CineForm has introduced a new compression technology specifically designed to allow Final Cut Pro to be used to cut stereoscopic 3D content.

Neo3D enables editors to cut 3D projects in real time, viewing the work on a 3D gaming or consumer monitor.

“Driven by increasing numbers of 3D film projects planned by Hollywood studios, the demand for efficient 3D post workflows has increased significantly in the last two years,” said David Taylor, chief executive of CineForm

“But using existing 2D editorial workflows for 3D projects increases overall costs due to feature inefficiencies. With Neo3D we've extended CineForm's workflow innovations to 3D by enabling editors to view their work, including independent adjustments for color and convergence, in 3D while they're editing. This significantly reduces overall project complexity and costs.”

The enabling technology for Neo3D is a CineForm stereo MOV file that contains temporally synchronized Left and Right eyes, each at full HD quality.

Final Cut Pro interprets the stereo files as if they were traditional 2D HD files. Dynamic controls define playback as left or right channel or full 3D.

Traditionally, 3D projects are edited in 2D as independent left and right eyes, with a final 3D conform after the editorial process is complete.

Neo3D can also present results in anaglyph (red/green) form, which it will generate in real time, for users without 3D monitors, or for those viewing dailies on a laptop or traditional 2D LCD panel.

Anaglyph is a presentation technique to display 3D information on a 2D monitor using inexpensive glasses.

For Final Cut Pro users, an AJA Kona card is recommended for use with Neo3D in order to get real-time playback and 3D monitoring.

Neo3D will be on show at NAB (stand SL11605).