will be projected on reflective and textured surfaces. The reflected pixels are then bounced into your left and right eyes. Voila, stereoscopic effect.

Apple's technology will rely on "inexpensive auto-stereoscopic 3-D displays that allow the observer complete and unencumbered freedom of movement," which means no glasses and you don't have to sit still to enjoy. It will also be capable of sensing multiple eyes so more than one person can watch the 3-D projection at once.

The patent also delves into why other 3-D technology isn't good enough. It calls out the current systems being used by auto-stereoscopic phones and presumably the Nintendo 3DS. Sharp and Toshiba plan on releasing glasses-less 3-D TVs in Japan by the end of the year. The problem with their technology, according to the patent, is that a need still exists for the viewer to remain stationary. Apple's goal is to offer consumers affordable and practical 3-D technology.

The patent was originally filed back in 2006 and has just been approved so don't expect any groundbreaking product from them anytime soon.

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DVDFab releases Blu-Ray 3-D Ripper Software

DVDfab box art.DVDFab Blu-ray 3-D Ripper is the first software in the world that can independently manage the Blu-ray 3-D to 3-D video conversion. The output file will be AVI, MP4, WMV, or MKV, and can be played on computer using special software player like Stereoscopic Player and NVIDIA 3-D Vision Video Player, then transferred to 3-D display or 3-D TV.

The 3-D type in Blu-ray 3-D Ripper can be left/right (side-by-side), and also top/bottom to meet different requirements from different display devices. And, the video frame size can be full (100%), or half (50%) with excellent effect and the minor damage can be totally negligible.

This Blu-ray to 3-D converter includes H.264 MVC decoder in it which is particularly designed by DVDFab to decode H.264 MVC.

Of course, batch conversion, multi-core CPUs and newest NVIDIA CUDA are all supported like other DVDFab products, along with professional editing tools to freely set thevideo effect to your heart's content. More...

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3-D Cheese Theatre:
TRON Legacy - Low Rez by Gamervision


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Auction Results

Hong Kong stereoview.

A Hong Kong stereoview sold for $425.98 with 16 bids. The card features the Market Place in the Chinese city looking towards Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, published in the "Realistic Travels" series, card number 85.

Mobile, Alabama stereoview.

Mobile, Alabama stereoview.

Two stereoviews showing the homes of the prominent Ketchum family in Mobile, Alabama sold for $405 with 14 bids. The circa 1870s stereoviews were made by William A. Reed & Co., Photographic Artists, Parlors at 78 Dauphin St., Mobile, Alabama. Each shows a large residence of members of the prominent Ketchum Family. First is the residence of Dr. George Augustus Ketchum. A medical doctor from the prominent Ketchum faily, brother of Major William H. Ketchum. Dr. Ketchum was one of the city leaders who eventually had to surrender Mobile to the Union Army in 1865. A nice view of impressive home. The second view is the residence of Major Ketchum. He was the brother of Dr. George Augustus Ketchum. His home is now the residence of the Catholic Bishops of Mobile. Blurring at the bottom of the view is from passing traffic, ghosted because of the long exposure. Real photos on red orange mounts with full photographer's imprint on reverse.

Tseang Keun, the Tartar General In Chief of the Canton Army of Braves and Mandarin of the First Class stereoview.

A stereoview showing Tseang Keun, the Tartar General In Chief of the Canton Army of Braves and Mandarin of the First Class sold for $630 with six bids. This is a rare stereoview taken by Pierre Rossier and produced by Negretti and Zambra between 1859 and 1861, being number 39 of their Views Of China series.

Fiske's Views of Yosemite Big Trees stereoview catalog.

A Fiske's Views of Yosemite's Big Tree stereoview list sold for $417 with 7 bids. This 10" x 14" piece of paper contains a list of the 1880's Fiske's catalog of Yosemite stereoviews. Printed on both sides. The seller said there was a lot of wear and edge tears.

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