RealD to install #3D technology in theater chain in China

RealD and Womei Theater Chain Sign Agreement to Install RealD 3D on 100 Cinema Screens – DailyFinance.

Keep in mind that when you have “cineplex” sites with multiple screens, they typically need only equip a couple of screens. Let’s say a cineplex has 8 screens – as they are still showing a lot of 2D movies, they need only set up perhaps 1 or 2 theaters with the 3D technology.

When Youtube network connections are slow and the video stops frequently …

The good news is that tonight, our Youtube viewing experience is back to the way it used to be. After a month of very slow Youtube video delivery with frequent stops and buffering, we are back tonight to playing videos as they should always play, which is, without stopping!

Somethings I learned that may or may not be helpful – when playing a video that is having problems, right click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS X) with the mouse on top of the video – a pop up menu will be displayed.

Click “Report Playback issue” to report problems to Google.

Click “Take Speed Test” – and then right click and choose “Show video info” (you can click this on any video too). At the upper right you will see some interesting data about the video and the video streaming.

The other night, I was watching this barely move along at 100 kbps to 200 kbps – and then mysteriously, very very late, it popped up to around 2 to 3 Mbps, which is more like what we ought to be seeing.

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Panasonic’s newest cameras to interface with iPhone and Android phones


Panasonic currently doesn’t have plans to allow developers to create apps for its cameras but it does not rule anything for the future and will continue to evaluate the development of the connected camera market.

via photokina 2012: Interview with Panasonic • MegaPixel.

Arghhhhh. As a software engineer, I would really like to see software development kits for these embedded systems. Why not?

At the 2012 CES, a Nikon Field Engineer told me Nikon would not provide an SDK as it would enable 3rd party apps to potentially tarnish the Nikon camera’s quality. I said, “You mean like how iPhone apps have tarnished the iPhone?” Heh.

I couldn’t resist. He understood what I meant but said Nikon’s executive management was then opposed to opening up their cameras.

Which is funny because in August, Nikon announced an Android powered camera! And its a nice camera too!

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Using a hybrid video frame rate for 3D (or 2D)

Is Variable Frame Rate Better than High Frame Rate for 3D?.

There are times, in video, where we want 30 fps – but that can result in jittery motion if the shutter speed is fast. We can either use a longer shutter speed (e.g. 1/30th of a second) to blur motion, or we could shoot at higher frame rates (60 fps).

The authors propose shooting subjects that have fast action in 60 fps but continuing to shoot slower moving subjects in 30 fps. In post production, the entire production can be rendered as 60 fps by doubling up the 30 fps frame.

They did their tests, by the way, for 3D video. 3D likes good detail and does not like lots of motion blur, complicated the decision: how to render detailed 3D without ending up with motion blur problems.

(Actually, the link is to a PAL world discussion where they do thinks in 25 or 50 fps. I translated to 30/60 fps for the North American audience. Also, I did some similar tests sort of along the lines of the authors, but was just playing around with 720p/60 for 3D and found the results were much better than I had expected. But that also may have depended on the inexpensive cameras I was using.)

Consumers apparently do want 3D

The week ended Oct. 14, 20th Century Fox’s Prometheus, in its first week in stores, generated 25% of its unit sales from the 3D version which, it should be noted, came with an extra bonus disc to encourage sales, according to Nielsen VideoScan. Since 76% of Prometheus sales were of a Blu-ray configuration, that means 33% of Prometheus Blu-ray shoppers opted for the 3D edition — a collector’s set that included the film on Blu-ray 3D, regular Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy iTunes and UltraViolet.

via 3D Starts Popping Up in U.S. Homes – The Hollywood Reporter.

Is there a rehab group for 3D photography addiction?

Is there a rehab group for 3D photography addiction?

I went out to shoot plain old fashioned 2D fall color pictures. Within about 10 minutes I was looking at railroad tracks going off into the distance and thought, “That would be cool in 3D!” and was doing the “cha cha” to shoot a 3D image with my one camera.

In another 30 minutes, I had two cameras mounted on my tripod mount … and was shooting 3D video. Sigh. I am addicted to 3D. Is there any hope of recovery?

(I posted this earlier on my Google+ page!)

Question on how to expose for greatest dynamic range on GH2

Question on how to expose for greatest dynamic range on GH2 – Personal View Talks.

This question was posted on, the web site for micro four thirds (run by the author of the GH-1 and GH-2 hacks) and specifically the high end Lumix cameras.

Suggestion is made to consider using graduated neutral density filters or polarizing filters to help reduce the highlights in photographs. The same could be said for video, and that this tip applies not just to Lumix cameras but all kinds of still and video cameras.

I shot something recently, on video, using a Canon camera, where the subjects were in the shade but enough else was in direct sunlight. There was nothing I could do but allow the highlights to blow out on the limited dynamic range of 4:2:0 HDV video. But the suggestion to use a graduated ND is a good one that I thought worth sharing with others.