The research and development team here at Alive are absolutely ecstatic with the results of our preliminary 3D tests on 16mm cine film.
In our latest endeavors to push the boundaries in the world of film transfer, we have been developing a brand new service to bring your Cine Film to life in 3D! Our first formal test has been performed on some Super 16mm, shot by one of our customers many years ago. The film is 16mm negative, so we had the added challenge of colour grading – just to make it nice and tricky for our guys! From this piece of old cine film, we have created an amazing 3D film, output in True cinema 24, progressive scan, 16×9 wide-screen. These initial results prove that we are well on the way to being the worlds first transfer company to offer this incredible service to the public.
Our next phase is testing on 8mm cine film – the results of which we hope to announce very soon. Our initial thoughts are that customers will choose specific reels to be a 3D feature, rather than have the entire library transfered this way – but we’ll have to wait and see how everyone responds to the possibilities.
Below is a download-able file so you can see this exciting preview for yourself. Whilst the above movie will play on your computer, using traditional red/blue 3D glasses, you really need to watch it on a 3D Television, wearing the special 3D glasses that are supplied. To get this demo on our TV, do one of two things:
1) download the file below, then use Apple TV to stream it to your 3DTV.
2) If your TV has YouTube access, go to youtube.com/alivestudiostube or http://youtu.be/I80HMkY7NGo
The techy stuff…
In Side by Side 3D, one frame consists of two halves on the left and right, with the entire frame for the left eye scaled down horizontally to fit the left-half of the frame, and the entire frame for the right eye scaled down horizontally to fit the right side of the frame. When the 3D ready TV receives this Side by Side 3D signal, it splits each frame to extract the frame for each eye, and then rescales these individual frames to a full HD resolution using upscaling algorithms. It then displays these upscaled individual frames alternately in a frame-sequential manner.