Originally Posted by Bacicot
I was seriously considering the HD66 just for the Avatar angle, but then I saw this:
"Pushed further on details about the DVD plans for "Avatar," Murdoch said it will be released [before] June 30. But he also highlighted that it won't be a 3D DVD release as that technology isn't developed enough yet. But Carey added there could be a 3D "Avatar" DVD release further "down the road" when the technology is ready."
...so it looks like they haven't really decided on a 3D standard yet. I'm looking more closely at the HD20 now I think.
As for Avatar
(and other previous and current 3D features) and Blu-ray 3D (TM), the disc authoring standard has already been approved using Panasonic's MPEG-4 3D compression codec (2D plus HD video metadata) and Panasonic Labs at Universal City is ready to launch Blu-ray 3D authoring.
It'll be up to the TV display manufacturers to choose how they process and implement the dual video streams: passive circular polarized or active, synched shutter glasses.
However, it remains to be seen if disc replication plants will be day-one ready for Sony and Panasonic's 33 GB (single layer) and 66.8 GB (dual layer) Blu-ray discs with acceptable yield ratios (the tolerances are much greater than before... less room for error), and whether the studios will wait until that storage update is viable before rolling out the official 3D titles.
Since Blu-ray 3D encoding requires at least 50% more bitrate headroom than 2D encodes this space increase may be needed for some titles.
Sony and Panasonic are assuring the A/V community that all Blu-ray players will be able to properly read these expanded storage discs with upcoming firmware updates as the discs themselves are practically the same using the exact same laser wavelength and pickup mechanism. The data spiral is packed tighter than standard 25 and 50 GB discs (the reason for the discs' current storage space was to allow for slightly lesser tolerances and more manufacturing errors to increase the yield) and read with different formatting software.
If things go according to plans on all fronts then expect 3D players (and the PS3's new 3D firmware and expanded storage disc compatibility firmware for all players) to get released towards late summer or early fall.
That would mean Avatar
might be released in Blu-ray 3D for the Holiday season (or the CEA's and manufacturer's grand predictions at CES for 3D in the home would be a gigantic bust even with ESPN and Fox Sports in 3D via DirecTV).
If so, I would also expect special 3D releases of Toy Story 1-3
, Monsters Vs. Aliens
, Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland
, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
, Piranha 3D
, Ice Age 3
, A Christmas Carol
, and other 3D photographed or rendered titles to be released at around the same time.
as the keystone release (due to its mega-blockbuster standing), I would think the studios would be hesitant to release the floodgates.
You would need HDMI 1.4a compatibility for anything equal or greater than dual 1080p/60 streams (for upconverted 1080i content, or pre-applied 2:3 pulldown frame conversion to 1080p/24 encoded content) I would expect. I think dual 1080p/24 streams are about all HDMI 1.3 could handle.