Screen’s 3D subtitling editing solution 3DITOR has undergone further development and a major enhancement with the addition of a ‘disparity timeline graph’ feature.
A disparity mapping module was added to 3DITOR earlier this year allowing the stereoscopic subtitler to view a visual representation of object disparity in each frame by means of a pin-graph.
By having the frame’s accompanying subtitle placed in the 3D space of the graphic representation, the operator can precisely place the subtitle in a safe area within the frame avoiding any detrimental occlusions.
With 360 degree rotation capability, 3DITOR’s disparity pin-graph offers a view of the 3D frame from any angle to further assure accurate subtitle placement.
Screen’s new disparity timeline graph takes this process a step further by analysing the depth-safe data of the entire 3D presentation and plotting the subtitle against object disparity.
With an ‘at-a-glance’ view of the colour-coded graph the operator can instantly pinpoint where an occlusion occurs, anywhere along the presentation’s timeline.
Despite the disruption caused by incorrectly placed subtitles in 3D material, it still appears to remain an area receiving little consideration by many.
With the high level of research and development invested in the production of 3DITOR, Screen has acquired extensive knowledge in the technicalities of stereoscopic material and has been a frequent commentator on graphic and subtitle placement in 3D presentations.