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Miranda Eases Stereoscopic 3DTV

Miranda Technologies introduced several new stereoscopic 3D products expected to simplify the launch of 3DTV channels. They include the Densite 3DX-3901 signal processor, the Imagestore 750 channel-branding processor, and the Kaleido family of multiviewers.

At NAB 2010, Miranda Technologies introduced several new stereoscopic 3D products expected to simplify the launch of 3DTV channels. They include the Densite 3DX-3901 signal processor, the Imagestore 750 channel-branding processor, and the Kaleido family of multiviewers.

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"At the heart of all the early 3DTV launches is a simple technique called Frame Compatible mode, which combines the left and right streams of a stereoscopic program into one HD raster," said Michel Proulx, chief technology officer at Miranda, in a statement. "This scheme really simplifies things and makes it possible for broadcasters, cable, satellite, and IPTV operators to launch 3D channels with minimal changes to their infrastructure."

All of Miranda's new 3DTV products are designed to fit the new hybrid HD/3DTV infrastructure model.

The Densite 3DX-3901 signal processor offers high-quality conversion of multiple 3D formats, including dual 1.5 Gbps, single 1.5 Gbps, dual 3 Gbps, and single 3 Gbps, with Sensio side-by-side encoding. Monitoring functions include anaglyph, Difference4-Disparity, and left- or right-eye display.

The 3DX-3901 processor card has a single 3 Gbps/HD input and dual 3 Gbps/HD outputs. According to the company, this allows previewing of 3D conversion effects as well as 3D/2D simulcasting. The processor also offers horizontal and vertical flip, and interaxial adjustment to correct any stereoscopic 3D camera misalignment due to the camera beam splitter rig. A Horizontal Image Translation feature offers adjustment to depth positioning, and can simulate a 3D landscape from a 2D scene, says the company.

All Kaleido multiviewers, including the Kaleido-X (96x8), Kaleido-X16 (16x2), and entry-level Kaleido-Modular (8x2), can provide monitoring of stereoscopic 3D signals, with support for dual 1.5 Gbps and single 3 Gbps signals. By using high-performance stereoscopic 3D monitoring during production, an operator can assess the video quality and compare perspectives before switching between two Stereoscopic 3D cameras, says the company.

The control and layout characteristics of the Kaleido multiviewers with stereoscopic 3D signals are the same as with 2D video. Both 3D and 2D signals can be displayed simultaneously for maximum monitoring flexibility.



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