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INTRODUCING THE DASHWOOD 3D CHART: AN INTERACTIVE APPROACH TO STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA ALIGNMENT FROM DSC LABS

Using live computer analysis with optional Apple iPad® support, DSC Labs’ latest 3D chart displays alignment data allowing for 3D rig calibration at unprecedented speeds

Toronto, Canada – April 6, 2011 – DSC Labs, the eco-friendly developer of innovative products for image quality improvement, is pleased to announce the Dashwood 3D Chart. Developed with stereographer and Dashwood Cinema Solutions founder Tim Dashwood, the Dashwood 3D Chart allows 3D crews to achieve accurate 3D rig calibration when integrated with the new Dashwood Stereo3D CAT™ calibration software. The chart’s unique visual code trackers work alongside the application’s logic system to automatically track to 1/100th of a pixel for ideal stereo alignment at unprecedented speeds. The chart also offers an optional interface for live wireless feedback, with iPad® support to assist camera alignment, sync testing, slating, and color and gamma calibration. For those aligning without computer assistance, the Dashwood 3D Chart offers manual pattern alignment that features DSC Labs’ distinctive FiddleHead spirals for corner-to-corner focus.

“The new Dashwood 3D Chart will expedite the geometric calibration of stereoscopic rigs by up to 1000 percent, eliminating any lens change hesitations,” comments Dashwood. “It offers an empirical approach to camera alignment with automatic tracking options as well as optional iPad support — unlike anything that currently exists on the market.”

DSC Labs President David Corley comments: "Over the years DSC has had the privilege of working with many of the unique individuals whose effort and work have resulted in the high quality images that the world enjoys today. Tim Dashwood is one of these genuine innovators, and we have watched his meteoric rise as a leader in the development of 3D. It has been a pleasure to work with Tim on the development of the truly innovative Dashwood 3D Chart."

Dashwood 3D Chart Features:

• Horizontal, vertical and angled alignment patterns

• DSC Labs’ distinctive FiddleHead spirals for corner-to-corner focus

• ChromaDuMonde color reference on centerline to match vectorscope orientation

• Linear left/right grayscale for matching gamma response in both cameras

• See-through slots with 0.7% and 1% markers for checking positive parallax in the background

• 18% gray scale chips (at the top of the chart on RT and LT) to assist in even lighting

• Optional iPad holder

Dashwood Cinema Solutions’ Dashwood Stereo3D CAT™ and Stereo3D Toolbox v.3.0™ work with the Dashwood 3D chart to automatically track to 1/100 of a pixel. When used with the optional iPad and Dashwood Cinema Solutions software (sold separately), users can also benefit from the following:


• Stereoscopic Slating

• Automatic Calibration Tracker for lightning-fast rig alignment

• Sync Checker to confirm appropriate shutter sync between cameras

• Stereo3D Visualizer™ to calculate dimensions of a scene, render a representation of the objects in the scene (including similitude), and warn against settings that may cause viewer discomfort

See the Dashwood 3D Chart at NAB 2011

The Dashwood 3D Chart is debuting at the DSC booth (C10215) at the NAB 2011 show held in Las Vegas. Attendees will also be able to see its unique capabilities demonstrated at the Dashwood Cinema Solutions booth (C10514D3) and Stereo3D Unlimited booth (C10514D1) in the 3D Pavilion.

The Dashwood3D Chart will be available to purchase directly from DSC Labs – please e-mail dsc@dsclabs.com or visit http://www.dsclabs.com.

Dashwood 3D Chart Availability

For more information about DSC Labs, please go to http://www.dsclabs.com or visit them at NAB. To book a press appointment with DSC Labs at NAB 2011, please contact Kathleen Langlois (Kathleen@zazilmediagroup.com).

About DSC LabsDSC Labs has been dedicated to image integrity in visual communications for more than 48 years. The company’s pioneering engineering achievements include patented image processes and the development of standardized industry-wide test patterns, earning DSC the Fuji Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to television. Using ground source heat/cool technology at the lab, DSC is known for its environmentally friendly production processes and materials, and whenever possible, for designing recyclable products. “Better Images through Research” articulates the company’s continuing commitment to making innovative products for image quality improvement.

DSC Labs’ charts are trademarks or registered trademarks of DSC Labs. All other trademarks, registered trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Press Contacts

Zazil Media Group

Kathleen Langlois

kathleen@zazilmediagroup.com

(m) 413 374 7655

Janice Dolan

janice@zazilmediagroup.com

(m) 617 817 6595

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