At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas this week, Dolby, Philips, and the Cameron/Pace Group (CPG) jointly announced that CPG will use Dolby 3D autostereoscopic (glasses-free) display technology in its video workflow and to collaborate on the use of the Dolby 3D format in the home.
Founded by James Cameron and Vince Pace, CPG is dedicated to advancing 3D through the development of creative tools for content creators across all media channels. "James Cameron broke new ground in entertainment with his use of 3D in film, but it's been a challenge to bring his vision to the home and to smartphones and tablets," says Pace, founder and co-chairman of CPG. "The Dolby 3D format gives filmmakers the means to bring an artistic vision through production and distribution all the way to presentation, while delivering what we believe to be the best possible 3D experience to consumers—without the need for special glasses."
Developed in collaboration with Philips, Dolby 3D was first introduced at NAB last year. The system provides 28 stereo views in so-called "viewing cones." A special algorithm, which is adapted to each panel's characteristics, smoothes out the transition from one cone to the next as you move around the display.
Of course, autostereoscopic 3D is much like passive-glasses 3D—the vertical resolution must be cut in half for each eye. Last year's demo was shown on a 4K LCD TV (seen in the photo above) with a lenticular filter, providing roughly 2K resolution for each eye, and the transition from one position to the next was indeed much smoother than I've ever seen before. However, it was not completely seamless, which a Dolby rep admitted would never be possible. Still, it was very impressive, and the 3D effect was quite apparent. In fact, it's the best autostereoscopic display I've seen so far.