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Mozart in 3D

13 July 2009

Can Communicate, Inition and Orange Labs successfully simulcast the first ever live opera performance in 3D, broadcasting Don Giovani to cinemas across France.

The performance of Mozart’s classic piece took place at Rennes Opera House in Brittany on 2 June and was viewed in full 3D HD via satellite links at cinemas in Paris, Avignon and Brest.

Organised by Orange Labs, this multi-camera operation was filmed by Can Communicate and Inition and delivered using GlobeCast’s high definition satellite broadcast platform. Audience members watching from five separate cinemas used 3D glasses to experience the opera in astounding quality as if they were viewing live in the Rennes Opera House.

The performance was captured from four camera positions with Inition’s StereoBrain Processor used to enable live monitoring on 3D TVs. The live broadcast combined the two video signals into one feed using Sensio’s 3D cinema encoder. At each cinema, a GlobeCast truck received the 3D feed and decoded it for digital projection.

Can Communicate and Inition have previously collaborated on a number of groundbreaking live 3D productions including the Lyon vs. PSG Ligue Un match for Orange, screened live to an audience in Paris earlier this year, the Scotland v England Six Nations match at Murrayfield, transmitted to an invited audience of 270 in London in March last year, and the World Ice Hockey Championships 2008 with HBS.

Duncan Humphreys, creative director of Can Communicate commented: “This is another example that 3D broadcasts can provide remote audiences with an authentic and totally immersive experience. The audiences in Paris, Avignon and Brest were treated to a unique view of the Don Giovanni opera, previously only available to those fortunate enough to obtain tickets for the event itself.”

Andy Millns, director of Inition, commented: “The drama of Don Giovanni was brought to life in 3D confirming arts programming as another genre which is ideally suited to benefit from the depth and realism of viewing in stereoscopic 3D.”

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