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NAB Exhibition: DCPs and 3D

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits showed its easyDCP software, which runs on a standard PC or Mac and is designed as a simple system for the creation of Digital Cinema Packages. easyDCP and easyDCP+ (which includes stereoscopic 3D support) is now available. A version with hardware acceleration will be available in the fall.

Fraunhofer also showed its new DCPplayer, a JPEG2000 decoding software that enables real-time playback of 2K DCPs and JPEG2000 image sequences on a standard PC with Nvidia graphic card.

— TD Vision  showed integration of its technology with Magnum Semiconductor encoding chip sets. TD Vision reported it would enable Full HD 3D in real time at a bit rate that fits into a broadcast channel. It supports 1080P/60fps per bit.

–DVS is previewing version 3.0 of its Clipster post system. Scheduled new features include: The ability to create a 3D DCP, 3D timeline editing, and real-time full quality 4K decoding and debayering of Red material.

NICT Shows Research

Japan-based research organization NICT may have been one of the most talked about stands at NAB. The research on display included: 

–A multi-sensory interaction system—for some NAB goers, this was their top demo. The user wears 3D glasses to see a virtual object. In space, one can “touch” the object and hear the object. Suggested future applications include museums and education.

–A floating touch display allowed one to virtually “play a piano.” Suggested apps include smart phone control, without requiring actual touch.

–A glasses free HD 3D display

–Interactive panoramic video technology.

–4K content capture

–A hologram (see separate post)

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Verizon Joins the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will lend its technology expertise to the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) through a seat on ETC@USC’s executive board. Verizon’s global cloud, IP and wireless networks, managed security services, end-to-end digital content solutions and technology-related professional services are used by media and entertainment companies to create, transport, manage and deliver digital content around the world, on any platform,  anytime.

ETC@USC is a nonprofit, member-funded entertainment technology think tank and research center, affiliated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders and catalysts in a neutral setting to explore issues related to the creation, distribution and consumption of entertainment content. Verizon’s participation on the executive board will provide media and entertainment companies with opportunities to learn how Verizon’s media-focused solutions, network and technology expertise can help the industry transform its future.

“The goal of the ETC@USC is to bring industry and technology experts together to develop the solutions that will propel us through the next 20 years,” said Kenneth Williams, CEO and executive director of the ETC@USC. “Verizon’s broad set of technologies and deep industry experience will provide a unique voice on the executive board. We look forward to their active participation.”

Scott Spector, global head of Verizon’s media and entertainment vertical, added: “Verizon is committed to the media and entertainment industry, and our participation with ETC@USC will allow us to support and potentially drive innovation in the industry. There’s a vast range of opportunities to integrate technology and improve everything from digital content production through digital distribution, creating an optimal experience for the industry.”

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and help shape tomorrow’s biggest ideas. With industry-specific solutions provided over Verizon’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit www.verizonenterprise.com to learn more.

The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) is a think tank and research center within the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries along with the academic resources of the University of Southern California to explore and to act upon topics and issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.  ETC@USC helps drive collaborative projects among its member companies and engages with next generation consumers to understand the impact of emerging technology on all aspects of the entertainment industry, especially technology development and implementation, the creative process, business models, and future trends. (www.etcenter.org)

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq:  VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 108 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,300. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/news/.

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