John Romant's Technology Blog

If it's technology, I want to know about it.

Tag Archives: film

Protected: Shadow Hills TV Pilot Post Production Rebuild.

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:


THE LION KING 3D Conversion Images Show Off Depth of Field.

Original article by Bill Graham    Posted:August 9th, 2011 at 6:38 pm


Disney’s The Lion King will release into theaters this year in a new 3D format for the very first time on September 16th. The film was a childhood favorite of mine, and every time I hear “The Circle of Life,” I get goosebumps. Needless to say, I look forward to viewing the film on the big screen, something I may have done when I was little but can’t recall. However, I do wonder how a film from the ’90s will hold up, animation wise, and how a 3D conversion of it will fare on the big screen.

Today, Disney sent over some images showing just what the conversion process entails, including adding notes of depth and then using filters to key in on what will be in the foreground, background, and everywhere in between. The process is a lot more difficult than this, but it gives us a great idea of what the process entails on a basic, easy to understand level. Hit the jump to view those images, including a description of what we are looking at, a discussion with the stereographer Robert Neuman about the procedure itself, and my impressions of the scenes they showed before Cars 2.

First, let’s get to the good stuff. Disney sent over two scenes that show off the process. The first is of Pride Rock and the second is of Scar. The basic process is taking a finished image, adding a layer and marking depth details, and then using a layering system to key on those depth markings in the image to tell the computer where to place the image. Here are those images [click to enlarge]:







Here are the captions Disney sent over as well, explaining the images in more detail:

1. The original film image.

2. The 3D Depth Map created by Robert Neuman, the 3D Stereographer on the film. Positive numbers refer to the amount of pixels the image will come out of the screen and negative numbers refer to the amount of pixels the image will go deeper into the screen, creating the 3D depth.

3. Grey Scale – The final image in the computer representation of depth. Darker images will be furthest away, and lighter images will be closer to the viewer.”

….click here to continue reading original article.

Apple iPad streams encrypted HD digital dailies on and off set from encrypted WiFi server.

After spending 10 years creating products that are in use by 10’s of millions of consumers, we are finally free to develop products that are “real world” oriented as opposed to “board room” oriented.  We are free from the shackles of the Corporate demand on tech development…at least for the moment.

The Lab Geeks at nanotechniq have been taking the iPad apart and reconfiguring it’s resources in amazing ways.  We have decided to let out a few goodies in order to further fund our research which includes components for space flight.  Our Film Products have been used and field-test by major motion picture studios.  Along with a few other projects,  we have recently finished working on the Paramount/Relativity Media film “The Fighter” with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.

Even with cheap outsourcing of entertainment jobs to India, you cannot compete with our rates and quality.  A film which would cost 4 million dollars to Post via cheap labor, can now be done in America for 2 million dollars, and still create jobs locally.

Nano Dailies

NanoDailies utilizes modified Apple iPads to stream encrypted HD dailies on or off set from a centralized encrypted WiFi server. Each camera is retrofitted with proprietary high bandwidth WiFi transmitters and HD encoders utilizing D cinema AES encryption.

NanoDailies systems are configured for multiple camera use when paired with a nanoIngest server. NanoIngest can be configured to accept HD SDI in multiples of two four six or eight cameras via 3 gbps HD-SDI. The nanoIngest system can accept other signals such as wifi and wifi max as well as high bandwidth microwave, to support remote HD dailies viewing applications.

NanoDailies work flow overview.

Each camera can be connected to the nanoDailies server via wifi or HD SDI. At which point the incoming signals are encrypted with AES2 encryption before transmitting the final HD dailies viewing copy to the Wifi enabled viewing station. At no time will any data travel without encryption. Please see the below flow chart for general reference.

Nano Dailies

email me if you have any questions about the nano_Dailies system:

%d bloggers like this: