Fraunhofer HHI Launches Adobe After Effects Plug-In Suite for Conversion of Stereo 3D to Multi-View 3D Content

Bbooth C7843

New Plug-in delivers industry’s easiest method to convert live stereo 3D film content for screening on autostereoscopic 3D displays 

Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), a leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks, multimedia systems, image signal and 3D, today announced the launch of the new Plug-in Suite for Adobe After Effects (AFX), the easiest way to convert stereoscopic 3D live film content for screening on autostereoscopic 3D displays.

The new AFX Plug-in uses an algorithm developed by Fraunhofer HHI to enable easy and automatic conversion of stereoscopic content, either fully or semi-automatically, into content suitable for screening on autostereoscopic displays. Autostereoscopic screenings, such as glasses-free 3D, require significantly more views than just the two views now used for stereoscopic presentation. With the AFX Plug-in, the missing views are computed and generated using sophisticated depth-based rendering technology.

“At Fraunhofer, we’re in tune to the growing needs of the 3D applications market,” said Christian Riechert, research fellow at Fraunhofer HHI. “The AFX Plug-in Suite and the Adobe After Effects open the door for users who haven’t previously been able to explore the possibilities offered by 3D solutions. The new plug-in offers an attractively priced and comparatively easy way of making their own autostereoscopic content.”

Until now, only the processing of computer-generated content for presentation on autostereoscopic displays was comparatively easy. The AFX Plug-In Suite now enables generation or conversion of stereoscopic live film content for a superb glasses-free 3D viewing experience. As content produced by the AFX Plug-In is highly compatible with most autostereoscopic displays, this opens the way to its widespread acceptance and use. 

For example, in addition to the entertainment space, digital signage experts are also making use of 3D display technology for the added advertising impact it offers. Presentations on autostereoscopic displays make for a stronger, longer lasting message and are increasingly being used as an alternative to conventional 2D presentations. There is now a wide range of 3D solutions for multimedia advertising and information platforms on the market.

Fraunhofer HHI is part of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. The Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance consists of Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) and Fraunhofer FOKUS. The alliance provides a network of deep expertise and intelligence for the development of scalable technologies and international standards that allow customers to stay ahead of the market. 

The new AFX Plug-in Suite is being presented for the first time at NAB 2013 at the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance booth C7843.

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