@DEPTH 2.0 offers new functionalities that simplify the work to convert 2D into 3D, via improved algorithms and the introduction of the unique Depth Map Creation Service.
Dimenco announced today that it will showcase the extended capabilities of its 3D content-enabling software @DEPTH 2.0 at the NAB show in Las Vegas, April 8th to 11th. @DEPTH 2.0 contains two major new features. These are the introduction of the ‘Accurate’ algorithm and the Depth Maps Creation Service (DMCS).
@DEPTH 2.0, based on Philips and Dolby technology, empowers content creators and post-production companies with a cost-effective (semi-automatic) and high quality offline conversion of existing 2D video content to any 3D content format that the user requires. @DEPTH 2.0 uses depth maps in order to create 3D. These depth maps are grey scale images in which the user can bring objects to the front by coloring them whiter and can bring objects to the back by coloring them a deeper black.
In addition to converting 2D content, @DEPTH 2.0 is the perfect tool to edit 3D stereo-content. It calculates the depth information from high-definition stereo content in a fully automated process, using the disparity between the left and right images. This gives the user the ability to compose shots, edit the amount of depth per frame and render for different types and size of 3D screens.
The depth information can be used to generate high-quality stereo or auto-stereo (glasses-free) 3D images. Previews of the converted content can be shown in real-time on a Dimenco glasses-free 3D display or a traditional glasses-based Stereo 3D display.
The ‘Accurate’ Algorithm
In addition to using the existing software algorithms, it is now possible to use the new and improved algorithm called ‘Accurate’. Like its name, the new algorithm offers the user a much more precise algorithm. This will mean higher quality generated depth maps and a better quality for your 3D footage. By adding depth maps the user can also control the quality of the 3D conversion footage and control the effort and cost of conversion.
Depth Maps Creation Service
Via @DEPTH 2.0 the user can make use of the fully trained and experienced artists at Dimenco, who can manually create the depth maps for the user. This feature allows the user to take full control over its budget and increase the speed of the conversion.
Using the @DEPTH 2.0 software it is now possible to order depth maps of the key frames for only $5. Simply upload your chosen keys frames via @DEPTH 2.0 and order the depth maps for these frames. The ordered depth maps are finished within 3 working days. With the created depth maps @DEPTH 2.0 will calculate the depth maps in-between, enabling high quality low cost conversion.
@DEPTH 2.0 will present its new features for the first time at NAB in Las Vegas from 8th – 11th of April. Dimenco will organize demos of @DEPTH 2.0 and will showcase its possibilities in the invitation only area in the Dolby booth. The location of the booth is in the Upper South Hall (SU1702).
Furthermore, @DEPTH 2.0 contains some additional improvements in usability and performance, which make it possible to generate and export Dolby 3D Multi view.
“The introduction of DMCS will enable the industry to increase the quality and speed of conversion and lower the cost, making 3D content available for everyone.” says Maarten Tobias, CEO of Dimenco.
Pricing and Availability
Customers can download a free 30 day trial version, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. The trial version of @DEPTH 2.0 is available via the Dimenco website. Estimated license per seat per year is $2500. Educational pricing as well as volume licensing are available.