|Video Technology Magazine||November 2005|
The 3D projection technology is from a company, Real D. (see my Previous Article 3D Cinema)
Moviegoers will get 3D glasses that look like the character's eyewear
The new generation of 3D technologies is built on digital tools that promise a far better experience than in the past. But the industry hasn't yet settled on a standard.
All true 3D films require having a double image -- one frame for the right eye and a slightly different frame for the left -- in order to create the illusion of depth.
Old 3D films typically did this with two projectors. The new generation of digital projectors do it with just one machine, alternating rapidly between images meant to be seen by the right and left eyes. The Real D technology used in the Chicken Little film shows 144 frames per second, for example.
Normal Movies are 24 Frames Per second, but to hid the flicker, they shutter the image at (24 * 3) 72 time per second
In the case of "Chicken Little," the alternating left eye, right-eye images are projected with polarized light -- essentially meaning that the light waves carrying each image are lined up in an orderly fashion, but each side is lined up in a slightly different way.
For Disney this isn't a large stretch since it's been using this technology at it's Amusement parts, Disney Land and Disney World. This goes as far back as 1986 with Michael Jackson's Captain EO at Disney, and now with many of their "4D Attractions" at the parks such as "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience,", "Mickey's PhilharMagic", "It's Tough to Be a Bug!" and "Muppet*Vision 3D"
Plans are reportedly underway for the theater release of all six "Stars Wars" blockbusters in 3D format.
UPI cites Rick McCallum with saying: "As soon as we have enough digital screens out there -- 1,500 to 2,000 -- which will probably be around 2007, then we're going to go through this very pain-staking and expensive process of turning all the films into 3D."
"We did some tests last year and it's just so breath-taking. ... It just allows you to see the film in such a different way."
McCallum indicated that filmmakers Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis and Robert Rodriguez all have plans to release 3D movies.
"It's incredible," McCallum said, according to UPI "It's not for every film, but for certain big-event films, I think it will, hopefully, be the catalyst to get people back in theaters."
A different technique than the one used by Disney is being used by a company called In-Three, which Lucas has tapped to create 3D versions of the "Star Wars" films already.
In-Three is primarily focused on creating 3D masters from 2D originals, but it is also backing a technology using "active" glasses,(Like the 3D IMAX) in which each lens actually goes rapidly dark in turn using Electronic LCD Shutters. This may be easier for theaters to use, since it doesn't require installation of a special reflective screen. However, it does require a significant investment in glasses, which currently cost about US$20 a pair.
Other Big 3D movies
The Hollywood Reporter said the 3D version of King Kong was likely to be shown in cinemas in 2006, after the film's release next month.
There has also been speculation that Jackson wants to produce his Lord of the Rings trilogy in 3D.
VPON (Video Picture On Net)
Linux-Based DVR Chip
Most people aren't aware that Compact Flash actualy supports the PATA (Parrallel ATA ) standard also know as IDE. The neat thing is a CF Flash module can be wired straigh into the IDE connect with no electroncis, just a wiring adapter.
- CompactFlash to IDE Adapter
The guliverkli project that authored the Media Player Classic (MPC), an excellent open source Direct Show media player and alternative to the Microsoft Windows Media player is an obvious place to get working source code from. They accused XV30 who I have written about there java player is on Sourceforge of using there source code and commiting GPL Violations. as well as another media player, KMPlayer a free Binary only media player.
But I find this code very quickly get removed once the school or companies realises there is money in liscencing this code.
Anyhow, I have had so many requests for where to get video codec source code from I have put up links to the H.263 and H.264 reference source code. on H263l.com
Lloyd Braun a former ABC television executive, is now the head of Yahoo's Entertainment and Media division (Yahoo! Media Group in Santa Monica, CA)since last November.
Yahoo's growth in there Santa Monica office has been so strong that I have heard from several other companies around them have been pushed out of offices to allow Yahoo to expand.
Back in May Yahoo hired (a friend of a friend) Longtime Fox exec Ira Kurgan to be Chief Business Officer, Kurgan will head all deal making, legal issues and partnerships as Yahoo! makes the plunge into Hollywood. Variety
Yahoo aquired MediaCode Dec 03. MediaCode was led by former Nullsoft engineers Ian Rogers and Rob Lord, and had software that lets people access their media libraries from multiple PCs. Rob Lord is now Director of Product Management for the Y! Music Engine team.
-- Another interesting thing I ran accross was popcast.com in the google cache. A P2P system Founded by Rob Lord, Joe Johnston , Regis Nebor (WinAmp, and consulted for Yahoo.), with the board of advisors, Ian Rogers, Tom Pepper (SHOUTcast) and Jason Kay(Kay2 Ventures).
In July, Cyrus Krohn left MSN Video for the Yahoo Media Group. And Andy Beers, Director of Microsoft's MSN Video left earlier this summer to set up his own consulting firm; Yahoo is a client.
From cnet news -
"But as yahoo strives to enter the league of Walt Disney Co., Viacom Inc. and other media giants, success hinges on its ability to merge two inherently different cultures: the brash, flashy ethos of entertainment executives and the rumpled, brainiac realm of computer nerds," LA Times staff writer Chris Gaither writes.
For instance, while other executives work in cubicles at Yahoo and have no reserved parking, Braun converted a conference room with a patio into his personal office and reserved a parking space close to the elevators for his car, the article says. His top executives followed his example. However, Braun's request for a corporate jet was turned down.
The article also details a "widely recounted tale" in which Braun took an umbrella without paying for it from the Yahoo merchandise store on a rainy day and allegedly asked the clerk who requested payment "Do you know who I am?"
They do now.
Microdisplays are tiny, high-resolution displays designed for use with a magnifying optical system.
I had worked on a Linux Based PDA project some time back using the NEC VR4181 CPU a MIPS Core based CPU that used this ALPS diplay, it's very bright and clear.
HSC Electronics a Silicon Valley surplus store has a special on them for just $40 each.
This link has some clear instructions on how to wire them up.
Anyone wishing to wire a few of these into a PC contact me. I'll go in on it with you.
There is a video clip here
From Site: "I plugged the video-out port on my video card into the video-in port of my capture card. " Dude, I think you just blew my mind!
There is a video clip here
While where at it check out ORB
Orb allows secure access to digital media from a home computer through a simple Web interface. Stream your live TV, photos, music and videos to any Web-enabled device.