SMPTE Forms 3D Home Display Task Force

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Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is establishing a task force to define the parameters of a stereoscopic 3D mastering standard for content viewed in the home. Called 3D Home Display Formats Task Force the project promises to propel the 3D home entertainment industry forward by setting the stage for a standard that will enable 3D feature films and other programming to be played on all fixed devices in the home no matter the delivery channel.  The inaugural meeting of the task force takes place August 19 and will be hosted by the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California near downtown Los Angeles.“Digital technologies have not only paved the way for high quality 3D in the theatres they have also opened the door to 3D in the home ” says SMPTE engineering vice president Wendy Aylsworth. “In order to take advantage of this new opportunity we need to guarantee consumers that they will be able to view the 3D content they purchase and provide them with 3D home solutions for all pocketbooks.” The 3D Home Display Formats Task Force will explore the standards that need to be set for 3D content distributed via broadcast cable satellite packaged media and the Internet and played-out on televisions computer screens and other tethered displays. After six months the committee will produce a report that defines the issues and challenges minimum standards evaluation criteria and more which will serve as a working document for SMPTE 3D standards efforts to follow. The first 3D Home Display Formats Task Force gathering will feature demonstrations of 3D technologies. All technology professionals who are considering joining the group are welcome to attend. Non-members will be asked to pay a small fee for the initial meeting and ongoing participation in the work requires membership in SMPTE. SMPTE www.smpte.orgThe Entertainment Technology Center @ USC