JVC has introduced a new image processor that works both as a 2D-to-3D converter and as a 3D left and right mixer.

Due to be on show at Broadcast Video Expo next month, the IF-2D3D1 is housed in a rugged, 1U rack-mountable metal cabinet and is compatible with a wide range of high definition formats.

It has been designed to help 3D content producers improve their workflow, whether they are converting archived 2D material or shooting original content in 3D.

Using JVC algorithms, the IF-2D3D1 converts 2D content to 3D in real time.

It offers four 3D mixed formats, which combine left-eye and right-eye images, for stereo video output on a compatible device: line-by-line, side-by-side-half, above-below and checkerboard.

JVC is also making this 2D-to-3D conversion technology widely available under license.

The IF-2D3D1 also provides real-time monitoring on location by combining the left-eye and right-eye images and displaying them on a 3D-capable monitor.

A built-in HD-SDI frame synchronizer provides sync for two cameras that lack external sync, while anaglyph and sequential viewing modes provide multiple ways to check 3D content.

The IF-2D3D1 Image Processor is expected to ship in February with a list price of £25,220.