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Special Report: 3D Video in Pro AV

In part one of a two-part special report, our video expert details how 3D video works and which technologies work best depending on need.

The Pro's 3D Toolbox

Who's making 3D video products that might rise to the level of pro installations? In addition to Digital Projection and Da-Lite (pictured), several companies have their eyes on commercial projects. Among them are:

Barco. The company has implemented its stereoscopic 3D projectors, such as the three-chip DLP Galaxy 12 HB+, into a variety of display systems for visualization, engineering, and scientific research.

Christie Digital. The company also has roots in visualization and sells 3D projectors for digital cinema. Last summer it deployed CP2000 Series and Solaria Series 2 DLP projectors to show World Cup matches.

JVC. Products like JVCs new GD-463D10 LCD color monitor with an Xpol glass filter were built for the professional market. It uses circular polarization system so as not to rely on active-shutter glasses.

Mitsubishi. As Mitsubishi has been pushing its 3D DLP Home Cinema TVs to screen sizes up to 82 inches, the company has also rolled out energy-efficient laser-based models like the 75-inch LaserVue TV and pro-grade 3D-ready DLP projectors, including the XD600U.

NEC. Like Christie and Digital Projection, NEC also plays in the 3D cinema market with products such as the NC2500S-A and NC1600C-A projection systems.

Panasonic. Plasma may be back in vogue thanks to its ability to keep up with fast frame switching. Panasonic makes everything from pro 3D cameras to active-shutter glasses, to 3D production monitors (including LCD)–to say nothing of its large-format plasma 3DTVs.

Sharp. Its PG series of conference and classroom projectors is 3D-ready using DLP-Link technology, which works with compatible 3D content, the right graphics card, and active-shutter glasses, Sharp also makes 3D LCD TVs, such as the new LE925 Series.

Sony. Sony boasts end-to-end 3D technology, from acquisition to display. Its 4K resolution SXRD projectors create 3D cinema experiences; its processors, such as the MPE-200, optimize 3D content; and the company has even demonstrated a 280-inch 3D LED wall.

Stewart Filmscreen. Stewart’s Silver 3D is a commercial screen material for optimizing stereoscopic, two-channel 3D, rear-projection display systems. Its innovative StarGlas 60 and TechPlex 150 acrylic surfaces work well with passive-3D, rear-project systems.

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