ESPN announce closure of 3D channel

“Due to limited viewer adoption of 3D services to the home, ESPN is discontinuing ESPN 3D.” Not really a surprise to me given the total lack of enthusiasm at NAB this year.   You can look back on a blog post I wrote in 2010 when ESPN shot the Ducks in 3D. I just got thru with working eight days of college baseball for ESPN as…

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Rodger Ebert and Walter Murch: “Why 3D doesn’t work and never will. Case closed.”

Film Critic Roger Ebert has been outspoken in his criticism of 3D – “a waste of a perfectly good dimension.” Now he has a powerful ally in respected Hollywood director Walter Murch –  “So: dark, small, stroby, headache inducing, alienating. And expensive. The question is: how long will it take people to realize and get fed up?” Read the whole critique on Ebert’s website.…

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ESPN not only broadcasts in 3D, they study how people watch it

Looks like the viewers of ESPN’s 3D broadcasts are lab rats in a giant 3D television watching experiment: “Continuing to innovate in the 3D television space, ESPN Research + Analytics unveiled today one of the most in-depth studies on 3D TV to date.  Compiling results from more than 1,000 testing sessions and 2,700 lab hours, ESPN has concluded that fans are comfortable with the medium…

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Behind the Scenes of ESPN 3D’s coverage of the Ducks vs. UCLA

I will admit I have not gotten on the 3D bus…yet.   At NAB I avoided all 3D presentations regardless of the manufacturer.   But since ESPN 3D came to Eugene for the Thursday night game featuring the #1 ranked Oregon Ducks I thought I would take a look at the technology involved. So the first thing you’ll notice is that there are no real 3D cameras. …

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NYT: Eye-Popping for Art’s Sake: An Advocate for 3-D Films

Nice little article in the New York Times today talking to James Cameron about the future – both his and of 3D at the box office. Mr. Cameron, who spent more than a decade developing “Avatar,” has some expertise in gauging lengthy timetables. But he is also cautious about fulfilling the expectations of moviegoing audiences, which he says can easily distinguish movies that have been…

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Ducks in 3D! ESPN will carry Oregon vs. UCLA game in another dimension

KGW-TV and the AP are reporting that Duck game on Thursday, October 21st will be available on ESPN 3D. http://www.kgw.com/sports/Ducks-vs-UCLA—in-3D-104808614.html I’ll be at the game for CSN/OSN and will send back some photos (if I can get close). BTW, Congrats to Adam Bjaranson who moves from KGW to the Blazers as “digital entertainment program anchor/producer” for the pre- and post-game shows and a new video…

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EditShare Unleashes Version 6 at IBC 2010

http://www.editshare.com/ EditShare has announced the availability of the highly-anticipated Version 6 shared storage release that encompasses the EditShare XStream Series, Storage Series, Metro, and Field shared storage solutions. “The performance of the new EditShare release is outstanding. We are benchmarking usable throughput on the new system at more than 700MB per second per 16TB unit. This is outperforming any other shared storage solution in its…

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3D Hype – The Masters in 3D

The New York Times is getting on the 3D bandwagon (Wilson on the Avid-L2 posted this link today) “Only a few thousand early adopters with 3-D television sets will be able to see the [Masters Golf] tournament in this manner, but they will be fortunate: one look at Augusta in 3-D will make high-definition seem obsolete.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/sports/golf/01threedee.html…

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