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JVC Professional Products Company
JVC Professional Products Company has just introduced the DT-3D24G1U 24-inch HD 3D LCD production analysis monitor, the latest addition to the company's Vérité G Series product line, which promises to deliver precision adjustment of 3D images aimed at production and post.
, a division of JVC Americas Corp
. just introduced the DT-3D24G1U 24-inch HD 3D LCD production analysis monitor, the latest addition to the company's Vérité G Series product line.
Edgar Shane, General Manager, Engineering, at JVC's Professional Video Products
"3D production has become more and more popular and we see a lot of producers and cinematographers looking for specific tools to produce in 3D," says Edgar Shane, General Manager, Engineering, at JVC's Professional Video Products.
In the typical high-end 3D production scenario, the production team uses two cameras placed in a 3D rig. Making certain that the camera lenses are precisely aligned is a crucial, time-consuming part of production. "This is where the monitor finds its place in production immediately," says Shane. "It's equipped with two separate inputs and is also equipped with measuring tools to aid a cameraman in adjusting those cameras."
The LCD monitor is based on the passive - or X-Pol™ circular polarizing
-- 3D system, which means that users can avail themselves of very inexpensive and lightweight passive (polarized) glasses. That compares with active shutter glasses, which need to synchronize to the display and sometimes produce flicker. "Another advantage of the passive system is that multiple people can use it simultaneously," says Shane. "Often the director, producer, stereographer and others need to be looking at the same image at the same time. With the passive system, you can have multiple displays in a control room or production truck, for example." Because the monitor can also be battery-powered, it is also useful for location shooting.
The DT-3D24G1U offers a wide range of features for analyzing 3D images. "You have the ability to look at images in both side-by-side and line-by-line 3D formats," says Shane, who reports that the monitor offers a 3D cursor that enables binocular disparity to be easily adjusted and a unique electronic marker system for inter-axial adjustments. Other features include mirror/rotation of one channel for dual-camera rigs and left/right sequential display for viewing without 3D glasses.
The DT-3D24G1U - please click image above for larger view.
In addition to checking for 3D alignment, the monitor offers a wide range of other fine-tuning features. "Because it's a dual camera set-up, you don't simply need to set up the image by alignment but by all the other image parameters, including colorimetry, white balance, exposure, iris and so on," says Shane. The monitor also offers built-in dual waveform monitors and vectorscopes as well as dual timecode display. Other features include various gamma selection options, displays of up to 12 channels of audio metering, support of LTC/VITC timecode and on-screen code display that shows any timecode difference between both inputs.
Shane sees two uses for the monitor. "It goes with the production crew in the field during actual shooting, and it can be used as a camera-assist monitor" he says. "It also fits well in post production because any 3D production always requires some adjustments in post. There, they can evaluate each 3D scene take-by-take and adjust the depth of the perspective and other 3D elements."
DT-3D24G1 back view. Please click image above for larger view.
The monitor, aimed at production, post and rental houses, is expected to be available by the end of January 2012, for a list price of $11,995.
At the price point, this monitor would doubtless be a timesaving tool in production and post. It may be exactly the right tool for the right time.
In our conversation, I asked Shane if JVC would follow up with a next-gen 3D monitor. He pointed out that high-end 3D production is a relatively small market, although JVC would come out "in the future" with another 3D product for other specialized markets.