3D BASICS #4 3D Interfaces and application examples

Issue #3 introduced major transmission and display systems for 3D video, as well as the advanced features of the BT-3DL2550 3D LCD video monitor. This issue introduces interfaces for 3D video transmission and application examples.

Major 3D transmission systems and interfaces
The following figure shows major transmission systems and interfaces for 3D video. See “3D BASICS #3, technologies for the display and transmission of 3D video” for a more detailed explanation of the systems.

Application example of 3D

A) Recording and viewing 3D in the field

The AG-3DA1, a compact integrated twin-lens 3D camera recorder allows easy creation of 3D footage, and automatically aligns the pictures of the built-in twin lenses, removing the need for precise adjustment before shooting to avoid unpleasant 3D images. In addition, the 3D image can easily be checked in the field with the BT-3DL2550 3D LCD video monitor.

B) Multiple camera system for live events

The AG-HMX100 AV mixer can switch signals (dual SDI, simulcast system) from two 3D cameras and output from both dual HD-SDI (L/R) and DVI-D (L/R) 3D video signals as a Program (PGM) out. When using a high-brightness, high-contrast 3D projection system with two professional DLP projectors, dynamic live images can be screened in 3D onto large screens. With the AG-HMX100, the shutter and power ON/OFF of Panasonic's professional projectors can be controlled remotely. By connecting the BT-3DL2550, PGM video can be monitored. Also, by connecting two AG-HMX100 units, up to four inputs of 3D video signals (dual HD-SDI) can be switched, and a maximum of two PGM outputs can be generated for a dynamic, large-scale 3D image presentation.

B-1 Event recording system, using 2x 3D camera recorders + switcher

B-2 Event recording system, using 2x 3D camera recorders + switcher (side-by-side)

B-3 Live event screening system, using 4x 3D camera recorders + 2x 3D projector

C) 3D editing system, using current AVCHD editing system

The AG-3DA1 records 3D footage in AVCHD format, so the 3D footage recorded with the AG-3DA1 can be edited easily with current Mac or Windows based nonlinear editing systems by adding plug-ins or optional software (third-party software, sold separately)* which enable 3D editing. Ingesting recorded material is also as easy as with 2D material.

* Panasonic does not guarantee proper operation of third-party plug-ins. Also, the operating conditions recommended by each plug-in software manufacturer must be satisfied.

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