Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
JVC introduces stereoscopic image processor
JVC Professional Products introduced the IF-2D3D1 stereoscopic image processor, which works as a 2D-to-3D converter and as a 3D L/R mixer for video content producers. Housed in a rugged, 1RU metal cabinet and compatible with a wide range of HD formats, the IF-2D3D1 is designed to help 3D content producers improve their workflow, whether they are converting archived 2D material or shooting original content in 3D.
Using unique JVC algorithms, the IF-2D3D1 converts 2D content to 3D in real time, offering no fewer than four 3D mixed formats (which combine left-eye and right-eye images) for stereo video output on a compatible device: line-by-line, side-by-side-half, above-below and checkerboard. JVC is making this 2D-to-3D conversion technology widely available under license. The IF-2D3D1 can also output discrete left and right signals via HD-SDI or HDMI for dual projection or editing. Output can be adjusted for parallax (image displacement) and 3D intensity — both with natural, anaglyph and sequential viewing modes.
Generally, 3D footage is shot using a pair of video cameras, but producers have not had a practical method of real-time monitoring on location. The IF-2D3D1 easily combines the left-eye and right-eye images; nothing else is required except a 3D capable monitor, such as JVC's GD-463D10U, a 46in 3D LCD panel. A built-in HD-SDI frame synchronizer provides sync for two cameras that lack external sync, and anaglyph and sequential viewing modes provide multiple ways to check 3D content.
Content creation workflow can also be improved through a variety of additional features. The scope feature provides a waveform monitor and vectorscope for comparing both video streams on a display to ensure the settings for both cameras — such as exposure and white balance — are matched. The split feature combines the two video streams on one screen with a movable boundary, allowing instant L/R comparison. And when one of the two cameras has to be positioned upside down (to ensure correct spacing), rotation makes sure both streams can be viewed the right way up and in sync.