The Foundry’s new Ocula fixes 3-D stereoscopic problems

June 10, 2008

Visual effects software developer The Foundry’s new Ocula is a collection of plug-ins that solves common problems with 3-D stereoscopic imagery, boosts productivity in post production and delivers a more rewarding 3-D stereoscopic viewing experience.

The new plug-ins automatically replicate key processes on left and right channels and provide tools that help artists polish and refine 3-D stereoscopic material.

The Ocula tools are based on new disparity-mapping algorithms, created by The Foundry’s R&D team. Disparity maps track and correlate the differences in positional space and movement between corresponding pixels in the left and right cameras and then deliver pixel-level control over images.

Knowing where disparities occur, Ocula tools apply corrections by warping, stretching and squeezing only those areas of an image that require treatment. Image manipulation using disparity maps is different than X-, Y- or Z-axis shifting of images, where only whole image planes are being shifted.

Ocula plug-ins allow artists to make multiple adjustments to stereo image pairs. All corrections can be made to the left and right eye channels together or separately.

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