|We are starting to see a range of cool new 3D consumer cameras, like the Sony HDR-TD10 and the JVC GS-TD1, both great companion units to a GoPro 3D Hero setup. ;) The new Sony and JVC cameras record to a single 3D file in a Multiview Video Coding format (MVC) which is very cool, yet it currently has limited video editing compatibility. MVC simplifies the capture down to one video file for 3D, yet doesn't compromise resolution, like side-by-side 3D formats which squish the left and right view it one HD frame. MVC stores two full frames of 1080 HD, not that unlike CineForm's own 3D format. For editing only Sony Vegas 10.0d has any native MVC support and currently only for the Sony camera.|
CineForm is planning conversion utilities for all common 3D sources, yet today there aren't any license-able MVC decoders available (we expect this to change soon.) At CineForm we develop our own compression technologies, yet license the standard based ones like MPEG2, H.264 and soon MVC. So what does a new MVC camera owner do in the meantime?
The developer of StereoPlayer has a solution suitable called MVC to AVI Converter for Windows, and it does exactly as it name suggests. While it is not a fancy utility, it has all the needed functionality -- you can select the "CineForm HD Encoder-2" with any CineForm Neo or Neo3D install, and even set the compression level and frame format (to match your source.)
The output will be a left and right CineForm AVI files that can be quickly Muxed into a new CineForm 3D using FirstLight. While this is one more step, the muxing process is completely losses and very fast, as is simply adds left and right eye views into a new file without re-compression. With your new CineForm 3D AVI or MOV file, you can now edit 3D within common video editing tools, adding 3D corrections with key-framing within FirstLight.
Please send me your youtube.com 3D link in the comments with you first successful use of this technique.