YUVsoft Announces 2D–to–Stereo 3D Conversion Software

YUVsoft Corp., a software R&D company, unveiled its 2D-to-3D conversion software designed for film post-production companies, VFX companies, and 3DTV studios.

The new product, 2D to 3D Suite, automates 2D-to-stereo and 2D-to-2D+Depth conversion, providing mid-level quality and minimizing the amount of required manual work. It is also intended for accelerating and reducing the cost of several stages of high quality depth-based 2D-to-3D conversion using rotoscoping. The product’s key features include:

• Automatic generation of plausible depth maps in many cases—rotoscoping may only be necessary for important objects
• Depth propagation from key frames—decreases number of frames when rotoscoping is required for all or just a few objects
• Hiqh-quality stereo generator—provides fully automatic stereo generation from 2D+Depth

Using 2D to 3D Suite, a small team of just 10 people can convert a full-length movie within one to two months depending on the movie’s type and quality requirements. For the highest-quality conversion with extensive rotoscoping, the software can increase productivity two times or more by supporting fast background depth construction and stereo generation. The software is already in use and was employed in converting a number of shots in the recent Conan the Barbarian movie.

The software is available as a set of plug-ins for Adobe After Effects CS5 or later. The version for Nuke is scheduled for release in October. YUVsoft provides details on pricing and availability for specific platforms.

The core product encompasses a set of tools for semiautomatic 2D–to–stereo 3D conversion using depth maps to accelerate 3D film conversion and to decrease the required amount of manual work. It includes means for automatic and semiautomatic construction of plausible depth maps, fast depth map editing and correction, and high-quality automatic 2D+Depth to stereo conversion. The software is designed for post-production companies, VFX companies and 3DTV studios. The software is already in use at several companies and has been employed successfully for movie 2D-to-3D conversion.

Other notable tools include automatic geometry and color mismatch correction in stereo, stereo-to-multiview conversion, and disparity map estimation.

YUVsoft also has broad expertise in video quality estimation, including stereoscopic, multiview and 2D+Depth video, and in 2D video processing for quality enhancement, compression and analysis.

Meet YUVsoft at the IBC Exhibition on September 9–13 in Amsterdam, stand 11.F74.

Company Background
YUVsoft Corp. is a private company formed by an R&D team from Moscow State University. YUVsoft develops products by applying more than 10 years of experience in video processing, image processing and multimedia compression, as well as several years of 2D+Depth and stereo video processing experience. Over the past five-plus years, YUVsoft has completed custom video processing projects for a number of large IT companies.


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