Sony Showcases 3D Video Production System

Sony Corp and Sony Marketing Inc exhibited a set of 3D video production system for business use at International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition 2009, which runs from Nov 18, 2009, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

"Not only movies but also other moving images will go 3D in the near future," the companies said.

The two companies showcased a business-use camera, processor to compensate and adjust 3D images, switcher and recorder for editing, monitors to check images, projector and so forth. Among them, there was the "SRX-R320," a digital cinema projector that can project 4k2k 3D video and was released Nov 9, 2009. The "HDC-P1," a multi-purpose camera for taking 3D images, and a "rig" will be launched in February 2010. The rig is a mount for the camera, and it enables to combine two units of the HDC-P1 and a half mirror to shoot 3D video.

The front view of the 3D camera. A half mirror can be seen.

There are two units of the HDC-P1, and one of them is vertically placed.

A real-time 3D video editing system.

This time, Sony and Sony Marketing exhibited the "3D LED Wall," a 280-inch LED display that is 6.4m in width and 3.4m in height and can switch between 2D and 3D video. It seemed to be made by combining 70 LED displays, each of which measures about 28 inches.

3D images are shown by using two overlapping images for the right and left eyes. And polarization glasses are used to separate those images. Home-use TVs and Blu-ray players that can show 3D images are expected to be released in 2010. But it is still impossible to predict when terrestrial TV broadcasts will support 3D images in Japan.

"In the United States, 3D images are already broadcast in live sports and music programs via cable TV networks and satellite broadcasting," Sony said. "In the future, such movements will occur in Japan, too."

In a demonstration, real-time 3D video was shown on a 280-inch LED display.

Visitors watched the demonstration by wearing glasses that have polarizing films instead of lenses.

By Tetsuo Nozawa, Nikkei Electronics