Building a New Developer Network
Alioscopy is also trying to build a global network of video engineers and
designers who use Alioscopy partner Autodesk's videographic tools to create template-type
autostereoscopic 3D clips, such as backgrounds and other stock footage, which
can be marketed to film producers.
"We are in the process of building a community of preferred content developers who can extend their 3D skills via our Customizable Template program, offering multipurpose templates that can be used and reused for highly differentiated, immersive and attention-getting autostereoscopic content," Roche said.
One of those Autodesk tools is Toxik, which compiles all the variously angled images into one usable rending for an LCD display.
"One of the cool things about Toxik is that you can actually connect a stereoscopic monitor to Toxik, and while you're working on things, you can see it live on the monitor," Vincent Brisebois, Autodesk product designer for Toxik, told eWEEK. "So you can color-correct something and develop stereo work as you see it live in 3D."
Toxik doesn't directly support the Alioscopy monitor just yet-this is still in development. "But it's easy to do because it has a built-in programming language that assembles your eight images together. You could have it directly connected to the monitor, too," Brisebois said.
Brisebois said Autodesk has several large computer-generated movie companies, such as Disney Pixar, which are using Toxik in production.
"It's a relatively new product-we're at its fourth version, which is generally where a product starts becoming useful," Brisebois said. "So it's still a bit early, but there are some large clients using it."
A lot of people thought that stereoscopic movies were going to be a fad, Brisebois said, but it hasn't turned out that way.
"But all the people with money, who want to finance movies, like to buy into the stereoscopic ones," Brisebois said. "No. 1, they make a lot of money, and two, you can't pirate them. That's another good reason people are putting their money there."
Through what hoops must 3D movie pirates jump?
"You have to have two cameras, and a filter on one camera to show it-it would be really complicated [to watch it]," Brisebois said. "And there really isn't a home distribution method yet. Dolby and RealD have solutions, but they haven't been rolled out. This all makes it a lot safer for them [investors]."
The next big markets for autostereoscopic 3D videos are expected to be movies in theaters and video games, Brisebois said.
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