The 3D Innovation Centre Berlin (3DIC), part of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), has installed a Snell Kahuna 360 multi-format production switcher and a range of modules from Snell’s IQ Modular solution, in its research lab.
The 3DIC launched in August 2012 as a platform for industry and scientific leaders to advance the adoption of 3D in entertainment and media, industrial production, and medicine. 3D technologies, applications, and infrastructures are tested and developed at the lab, allowing partners to collaborate through working groups and on joint 3D projects.
"A broad array of interests in many industry sectors are pushing developments in 3D production, content, and distribution, but most of these initiatives are stand-alone, with little or no interaction among the players,” said Dr. Ralf Schäfer, chairman, 3DIC steering committee. “The 3DIC offers researchers in both the private and public sectors a platform and a precompetitive environment in which they can exchange views and opinions and put their products and systems to the test. As one of the media industry's premier providers of broadcast infrastructure solutions for 3D and 3Gbps operations, Snell is a highly valued partner and the Kahuna 360 and IQ Modular systems provide an important technical foundation for our efforts."
Partners Flying Eye and Pro Video provided installation services for the Snell solutions at the 3DIC. The Kahuna 360 offers a 3Gbps switcher for 3D productions in the 3DIC studio, providing the ability to switch stereoscopic 3D content using a single M/E and also serving as a routing switcher.