Affordable 3D Monitoring and Powerful Analysis Features
You can monitor your 3D content directly on your Mac screen and external display. The primary analysis window provides numerous adjustable viewing options including anaglyph, side by side, line by line, difference, 50/50, checkerboard, and split-screen. It can also be presented in full screen for clutter-free monitoring.
Parallax Line Guides
The Parallax Percentage Line Guides provide a simple overlay of custom or calculated screen parallax line guides that can be set to any desired opacity. This mimics the primary 3D analysis feature usually found on small and expensive 3D monitors, but it is available even in the free version of Stereo3D CAT.
The Parallax Inspector allows the user to magnify and examine the actual parallax in the scene, which is clearly outlined in easy-to-see red and cyan. It also provides a simple measuring device that helps you determine if your parallax is within native divergence limits of any given screen size or custom percentage value.
If you need to quickly set convergence and determine where objects are in 3D space, just activate Depth Analysis mode. Green outlines indicate objects that are behind the screen plane and red in front. A quick adjustment to the Depth Analysis opacity slider reveals vertical disparities in blue/magenta.
Lightning Fast Rig Alignments with Dashwood 3D Charts
The Alignment Tracker reads special markers on the Dashwood 3D Charts, accurately analyses the data, and then tells the rig tech exactly what adjustments need to be made for perfect alignment. This powerful feature removes the complexity of rig alignment, especially when using zoom lenses.
The senior size chart offers world-class colorimetry and gamma alignment, as well as rig alignment feedback via an integrated iPad. The budget frontbox version offers the same alignment data which can be broadcast to your iPhone or iPod Touch. In fact, anyone on the crew can launch the CAT Assistant iOS App and view alignment data in real-time.
Balanced Exposure and Color
The Stereo3D CAT scopes present both camera signals on top of each other, allowing for accurate painting of color matrix and gamma in the cameras. The vectorscope also has a 2X Gain button for accurate color alignment with the Dashwood 3D senior size chart and other ChromaDuMonde charts from DSC.
Rapid Stereoscopic Previsualization
The Stereo3D Visualizer predicts parallax values, apparent distance, and object roundness for any given screen size and viewer distance. This is extremely helpful for protecting against eye strain when you don’t have a large screening room available while shooting. Just dial in your scene’s depth bracket and then choose the appropriate focal length and camera distance to achieve the desired effect. The Stereo3D Visualizer removes time wasted with on-set trial and error and allows stereographers to choose the right lens and camera distance within seconds. For the highest quality in 3D production, IMAX screen sizes and large format cameras (up to 15perf) are also supported by the Stereo3D Visualizer and the stereopsis panel.
If you have aligned your rig as closely as physically possible, but you need to instruct post production to make additional adjustments, just dial those adjustments into the Geometry panel. This is also useful if you are shooting with parallel lenses converged at infinity and you intend to do H.I.T. convergence in post. Stereo3D CAT can log all of the Geometry settings, Stereopsis Panel settings, slate information and vital statistics for each setup or each take. These meta data files can be passed on to post-production as text for CGI camera matching or they can be re-loaded by Stereo3D CAT to aid in re-shoots or pickups. The Stereo3D CAT logging panel can also save left and right still images for future reference. Stereographers can use these images to create 3D grading instructions when not available for the session.
Mobile Scalability from Production through Post
Large productions can integrate Stereo3D CAT into their existing convergence or DMT carts with MacPro and PCI capture cards. Stereographers can add Stereo3D CAT to their personal MacBooks with the addition of a compatible capture device. Post houses can integrate Stereo3D CAT into their 3D grading suites or as part of the quality control chain in the tape room. Camera Assistants and Rig Techs can use Stereo3D CAT and the Dashwood 3D chart in the camera testing bay during prep or while on-set.
All HD video devices that support QuickTime capture can be used for Muxed side-by-side 3D or line-by-line 3D input into Stereo3D CAT. Blackmagic Design's DeckLink Extreme 3D or UltraStudio 3D devices allow for discreet left and right input via SDI or HDMI 1.4a.