Noise Industries development partner Dashwood Cinema Solutions has released a significant update to its award-winning, professional Stereo3D Toolbox plug-in for stereoscopic 3D mastering, as well as an inexpensive limited edition (LE) version for a more accessible entry into stereoscopic 3D content creation. Developed by stereo-cinematographer and Dashwood Cinema Solutions founder Tim Dashwood, both plug-in suites are powered by FxFactory and are designed to work with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, and Apple Final Cut Express applications.
The recent explosion of 3D motion pictures in theaters around the globe has prompted exceptional interest in stereoscopic technology. Dashwood Cinema Solutions’ Stereo3D Toolbox 2.0 leverages powerful technology for easy stereoscopic content creation on the Mac. Its expansive capabilities empower artists with the ability to repair, align and then output media to a wide-range of stereoscopic 3D formats. Innovative features in the new version offer a greater creative recipe; feeding 3D impulses with new capabilities that include: improved sub-pixel precision, pixel-precise straight or angled floating windows, high-contrast “ghost busting,” intuitive preview tools, finer control of image exposure and color balance, 2D+Z-Depth to stereoscopic conversion, and more.
With Dashwood Cinema Solutions’ new Stereo3D Toolbox LE, 3D enthusiasts have an affordable gateway into 3D content creation with the most basic stereoscopic 3D post-production tools necessary to optimize stereoscopically acquired footage. Features within the limited edition version incorporate convergence adjustment and vertical, zoom and rotational disparity correction tools, “autoscale,” a preview screen within the user interface, and the ability to output clips to popular stereoscopic monitors and delivery formats – including YouTube 3D.
Stereo3D Toolbox v2.0 feature highlights include:
Precise Stereoscopic Alignment: Filters allow adjustments to the convergence of scenes with horizontal image translation (HIT), while eliminating vertical, rotational, keystone and focal length disparity using either pixel-based or scalable percentage sliders. All adjustments can be keyframed with sub-pixel precision and “ease in/out” Bezier curves. The “Geometry” filter also features the “autoscale” function to automatically eliminate cropped edges, as well as stereoscopic scale, rotation and reframe tools. Advanced Stereoscopic Mastering Tools: The “Virtual Floating Window” filter can be used to create and keyframe pixel-precise straight or angled crops to minimize the effects of stereo window violations, while “Ghost Toaster” aids in the reduction of high-contrast crossover in circularly polarized display systems and monitors. Preview Tools Within the User Interface: Active preview tools that immediately present valuable feedback, including basic motion statistics, L/R difference mode, and the new anaglyph outlines preview. Circular Polarized 3D monitors are also now supported by the Canvas window in Final Cut Studio.
Stereo3D Toolbox LE feature highlights include:
Adjust Convergence and Correct Disparity: Filters allow adjustments to the convergence of scenes with horizontal image translation (HIT), while eliminating vertical, rotational and zoom disparity using pixel-based “ping-pong” sliders. Stereoscopic Input and Output: Accepts discreet left and right video clips, line-by-line interlaced 3D clips, or side-by-side clips (squeezed or un-squeezed). Also supports the output of popular stereoscopic delivery formats like side-by-side, line-by-line interlaced (field-sequential) and red/cyan anaglyph. Direct Upload to YouTube 3D: Finished stereoscopic 3D video can be directly uploaded to YouTube from the latest Final Cut Studio with side-by-side formatting.