"We are very excited about stereoscopic 3D gaming, and are working with iZ3D to help ensure that ATI Radeon Graphics Card owners get the best experience possible," said John Swinimer, Public Relations Manager for AMD.
You heard it here first! AMD and iZ3D are on a joint press tour to educate about the benefits of stereoscopic 3D gaming and that AMD is taking a serious interest in this technology. The tour started today in New York City, and finishes on the west coast in San Francisco. AMD is making a planned appearance on MTBS soon enough.
Now! Back to our regularly scheduled programming...
A few months ago, some of our members started a thread trying to determine which S-3D solutions were most popular. This got us thinking. The fact is if our industry is going to continue its success, we need to have an accurate picture of what gamers think of the technology. Is the industry following the right path? Are the needs of gamers truly understood? Are there core challenges that need to be overcome and have yet to be acknowledged?
MTBS has joined forces with AMD, iZ3D, The Game Creators, BlitzGamesStudios, and Guild Software to answer these questions and more. Together, we have launched an initiative called "U-DECIDE", and by answering a short survey, your opinions and feedback will help move our industry in the right direction.
When the data collection is complete, there will be a big draw for nearly sixty prizes that include high performance graphics cards, 3D gaming monitors, and a wide selection of video games and gaming tools. You do not have to be a stereoscopic 3D or PC gamer to qualify, and the opinions of traditional 2D gamers are highly valued.
When the report is complete, there will be a means for outside parties to benefit from our findings. Please go to http://www.mtbs3d.com/udecide.shtml to participate, and encourage your peers to get involved and qualify for prizes as much as possible. The more feedback and opinions we have, the better tuned and focused our industry will be!
We would like to express thanks to our strategic partners for their valued contributions. Furthermore, this initiative would not be possible without the detailed design and programming work of Syd Bolton, Cristian Villalobos, Pam Swartz, and Igor Masin.
Speaking of AMD and iZ3D, in our downloads section, you will find the 1.09 full release driver version from iZ3D LLC. There are multiple bug corrections including shadow fixes in Oblivion, a WorldShift profile, an updated Crysis 64 bit profile, 64 bit operating system compatibility fixes, and...while the iZ3D LLC drivers are fully compatible with the NVIDIA graphics cards, there is an added benefit for AMD GPU users. This driver includes free 3D DLP support for AMD graphics card users! No licensing fees!
While you are getting this driver from mtbs3D.com’s downloads section, you will also be able to download the open source components of iZ3D’s stereoscopic 3D movie player. In it, game developers and S-3D software developers will find the algorithm needed to properly display 3D content on an iZ3D monitor. It is no longer a requirement to have an NDA to benefit from this information.
Autodesk has signed an agreement with Avid Technology to acquire nearly all their Softimage assets for approximately $35 million. Softimage develops 3D technology for the film, television and video game markets. Their flagship product is called SOFTIMAGE|XSI. It’s a 3D animation software solution used by leading media and entertainment companies. Sample companies include Digital Domain, Ubisoft, SEGA Corporation, CAPCOM, Animal Logic and The Mill.
Autodesk Media & Entertainment provides animation, visual effects, editing/finishing and color grading solutions for the 3D market, including entertainment and design industries.
Affected core Softimage products include:
SOFTIMAGE|XSI: Including XSI Essentials, XSI Advanced, XSI Academic, XSI Mod Tool and the XSI software development kit. XSI is production-proven 3D animation software for games, film and television. It offers a complete 3D modeling, animation, rendering and development environment for visual effects and custom tools.
SOFTIMAGE|Face Robot: A complete software solution for easily rigging and animating 3D faces. Face Robot enables studios to create life-like facial animation at incredible speeds.
SOFTIMAGE|Cat: This advanced character animation system is a plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max software. It is intended to be integrated into the 3ds Max product line.
SOFTIMAGE|Crosswalk: This interoperability solution is intended to be integrated with Autodesk’s own interoperability technology.
To clarify, while Autodesk has committed support to stereoscopic 3D technologies, the 3D discussed in this arrangement is more associated with the traditional volumetric 3D referred to in the graphics industry.
Additional news to share is that iZ3D has put out version 1.04 of their S-3D movie player. You will need to download the codecs separately, but now you can play your favorite movies in stereoscopic 3D on your iZ3D monitor. Remember that movies need to be encoded in an S-3D format to get the visual benefit. You can download the player and manual HERE.
Dr. Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research shared some remarks about stereoscopic 3D entertainment that got our attention, and you can read my views on his statements HERE.
Finally, if all goes to plan, we will have two very exciting news stories to share with you this coming Monday. You know how it is when things are quiet at MTBS...we are busy working on something...something BIG!
Credit goes to our own Yuriythebest for spotting this on Gizmodo.com. Minoru has developed a stereoscopic 3D webcam that works with Skype, MS Messenger, and others. It promotes itself as working with anaglyph or red/blue technology, but we see potential with modern S-3D solutions given the opportunity.
Second, iZ3D LLC has released another stereoscopic driver beta. iZ3D LLC 1.09B4, or Release Candidate 3 features compatibility with Electronic Arts’ Warhammamer Online: Age of Reckoning and Black Sea Studio’s WorldShift. Other general bug fixes include the 64 bit kernel problem that caused the delay and additional work on the mouselock feature.
Download it HERE and post your thoughts and findings HERE.
More news to come from the 3D Film and Interactive Festival this weekend!