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PARK SERVICE, WOODS
HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION
JVC GD-463D10U MONITORS FOR MOBILE 3D
- WAYNE, NJ (April
12, 2010) – JVC
Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., today announced that
the Denver-based National Park Service Submerged Resources Center (SRC)
is using the JVC GD-463D10U 46-inch 3D LCD HD monitor to bring
underwater 3D footage to students across the country. The underwater
footage is being produced through a partnership with the Advanced
Imaging and Visualization Laboratory (AIVL) at the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass. JVC will screen samples of the footage during the
2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 12-15 (Booth C4314).
- The JVC GD-463D10U monitor
has an integrated Xpol polarizing filter, so it uses inexpensive
polarized (passive) glasses to produce flicker-free 3D HD images. A
passive 3D system is very
important for the SRC’s ongoing 3D plans. According to Brett Seymour, SRC AV production specialist, the center will eventually design and
distribute its own branded paper 3D glasses, which will provide
students with a souvenir of the experience.
- Students love 3D content
because it engages them, Seymour said, and the use of special 3D
glasses give them a feeling of active participation. “3D also provides
a ‘wow’ factor, which is great,” he added, but the SRC avoids 3D
gimmicks in its videos. “We are using 3D to bring a new dimension to
the underwater world of the National Park Service.”
- Two of the SRC’s GD-463D10U
monitors are housed in JELCO RotoLift shipping and display cases, which
easily raise the monitors for presentations and safely stores them for
transport. Seymour said the combination of the JVC monitor and
transport case has provided an easy, portable solution that has allowed
the SRC to share its 3D video footage at conferences, diving trade
shows, and classrooms.
- Currently, the SRC is
working with the AIVL at Woods Hole Oceanographic
three projects. Shooting is complete on Alien Invaders, an educational look at invasive underwater
species found in Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Boulder City,
Nev. The video, designed to fit fifth and sixth grade science curricula
for Clark County, Nev., is currently in post. Another video, which
provides underwater 3D HD footage of the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, will start post production this
- A third project offers a
sample of the underwater wonders throughout the national parks. The
main video will provide highlights from various locales, but the SRC
will also produce park-specific 3D presentations for visitor centers.
Shooting is scheduled to continue over the next seven months, and
Seymour expects to post the project next spring for a Fall 2011
AIVL at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution maintains a
suite of 3D camera rigs for in-air and underwater use – and owns
several GD-463D10U 3D monitors that are used for mobile presentations
and internally for reviewing footage. Most of the AIVL’s 3D content is
recorded on dual Sony SRW-1 HD portable digital video recorders.
Several playback systems require ingest of 3D material before it can be
reviewed, but the JVC GD-463D10U allows the AIVL to review its footage
in real time without going through a computer system.
wanted to have a large passive display for reviewing 3D imagery and
also for 3D presentations on the road,” said William N. Lange, AIVL
research specialist. “The monitor had the capability to work with
existing 3D infrastructure that we had. It’s become an easy way for us
to do field presentations as well.”
said the AIVL tried 3D systems based around active (shutter) glasses,
but found that passive 3D systems are better suited for their work.
“You don’t have to worry about batteries or sync,” he explained. “We
can’t really worry about that in the lab environment or the classroom
environment – or during a live field recording event. A passive system
lets us share our 3D experience with a much larger audience.”
- The SRC already owns three
GD-463D10U 3D monitors, and Seymour anticipates the agency will
purchase will at least another three units in the next year. Some
national parks might also invest in their own JVC monitors to display
3D content for visitors.
- Seymour noted the
GD-463D10Us are not exclusively used for 3D footage by the SRC. One
monitor is kept in his edit bay for playback of 2D and 3D content, and
the mobile units are often used to display PowerPoint and other 2D
materials during presentations. “It’s been a solid monitor for us,” he
said, “with great resolution and great color reproduction.”
- ABOUT THE NATIONAL
- The mission of the U.S.
National Park Service (NPS) as stated in the National Park Service
Organic act of 1906, (16
U.S.C.1.) is "...to promote and regulate the use of
the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the
natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide
for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will
leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." www.nps.gov.
- The NPS Submerged Resources
Center provides direct support to NPS superintendents and partners
responsible for stewardship of submerged resources, and it enhances and
facilitates public appreciation, access, understanding, and
preservation of those resources. For more information, please contact
Brett Seymour at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nps.gov/submerged.
- ABOUT WOODS HOLE
- The Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution is a private, independent organization in
Falmouth, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher
education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National
Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the oceans
and their interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean’s role in the
changing global environment.
The Advanced Imaging
Laboratory, at WHOI, specializes in the design and development of
imaging systems for the acquisition of scientific and educational
imagery from the world’s most hostile environments, including those
found in the deepest parts of the world’s oceans. For many years,
AIVL has been a leader in the development of cinematography quality
2D, 3D, HD and hyper-definition camera systems for both terrestrial
and underwater applications. The lab has developed a suite of small,
easy to operate underwater stereoscopic 3D camera systems as well as
many 3D camera rig designs for use in terrestrial and underwater film
making applications. For more information please contact William N.
- Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC U.S.A.
is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of video
and audio equipment for the consumer and professional markets. For
further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.