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April 15, 2008

TDVision's TDVCodec to Provide Stereoscopic 3D Content

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

TDVision Systems has launched TDVCodec, a 2D and MPEG compatible stereoscopic format that can maintain 2D and MPEG compatibility with legacy systems. TDVision offers stereoscopic 3D acquisition, encoding, broadcast and display technologies.

TDVCodec format used for formatting video streams makes them viewable in existing 2D set top boxes, DVD/Blu-ray players besides being suitable for 2D televisions with no color loss or loss of resolution and frame rate. The digital video stream can be reproduced in TDVReady devices and PCs with TDVision’s Dejaview software.




This can be visualized in true 3D stereoscopic displays like 3D ready DLP televisions of Samsung and Mitsubishi (News - Alert) or by using the portable and immersive TDVisor from TDVision.

At an industry event, the company will be displaying a set of Blu-ray discs in which the content is coded using the TDVCodec format running in 2D on the PlayStation3 and in 3D running on PCs which are connected to stereoscopic displays. The Blu-ray content which will be demonstrated include a 3D Star Wars clip from In-Three, 3D reels from 21st Century 3D and content from ParadiseFX and Intuitive Surgical said TDVision.

Manuel Gutierrez Novelo, President and CEO of TDVision Systems explained that by encoding 3D content with TDVCodec, one single file dramatically reduces the production, replication, and distribution costs, saving hundreds of millions of dollars for producers and broadcasters while maintaining full compatibility with existing 2D platforms.

“Every person in the world will be able see the content, and if you happen to have TDVReady equipment and a Samsung (News - Alert) TV or a portable HD TDVisor then you’re ready to experience HD 3D anywhere,”  he added.

In order to demo complete implementation from acquisition, encoding and decoding to visualization for 3D echo system TDVision will be using 21st Century 3D’s 3DP2 camera connected directly to TDVision’s TDVisor.

“TDVision’s TDVisor is indisputably the best in its class. We are using it for the viewfinder of our new advanced 3DP2 stereoscopic camera,” said Jason Goodman, CEO of 21st Century 3D.

TDVision owns 3D related patents for proprietary system architectures which provide true 3D with the latest digital technologies. 3D images can be acquired, emulated and processed from a video stream or computer generated image using the new technology.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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