YUVSoft’s Stereo Processing Suite Lite for After Effects (Win)


Stereo Processing Suite Lite is a set of Adobe After Effects plug-ins that enable you to quickly and efficiently perform standard stereo postproduction tasks:

  • Correction of geometry and color mismatches between stereo views
  • Adjustment of insufficient or excessive parallax
  • Estimation of disparity maps

Stereo Processing Suite Advantages

  • Fully automatic processing eliminates tedious manual work–just add a plug-in to your composition
  • Handles most essential stereo postproduction tasks
  • Prices for individual tools start at $149; the full tool set is just $699
  • Try before you buy; trial versions are available for download from YUVsoft’s website

Usage examples:

Color correction:

 

 

Disparity map estimation and parallax increase:

Differences between Lite and Pro versions

In the lite version:

  • Input resolution is limited to 1080p for one view;
  • Two advanced plug-ins are disabled:
    • Stereo-to-Multiview–automatic stereo-to-multiview conversion for glasses-free displays;
    • Depth Upscale–high-quality resolution increase for disparity maps.
  • Only available for use in Adobe After Effects;
  • Some fine-tuning parameters are disabled.
The software consists of the following tools:
• Color Corrector–Automatically corrects color mismatches between your stereo-3D (S3D) views
• Geometry Corrector–Automatically corrects vertical parallax and tilt of your S3D footage
• Depth from Stereo Lite–Automatically estimates disparity maps for captured S3D sequences
• Parallax Corrector Lite–Automatically increases or decreases parallax of captured S3D footage
The tools are available as standalone products or as a complete set.
Key advantages:
• Fully automatic processing that eliminates tedious manual work–just add a plug-in to your composition
• Handles most essential stereo postproduction tasks
• Prices for individual tools start at $149
• Try before you buy–download a trial version from YUVsoft’s website.

Stereo Processing Suite Lite requires Adobe After Effects CS5/5.5/6 or Creative Cloud, and a Microsoft Windows environment.

For more information :-

http://www.yuvsoft.com/products/stereo-processing/

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2D to 3D Stereo Conversion


For those interested in 2d to 3d Stereo Conversion, AETUTS has a very useful tutorial on their site which explains the entire process using Mocha , After Effects and Freeform Pro.

Here is the link to the tutorial Click Here

The FreeForm Pro plugin is much faster in performance than the one that ships with After Effects and it renders at 20x the speed too.

I have been using the demo version for presentations at roadshows and I have experienced the remarkable difference in performance.

You can find more information on FreeForm here Click here

For a limited time only, the folks over at Mettle are offering all their plugins at a 25% off, those interested can visit the link below :-

http://www.mettle.com/guru/ 

3D glasses … who needs em?


There have been quite a few complaints of headaches with regards to 3D Stereo glasses by regular users.Especially the active ones take a look at this http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1050192/nvidia-picks-wrong-3d-glasses-technology

. So Jonathan Post Experiment (www.jonathanpost.com) has put together a demo online which exhibits the possibility of viewing 3D Stereo with active shutter technology BUT WITHOUT GLASSES! Hold on though…before you fall off your chair in excitement you should take a look at this :-

 

There you go the choice is yours, you can either bear the headaches or plug those electrodes and spaz your eyelids to glory!! 🙂

What do you say?

Dashwood Cinema Solutions — “Stereo3D Toolbox”


Thanks to the folks over at Dashwood Cinema Solutions for providing me with an evaluation copy of Stereo3D Toolbox plugin for After Effects. Ive been working with this plugin since the past 2 weeks and think its quite apt for Stereo work.

Stereo3D Toolbox is also available as a plugin for Final Cut Pro and Motion.

Heres a screen shot of the plugin within After Effects

The Stereo3D Clip Coupler is used to mux two streams of stereo video. The Clip Coupler plug-in, as with all the plug-ins in the Stereo3D suite, can be applied to an already pre-existing multiplexed stereo pair (left & right video files married together) that is any number of 3D formats (side-by-side, over-under, etc) as well as be applied to a single left or right eye file and then be coupled with the correct adjacent left or right video clip.

Stereo 3D Geometry provides a more comprehensive way to edit and manipulate all measures of Stereoscopic depth & geometric disparities. It allows for percentage-based corrections, which is crucial when working with proxies of full-resolution 2k & 4k footage as all corrections made will still have the same stereoscopic effects on the native footage. Any disparities in camera alignment at the point of acquisition can be corrected with the Geometry plug-in down to a sub-pixel level and be outputted and viewed in a wide variety of formats.

Stereo3D Ghost Toaster can be used to remove “ghosting” which is caused when there is leak of the left image into right eye and the right image leaks into the left. When this occurs the viewer will see a faint double image around objects within the scene. This occurs most often in high contrast areas of the picture and will create retinal rivalry, as there are severe disparities and asymmetries between the images.

Stereo3D Image Balance can be used to adjust color, white balance and exposure.

Stereo3D Monitor Scaler included with Stereo3D Toolbox “LE” and full version allows you to use desktop and legacy monitors that may not have the same pixel dimensions as your source footage.
For example, the Hyundai IT 22″ 3D monitor (W220S) has pixel dimensions of 1680×1050.  In order to show 1920×1080 material on it in 3D we must scale down the outputs but maintain perfect line-by-line precision using the Stereo3D Monitor Scaler filter.

Stereo3D Text Generator can be used to generate 3d Stereo text.

Stereo3D Virtual Floating Windows :- Virtual Floating Windows (VFW) is a fairly recent and strong stereoscopic tool used in the postproduction process. Keeping a 3D scene within constraints the screen plane to preserve and maintain the viewing window can be a very difficult and a limiting task. If stereoscopic window violations are not addressed then they will disrupt the viewer’s 3D viewing experience. By “floating the window”, the screen plane can be shaped and formed, pushed and pulled in and out of 3D space in every direction.Virtual Floating Windows are achieved adding black masks on the sides of the either the left or right images. Masking the sides changes the apparent depth position of the screen but does not affect the distance and depth placement of objects within the scene. Virtual Floating Windows are a great way to mask stereoscopic window violations, when a subject enters the scene in negative parallax (off the screen, towards the audience). By bringing the perceived location of the screen in front of subject, the violation no longer occurs, as it is acceptable to enter a scene from behind the window, in positive parallax.

Stereo3D Z-Depth Map is designed for converting 2D+Z-Depth Map CGI renders to stereoscopic 3D. The Depth Map filter can also be used to create custom rotoscoped depth maps in After Effects or Motion for 2D to 3D dimensionalization processes.

Heres a video that shocases the Z-Depth Map filter in action :-

A feature overview video

Download the trial from the following link :-

http://goo.gl/bznt9

For those new to 3D Stereoscopy, theres a nice article by Tim Dashwood called ” A Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Stereoscopic 3D” that can be found at the following link :-

http://goo.gl/XpWJs