Sony recently announced at the Tokyo Game Show, and on its PlayStation Blog, that 3-D Blu-Ray support will be coming next week with its latest software update, which is version 3.5. This update is due to be released on September 21.
This new feature expands the PS3’s 3D capabilities – as you may recall, we added the ability to play stereoscopic 3D games with the 3.30 firmware update in April.
While support for Blu-ray 3D discs is the primary new feature within the 3.50 update, there will be a few additional features. We’ll post more details on the blog prior to the firmware’s release, so check back here on Monday.
via : Blu-ray 3D Disc Playback Support Coming to PlayStation 3 System Next Week @ PlayStation Blog
First Panasonic gets the exclusive rights to bundle Avatar with their big-budget Plasma Viera televisions, now Disney and Sony team up to make Bolt & Alice in Wonderland exclusive to Sony Bravia sets.
U.S. consumers buying select Sony Bravia 3D TVs will get their choice of bundled 3D Blu-rays of the two Disney titles.
Similar bundling arrangements in other markets will follow.
A Disney spokesman said under this exclusive deal, the “Alice in Wonderland” and “Bolt” 3D Blu-ray discs will be available only with the purchase of a Sony product, at least for now.
While I’m sure the studios & television producers are hoping this will help to drive sales of the televisions to all those consumers thirsty for 3D content, I have to argue that in reality it’s doing exactly the opposite. You know how many 3D movies are available right now? 1. And they’re making the next 3 exclusive to certain TV manufacturers.
Bullet? Meet Foot. Say Hi.
via Disney, Sony team on 3D, Blu-ray marketing – Entertainment News, 3D, Media – Variety.
Toms Hardware has an excellent multi-page writeup on Stereoscopic video and encoding technology, focusing heavily on the BluRay 3D specification. They get into the details of the creation of content, encoding, decoding, display, and various psychological effects. They include several details like this:
Because they block alternate pixels, rows, or frames of video from each eye (depending on the type of 3D display you have chosen), less than half the light from a 3D display system reaches your eyes. To minimize crosstalk on frame sequential display systems, active shutter glasses block both eyes during the transition period between the display of each video frame. For all of these reasons, it is helpful to choose a 3D display with high brightness levels.
And the various aspects of the human vision system:
Although objects may appear to be in front of or behind the display, they are not really there. Because the image is really coming from a flat screen, to see the 3D video clearly, the muscles in your eyes must keep your eye lens focused to the distance of the screen. The fact that the 3D video is really only in focus on a flat plane creates a disparity between one visual cue (accommodation) and the other visual cues.When your eyes try to focus on 3D objects that appear to be close to you, your eyes will naturally converge inward while trying to accommodate for viewing a nearby object. Unlike the real world, all objects in a 3D video will only be in focus on the display. If you try to focus on objects that appear to be right in front of your nose, you will be disappointed, as you instead lose focus.
A great read if you’re working on stereoscopic content.
Primer: The Principles Of 3D Video And Blu-ray 3D : What Is 3D?. via Stereoscopy News
That’s right, Joss Whedon’s hilarious and entertaining web series is now out on BluRay, showing the epic struggle of Dr Horrible against Captain Hammer, and poor Felicia Day stuck in the middle. If you already own it on or DVD, here’s why you might want to consider it:
Even if you’ve already watched or downloaded Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a number of bonus features might entice you. There are two commentary tracks: Harris, the three Whedons, Tancharoen, Day, and Fillion recorded a spirited track discussing the movie, and there’s also “Commentary! The Musical” in which they ignore the movie and sing about the writers’ strike and each other (e.g., Fillion sings “I’m Better than Neil”)–the songs aren’t as good as the Horrible songs, but it’s good silly fun. A 20-minute making-of discusses the cast, the recording sessions, and how the movie became a phenomenon, and 10 videos (a half-hour total) were recorded by fans who want to join the Evil League of Evil. And when’s the last time you wanted to pause the FBI warning? –David Horiuchi
On sale today for a miniscule $10, and definitely worth watching.
Right now, there is one and only one 3-D Bluray movie, and that is Monsters vs Aliens 3D. Right now, there is one and only one way to view the only 3-D Bluray movie in 1080p, and that is Nvidia’s 3D Vision solution.
However, Nvidia will soon be releasing its R256 graphics drivers. On certain graphics cards, these drivers will support 3-D Bluray decoding. Meanwhile, CyberLink will soon be releasing its PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D software. This software will enable 3-D Bluray decoding. While Hollywood currently only has one 3-D Bluray movie available, soon they will be releasing more 3-D Bluray movies.
Tom’s Hardware covers what it takes to view 3-D Bluray movies on the PC.
Tom’s Hardware has an exclusive first-look at Blu-ray 3D technology running on a notebook and HTPC leveraging Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology, CyberLink’s PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II software, and an Acer display. Might this setup be in your future, too?
via Blu-ray 3D On The PC @ The Tom’s Hardware Review.
The Huron River platform is the seventh-generation Centrino platform. The mobile processor associated with the Huron River platform is a Sandy Bridge CPU. The Sandy Bridge codename refers to a CPU that is the planned successor to Nehalem. In addition to the Sandy Bridge CPU, the Huron River platform will include a new version of Intel HD graphics. This graphics chip will be capable of supporting version 1.4 of HDMI.
Fudzilla is reporting that this Intel graphics chip will support 3D Blu-ray:
When it comes to Blu-ray support, Huron River plans to introduce a Blu-ray Stereoscopic 3D playback support but we can only hope that notebooks based on Huron River will come with a display with refresh rate that can support Blu-ray 3D on your notebook.
via : Huron River 2011 Platform supports 3D Blu-ray
Yesterday I was in a debate with a fellow over when we would have 3-D Blu-Ray available at work to watch movies on. I reminded him that there is only one movie currently available for 3-D Blu-Ray. Without any content, there is nothing to watch. That did not satisfy him at all. Randall told him that there were some hardware problems that we were working through since this was a new equipment. That did not seem to satisfy him either.
But what if you want to run a non 3D movie on the latest 120 Mhz monitor? Tom Petersen talks about that issue in a recent blog post.
Ok, so you’ve got yourself a new 3D-capable 120Hz monitor for playing back games and videos in stereo 3D mode, but then you also decide to take advantage of that higher refresh rate even when playing back non 3D videos like Blu-ray Movies. You set your display to 120Hz and try to run the Bly-ray movie and then something is not right and the reason for that is the HDCP protection that is being used with the Blu-ray video. But why it is not working when your new 120Hz monitor does say HDCP compliant? There is one interesting catch that nobody is focusing on and that is the fact that your new 120Hz monitor is indeed HDCP compliant, but only when used at 60Hz refresh rate.
via : Playing Blu-ray Movies (non-3D) on a 120Hz 3D-ready LCD Monitor
Howard Stringer is the outsider CEO of Sony. While it is extremely unusual for a foreigner to become the CEO of a Japanese company, it has helped him to do things that no CEO of Sony has been able to do so far. He has laid off tens of thousands of Sony employees since 2008. Now, in a Wired magazine article, he lays out his vision for the future of Sony.
Emboldened, he’s now doubling down on ambitious new formats by betting big on 3-D video. “We bloody well drove the whole industry to Blu-ray,” he says. “Now you’ll need the storage capacity of Blu-ray for 3-D.”
via Saving Sony: CEO Howard Stringer Plans to Focus on 3-D TV | Magazine.
Now may be the time to “buy in” if you’ve been waiting to join the 3D Home TV market, as a new promotion from Amazon & Samsung could get you a brand new 3D HDTV, BluRay Player, and two pairs of the 3D glasses at a pretty significant discount.
Currently two TV’s are available for Pre-Order at Amazon: The Samsung UC46C8000 46″ tv ($2,7999 USD), and the Samsung UN55C8000 55″ TV ($3,499 USD). Both TV’s are 1080P, 3D -Ready, 240Hz LED HDTV’s with 4 HDMI inputs and internet connectivity for downloadable widgets & integrated Skype calling. If you pre-order one before the end of April and buy a compatible Samsung BluRay player (Currently, the Samsung BD-c6900 for $359), then you can get the Samsung 3D Glasses Kit (which we’ve talked about earlier) for Free!
It’s no small investment, but getting what’s normally an extra $350 for free, on top of Amazon’s usual discounts, is a pretty good deal if you are in the market for a compatible TV and BluRay player.
The announcement of James Cameron’s Avatar includes a not-so subtle continuation of the movie’s “be nice to nature” message in the form of the release date: April 22nd, Earth Day.
The story of an ex-Marine who comes to befriend the indigenous population of a distant planet being mined of its natural resources by an aggressive corporation from Earth, “Avatar” stars Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi and Laz Alonso.
Of course, no pricing or details are available yet but you can hit Amazon and sign up for notification when the BluRay or DVD are available for pre-order.
‘Avatar’ Gets Earth Day Video Release – @ The Movies News Story – WJXT Jacksonville.