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DTG to set 3DTV guidelines

25 January 2011
DTG to set 3DTV guidelines

The Digital TV Group (DTG) is drawing up a set of industry guidelines in support of 3DTV production, writes Adrian Pennington, forming a working group comprising Sky, ITV, BBC and C4 with facilities group Technicolor and manufacturers Snell, Panasonic and Sony.

Disney has also registered interest, says the DTG.

“The intention is to aggregate the learnings of those who have experienced 3D production and to educate broadcasters planning to launch 3D channels as well as producers interested in working in 3D, about what works and what doesn’t in 3D,” explained Simon Gauntlett, DTG Technology Director. “As an industry we need to ensure that we produce good quality 3D.”

A draft of the guidelines is expected in March with publication later this year. Sky has already submitted a document to the working group.

The exact scope of the guidelines is to be determined but will include depth budgets, the degree of negative or positive parallax) to maintain comfortable home viewing. It will also cover camera positions, speed of cuts, conversion and what techniques from 2D production can and cannot transfer to 3D.

The working group, chaired by former MPC head of engineering Roland Brown, is open to all DTG members. 

US rig specialist 3Ality has also presented findings to the DTG.

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