Technology Behind Channel 4’s 3D Week


The UK’s Channel 4 commenced its 3D Week on 16 November utilising the ColorCode 3-D Division Sirius 3-D as its supporting technology. Color Code 3-D glasses are being given away by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

Channel 4 viewers have been able to watch The Queen’s Coronation, magician Derren Brown, Disney’s Hannah Montana and Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein in true stereoscopic depth. Those wanting to see the programmes in normal 2D could remove the ColorCode glasses.

Steen Iversen, CEO of Siius 3-D ApS notes that the technology ensures that there is no unwatchable coloured double images, either with or without the glasses. “Our 3-D glasses have amber and blue filters built into them: amber for colour information, blue for depth. The great advantage of ColorCode 3-D is that, compared with the old-style anaglyph (red/green) glasses used for early 3-D movies or the polarised glasses used in 3-D cinemas today, the technology allows content to be watched using the naked eye and, in these circumstances, still provides an acceptable viewing experience.

“Additionally, for the Channel 4 event, we developed our technology further, implementing a special broadcast processing so that anyone watching 3D Week while wearing the glasses will get a noticeable 3-D effect – not just those on a high-quality digital connection, but also those on an analogue connection, on a lower-bandwidth SD connection, or using a digital receiver connected with an antenna cable, S-video or composite rather than HDMI.

“Furthermore, we have developed a live 3-D transmission system with ColorCode 3-D encoding in real-time, so that Channel 4 can incorporate live broadcasts into the 3D Week schedule.’

During the 3D Week, Channel 4 will screen a variety of 3-D shows shot and post produced by Can Communicate. Scheduled highlights include never-before-seen footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953, which was shot in 3-D stereo and has been restored by Can Communicate with support from Sirius 3-D.  here will also be a “3D Magic Show’ presented by Derren Brown and also a number of classic 3-D movies and TV experiments from the past four decades which, like the Coronation footage, have been specially converted by Can Communicate.


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