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No wonder 3D has not taken off

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Firstly can I add that watching 1960s 3D…the bad old Red/Green shift is unwatchable, the deep colours wash out any colour and you are left watching a black and white film that has some depth to it, this in my opinion is the cheapest and poorest kind of 3D and gives todays modern 3D a bad name. This is a ghost from the 1960s and should have stayed there.

TIP. If you see a 3D Blu-ray DVD with this notice on the back telling you about the 2 pairs of 3D glasses…don’t bother. Having looked a bit more seriously into 3D I am horrified to discover how many different types of “3D” there is on offer and even more horrified to discover the cheap and nasty Red/Green version on big cinema titles.

My son who is 26 went with his pal to see Toy Story Three for the “3D experience” in order to view 3D he is asked to fork out 80p for glasses which is not a lot of money and we are talking polarisation. His review of the experience is as follows “The big screen helps but the 3D is not as good as I was expecting considering it was an animated film.”

Lastly I have a demo 50″ 3D Panasonic with a 3D Blu-ray player which uses powered polarisation glasses at £100 per pair. Apart from having to wear glasses this does give you a feeling of depth and fantastic vivid colours…but with one major flaw…as yet you cannot get any 3D films that play on the Panasonic system.

The one saviour for Panasonic will be the introduction of the new 3D domestic camcorder the HDC-SDT750 this will tip the balance, think about filming your children, a friends wedding and showing it back on 3D… it will look fantastic. The domestic market will drive 3D as long as the camcorder is easy to use and simple to produce 3D DVDs, only time will tell.

PANASONIC

“Incorporating Panasonic broadcast technology, this new 3MOS camcorder lets users easily create their own 3D movies, something that only professional image producers were previously able to do. Combined with a VIERA 3DTV and Blu-ray Disc™ player/recorder, the SDT750 makes it possible to save precious memories of friends and family in vivid, lifelike images, to further expand the world of 3D enjoyment at home.”

Alister Chapman (3D expert)

“Anaglyph (Red/Green) is just a viewing method. Movies or productions are not made in Anaglyph. The production process is identical for most productions whether it’s Avatar for the cinema or a corporate for the web. Done correctly an optimised anaglyph with a pair of good quality glasses (not the cheap cardboard ones) can look very good. The best example of good Anaglyph is the Dolby 3D system used in many cinemas. This is a modern version of Anaglyph that uses very narrow colour bands for each eye and rivals RealD Polarised when it comes to quality. The reason why Anaglyph is still used so much is that it can be used on any colour display or printed medium and other than the glasses requires no additional hardware.

The majority of S3D today however is being shown using other methods such as active glasses or polarised projection or screens, even youtube’s 3D player has the option to choose a display method to match the technology that you have. NVIDIA graphics cards have built in 3D drivers, 3D PC monitors can be purchased for £250, 3D laptops are readily available and more and more 3D TV’s are becoming available.

3D is here to stay, it may not be for everyday viewing but for many applications it is a winner. Take sports, now you can tell which way the ball is going, not just left or right. Now you can see the slopes and bumps on a golf green. Natural history will be able to show you things as you have never seen them before and movies will be able to become more immersive.”

So whats the conclusion…stay clear of FREE red/green glasses this is 3D at it’s worst in my opinion, the cinema is the next best thing but 80p glasses don’t give you that wow factor and the best of the lot by 600% is the powered polarisation glasses by Panasonic, but with no films available to date 3D in my books is still a non starter, one ray of light is the £1700 3D domestic camcorder from Panasonic due in September, this could yet tip the balance in Panasonic’s favour.

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Manfrotto 504HD Review coming soon

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23,656 views is a massive following for the Sony NEX-VG10

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One of the more respected forums in the USA, DV Info has clocked up over 23 thousand views on a thread all about the new Sony NEX-VG10. When you consider the Canon 5D2 thread which has been around for well over a year has a thread that’s only clocked up 21,689 views, I rest my case.

Once again HD Warrior has predicted a trend away from the HDSLR and can I just warn you now all video retailers will be on short supply this side of Christmas so head my warning pre order your camera this week to get a sniff of one of these camcorders in September or you might be into 2011 before fresh supplies are available.

This wee camcorder is going to be the most sought after piece of video kit this year and will outstrip demand for months to come.

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Sony NEX-VG10 September launch along with Panasonics AF100

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EBAY are preparing for a large volume of HDSLRs during September with the introduction of the first Shallow Depth of Field (SDoF) camcorder from both Sony Domestic (NEX-VG10) and Panasonic Professional (AF100).

Both camcorders are poles apart when it comes to features but they both hold the same coveted feature the SDoF. Sony surprised everyone by bringing out their SDoF camcorder in a domestic form first, running in at about £1,600. There is no tentative pricing for the AF100 but rumours have the camcorder with no lens in the region of about £5,300.

It seems that Panasonic will finally reveal all during the IBC show this September including pricing but strangely no word yet on Sony’s professional SDoF camcorder, due early February 2011. I am not sure if Sony are coming in with two hats on…the VG10 for the student and enthusiast market and moping up the rest with the professional camcorder.

In the professional video world Sony out sells other manufacturers by ten to one so you can see Sony’s logic by entering both the domestic and pro market with a SDoF camcorder.

Just in case you have not noticed…the side of the new Sony VG10 has very similar controls to the Sony MC50 with some exceptions, the VG10 has more manual control switches on the outside making it a far better featured camcorder from day one. We have a gain switch which is sadly missing off the MC50 but will be a great benefit for film makers using the VG10.

So what of the HDSLR world…my advice is sell, sell, sell…long before September as this little beauty will be like gold dust from September till Japan catches up with the sheer volume of expected sales.

Canon had this marketplace sewn up… in fact, Canon sold four times more HDSLRs last year making it their best year ever but have come to a grinding halt with no new featured HDSLRs since the EOS 550D last February. It is rumoured that we might see a prototype SDoF camcorder from Canon during IBC next month but as usual they will be in the long shadow of both Panasonic and Sony by the time we see a working model.

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The NEW Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

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Panasonic to launch the AF101 at IBC 2010

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With a presence at the IBC Production Village as well as its stand, both in Hall 11, Panasonic will use IBC to mark the global launch of the AG-AF101 4/3” HD camcorder, the first professional micro 4/3-inch video camcorder optimised for high-definition video recording. Users will be able to see how the professional camcorder shoots cinema-like footage with shallow depth of field while the AG-HMC81, a professional HD shoulder mounted 3-megapixel camcorder and new addition to Panasonic’s AVCCAM line-up offering both HD and SD recording on DV also makes its European debut at IBC. Thirdly, visitors will also be able to take a closer look at the AG-3DA1 fully integrated HD 3D camcorder which is available from August at a Recommended Retail Price of Euro 18,700.

These three camcorders, originally announced at NAB in April 2010, will be used to demonstrate the flexibility of Panasonic’s capture solutions across an IT workflow in both 3D and HD. In this way, Panasonic will focus on how its technology can help industry professionals to take advantage of the broadcast IT revolution, maximising the cost-effectiveness of production while retaining high levels of broadcast quality.

Commenting on Panasonic’s broadcast production demonstrations, Jerome Berrard, Director Panasonic AVSE (AV Systems Europe) said: “We are bringing a lot to this year’s show and in doing so we are looking to open up the possibilities of 3D content production, HD recording and file-based workflow to even more broadcast professionals around the world. Our products are all designed with the end-user in mind meaning that they help to remove many of the traditional barriers in broadcasting. Creating 3D and HD content has never been easier, while our IT based P2 workflow technology provides the cost benefits, ease-of-use and scalability that the industry needs to address future production requirements.”

As well as showcasing its latest products Panasonic will run a series of 3D workshops throughout the show. Visitors can get hands-on experience with its 3D solution, from capture through to post-production, to learn what makes a great 3D production and run any questions past Panasonic engineers directly.

Panasonic will also be using IBC 2011 to demonstrate its latest pro AV displays; the product line-up will include the new 152” large format professional display panel (PDP), the world’s largest full HD plasma screen and models from its VX large format 3D series, due to launch later in the year. The 85” and 103” full HD 3D plasmas with frame sequential technology demonstrate Panasonic’s latest advances in plasma technology which allows accurate, high quality reproduction of 3D video sources on screen. This creates the immersive experience demanded by the key markets for this range – museums, home cinema and visualisation.

David Martin, general marketing manager, Professional Visual Displays Europe (PVDE) said: “IBC provides the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate our plasma capabilities to the industry. We are known for developing reliable, high-impact large format displays that meet a diverse range of market needs and our strong digital signage presence at the show this year will help to reinforce our position as a clear market leader.”

For more information, please visit Panasonic at IBC at Stand #11.E60

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