1st Transatlantic HD Stereo 3D broadcast


Delegates attending the IBC exhibition and conference in Amsterdam in September will be able to witness a historic interview conducted in Los Angeles with DreamWorks Animation SKG CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. The interview which will take place on Sunday 14 September will be conducted by Elizabeth Daley, Professor and Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The interview will be photographed by 3Ality Digital, a company based in LA, on multi-camera Stereoscopic equipment and packaged for delivery by satellite service company Arqiva to Amsterdam, Holland.

3D movies have been taking the cinema world by storm and multiplying box office revenues in 3D equipped theatres but live transmissions have been more challenging. “Stereo 3D is still in it’s infancy in many ways’ says 3Ality’s CEO Steven Schklair, “We have been making impressive 3D movies but live transmissions bring their own unique challenges. Like every live show there’s less time to make corrections and no room for error.

“One of the big challenges has also been how to keep the parallel signals in perfect synchronisation. That’s a special challenge over satellite links where atmospheric conditions can be problematic. To do this, we have developed a solution where we multiplex the 3D signals into a single 2D signal for transmission. At the receiving end we then un-wrap the 2D signal back into a 3D picture.

“We have done this before but not over such a long link and Internationally. We have also developed the twin camera systems that will be capturing the images. In this case we will be using two camera rigs to show that 3D pictures can be cut and mixed live.’

Phil White, IBC’s Director of Technology, said: “This is a natural progression from last year’s Live HD interview with Robert Zemeckis. We are working with a group of technology partners who are at the cutting edge of 3D imaging and transmission.’


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