Quantel posts up for 3-D


AMSTERDAM -- U.K.-based manufacturer Quantel is aiming to improve 3-D production with the introduction of stereoscopic 3-D post technology.

The tools, developed to enable 3-D to be made and viewed in real time, were set to be unveiled today at the International Broadcasting Convention.

The stereo 3-D toolset is available as an option on Quantel's latest Pablo 4K, iQ4 and Max 4K post systems. To address the needs of more cost-sensitive post houses, Quantel also unveiled a stereoscopic post workstation dubbed Sid, which can be configured as a full stereo online system and also as a straightforward viewing, conform and mastering system. The latter may also be transported to productions for on-set viewing in 3-D.

The goal is a range of options, said Mark Horton, Quantel's strategic marketing manager. "Some post houses need a cost-effective back-room stereoscopic system as a hub for their existing tools," he said. "Others want a dedicated stereo room where a whole project can be finished with a client attending. Plus, of course, current Pablo or iQ customers can now handle stereo in their existing suites."

Working with Quantel on development has been Vince Pace, who co-developed the Fusion 3D camera system with James Cameron and serves as president of his Burbank-based 3-D company PACE. Last spring at PACE, the technology was privately previewed to invited directors, visual effects supervisors, postproduction execs and reps from most of the major studios.

Availability of the new technology is expected in the fall.