Samsung’s Gear VR – The Perfect “Second Screen” to Broadcast TV?
The announcement of Samsung’s Gear VR opens up a whole new avenue that even Samsung may not have thought of yet – It’s a perfect second-screen for Broadcast Television and an OTT (over the top) content distribution platform. We aren’t talking on-demand OTT here, no! this device might be the perfect companion to ‘expand’ the TV canvas into a full 360 experience.
Typical scenarios could include:The News in 360
Depth OF Field: A stereoscopic 3D taboo?
Is Depth of Field (DoF) a no no in Stereoscopic 3D movie making? Pretty much yes. You would want to have infinite DoF in a 3D movie, so as not to cause undue duress to audiences eyes and minds as they struggle to “fuse” out-of-focus imagery. Yet, DoF and RackFocus are staple in the Cinematographers and Directors toolkit when making movies, and have been for the past few generations. They work extremely well to direct the audiences’ attention to part of the visual frame, or to lock attention to an important prop or [...]
Calling on LG, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung to Smarten up their Smart TVs for “Hybrid” Broadcasting:
Everyone should applaud Fashion TV for pioneering and embracing Stereoscopic 3D in their mainstream programming. For those not in the know (and I only came to know about it a few days ago), FTV has a half hour block of its programming in Stereoscopic 3D. They use the default Frame Compatible 3D format so as to maintain compatibility with today’s HD broadcast signal.
What this means is, that if viewers do NOT have a 3DTV, they will have to watch this segment with the left and right, i.e: the 3D image, showing as two halves of an HD image. This [...]
Personal 3D preview for Film Crews from Sony?
How many of us in 3D film-making can identify with this familiar scenario: A 46 inch 3D monitor on-location at a film set, with the Director and DP peering a few feet away, while behind them crew members try to block out excessive glare on the screen, and sometimes even fighting the heat (not all movies are shot on cool 21 degree celcius days).
Help is at hand from a gadget that is primarily aimed at the consumer market.